If you have recently received emails from a company called ‘Domain Trade LLC’ then you need to just delete this email because its nothing more than a Pure Scam. These companies keep scanning the whois records and fetch email address of the website owners and then send offers for the domains which really seem to be very high. Often website or domain owners would feel that these offers are really awesome and they would revert back. Domain owners when are emailed with offers with 200-300 times their investments would feel that this is one of the best way to make money and when the other party is recommending 3 different domain appraisal companies why not give it a try and wait if the domain is really sold for thousands of dollars.
Here is a copy of the email they send you :
We are interested to purchase your domain MOBILEPHONEWORLD.INFO and offer between 50% and 65% of the appraised value.
We accept appraisals from companies such as
If you already have an appraisal please forward it to us.
Please let us know whether you are interested. Upon review of your valuation and in case of an agreement we send payments via PayPal for amounts less than $2,000 and via Escrow.com for amounts above $2,000, as well as further instructions on how to complete the transfer of the domain name.
We appreciate your business,
Domain Trade LLC
Every Domainer would have heard about Sedo.com which is the worlds biggest domain name marketplace and seeing this URL in the email address they would feel that this is quite a legit offer and would try to check out with sedo.com for the Domain Appraisal Pricing which starts at 29$ for the basic package and 49$ for the Premium Domain Appraisal. Since the prices look quite hefty the domainer would check out the second link provided in the email which offers a Domain Appraisal for around 20$. Since the email states that you can get it done from any of the 3 listed companies generally people would opt for the other two cheaper options.
Once you would have applied for a Domain Appraisal you would obviously get a report from them but which is useless since the Domain Trade LLC company wont respond you back. The main intention of theirs was not to Buy your domain name but to sell their Appraisal services and this is already completed.
The following is the list of domain names which are used by these Scammers who approach people and recommend their services with a tricky style, hence make sure that you Report those emails as SPAM whenever you find them which can save up money of other domain owners.
List of websites you should avoid :