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shae marks
May 24, 2009, 07:35 AM
The domain name appraisal scam — which was reborn with a different tact last month — has changed its target domain name appraisal service. A new scam email requests a domain name appraisal from TropicalNames.com. TopicalNames.com was just registered on April 2.

Last month’s e-mails tried to get users to pay for domain name appraisals at a bogus outfit called Pozde.com.

The emails offer three different services to choose from; two of which are legitimate. But the scam offers a third service that is cheaper than the others. I know that some people were taken in by the scam last time, coughing up $22.95 for an appraisal from Pozde.com.

Here’s the full text of the email:

I am interested to buy your domain name domain.COM and offer to buy it from you for 65% of the appraised market value.

As of now I accept appraisals from either one of the following leading appraisal companies:

sed o.com

If you already have an appraisal please forward it to me.

As soon as I have received your appraisal I will send you my payment (I use Paypal for amounts less than $2,000 and escrow.com for amounts above $2,000) as well as further instructions on how to complete the transfer of the domain name.

I appreciate your business,

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