Offer to purchase (yourdomain.com) scam email from 123-reg.co.uk

I have received the below scam email from solutions@***3-reg.solutions few days ago, please see below: Hello! An investor from England is interested in purchasing (yourdomain.com). I represent his interests in this deal. The buyer is a professional investor. Your domain will be used as a part of his online project. 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 help clients of our hosting company to buy and sell intellectual properties. If you have more names I can help you to sell them. Best Regards, Susan Miller Domain Broker 123-reg.co.uk
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#913528 Review #913528 is a subjective opinion of poster.
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Scam email for buying domain

Internet Website Buying Scam (We want to buy your website!)

There is a new scam out there for us people selling websites and start up company templates for new biz owners. This is the email going around. It is from a fake broker telling you he wants to buy your website, but first you have to buy a "certificate" to prove its worth. DO NOT DO IT! Below is the email many of us sellers got. I hope this helps in preventing any of you new sellers from being scammed. Leave your experiences below if you got one of these too! Emails We got: Email 1: Hello! I represent a professional investor from Scotland who wants to buy (yourwebsite.com) for a new project. Are you still interested in selling? If you have more names I can help you to sell them. I work as a domain broker and lawyer for a hosting company. Best Regards, Walter Dawson Vice President 123 REG UK Email 2: The buyer will pay you the appraised value. It will be fair since he does not want to pay something over the real market value. Based on my experience, I think your name is in $15,000 - $20,000 range. 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/5047****.html ("Domain Broker" is my nickname there). If you are new to certifications, I can send you step by step instructions. WARNING! Here is a link to another set of people who had this experience as well: http://sunauskas.com/blog/domain-buying-fraudscam/
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I have received the similar scam email from solutions@***3-reg.solutions few days ago, please see below:

Hello!

An investor from England is interested in purchasing (mydomain.com). I represent his interests in this deal.

The buyer is a professional investor.

Your domain will be used as a part of his online project.

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 help clients of our hosting company to buy and sell intellectual properties.

If you have more names I can help you to sell them. Best Regards, Susan Miller Domain Broker 123-reg.co.uk

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@PissedConsumer1208364

After I replied to the above email to this scammer, I have received the below reply from this Domain Broker 123-reg.co.uk scammer.

PLEASE DO NOT CLICK THE LINK ON THIS BELOW EMAIL. THE LINK IS INFECTED AND BLOCKED BY NORTON.

Please see below Domain Broker 123-reg.co.uk scammer email:

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Our commission is 5 %.

It's paid after you receive the funds.

He buys 8-10 domains for each project to get the maximum traffic possible. The buyer will pay you the appraised value stated in official certificate. He needs an independent expertise because you and me are interested in a high sale price and my buyer does not want to overpay. He also needs it for accounting and tax purposes.

The buyer guarantees to pay you the price stated in your certificate. Based on my experience, I think your name is in $15,000 - $20,000 range. Do you have a certificate of the appraised value from an independent authority (not your broker or auction site)? If you don't have it's not a problem.

You can order it online. I may suggest the best source where we can get a good valuation. The certificate will increase the value of your domain. It's a must do if you wish to sell your domain to a professional investor with a good budget.

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. *****PLEASE DO NOT CLICK ON THIS BELOW LINK, IT'S BLOCKED BY NORTON****** You can read about the recommended certification agency at Google Answers: http://answers-google.online/answers/threadview/id/1637****.html (“Domain Broker” is my nickname there). *****PLEASE DO NOT CLICK ON THIS ABOVE LINK, IT'S BLOCKED BY NORTON****** The process is very easy and will take only two minutes of your time: 1. Go to the certificate agency site and submit your domain for the certification.

Please let them know you have a buyer with $20,000 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 appraising. Otherwise your request will be declined and you will not pay them 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 Authorize Domain escrow service.

This 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 the escrow service can provide a safe, well defined sale process. If you are new to certifications or domain sales, I can send you step by step instructions.

I will also help you during the whole sale process.

You will be able to contact me at any time. Sincerely yours,

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#782870 Review #782870 is a subjective opinion of poster.
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Orlando, Florida
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Poor customer service
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123-reg.co.uk took money without permission and refuses refund!

Basically 123-reg will auto-renew your domains without your permission BEFORE they expire and then REFUSE to refund you. Shocking, shameful and very unprofessional. Their customer service emails all simply say 'sorry no refund'. Would a letter to their CEO produce results? After all, what decent company would not want to get feedback and improve things. Nope - I got another 'sorry no refund' email from customer services. Am astonished that they have refused a refund when my domains had not even expired. As with all poor companies, they turn to 'Terms and Conditions'. So now I have to get paperwork ready for Trading Standards to inspect, and for the Court Case. What a waste of my time. What an inconvenience for me. But the fact is they have £115 of my money, and though they must be rather short of cash to hold onto it so desperately, I need it more! What a wasted opportunity to finish a simple matter quickly, efficiently and correctly. After all, I have many other Domains with them and am happy to keep them (so far). But These sort of companies should not be allowed to get away with hiding behind self-made illegal terms created, it seems, for the sole purpose of keeping clients' money in circumstances that are not fair, decent or right. I work with over 50 businesses every week in a trusted and reputable organisation called BNI and not one of them would put in the vast amount of time, trouble and effort that 123-reg have done to refuse to do the right and decent thing. Would I recommend 123-reg.co.uk? ABSOLUTELY NOT (unless you have plenty of time to write unnecessary letters and emails!!).
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Would I reccomend 123-reg? Yes for the exact reason you are complaining for.

Auto renewal of domains is performed by every single domain registrar and this is blatantly clear. They also send numerous automated emails telling you that there going to auto renew them...

UNLESS you actively request that its not auto renewed which I have done on numerous occasions. You are complaining about a facet of domain registrars that prevents domain theft and scalping on a grand scale.

Your complain is not about 123-reg but your own situation, if you were flush with cash I guarantee that you would not be so bothered.

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Bristol, England
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$185

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