Don’t you love spam?

This story starts yesterday, when I listed one of my old domains on Sedo. I went and set up the account and listed the domain and pointed it to a parking page since it’s just sitting there anyway.

So today, I log into my email and see that I have a message – The subject line reads like this:

vaksman – subject: ****.com (sent 11/25/2008)

At this point, I’m thinking “look, another spam message. Oh joy! Oh well, let’s give it a shot,” and I opened it. Then I read the message:

to: ****
date: Tue, Nov 25, 2008 at 7:45 AM
subject: ****.com (sent 11/25/2008)

Your domain name has been found online. Please let us know your price.

We are in real estate business. Domain name industry is a new direction
for us. Sometimes we buy, sometimes we resell for making a profit.

Looking forward to do business with you.

Gene Vaksman
Vice President
Elite Network

First off, I haven’t used MSN in forever. It’s one of my for seriously *old* email addresses. And secondly, how can you not find a message like this humorous?

But then! Just for kicks, I typed in and to my surprise (yeah, right), there was only one page of content. There were links, but they either went to the same page, a copy of the same page, or the contact page. The contact page had a incomplete address for somewhere in the UK. It kinda sorta could’ve looked legit. Yeah, ok. Maybe not.

I did some google work and found out that this is a pretty well known scam. There was this one post I found that was posted back in July. Which makes it even funnier.

It’s also kinda sad though. Obviously people are falling for this scam because if they weren’t, they wouldn’t keep running it.


One thought on “Don’t you love spam?

  1. I got this one too.
    Been taking to him for 2 days now:
    Thought you might be interested:

    It’s a big risk to proceed without professional valuation. I already spoke
    to industry experts and they prohibited me to do business without

    Without manual valuation nobody will buy. You’ll sit on your domain for
    years in this case, paying renewal fees to your registrar. Just think about
    it. So sooner or later, you’ll have to obtain an appraisal. Why waste time

    As a seller, you can use a valuation certificate to sell names to other
    buyers. I cannot do the same because I don’t keep control over your domain.

    I’m still interested in your domain. Hope you’ll change your position. I
    simply don’t want to take additional risks.

    Thank you for understanding. I’m looking forward to do business with you

    —– Original Message —–
    From: Richard Grove –
    To: Vaksman
    Sent: Saturday, December 06, 2008 1:54 AM
    Subject: Re: (sent 12/04/2008)

    Hi Gene,
    Feel free to get a valuation.
    As I have said, I would like £1000 GBP for the domain. If you can get more than this reselling, I am more than happy for you to make a profit.
    Please do let me know if you would like to proceed with the transaction.

    Richard Grove

    Vaksman wrote:

    > I’m going to resell your domain and make some profit. Moreover, I have potential buyers. But I won’t be able to resell your domain to them without a professional and independent valuation. They are serious investors and appraisal is a must for doing business with them.
    > We both need independent valuation first.
    > Sellers always provide buyers with valuations. This is a common practice.
    > I don’t trust $14 services like that GoDaddy’s valuation service. Nobody will do a research for $14. We need a real manual service.
    > I researched several companies and here are the results:
    > I wanted to engage as appraiser but looks like this company has very bad reputation
    > Just read this blog
    > So I’m not going to accept this fraudulent service.
    > I also considered, but now it’s clear their service is not reliable enough.
    > Just read this:
    > “Capsule Review: After lots of complaints, Afternic is no longer a recommended service. We will re-review the service in the near future.”
    > Another complaint
    > I was told about manual research service from It costs – $200/hour.
    > Many experienced sellers suggested me as a trustworth manual service. They charge per name not per hour. I’ve read only positive comments about them.
    > —– Original Message —–
    > From: Richard Grove –
    > To:
    > Sent: Friday, December 05, 2008 6:38 PM
    > Subject: Re: (sent 12/04/2008)
    > Hi Gene,
    > We also have the and am happy to bundle these together.
    > We are looking in the region of £1000 GBP for .com
    >Richard Grove
    > wrote:
    >>Your domain name has been found online. Please let us know your price.
    >>We are in real estate business. Domain name industry is a new direction
    >>for us. Sometimes we buy, sometimes we resell for making a profit.
    >>Looking forward to do business with you.
    >>Gene Vaksman
    >>Vice President
    >>Elite Network
    >>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.

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