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Domain Certificate scam

Today I got an 'offer' for a domain I have... Very scam like
Here is the reply I got:

Thank you for responding!

My name is Elisa Hayashida. I work as a broker of International clients in Japanese hosting company - Heteml Inc. (part of GMO Clod). I will help you to finish the sale.

I am reaching out to you on behalf of a buyer from Tokyo. Your buyer is a corporation from Japan. Your domain will be used to generate traffic to their new web project so they offer a good price. Commission of our company is 6%. It's paid when you get the money.
They will pay you via the Escrow.com or Swiss Escrow service. You can be paid via wire, Paypal, check or any other method you prefer.

The buyer offers $60,000 usd.

Do you have a certificate? It's required by their bank.

The final sale price will depend on the certificate ($60,000 minimum - if it comes higher they will pay more).

If you don't have the certificate it's not a problem. You can order it online.

Please note he cannot accept it from any agency. He needs a manual service. It also must be a third party independent agency (not your broker our auction site) and must be accepted by his bank.

The certification includes the following:

1. Independent valuation of the market price. It will show your domain name is not overpriced. On the other hand if the valuation comes higher, he will increase the price accordingly. In the domain name industry, there are many appraisal tools that people use to estimate the value of a domain name. My client does not want to risk and doesn't accept services that use scripts. If you are unsure about some service feel free to ask me.

2. TM and law compliance verification. It proves your domain has no trademark problems. He would like this verification to be included in the appraisal report. It's not a problem because some companies include the TM verification for free.

3. Copy in Japanese.

The process is very easy:

1. Go to the certificate agency site and order a certificate. Just submit your domains and let them know you have a buyer with $XX,XXX offer. It will help you to get a better valuation.

If your domain is worth at least $10000, they will send you the payment instructions. If it's not possible, they won't send you the instructions. This way you will not lose anything. It's very convenient and gives you the full protection. Other services charge you upfront even if your domain is not worth spending the appraisal fee, so I don't recommend them.

2. Send the certificate to me and we will start the sale process. As soon as the buyer receives your certificate they will buy your domain.

If you are new to the certification process, I can help you with the step by step instructions.

To communicate with me online please use Telegram messenger. Here is the invitation link to our Domain Sale Group: https://t.me/joinchat/R6SOOVGtGy_T6uuvP1wzDg

Add me (@ElisaLawyer) to your contacts and we will be able to chat in Telegram. If you don't have Telegram you may install it on your smartphone from Google Play or AppStore.

Please respond ASAP. We have another seller and he agrees to certify the domain. If you don't respond we will buy his domain.

E Hayashida

Vice President

Investor Relations

Kagoya Inc.

26-2 Sakuragaokacho ·

Tokyo, Japan
https://www.heteml.jp/

Jonas in Spain
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To all post-ers in this thread. 

 

These are third-party efforts to obtain data or funds from customers with domains at all registrars. GoDaddy does not control these senders. Always check the raw email headers of the offers received to be sure that the email is from "@godaddy.com" only, not an iteration like... @godaddy.specialoffers.com or @godaddy.verificationsite.com. 

 

If you believe you've received a spam email, you can send it to spam@godaddy.com. You can also use the online form to report the company here, using the link near the top of the page.

 

 

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I just received the exact same email. I am going to call GoDaddy in the morning to report it.

What did go daddy say...

I received one just now

Just got off the phone with them.  I forwarded the email to them and they said it looks like a scam.  If they wanted your domain, they can do the work to get it appraised, certified and whatever else they asked you to do and then offer you what they think it's worth.

Also. They will email you this message below asking for the BTC and ETH

Keep in mind the wallet addresses. Clearly belong to children scamming American/Europeans.

Message:
Dear Customer,

You have submitted your domain for the certification. We have reviewed your application for certification and it has been approved.

The certification will include appraisal, trademark/legal verification and owner's validation. It will be a manual service (no scripts). A copy in any other language will be available after you pay for the main copy (English).

Total Amount: $299 per domain * 1 domain = $299

If you have Ethereum wallet you may send ETH direct to our ETH wallet address.

If you don't have Ethereum please pay with Visa or Master card via the Ethereum payment gateway (powered by Simplex) at https://ccswap.myetherwallet.com/#/

In the Price field enter $299

In the "ETH Address" field enter: 0xfb7c0639fc0135098b878236894c235c38f286d2

ETH address is our special address dedicated for your payments (your wallet address in our system)

Then click Continue and enter your card details. Better use a debit card - they work better with our payment processor Simplex.

ETH wallet address to end us payment: 0xfb7c0639fc0135098b878236894c235c38f286d2

Amount: $299 USD

If you pay through this site for the first time they may ask for a clear picture of your ID (passport or driver's license).

Our company is in step with the times and we also accept payments in Bitcoins from individuals and companies from your country.

To pay in BTC please send $299 worth of bitcoins to our wallet 15DNPFgtCxn55jRY4VFXFMrZGnPGQ4V4K5

If you have any problems with making the payment please don't hesitate to email me.

Sincerely,

Sandra Lee

Customer Service

I just received the same email. I will be reporting these criminals them to GoDaddy as well!

 

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Received a similar email through Godaddy, I mean if you really want the domain its there go buy it.

 

Yep. Still happening. Played along for a bit and they want you to send crypto currency ETH or BTC only (huge sign it’s a scam) to this site below.

https://authorize-certification.net/start.html

Message:
I don't want you to force to pay for the certificate but there is no other exit. If you don't want to pay - I understand. In this case we may cancel the five figure usd sale. But if you wish to proceed please follow my instructions:

I talked to the buyer. GoDaddy and Sedo certificates don't meet the requirements of his security department (no copy in his native language and no trademark infringement verification).

But we have found the solution. His bank accepts the law compliance document from the accredited agency (owned by mother company Authorize which is owned by Visa )- Authorize Certification & Escrow Services (Swiss Escrow) https://authorize-certification.net. They make the law compliance documents for Japan and support copies in Japanese in PDF format.

Go to this site and click Certification. Specify in the comment field "I have a buyer from Japan with $XX,XXX USD offer. I need legal verification for Japan with copies in English and Japanese". Then submit your domain and wait for payment instructions.

If the appraisal in the certificate shows a higher figure the buyer will pay more so it may help you to earn more. If it shows a lower value you will still get paid the agreed price.

After you get the certificate please send it to us in PDF format and you will get paid the same day.
Cost: $299

Maybe report internet scams to these folks:

https://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx
Moderator
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To all post-ers in this thread. 

 

These are third-party efforts to obtain data or funds from customers with domains at all registrars. GoDaddy does not control these senders. Always check the raw email headers of the offers received to be sure that the email is from "@godaddy.com" only, not an iteration like... @godaddy.specialoffers.com or @godaddy.verificationsite.com. 

 

If you believe you've received a spam email, you can send it to spam@godaddy.com. You can also use the online form to report the company here, using the link near the top of the page.

 

 

TLH - GoDaddy | Community Moderator
Supporting you at x.co/247support

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