I put up a bunch of domains for auction (see sidebar on right) through Namejet. I got an email today from someone who was contacted about buying one of the domains, but they weren’t contacted by me. Instead of replying to the person who wrote the email they looked me on on WHOIS and forwarded the email to me.
Text of the email:
We intend to unload one of our cherished assets, dogsled(.)com.
Would you be keen to discuss this?
This is priced in 4 figures ($1000 to $9999).
PS: This is a one-time email. We’ll never bother you again!
A quick Google search of the email address that sent this ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) brings up some potential info on the owner of the email address: http://acro.net/blog/domains/is-domcollectsedo-spamming-its-domain-portfolio.
I personally don’t have much of a problem with someone seeing a domain name in the market place and trying to presell the domain (if you agree on a price and then the auction goes over that amount and you back out of the deal then you just broke the contract and could get sued so preseller beware). But I have a BIG problem with someone claiming that they own the domain when they clearly do not. Claiming you own something when you don’t is fraud, especially when you are attempting to negotiate to sell it. If this person/entity is not familiar with fraud perhaps you should look it up… there are repercussions so maybe you want to stop.