New Domain Appraisal Scammer – mikesbikes444@yahoo.com

Domain Appraisal scams have been running rampant for the last few years and they don’t seem to be slowing down. I have made it my person mission on this blog to inform my readers whenever I find another appraisal scammer. To date I have emails from over 100 people who have told me I saved them from falling prey to this scam, so you can bet I’ll keep on outing these scumbags. The latest scammer (or it really could be the same guy all these years!) is using the email address mikesbikes444@yahoo.com. The email that he sends will usually say something along the lines of:

Hello,

I am interested in purchasing this domain name (not the website content, only the domain).

If you are open to selling please let me know ASAP and I will submit my best offer.

Thanks for your time,

Mike Howard (mikesbikes444@yahoo.com)

The way these scams work is that “Mike” will give you some nice high offer for one of your domains. You’ll get excited, go out and celebrate and tell all your friends that you just made a huge sale. The only thing they want you to do is run a human appraisal at a site that they claim does manual appraisals. Here’s the rub, that site that you will pay $50-$100 for an appraisal with, is also run by the scammer. They collect your money and then disappear back into the ether. You are left having wasted $50-$100 on a bogus scam and with the terrible feeling of thinking you’ve made a big sale when you’ve instead just been duped.

So if you’ve received an email from this email address or you received an email from someone else with this same text in the body run away. This isn’t a real offer, this is a scam.

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  • Renee September 12, 2012, 9:13 pm

    Thanks Morgan for the info! I got this email yesterday. Just did a search on the email name and found this post. Thanks for posting this, I’m sure you saved me a ton of time!

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  • Perchboy September 12, 2012, 9:19 pm

    Good job, Morgan. I also received one of these e-mails and wasn’t sure what to make of it at first. I then ran an Internet search for the sender’s e-mail address and found little…except a discussion of it being a possible scam on a Domain Pros message thread.

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  • Rob September 13, 2012, 1:42 am

    Thank you very much Morgan. I also received an email from that sender. I never heard about that kind of scam before – so for a moment I thought about a real offer… But I never trust emails from unknown sender and always start a google search before I act… 😉

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  • Jeff September 13, 2012, 5:24 am

    I got the same email from mikesbikes444@yahoo.com and responded back to submit an offer. Never heard from them again.

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  • Scott September 13, 2012, 8:45 am

    I got an email from the same guy a few days ago. When I didn’t get a response back to my reply, I figured it was an appraisal scam.
    Thanks for the tip!

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  • Alan September 14, 2012, 6:08 pm

    Thanks for posting the email address, it showed me that you and many others figure it is a scam. Here’s hoping that you aren’t, too, LOL!!!

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  • Paul Omego September 16, 2012, 3:57 am

    Thanks a lot for this post.I have received such offer some time ago,but i was lucky i was not scammed because the appraisal site they recommended requested amount that i dont have then.

    Now i dont think i can fall to this type of scam because i dont trust appraisals whether manual or software. I appraise by comparing previous sales of similar keyword or domains or extentions and also check the exact and broad search result if necessary.I can only use appraisal software just to have some guide on the domain value but i dont depend on their results.

    Finally i think the value of a domain is the degree of value and amount the buyer is ready to pay for the domain which the seller too is ready to accept.

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  • Amir September 17, 2012, 2:45 pm

    This is the actual sender email address for the scammer.

    emailautomation5@ciphersense.com

    He sends from this address using different aliases. Beware.
    And thank you for your effort to help domainers.

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