One of the oldest scams out there is the domain appraisal scam. Someone contacts you and says they are willing to offer some large sum of money for your domain name. They indicate they are ready to buy but first need you to appraise the domain name at a service that they recommend. Then, after you pay for the appraisal they disappear without a trace.
Since I know a lot of new Domain Investors read my blog I want to alert you to one of the latest scammers out there. I received an email from email@example.com inquiring about one of the domain names that I own. When I got back to him, he sent the typical scam letter which you can find below for reference:
The sad thing about this is that many new Domainer Investors fall for this and end-up wasting time and money on a scammer that wants nothing more than to take your money and run. Over the years I have done my best to expose these scammers and ensure they can’t scam anyone else.In this case I can expose two scammers, domain-hosting-shop.com and forum-windows-club.com. If you receive an email from anyone at either of these email address know that this is a scammer and do not respond.Please help spread awareness about this scam by tweeting and sharing this post. The more people that share this post, the higher it will rank for domain-hosting-shop.com which means anyone researching the domain will immediately see that it is a scam. Of course it doesn’t stop there – our team at DomainTheft.org is already on the case tracking down this company and getting their hosting and email account shut down.You can also help by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org as well and letting them know that this person is using this domain name and hiding their identity in order to perpetuate this scam.I love this industry, it has changed my life and nothing makes me more angry than thieves and scammers that prey on new Domainers. Help me put this scammer out of business and make sure to spread the word to they can’t scam anyone else!