The other day I got an email offering a pretty good price for a domain that caught my attention. It wasn’t a huge amount but it would be a pretty good sale. One problem. I had let the domain drop and I no longer owned it. My first instinct was to look who had bought it and buy it back for less and flip it.
Here’s the kicker, after a little homework and I mean little, turns out the guy who offered to buy the domain is the same guy that owns it. It didn’t take much work to find the guy because he used the same initials in the gmail account he contacted me with as he did in the administrative contact of one of the other domains he owned. Could it be a coincidence? Sure, but probably not and here’s how I know. I had to use the same scam on a guy that screwed me out of payment on ebay.
I had a great set of seat to a Pearl Jam concert a number of years ago in their heyday. A guy bought them on ebay for $300 bucks a piece and we agreed he would get them in person in Chicago. They were 5th row and some pretty nice seats. Long story short, the guy kept saying he’d meet me and eventually stopped returning calls and left me sitting with the tickets the day before. I decided I better sell them quick and was going to do a quick ebay thing and saw the same guy advertising seats for sale to the concert. So I used one of my alternate emails and friends ebay account and questioned him about the tickets. Then I got an idea. I told him I was in desperate need for great seats and I would pay $500 bucks each if he could find some first row seat and could meet him downtown. Within an hour my phone rings. Amazingly the guy wanted those tickets again. He met me downtown and paid me cash. When I got home I had an email telling me he had found the tickets and wanted to know where to meet me. And I never answered. Fortunately I never crossed paths with the guy and have no idea what he did with the tickets but it leads me back to the domain.
I am pretty sure this is the same scam. He was hoping I would contact him, buy the domain, and then the other guy would disappear. He assumes I wouldn’t blame him because he had merely sold me the domain and he had nothing to do with the other guy backing out. Except he was the other guy as well. I’d then be stuck with a domain I had previously dropped and paid 40 times it’s value trying to double my money. A pretty good scam that works off the most basic human desire, greed.