WARNING: Domain Appraisal Scam

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Hi Warriors,

Just wanted to make you aware of a domain scam I recently came across.

I recently received an email from someone going by the name of "Aaron Gottesman"', supposedly a domain realtor from 'Asia Web Hosting' (also 'ASP Hosting Web') saying he has a rich investor from UAE interested in buying domains.

Here is the email he sent me:


From: "ceo@asia-web-hosting.biz" <ceo@asia-web-hosting.biz>
To: me
Sent: Thursday, August 15, 2013 9:50 AM
Subject: {domainname.com}

Hello!

I'm a representative of a rich investor from UAE. He is interested in buying {domainname.com}.

Please respond and specify a desired price in the subject line.

If you have other names for sale please email me your list with prices.

Regards,

Aaron Gottesman

Domain Realtor

Asia Web Hosting

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CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This email communication may contain private, confidential, or legally privileged information intended for the sole use of the designated and/or duly authorized recipient(s). If you are not the intended recipient or have received this email in error, please notify the sender immediately by email and permanently delete all copies of this email including all attachments without reading them.



Red flags everywhere in the email message but some people could fall for it. I also googled his name and nothing relevant was returned. So I then googled part of the email message and found this:
I may have got scammed. Thoughts anyone! Worst part I paid for it too
In the above link, some poor guy got scammed by "Aaron Gottesman", and it's likely other people have also been duped.

I hope this thread gets indexed by Google so the scumbag's name shows up.

No doubt he will probably change his name/alias later but hope this thread will save a few people from getting scammed by this crook.

I just wanted to make everyone aware and please spead the word.
#aaron gottesman #asia web hosting #asp web hosting #domain #scam
  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    This is an old and well-known scam, but of course many will be learning about it for the first time. It would be better if you changed the title of your thread to "domain appraisal scam" as that will be accurate long after "Aaron Gottesman" has started using a different name. I wouldn't even mention the name in the title, as it might cause other members to report your post for violating the forum's rule #1 even though it's a fictitious name.
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    • Profile picture of the author IMShift
      Thanks Dennis.

      I changed the thread title. I realize these types of scams have been around for a while but just wanted to spread the word as it seems this guy is getting around targetting domain owners and some people are falling for it.


      Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

      This is an old and well-known scam, but of course many will be learning about it for the first time. It would be better if you changed the title of your thread to "domain appraisal scam" as that will be accurate long after "Aaron Gottesman" has started using a different name. I wouldn't even mention the name in the title, as it might cause other members to report your post for violating the forum's rule #1 even though it's a fictitious name.
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  • Profile picture of the author KimW
    I had someone offer to sell me a domain with a name very similar to one I already owned for $100.
    I went to my registar and got it for $10 and change.
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    • Profile picture of the author Neale
      Hi Members,

      I am new to posting in this forum, so I though i would start with an offering.

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      Hello!

      I'm a representative of a rich investor from Dubai (UAE). He is interested in buying [mydomaingoeshere]
      Please respond and specify a desired price in the subject line.

      If you have other names for sale please email me your list with prices.

      Regards,

      Robert Boltman

      Domain Name Realtor

      Asia Web Hosting

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      CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This email communication may contain private, confidential, or legally privileged information intended for the sole use of the designated and/or duly authorized recipient(s). If you are not the intended recipient or have received this email in error, please notify the sender immediately by email and permanently delete all copies of this email including all attachments without reading them.



      I have just received this email. He's doing the rounds this guy!
      I've highlighted his new name


      Cheers, top forum


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  • Profile picture of the author godinu
    domain scams have been around almost as long as domains. Clues to look for are an email that says someone is rich and wants to buy the domain, or some other note indicating the person is an investor/etc.

    As for the other domain scam going on where people try to sell you a domain similar to yours: yes! I keep getting emails from the same person about 2x/day regarding domains similar to ones I don't even need. Note to a person like that trying to make a buck: the only way to make money selling domains to business that need them is to find a domain they might actually NEED.
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  • Profile picture of the author aaroh
    Just received this email from the same douche:

    On 22 August 2013 17:58, <hortman@asia-web-hosting.biz> wrote:
    Hello!

    I'm a representative of a rich investor from Dubai (UAE). He is interested in buying ******.com

    Please respond and specify a desired price in the subject line.

    If you have other names for sale please email me your list with prices.

    Regards,

    Aaron Hortman

    Chief Financial Officer

    Asia Web Hosting

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    CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This email communication may contain private, confidential, or legally privileged information intended for the sole use of the designated and/or duly authorized recipient(s). If you are not the intended recipient or have received this email in error, please notify the sender immediately by email and permanently delete all copies of this email including all attachments without reading them.
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  • Profile picture of the author aaroh
    Just to educate unsuspecting victims, these are the following emails he'll send:

    2nd email:

    My client from Dubai offers 10,000 euros. Do you sell a domain (not a web site)?

    He has 135,000 euros budget for several domain names.

    How can we pay you (PayPal, Western Union, escrow.com etc.)? If this is your first time domain sale I may help you with the sale/transfer process.

    Are you a member of domain seller communities/forums? Probably, we know each other under some nicknames?



    3rd email:

    Ok. I can help you with the transfer process if you need it. Before we go further my client needs only one thing:

    Please send us an official certificate of market price (appraisal). He needs an appraisal service that also verifies possible trademark infringements. It won't be a problem for you since our favorite official appraiser offers this option (trademark infringement verification) as a bonus to the appraisal service. It will take only 2 minutes to order it.

    Please don't worry - the appraisal value will be very good if you order it at the right place. You won't get a low figure in this case. I have connections with one appraisal company. I send them clients and they appraise names at the values I need. If you order the appraisal at any other source you risk to get a low value ($300-$400 usd). You will waste money and time in This case. My client is a rich person and I work on a commission basis. So I'm not interested in low figure appraisals too.

    You can read positive responses about this company at:
    Investing in domains

    Just order the service at the recommended appraisal site and email them your domains with the comment that you have a buyer with $X,XXX offer and you need the appraisal near this value.

    The process is very easy:

    1. Go to the appraisal site and order the valuation with the TM verification. After several hours you will get the results.

    2. Send these results via email and we'll proceed with the deal.

    If you are new to the appraisal process I can help you with a step by step instructions.
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  • Profile picture of the author warby
    I have a domain I've listed for sale with a price on Sedo. Then I started getting these emails. The details are different, except for the third email. There the scammer got lazy and used cut-and-paste: Word for word identical.

    Sheesh.
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  • Profile picture of the author warby
    Both email address I got the email from: space-investments.info and asia-web-hosting.biz are registered to the same person, one Roland Gordon of Switzerland. His contact email is a hotmail account.

    Why would a legit domainer have to use an dot info address from which to send email?? His fondness for hyphens is strange too.
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