I woke up to a wonderful surprise. Someone wanted to buy a domain of mine for a very good price. I’ve listed the domain for sale at $4990 but the buyer is willing to pay between $11,000 and US$13,000 to secure this domain name. Here is the text of the email sent to me:
I represent a private investor from Canada. He needs rugbyleague.club for his new project. The project will be launched in September.
My client would be prepared to pay a sum between $11,000 and US$13,000 to secure this domain name.
Time is of the essence as he needs to secure the domain name as soon as possible, so his Corporate Communications department can prepare the relevant logos and letterheads.
I am available to discuss this transaction at your earliest convenience. I look forward to your reply.
If you have more domain names for sale, please email me the list. I may help you to find buyers for them.
7021 Mumford Rd
This isn’t the typical Nigerian money offer scam as I’m not offered free money for helping someone I’ve never heard of. The email sure looks legit however, as per almost anything that looks too good to be true, it’s quite simply a scam to extract money from me.
Here are a few pointers that indicate that it’s a scam:
- Out of the blue the buyer is willing to pay double what I’m willing to sell the domain for.
- With an offer of this value, I’d expect the sender to at least include my name when addressing me.
- The email is sent from a Gmail address. Anyone that uses my Mailchimp list verification services will know that free email addresses are considered less legitimate than a paid-for domain.
- The signature under the senders name has extra line breaks. A professional is unlikely to make this mistake.
- A sense of urgency is immediately established in the email; with the likes of PayPal and the ease of transferring a domain to another person, the urgency is unnecessary and suspect.
I haven’t followed up in order to sell my domain for this very attractive price. It is a scam and I’ve maked the email as spam.
To learn more about how scams work then visit the excellent SCAMwatch by the Australian Government or FBI websites.