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  1. #31
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    Now why did you have to go and reveal this link to the annoying dumba**....

    shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh....

  2. #32
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    Agree, although the scammer is fully aware of this site, the only thing reminding them of our warnings would likely do is cause them to reconsider their mo which could make it harder for people to spot them.
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  3. #33
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    Should Have Known better

    SOB!

    I fell for that stupid scam from Johanson PhD.

    I should have known when his web site said under construction.

    I spent 69$ for an appraisal. Is it worthless?

    Who has this kind of time to rip people off for such a small amount. Ridiculous!

  4. #34
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    I am so lucky that there is this forum here to learn about domain deals.
    I almost got scammed
    I registered supergenius.info

    and the next morning I got an offer to buy it from me
    I told him make me an offer he said $2000 and was in a rush to get this deal done. I told him he can send me the money to my paypal but to not do it yet until I spoke with my registrar.

    here is the email he sent me

    There is another important issue for me. Some of my friends lost money after buying stolen names. Others had problems with trademarks. So I must be sure you are the real owner and your domain name has no trademark conflicts.

    This is a serious problem for the whole domain industry. You can read about the problem at
    http://www.stopscum.com/archives/i_j..._was_easy.html
    More information about trademark conflicts can be found at
    http://www.patents.com/dno.htm

    I hope now you understand why I need to verify this information before we go further.

    I made my online research and found two reliable services we could use to verify your domain name.

    First service URL http://www.legalzoom.com

    But their service "WorldScan U.S. and International Search $499.00" is very expensive for us.

    I found a cheaper service - http://www.domaincheckers.net/domainchecks.htm
    These guys were recommended as Internet security professionals. Looks like this service is unique because I've not found anything similar in the Internet. They will verify your domain through the stolen names database and will run other tests. I'm not a lawyer and need a professional opinion on the trademark issue. After we check your domain name we'll proceed with the payment through paypal or the service of your choice.This "check domain" service allows to split the fees 50% / 50% between buyer and seller.The fee is $110 dollars or $ 55 dollars for each party ,the buyer and the seller. I thinks it's fair.

    When the results come back from them and everything checks out alright with your domain name"and im sure it will" I will be more than happy to add the price you paid for the domain name checking service to the price i am paying for the domain,please understand i am not trying to be diffucult i just need to protect myself and my client from having any issues with this domain.I hope you understand.

    They will verify your domain through the stolen names database and will run other tests. I'm not a lawyer and need professional opinion on the trademark issue.
    They will email us the results within 1-2 business days.
    Please let me know if you are aggreable to this.

    After everything is checked out and i make the payment to you for your domain name,i will put you in touch with our tec support person Sara Hearst,she will handle all the details of transfering the domain over to our registry.She has assured me that as long as the domain is registered in your name there should be no problem transfering it over.


    Kindest Regards,

    Steve Strand

  5. #35
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    Originally posted by safesys
    cause them to reconsider their mo which could make it harder for people to spot them.
    Has that indeed happened? I've not seen this scam before from memory http://www.domainstate.com/showthrea...threadid=60625

  6. #36
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    Thank you DS! I was approached by someone interested in one of my domains...and this line was in the email that made me very suspicious..

    "I run a software company. We develop client-server systems and databases in MS SQL and Delphi. Buying and selling domain names is not my main business. Just another way to invest money and make additional income. "

    After reading this thread I can only believe this was a scam...
    FIX.com

  7. #37
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    Originally posted by Mike Fix
    After reading this thread I can only believe this was a scam...
    Believe it with utmost certainty.

  8. #38
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    I got one today....


    DIT Engineering <hansen@disponent.com> wrote:

    Hello,

    Did you get offers from other people already?

    What is your price for the domain mentioned in the subject line?

    I'm very interested in this name.

    I run a software company. We develop client-server systems and databases in MS SQL and Delphi. Buying and selling domain names is not my main business. Just another way to invest money and make additional income.

    Looking forward to do business with you.

    Best regards,
    Paul Hansen Ph.D.
    CEO
    DIT Engineering

  9. #39
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    domain scammer

    It appears our scammer has changed names and works for Opera now. :-) This is the second email I got from him. When I replied that he could bid on the name at Sedo, he came back with a price that would entice me, but of course wanted an appraisal. Then the usual rhetoric about paypal or escrow.com to do the deal. Thank you Domain State and everyone who helps us identify these scammers. At least I didn't lose any money thanks to this board, although it did sound fishy. Here is a copy of the first email below:


    Hello,

    Please send me price for your domain.

    I'm very interested in this name.

    Did you get offers from other people already?

    Our company develops client-server systems and databases in MS SQL and Oracle. Buying and selling domain names is not my main business. Just another way to invest money and make additional income.

    Looking forward to do business with you.

    Best regards,
    Andrew Evensen Ph.D.
    Chief Operating Officer
    Opera Engineering

    ============================================================================
    NOTICE - This communication may contain confidential and privileged
    information that is for the sole use of the intended recipient. Any
    viewing, copying or distribution of, or reliance on this message by
    unintended recipients is strictly prohibited. If you have received this
    message in error, please notify us immediately by replying to the message
    and deleting it from your computer.
    Those that are willing to give up their freedoms for perceived safety lose both.

  10. #40
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    Michigan
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    reply from scammer

    I figured I would post the reply I got from this a-hole after I told him to bid on the domain at Sedo so no one else gets taken in by him.


    How about 3,500 USD? Ok?

    Did you use escrow.com before? I think this is the safest place for domain/money transfer.

    Do you have an appraisal certificate?

    Domain name is an investment for me. In other words I'm going to sell your name later and make a profit. If I overpay I won't be able to make a profit in the future. It's very important for you and me to know the current market value of your domain.

    Of course, we must be sure that you are engaging a reputable appraisal company. I heard many appraisal companies often made inaccurate appraisals. I will only accept appraisals from independent sources I know and trust.

    To avoid mistakes I asked domain experts about reputable appraisal companies in a forum
    http://domaintalk.ourplace.com/Archive/71048.htm

    Juck check this posting.

    If the appraisal comes higher you can adjust your asking price accordingly. I also hope you can give me 10% - 15% discount of the appraised value.

    After I get an appraisal from you we'll continue our negotiations.

    How do you prefer to get paid: www.escrow.com, www.PayPal.com check or wire?

    Hope we can come to an agreement fast.

    Looking forward to your reply.
    Those that are willing to give up their freedoms for perceived safety lose both.

  11. #41
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    Apr 2006
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    Hi all,
    well.... i think the scammers come from allfordomains.com, one of them got me and made me appraise my domains there..also he got one of my friends with same domain appraisal service. so i send an email to allfordomains.com complaining about this as they calaimed they know nothing about it and they cannot refund my money...be ware

  12. #42
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    Sep 2002
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    Toronto
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    I finally got my first. At last, part of the club!

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

    Hello,

    Please send me price for your domain.

    We are very interested in this name.

    Did you get offers from other people already?

    Our company develops client-server systems (Delphi / Interbase), so investing in domain names is not my main business.

    Looking forward to do business with you.

    Best regards,
    Masafumi Herosuki, Ph. D.
    President
    Opera Solutions Ltd.

    SENT FROM: Opera Solutions <herosuki@operaen.com>

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

    Does anyone know if these guys are based in North America or the EU (or UK)?

    Because if they are, they're committing textbook fraud.

  13. #43
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    Location
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    Same B.S., different name ...

    ... and here's the latest version of that B.S. letter (the domain name is only mentioned in the SUBJECT field of the email):

    Hello,

    Please send me price for your domain.

    We are very interested in this name.

    Did you get offers from other people already?

    Our company develops client-server systems ( MS SQL/ Visual C++ ), so investing
    in domain names is not my main business.

    Looking forward to do business with you.

    Best regards,
    Nakagami Mudosaki, Ph. D.
    President
    Opera Solutions Ltd.


    Interesting touch using a Japanese name.

  14. #44

    Another Name?

    Not sure if this name posted, but received this over the weekend.


    Hello,
    >
    > Please send me price for your domain.
    >
    > We are very interested in this name.
    >
    > Did you get offers from other people already?
    >
    > Our company develops client-server systems ( MS SQL/ Visual C++ ), so
    > investing in domain names is not my main business.
    >
    > Looking forward to do business with you.
    >
    > Best regards,
    > Takashi Nakagami, Ph. D.
    > President
    > Opera Systems Ltd.
    >

  15. #45
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    Re: Another Name?

    Originally posted by vialli
    Not sure if this name posted, but received this over the weekend.


    Hello,
    >
    > Please send me price for your domain.
    >
    > We are very interested in this name.
    >
    > Did you get offers from other people already?
    >
    > Our company develops client-server systems ( MS SQL/ Visual C++ ), so
    > investing in domain names is not my main business.
    >
    > Looking forward to do business with you.
    >
    > Best regards,
    > Takashi Nakagami, Ph. D.
    > President
    > Opera Systems Ltd.
    >

    I just received one I dentical to yours. I love the "PH.D" touch.


    Karen
    "Few are those who see with their own eyes,and feel with their own hearts"-Albert Einstein

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