The domain name appraisal scam — which was reborn with a different tact last month — has changed its target domain name appraisal service. A new scam email requests a domain name appraisal from TropicalNames.com. TopicalNames.com was just registered on April 2.
Last month’s e-mails tried to get users to pay for domain name appraisals at a bogus outfit called Pozde.com.
The emails offer three different services to choose from; two of which are legitimate. But the scam offers a third service that is cheaper than the others. I know that some people were taken in by the scam last time, coughing up $22.95 for an appraisal from Pozde.com.
Here’s the full text of the email:
I am interested to buy your domain name domain.COM and offer to buy it from you for 65% of the appraised market value.
As of now I accept appraisals from either one of the following leading appraisal companies:
If you already have an appraisal please forward it to me.
As soon as I have received your appraisal I will send you my payment (I use Paypal for amounts less than $2,000 and escrow.com for amounts above $2,000) as well as further instructions on how to complete the transfer of the domain name.
I appreciate your business,
I also got an email from “Adam Brzowski” ([email protected]) few days ago.
Hello, What is your asking price for your domain? We have found it listed for sale and we have a good offer for you. Our comapny invests in domains and developed sites. In case you have a list of domains for sale, please send the list with prices in plain text. We prefer "dot coms", "dot nets" and easy-to-remember names. Regards, Adam Brzowski COO Hosting & Name Deals LLC ======================================================== NOTICE - This communication may contain confidential and privileged information that is for the sole use of the intended recipient. Any viewing, copying or distribution of, or reliance on this message by unintended recipients is strictly prohibited. If you have received this message in error, please notify us immediately by replying to the message and deleting it from your computer. ========================================================
I cannot accept appraisals from unknown valuate.com I've found not all the appraisals are accurate. So I accept real manual appraisals from trusted sources only. I don't trust $14-$20 services. Nobody will do a research for $14. We need a real manual service. I researched several companies and here are the results: In the beginning I wanted to engage AccurateDomains.com as appraiser but looks like this company has very bad reputation. I also considered www.Afternic.com, but now it's clear their service is = not reliable enough. Just read this: "Afternic Appraisals really SUCK!!!" http://www.discussnames.com/showthread.php?t=3D13311 "Capsule Review: After lots of complaints, Afternic is no longer a recommended service. We will re-review the service in the near future." I was told about manual research service from http://www.DomainMart.com. It costs - $200/hour. Many experienced sellers suggested us http://www.CertifiedDomainValue.com as a trustworth manual service. They charge per name not per hour. We've read only positive comments about them. And I have my own positive experience with this company and their support.
If you respond to the email with an appraisal you will not hear back from the scammer.