Just got this:
XYZ here, I was wondering if you would be interested in Purchasing our Domain: Yarmo.Net
Since the .Net extension is the second most registered/used/trusted domain extension internationally, i thought you might be interested in securing this domain [....].
Our Asking price would be $1,299 USD.
Incase of interest, please let me know. We are Selling on a first come first served basis. (Happy to use an escrow and consider any reasonable offer)
That timing is quite phenomenal given the toot I wrote earlier today.
Reply will be no other than simply "lol no"
Is this the side of Internet history you'd like to be on? Selling a domain that costs $10 for $1299 and call yourself a successful entrepreneur? Will your children tell the tales of how their mum or dad managed to scam thousands by hoarding domains and selling them for a 100x profit?
@yarmo you're becoming famous :)
@yarmo I had a similar situation a couple years ago. I was trying to buy kev.uk, but someone already owned Kev.co.uk, and the domain was reserved for them for 5 years.
So I approached the owner and asked if they would be willing to register the domain and transfer it to me. I even offered to throw in £50 as a thank you.
Got an email back the next day...
“I would be willing to register Kev.uk and transfer it to you for £1,000. Alternatively, I’m happy to register it an lease it to you for £50/month.”
.uk domains cost like £6/year. My response was a resounding “fuck you, you crook”
And I registered kevq.uk instead.
@yarmo ...and I just realised that I don’t own kevq.co.uk, so I just nabbed that before some plank does so just for the fun of it.
@yarmo I feel like some people let out a regex script that registred anything remotely resembling words and are now selling those at a premium. Assholes.
@yarmo Thanks for the prod - just snarfed vavasour.uk, now need to set up an MX record.
email@example.com would be so much shorter than firstname.lastname@example.org
Mind, I'll keep using a provider email address for password recovery - your email is only as secure as your MX record.
@yarmo There's a name for these people, which I think isn't unique to the UK, and it's "Chancer".
The act of selling something at a vastly inflated price because someone has a need for it is reprehensible but I think it says something about those who pay-up too.
WTH. Were they planning to go get the domain name for $11 after you pledged to buy it and then resell it to you for $1,299?
I've talked to domain name trolls before, but usually they're peddling names that they actually own.
@oldcoder haha really??? That's insane! Not that I want it, I already have a personal domain. But they really managed to go next level with their scam.
Professional domain-name trolls buy up large numbers of names at a discount. This works for them because even one sale makes up for a lot of the initial investment.
But you were approached by Third World types -- or perhaps just cheapskates -- who didn't want to make the initial investment.
Instead, they send out #scam letters like the one you received and hope to find even one sucker who will take the bait.
The following page seems to confirm that promo codes are a standard feature now:
It's only a $1 discount, at any rate, and only for the first year.
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