Alert! Website Owners – Don’t Fall Prey to Scammers
3 950 000 Japanese Yen (about $35,000) offer for your domain dummywebsite.com from Japan
This subject when in your inbox looks very appealing right. But this is a SCAM, do not fall prey for it. I received an email from one of the sellers stating, one of his clients is ready to purchase one of my websites at a really high price. Below is the copy of the email.
I represent a buyer from Nagoya (Japan) who wants to purchase <oneofmywebsitename.com> for a new online project.
I’ve found your address via WHO IS.
My client is interested in purchasing your domain. If it’s still for sale please get back to me.
He offers a good price. If it’s not enough please let me know.
I’m working with many investors in Japan. If you have other names please email me the list.
Senior Domain Broker
C P I Hosting Inc.
Phone: xxxxxxxxx (Hiding the number, because when I called, someone in Japan picked up. Not sure, if its someone’s number).
Hi, I am interested to sell this. Please Let me know more details.
Commission of our company is only 5%. The commission is divided between you and the buyer (2.5% and 2.5%) and paid after you get the money.
The buyer offers $35,000. If it’s not enough please let me know and we will negotiate.
He will pay you money via Authorize Net (First German) Escrow. They support buyers from Asia and it’s important for my buyer. He can only pay in YEN (JPY) and they will convert them into USD to send you the payment. You will be paid by wire, Paypal or bitcoins.
Do you have a certificate? It’s required by the buyer’s bank.
The certificate must include the following to be accepted by my buyer:
– Ownership verification (the certification agency must confirm you are a legal owner).
– Legal verification (proves the domain has no problems with trademarks or other problems with the law in Japan).
– Restriction verification (the domain must not be pledged or sold to third parties).
– The certificate must be up to date (issued during last 30 days)
– Copy of the certificate in Japanese (required by the buyer’s bank).
– The certification agency must be authorized by my buyer and his bank.
My buyer is a professional investor and he won’t be able to send you the payment without this certificate. There is no other way for you and us to finish the sale. The payment to you will be made via escrow service to protect both parties during the transaction.
You can read about certification agency that is accepted by his bank and supports a copy in Japanese at http://bit.ly/2nSlDHH (I’ve made short form of the long Google Answers link. “Domain Broker” is my nickname).
The process is very easy (you can do everything online in several minutes):
1. Go to the certificate agency site accepted by my client and order the certificate. The service recommended at Google Answers is accepted by the buyer’s bank (they support Japanese and English languages).
2. After they approve your request please make the payment. The certificate will be sent to your email within several hours. Send the certificate to me and we will start the sale process the same day.
Our company also takes care about you as a seller. There is no risk for you to lose the money after ordering the certificate even if something goes wrong. The recommended certification agency won’t send you the payment instructions if your domain has some legal problems.
They also provide full money back guarantee if you don’t sell your domain within 15 days.
If you are new to the certification process or unsure which certification agency to use, I can help you with the step by step instructions how to order a proper certificate online.
So how did I know this is an scam email. Here are some points how I found this is an scam email.
- He is asking for a buyer’s certificate. Generally when you are selling a website, your whois data should match your Name, emailaddress and phone number (optional).
- So when you sell the website via Godaddy, SEDO or any other trusted domain sellers, they will list our domain and when the sale happens, we just need to provide the EPP code for transferring, within 3 days the domain will get transferred to the new owner. So there is not need for any certificate.
- The bitly link he has provided takes us to http://questions.google-answers.info/threadview/id/614710308.htm (If you see the real google url it would be answers.google.com) whereas here the site itself is google-answers.info.
- If you see the nicknames nothing is hyperlinked to the profiles. Its just text.
- They are suggesting to buy a certificate from http://certified.authorize-international.net/ which is a non-secure website. This is where you will be losing the money. As the domain is valued at a high price, you will pay the money here for a certificate, and later I am sure you won’t get anything. If you notice here – first the domain is not SSL secured and doesn’t have a proper payment gateway, they are using paypal.
- So I found this as SCAM / SPAM email.
Whenever you are coming across such kind of email, don’t get over excited. Step by step there is time for you to ascertain this is an SPAM email or not. Don’t fall prey for scammers.
Share this to your friends, so let them be alert.