Weird Requests on Flippa

by dreamtoreality 5 replies
I'm not really sure what to make of this potential buyer who only has 1 piece of feedback for a sale under $1,000.

First he asked me if I accepted Paypal, when it's clear that I only accept Escrow. Then he asked me to put his own tracking ID on mysite for 12 hours, which sounds ludicrous, I know. Just now he's asked me to "make a screenshot with details of products July Earning." This one actually doesn't sound too bad, although I suppose he could use my screenshot to scam someone.

Should I just ignore him from now on? Report him? What would you do?
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  • Profile picture of the author Mike Hlatky
    Actually, none of those requests sound outrageous to me.

    1. You just have to tell him you don’t accept Paypal. No big deal there.
    2. This is actually pretty common on Flippa. People will put up bidders’ Adsense code for a limited period of time to verify traffic and income. You just can’t put the code on for every Tom, Dick, and Harry.
    3. Sounds like a reasonable request to me. Why wouldn’t you have the most recent stats up?

    Based on these three questions, he actually seems like a serious bidder. This is just based on limited information, of course.
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  • Profile picture of the author OLechat
    To add to Mike's excellent advice, if you would rather not add his codes to your site (and I wouldn't blame you), consider granting him view-only access to your Analytics for a limited period of time.
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  • Profile picture of the author kylenelson24
    I just sold a site on flippa two days ago! I made everything public from earnings, traffic, analytics, and more. If he is out to "scam" someone with an earnings report he can easily find something online or photoshop one. I think the tracking id is a little weird but at the same time it sounds like he is legit and wants to make sure you won't scam him (i know you won im just saying).

    But all in all if i ever get any weird feelings i typically wont do it. I try to listen to my gut feeling more than my brain.
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  • Profile picture of the author CyberAlien
    Originally Posted by dreamtoreality View Post

    First he asked me if I accepted Paypal, when it's clear that I only accept Escrow. Then he asked me to put his own tracking ID on mysite for 12 hours
    I wouldn't even consider doing something like that - it's just as likely that he's getting you to add malicious code that steals info from visitors, lets him create a backdoor, etc.
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