Warning: avoid purchasing domain name appraisals from TropicalNames.com.
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:
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,
If you respond to the email with an appraisal you will not hear back from the scammer.