Scam Alert – New Domain Appraisal Scammer: domain-hosting-shop.com

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 david-shapiro@domain-hosting-shop.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:

What do you think about 10,000 USD for your domain name?
Have you had your domain names evaluated in the past? I mean domain
appraisals. Without valuation we cannot be sure in the sale price. It’s very
important for me in terms of reselling too. But we must engage a valuation
company with REAL manual service. So I will only accept valuations from
independent sources I and my partners trust.
To avoid mistakes I asked domain experts about reputable appraisal
companies. Please check this blog with suggestions from other sellers and
buyers:
Do you sell domain with a web site or just the name?
Domain without content is ok with me. Web site is not necessary.
If, for example, the valuation comes higher you can adjust your asking price
accordingly.  It will be fair. I also hope you can give me 12% – 15%
discount.
After you send me the valuation via email (usually it takes 1-2 days to
obtain it) we’ll continue our negotiations.
What is your preferred payment method:  Escrow.com, International wire
transfer, PayPal.com or something else?
Hope we can come to an agreement fast.

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 abuse@godaddy.com 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!

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  • FashionStreets February 13, 2012, 5:33 pm

    I also received identical email a year ago….I figured out very quickly that they try to make income from the valuation they recommended. So decided not to response….a typical scam.

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    • Morgan Linton February 13, 2012, 5:44 pm

      Nice! Glad to hear you didn’t fall for this one. Unfortunately there are thousands of people out there who do and these scammers make a fortune every year.

      Reply
  • AndyO February 13, 2012, 8:19 pm

    I received the same email, and did contact the GD abuse department however I received a canned response reply that there’s nothing they can do..

    Reply
  • Soud February 14, 2012, 12:32 pm

    I recieved this email when just after my first couple of registerations as a new domainer. I thought back then “WOW! what a cool industry, this is faster money than I thought” 😀
    But didn’t fall for the scam when I got the reply. It was a scammer with the name Bortfield back then. It was about 3~4 years ago.

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  • Morgan Linton February 14, 2012, 7:33 pm

    Don’t worry Dominick, it is scumbags like this that I enjoy finding and bringing to justice. His name is not David Shapiro…but we’ll find-out what it really is. This isn’t the last you’ll hear of this!

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  • Joko Yuwono February 17, 2012, 6:46 am

    Thank you Morgan, I almost believed him (David Saphiro) before I finally found this post when I tracked David Shapiro’s record on the web.
    Many thanks…

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    • Morgan Linton February 19, 2012, 4:38 pm

      Absolutely – happy to help and glad you found my post before falling for his scam!

      Reply
  • Bruce Savage March 15, 2012, 12:27 pm

    Morgan,

    I received the exact letter from the same person.  He offered $4000 but requested an appraisal.  I thought if he was an end user and wanted to develop the name, he would just pay what it would take to pry it from me.  Instead, the appraisal request made no sense.  If the appraisal was lower then $4000 why would I then hand it to him for a price less than he said he was willing to pay ?  If the appraisal was greater then $4000, he would effectively outbid himself.  Finally, I truly doubted a legit appraisal from a firm he recommended would come in exactly at $4000.  This reasoning led me to stop contact.  I had SEDO evaluate the name for free and it was estimated to be worth less than $500. 
    Keep up the good work.  You and your fiancee are a beacons of light in the Domain forest.  Until next time.
    Bruce,a fellow engineer

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  • nudo July 4, 2012, 5:28 pm

    This web site (http://morganlinton.com) good luck.
    you have a website, link it in http://www.webdirektori.com, free of charge. thank you

    Reply
  • Martyn July 16, 2012, 11:43 am

    I am sad to say that this scam has evolved again! This time in the name of David Kaplan, fortunately I found your site when searching http://www.forum-windows-club.com/Archive/417208469.htm
    and didn’t pay for the appraisal. Below is a copy of his closing e-mail;

    ‘In order to process with the deal I need two small things to be accomplished:
    1. I need a valuation report from an independent company.
    This is the appraisal of your domain in your local currency. It’s not necessary to have a site with traffic to appraise a domain. The valuators will value name by it’s length, marketability etc. Without the report we cannot be sure in the price.
    2. I need the valuation report with a trademark verification. It’s important for us to know that you domain has no problems with trademarks. Some valuators include this option in the appraisal report.
    Please don’t worry. This is not a complicated process. It takes only 2-4 minutes to order online and wait about 24 hous for the results.
    Please take into account, I’m not a novice and don’t accept free or automated valuations. I asked in the forum about reliable and independent valuation services with the trademark verification option. Please read this information:
    http://www.forum-windows-club.com/Archive/417208469.htm
    If the valuation comes higher you can change your asking price. After you send me the professional evaluation via email (usually it takes one day to obtain it) we’ll be doing the business.
    What is your preferred payment method: Escrow.com, International wire transfer, PayPal.com or something else?
    Best Regards,
    David Kaplan
    CEO’

    He is sending his e-mail from a clone e-mail address which is ‘domains@lowcost-hosting.com’
    Thankfully I didn’t lose any money but I did lose the best part of a days work messing around with and waiting for his e-mails to come through, up until he sent me this one, that’s what got me searching and finding your site.
    Thanks again, hopefully no one else will get caught by this scammer.

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  • John August 9, 2012, 12:47 pm

    We had a request from someone names Michael to purchase our domain. Thanks to our Web Development team who identified it as scam we are safe.

    They told us to log on to: http://www.forum-windows-club.com/Archive/851642803.htm
    e-mail was sent from: web-hosting@lowcost-hosting.com

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  • onlinejt September 26, 2012, 5:35 pm

    I just receive an email from Mr. Michael Berlinski (the president).

    Here is the message:
    In order to process with the deal I need two things:

    1. Please send me an appraisal certificate. Even if you don’t have a traffic they will value your domain.

    2. We’d like to know your property has no problems with trademarks. Some good appraisal companies include this option in the valuation report.

    Please don’t worry. This is not a complicated process. It takes only 2-4 minutes to order online and wait about 24 hous for the results.

    Please take into account, I’m not a novice and don’t accept free or automated valuations. I asked in the forum about reliable and independent valuation services with the trademark verification option. Please read this information:
    http://www.forum-windows-club.com/Archive/751642903.htm

    If the valuation comes higher you can change your asking price. After you send me the professional evaluation with the trademark verification via email (usually it takes one day to obtain it) we’ll be doing the business.

    What is your preferred payment method: Escrow.com, International wire transfer, PayPal.com or something else?

    Best regards,

    Michael Berlinski

    President

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  • Matt October 30, 2012, 4:07 am

    Hi Morgan/All,

    I was hit with this today and thanks to posts like this it was pretty obvious to me… even though I am just starting out. The email I received looks like this:

    In order to process with the deal I need two small things to be accomplished.

    1. I need a professional evaluation (appraisal) from you.

    It should be from an independent evaluation company. I don’t trust automated services from companies I’ve never heard about.

    Without a professional evaluation we both cannot be sure in the final sale price. It will minimize the investing risks.

    2. I need the evaluation service with a trademark verification. It’s important for us to know that you domain has no problems
    with trademarks. Some evaluators include this option in the appraisalsal service.

    I asked in the forum about reliable evaluation services. Please read this information:
    http://www.windows-7-forums.com/Archive/271406583.htm

    If the evaluation comes higher you can change your asking price. After you send me the professional evaluation via email (usually it takes one day to obtain it) we’ll be doing business.

    What is your preferred payment method: Escrow.com, International wire transfer, PayPal.com or something else?
    Best regards,

    Michael Bitterman

    Unix Hosting Plans Inc.

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  • sarah November 6, 2012, 4:10 am

    Bonjour, j’ai reçu une “offre” de Michael Bitterman, me demandant de vérifier la marque du nom de domaine avant de me l’acheter…..Il m’a envoyé des mails jusqu’à ce que je lui dise “ça suffit je ne vais me faire escroquer, je ne suis pas crédule”.
    Le contenu du mail est identique à ceux citer dans les autres commentaires, juste le nom du”président” change.

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  • paul April 16, 2013, 8:13 am

    yeah another name doing the rounds for you
    Hello!

    I’m very interested in purchasing musi.info.

    I found it listed for sale.

    Please respond with a desired price for your domain in the subject line (in USD, Euros or other currency).

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

    Regards,

    Robert Meerman

    CEO

    Live Web Hosting LLC

    luckily some of us are a bit quicker than others in spotting a scam. the second email i recieved was identical to ones listed above. pain in the backside really but thankyou for the site and to know that its still going on.

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  • Chris May 26, 2013, 1:20 am

    Thanks for this! I was never going to pay for anything but I did reply and get the 2nd email before having an alarm bell go off in my head and finding this page. Thanks for posting this, I advised him that I only take payments in bitcoin and he can appraise it at his own cost… doubt I’ll hear back.

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  • Steve July 11, 2013, 1:14 pm

    David Medel, supposed CEO of asp-hosting.org is another scam doing the rounds right now. Same approach…

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  • Aigars July 25, 2013, 2:31 am

    One more scam, I think from the same person. I have list my domains on SEDO.

    From email: bernstein@asp-net-hosting.org

    Hello!

    I’m interested in buying xxxxxxxxxx.com.

    I’ve found it through Sedo.

    Please respond with how much you are looking for it. Just specify this price in the subject line.

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

    Regards,

    Abram Bernstein

    CEO

    ASP Hosting Net Services

    —————————————–

    I offer 7,000 usd. I have 42,000 usd budget for 12-15 domain names.

    How can I 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?

    I’m going to invest in hosting, adult and online shopping related names.

    Best regards,

    Abram Bernstein

    CEO

    —————————————–

    Ok. Since you are a novice in domain selling I can help you with the transfer process. Before we go further we need the following:

    Please send me an official appraisal (certificate of price).

    Please don’t worry, it will take only 2 minutes to order it. I prefer appraisal service that also verifies possible trademark infringements. It’s important for me to know that your domain has no problems with trademarks. It won’t be a problem for you since some good appraisers offer this option (trademark infringement verification) as a free bonus to the appraisal service.
    Without it we cannot be 100% sure in the final sale price. The appraisal will help determine the true value of your domain’s worth so you can maximize profits during the sale. On the other hand, it will minimize my risks too.

    To avoid mistakes and wasting money on useless automated services I asked in the forum about reliable manual valuation/TM verification services. Please read this:
    http://www.cnet-forum.biz/Archive/72905816431.htm

    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. Please resend these results via email and we’ll proceed with the deal.

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  • auguz August 16, 2013, 2:23 pm

    I receive the same email, this is the details for all to take care about this scams.

    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?

    He is going to invest in hosting, adult and online shopping related names.

    David Gottesman
    CEO
    Asia Web Hosting
    ceo@asia-web-hosting.biz

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  • Daniel October 2, 2013, 5:45 pm

    Hi,

    I’ve just receive the email of this person and when I googled the name of him appear this brilliant site to advert us about this Scammer.

    The name is Jan Portman who sent me some links where people talks about himself.

    This is his email ecommerce@asp-web-hosting.biz and the domain is resend to http://www.vpspace.com/contact

    and the phone number doesn’t exist

    J. Portman
    Domain Realtor
    Switzerland
    Basel
    am krayenrain 9
    Phone: 0041763987831
    http://www.asp-web-hosting.biz

    First sent me an email as “CEO” and the next emails as “Domain Realtor”

    i didn’t reply anymore and here you are the emails:

    I hope it can help too.
    – – – – – – – – – – – – –
    Hello!

    My client is an investor from UAE (Dubai.) He doesn’t speak English well and I will help him to purchase your domain xxxxxxx.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,

    Jan Portman

    CEO

    ***************************

    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.
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
    Hi Jan.
    the price is 7.500 € for that domain.
    Best regards,

    2013/10/2

    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
    Daniel,

    7500 eur – Ok. Before we proceed he needs only one thing from you:

    Please send us an official certificate of market price (appraisal). He also needs to know you have no trademark problems. It won’t be a problem for you since some official appraisers include this option (trademark infringement verification) as a part of the appraisal service.

    Without the appraisal we cannot be 100% sure in the final sale price. The appraisal will help determine the true value of your domain’s worth so you can maximize profits during the sale. On the other hand, it will minimize our risks too.

    To avoid mistakes and wasting money on useless automated services I asked about reliable manual valuation/TM verification services. Please read this: http://answers.google.net/answers/threadview5412381.htm

    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.

    – – – – – – – – – – – –

    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 (200-300 usd). You will waste money and time in his case. My client is a rich person and I work on a commission basis. So I’m not interested in low figure appraisals too.

    Best regards,

    J. Portman

    Domain Realtor

    Switzerland
    Basel
    am krayenrain 9
    Phone: 0041763987831
    http://www.asp-web-hosting.biz

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  • Bob October 14, 2013, 2:13 pm

    Got the same scam email from J. Portman “ecommerce@asp-web-hosting.biz”
    Domain appraisals are pretty much useless in my opinion. Domain names have different values for different companies, industries, and people.

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  • Cuneyt Ates January 15, 2014, 1:34 am

    Today i received same think from ecommerce@php-mysql-hosting.info

    Here is the mail body:
    “Hello!

    I represent a wealthy investor from Macau (China) who wants to purchase isolveproblem.com.

    My investor has $386,000 budget for 30-50 domain names.

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

    My client has 415,000 usd budget for 40-50 domains. He is very interested in financial, shopping, adult, gambling, mobile phones and weight loss related domains.

    Please let us know your preferred payment method (PayPal, Western Union, escrow 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?

    Regards,

    David Duncan

    Vice President

    Switzerland
    Basel
    am krayenrain 24
    Phone: 0041763987951
    **************************”

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  • Sri January 23, 2014, 12:38 am

    I got this email yesterday from director@php-mysql-hosting.info .
    with the forum link (http://answers.archive-google.com/answers/threadview3074269.htm) in forum thread he used the anchor text as certificate.icann.org , but the link pointing to different domain. i noticed this and searched Google , i found this blog post . Thanks Morgan.

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  • Tangy November 26, 2014, 9:02 pm

    The no. one cheat – MR. EDWARD STONE, Domain Broker from Manchester. Please be aware the below mail. IT is SPAM SPAM SPAM.
    mail id used 123reg@virtual-web-hosting.info
    Hello!

    I’m a representative of a client from Australia who is going to purchase xxx.net.

    My client has six-figure budget for 60-65 domains. He invests in domains with good potential every month. It’s a part of his investing strategy.

    Please email me your desired price.

    How can we transfer money to you (escrow, wire transfer or Western Union)?

    Our company is in a web hosting business. We also provide brokerage services for domain buyers. If you have more domains for sale please email me the list with prices.

    Regards,

    Edward Stone

    MCSE

    Vice President | Investor Relations | Host Europe Group

    WN7 2PB

    43 Chapel Street

    Manchester

    UK

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  • click May 15, 2015, 3:40 am

    Another one:

    My client offers a sum in $15,000 – $35,000 range. The exact figure will depend on the appraisal results (see below).

    Before we go further we need only one thing from you:

    My client is a professional investor and he buys certified domains only.

    If your domain has been certified, please email me the certificate and we will proceed with the sale. If you don’t have a certificate it’s not a problem. I may send you a link where you can obtain it. Please don’t worry. It takes 1-2 minutes to order it. The results will be sent to you within 24 hours. Then you send me the certificate via email and we’ll proceed with the sale

    The certification includes the following:

    1. Independent valuation of the market price. It will show your domain name is not overpriced. On the other hand if the valuation comes higher we will increase the price accordingly.

    2. Trademark infringement verification. It proves your domain has no trademark problems.

    3. Verification of the owner. It proves you are a legitimate owner and your domain has no any obligations and restrictions. I’m sure that you are a legitimate owner so it will be only a formality.

    As a broker I’m very interested in a good valuation part of this certificate because my client pays me a commission (10-15% of the sale price) on every domain purchase. So I’m not interested in a low price too.

    You can read about the certificate agency at http://archive.answers-google.org/answers/threadview/id/189817.html (“Domain Broker” is my nickname).

    The process is very easy:

    1. Go to the certificate agency site and order a certificate. Just submit your domains and let them know you have a buyer with $XX,XXX offer and need a valuation near this value. After several hours you will get the results. If the price in your certificate comes higher we will increase our offer accordingly.

    2. Then send these results via email and we’ll proceed with the deal.

    If you are new to the certification process, I can help you with the step by step instructions.
    Sincerely yours,

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  • Olga June 23, 2015, 2:59 pm

    This is not a scam.

    The broker from Israel helped me to sell all my domains.

    Have you ever tried to sell domains via them?

    Please stop sending fake information about them.

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  • Andrew Woods June 28, 2015, 5:35 am

    I agree with Olga. This is not a scam.

    I was also contacted by such broker. At first, I thought it was spam. I decided to try because certification does not cost much. After 3 weeks I sold my first domain. Ha ha. It’s impossible to make cash without some risk )

    Thank you guys for a good job! And don’t believe those who accuse them in scam or spam!

    Keep up the good work!

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  • g3ntly August 16, 2015, 5:05 pm

    Well this is what i got recently…

    Hello!
    I represent an investor from USA who would like to buy xxxxx.com for a new project.
    The buyer is a professional investor and owns several businesses.

    Are you still interested in selling the domain name?
    If yes, let’s discuss the sale process.

    If you have other names for sale, please email me the list.

    I have regular meetings with many major domain investors.

    Best Regards,
    Alon Shamir
    Lawyer
    36 HaAtzmaut St
    Haifa
    Israel

    Second Mail

    My client offers a sum in $26,000 – $28,000 range.

    Of course, the exact final offer will depend on a third party expertise because my client needs an official document for tax reasons. He and all his partners must be sure the price is fair and based on an independent and manual third party valuation.

    If your domain has been certified and appraised, please email me an appraisal certificate and we will proceed with the sale. If you don’t have a certificate it’s not a problem. Please read my instructions below how to obtain it.

    Please note, my client does not accept auto-generated appraisals and appraisals without trademark infringement verification.

    The certification must include the following:

    1. Independent manual valuation of the market price. It will show your domain name is not overpriced. On the other hand if the valuation comes higher he will increase the price accordingly. It must be a manual service.

    2. Trademark infringement verification. It proves your domain has no trademark problems.

    3. Verification of the owner. It proves you are a legitimate owner and your domain has no any obligations and restrictions. I’m sure that you are a legitimate owner so it will be only a formality.

    You can read about certification agencies that can be accepted by my client at http://archive.answers-google.org/answers/threadview/id/189365.html (“Domain Lawyer” is my nickname).

    Here are the instructions how to obtain a certificate in case you don’t have one:

    1. Go to the certificate agency site and submit your domains. Please let them know you have a buyer with $28,000 offer and need a valuation near this value. It’s free to submit your domains. After several hours you will get their response if it’s possible to certify your domain in this range or not. If the preliminary valuation is acceptable, you will pay for the official certification. If not, you don’t lose anything. The certificate will be sent to you within 24 hours.

    Please note, my buyer guarantees he will buy at the appraised value after you send him the certification, so there is no risk for you. He has serious intentions and it’s a binding offer.

    2. After you receive the certificate via email, please send it to me and we’ll start the sale process.

    If you face any problems during this process feel free to contact me. I can answer all your questions and may help you with step by step instructions.

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  • Zach August 28, 2015, 8:43 pm

    More of this scam is going around…

    Scammers email address and domain which is registered to GoDaddy

    info@123-reg-domain-support.info

    —————–

    My client offers 15000 usd.

    I will help you to finish this sale. I’m very interested in finishing this sale as soon as possible because my client pays me a good commission based on a sale price.

    Please send us an official certificate of market price (appraisal) with the trademark infringement verification (some appraisal companies include the TM verification in the appraisal at no cost). The appraisal should be issued by an independent source. You cannot order it at the place where your domains were listed for sale. This is just a formality but my client will not proceed without this because he needs it for his accounting department and tax purposes.

    If you don’t have an appraisal with the TM verification please don’t worry. It will take only 1-2 minutes to order and won’t cost you a fortune. You will get the results within one day via email. To avoid mistakes and wasting money on useless automated services I asked about reliable manual valuation/TM verification services. Please read this:http://archive.answers-google.org/answers/threadview/id/185362.html

    Go to the official appraisal site and submit your domains for the valuation with the TM verification. Please specify in comments you have a buyer with $XX,XXX offer so you need the appraisal near this value. My investor pays me a commission on every purchase based on the final sale price so I’m not interested in low appraisals too.

    2. After we receive the appraisal we’ll arrange the payment to you. I suggest to use an escrow service. It will protect both parties during the transaction.

    If you are new to this process I can help you with a step by step instructions. Feel free to ask me any questions.

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  • Bob December 29, 2015, 5:02 am

    Like i’m going to fall for that old turkey! …

    Our buyer is interested in purchasing //////////.com for a new project.

    The buyer is a private investor from Norway. He has $490,000 budget for 40-60 names.

    I located your contact information in a domain name whois lookup and understand that you own the domain name.

    Are you still interested in selling?

    I work for a hosting company based in Norway.

    I help our clients to buy and sell intellectual properties.

    Do you have more names? Can you send a list?

    Are you an experienced seller?

    Best Regards,

    Eric Danielsen

    Vice President

    http://www.host1.no

    The buyer will pay you the appraised value. It will be fair.

    By the opinion of the buyer your name must be in $10,000 – $20,000 range and he can afford this sum. He is also interested in purchasing

    /////s.co.uk
    ////.com
    /al.co.uk////

    Do you have a certificate of the appraised value?

    If you don’t have it’s not a problem. You can order it online.

    He needs it from a source he knows and trusts.

    I’m also interested in a good estimate of the market price because he pays me % on each sale.

    The process is very easy:

    1. Go to the certificate agency site (see instructions below) and submit your domain for the certification. Please let them know you have a buyer with $XX,XXX offer. It will help you to get a better valuation. In the comment field please ask them to guarantee that the appraised value will be higher than the appraisal service fee. In this case you will not risk to pay and get a low appraisal. I suggest you this company because they protect you as the seller from getting a low appraised value. They will send you the payment instruction only if your domain is worth $1000 or higher. Otherwise your request will be declined and you will not pay hem anything. Other companies does not offer this option.

    2. If your request will be approved, please pay them the fee and wait for 24 hours. Then send me the results via email and we will start the sale process. As soon as he receives your certificate, he will buy your domain via an escrow service. Any escrow service will be able to pay you via Paypal, Wire, Western Union or any other method you prefer.

    He wants to ensure the safe delivery of the funds to you. Furthermore, since this is our first time conducting any business, I believe that using a third-party escrow service can provide a safe, well defined sale process.

    The certificate must include only 2 things to be accepted by my buyer:

    1. Independent valuation of the market price. Only manual valuation is accepted. No valuations generated by scripts.

    2. Trademark infringement verification. It proves your domain has no trademark problems. He would like this verification to be included in the appraisal report. It’s not a problem because some companies include the TM verification for free.

    You can read about the recommended certification agency at Google Answers: http://archive.answers-google.org/answers/threadview/id/7018325.html (“Domain Broker” is my nickname there).

    If you are new to certifications, I can send you step by step instructions.

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  • Christian Giffin February 17, 2016, 1:37 pm

    I have also just received an email almost identical to this …I almost fell for it. The sender was Lawyer he said he represented an investor in Scotland. He directed me to domain-words.net which I presume he owns or works for ( funny the domain is registered with GoDaddy yet they didn’t seem to interested in hearing about it , they just referred me to their “report abuse” link.

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  • sp March 30, 2016, 6:44 am

    Hello!
    Our client is interested in buying *********
    The buyer is an investor from Canada.
    I located your contact information in a domain name whois lookup and understand that you own the domain name.
    Are you still interested in selling?
    If you have more names I can help you to sell them.
    Best Regards,
    Fred Goldberg
    Vice President
    Intellectual Property Specialist
    Hostgator UK HOSTING
    transfer@hostgator-uk.info

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