After all these years, it’s still going strong.
It’s one of the oldest scams in the books, and apparently it’s still working.
The domain appraisal scam goes like this: someone says they’re interested in buying your domain name, and they think it’s worth a lot of money. But before they can go through with the purchase, you need you to get an appraisal from a specific service. Once they get a validation of the value, they promise to buy the domain name.
Once you pay for the appraisal, however, the buyer disappears. The scam was to get you to pay for the appraisal service they run.
The email sent today still tries to spoof UK registrar 123-Reg, using the email address firstname.lastname@example.org. 123-reg-support.info forwards to 123-reg.co.uk, a legitimate registrar. But the domain name isn’t owned by the registrar.
Here’s a copy of the email: Click here to continue reading…