In the recent months, there have been several reports of domain name
scam from someone called “Jon Hegglund”. In summary, they will ask you
for the domain price and thereafter ask the domain name to be appraised
by a domain name appraisal service of their choice…
Ofcourse, the domain name appraisal team belongs to the same person,
and you will be paying him to appraise the name he is going to buy. And
ofcourse, he won’t buy your expensive domain name because he just want
you to pay him money and not the other way round.
for part of the email. As an Anti-Scam expert myself, I did a research
before going any further. There are other links on this same issue:
that this is a link to a forum, so we are not sure when the listing
would be available. I have attached my own email thread below. One
thing smart about the author is that he made a check on the background
of the source, e.g. IP address, host, etc. Although not conclusive, it
may be used as a hint to investigate further. There are others, just
type “operaen scam” using google search.
This email is published here for information only. Note that we did not proceed to quote our price. Instead, I conducted a research and found the background before stopping the transaction.
Btw, if I reply the email below with a price, they will definitely ask for the domain name to be appraised so that “they can be assured of a good investment price and they can sell the domain name at a profit later”. It makes sense, but they will not agree to let the domain name be appraised by the older (and proven) domain appraisal sites (e.g. Sedo), but they will insist that you visit their appraisal team and Pay for the Appraisal. What’s next? Nothing… thanks for the business and bye bye. Your domain name will not be sold.
From: Hegglund [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Friday, August 04, 2006 4:43
Subject: Re: XXXXXX.XXXXXX
I need to know the lowest price you can accept.
What is your price range: $5,000 or $10,000 or even higher?
Please send it to me via email as soon as possible.
—– Original Message —–
From: “XXXXXX” <XXXXXX@XXXXXX.com>
To: “‘Opera Software'” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Thursday, August 03, 2006 9:04 PM
Subject: RE: XXXXXXX.com
> Good day, thanks for the mail. Please make your best offer instead.
> I might not be selling XXXXXX.XXXXXX so early as I have a plan for
> now busy working on other projects. If you are not looking to use it
> to expand a business, it might not be worthwhile for me to sell
> because I intend to work a business around it, and not just domain
> parking. Plans
> the business may change, but not at the moment. As such, I would only
> sell this name at a good investment price instead.
> —–Original Message—–
> From: Opera Software [mailto:email@example.com]
> Sent: Thursday, August 03, 2006 10:28 PM
> To: XXXXX@XXXXX
> Subject: XXXXXX.com
> Our company develops software so domain investing is not our main
> Just additional way to generate income.
> Please email me price for your domain name mentioned in the subject line.
> it’s reasonable we’ll do business.
> If you have other domain names for sale please send us the complete
> list with prices for consideration.
> I’m a very busy person so it may take several hours before I respond
> Looking forward to do business with you.
> Jon Hegglund
> Opera Software
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