Domain Scam

This is another Domain name Scam I got after I tried listing my domain for sale with a few sellers.  Scammers are getting better at it. Just when I thought I had seen all sorts…………

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Our client offers a good price for your domain. Please email us your desired price in USD or euros.
Moreover, they can also pay all escrow fees if necessary. If you have other names for sale please email us for consideration.

Can we get your answer this week if possible?

Regards,

Jerome Miller
Web Name Business Corp.

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So I reply to him with US$ 6K asking price. He gets back to me with a counter offer of US$ 5.9K. The Catch – I have to get an appraisal done.

> From: “Jerome Miller” <jerome-miller@webnamecorp.com>
> Date: Wed, 19 Jan 2011 02:47:59
> To: <kajain99@yahoo.com>
> Subject: Re:
>
> Can you accept 5,900 USD?
>
> Our client has a 20,000 USD budget for several names. Have you had your
> domain names evaluated by certified valuation experts in the past? Even if
> your domain has no web site it’s possible to appraise it. Without a
> valuation certificate our client cannot be sure in the sale price.
> Moreover,
> our accountant and tax services always ask for valaution certificates. On
> the other side, it’s very important for him in terms of reselling too. Of
> course, we must engage an independent valuation company with a real manual
> service. So I will only accept valuations from independent sources our
> client trust. We don’t have certified experts in domain valuations and use
> independent reliable companies for appraisals.
>
> To avoid mistakes I asked domain experts about reputable appraisal
> companies. Please check this blog with suggestions from other sellers and
> buyers:

>
> If, for example, the valuation comes higher you can adjust your asking
> price
> accordingly..
>
> After you send us the valuation via email (usually it takes 1-2 days to
> obtain it) we’ll continue the process. Do you sell domain with a web site
> or
> just the name? Domain without content is ok with me. Web site is not
> necessary.
>
> What is your preferred payment method:  Escrow.com, International wire
> transfer, PayPal.com or something else?
>
> Hope we can come to an agreement fast.

> Looking forward to your reply.

I told him I will take US$ 5K. $ 900 less than what he has offered. Let the client use these $900 for the appraisal. Guess what ? ” We don’t spend a single penny without independent valuation” lol.
I see, but it’s a standard practice to show independent valuation tobuyers/resellers. Nobody will do business without it. I’m a businessman and have no intention of changing rules which help both parties to avoid additional risks.

Of course, investors never take into account auto-generated valuations. So manual valuation is a “must” too.

I read the following information about appraisals at:

Without the independent valuation from a trusted source we don’t spend a penny. This is our financial policy. So our offer is just a rought estimate. If the appraisal comes higher we are ready to offer a bit more. If it comes lower we will discuss the price with you again.

Thank you for understanding. I’m looking forward to doing business with you.

Why I love Thunderbird

I was sitting with a colleague last week when an email arrived. Looking at the email I told him it was from Lebanon, and the same guy had sent us a similar email 2 months back. He was impressed.

There was no country mentioned in the email, and there was no alluding to the previous email. But I could tell, because I had the country lookup and Gmail conversational view plug ins installed in my Thunderbird.

It’s not uncommon for others to be surprised at the speed I can search though thousands of emails I have in my system using Thunderbird or tell them otherwise not so obvious details of the emails.

These kind of things are very much alien to outlook users. Outlook is great too, but I rather advocate Thunderbird. I hope this small article will help people decide for the email client they want.

1. Search Options in Thunderbird.

It has so many search options that you will be overwhelmed. The only program I have seen with better search options is Eudora.

For example I could search in Eudora for emails that

– Have receipt’s email ending with .lb
– Date between 2nd Jan and 3rd Feb
– Subject Containing Profile
– With attachements

ThunderBird Advanced Search Options
ThunderBird Advanced Search Options- Click to see Full size

2. Quick filters and Quick search.

Quick filters and quick searches do just that. Help you search quickly or filter the messages quickly. Both work like charm in realtime. You start typing in the quickseach and it autofills with the emails matching the pattern. The email search is very impressive.

3. Free Plugins

There are thousands of free plugins available for thunderbird. Look for the list of my favorite thunderbird plugins in my upcoming blog. There are plugins available to do everything from your email client.

Thunderbird Quick Search
ThunderBird Quick Search- Pattern Matching "Sale"

4. Undelete – Even those gone from Trash box.

Stephen Parker mentions in his blog how to restore emails that you deleted even from your trash box. Looks like Thunderbird never actually deletes the emails, it just hides them. The emails can be restored by opening your mailbox file into any standard text editor.

5. It’s free.

All this makes Thunderbird an excellent choice for anyone who wants to stay on top of his email messages.

Facebook RSS feed using third party

I was trying to import my blog as RSS feed into facebook.  After lots of trouble, I was able to do it, though it should supposedly be an easy task using built in importer.

This is how I did it.

1. Went to Notes Application, click on settings, Import.

2. Encountered “Import Failed, We couldn’t find a feed using the URL you provided” by Facebook.

3. Tried Again.

4. Encountered “Import Failed, We couldn’t find a feed using the URL you provided” by Facebook Again……..

5. Tried Again.

6. Encountered “Import Failed We couldn’t find a feed using the URL you provided” by Facebook, yes Again.

7. Banged my head on the keyboard. Google opened up by miracle.

8. Googled around and found RSS graffiti (http://apps.facebook.com/rssgraffiti/?ref=bookmarks&count=0).

9. Installed it. Smiled at the sense of acheivement.

10. Wrote this small blog.

Hope it saves someone a lot of trouble.

Domain Name Scam : China

I thought that all the scams originate from Nigeria or Senegal, but here is news : China Joined the list too.

Offlate I have started getting regular emails from these chinese companies, trying to sell us their domains. It’s a definite scam, made to look like a legitimate email from a concerned IP management company.

We are a professional organization mainly engaged in Internet intellectual property management in Asia. Currently, we have a pretty important issue needing to confirm with your company.On August 1 2010, we received an application formally, One company who called Ricardo Holdings Ltd. are applying for following:

The Internet Brand:
mydomainname
Domain names:
mydomain.asia
mydomain.hk
mydomain.com.hk
mydomain.jp
mydomain.kr
mydomain.sg
mydomain.tw
mydomain.com.tw

During our preliminary investigation, we found that these domain names’ keyword is identical with your trademark. I wonder whether you consigned Ricardo to register these domain names with us? Or is Ricardo your business partner or distributor in Asia?

We haven’t finished the registration of Ricardo yet, and we have postponed this application of this company temporarily already. In order to deal with this issue better, please contact us by telephone or email as
soon as possible. Waiting for your reply ASAP

God Indra Meets a Logician

Once there lived a king who was as cerebral as he was kind and altruistic.  So much so that he had earned the name of “The Intelligent king” ( If you are thinking I did it to avoid the work involved in thinking of a name , you though right).

Once there was a famine in the kingdom of TGK . It continued for five years and caused much agony and pain to the king seeing his people die.

Like any Good Hindu King, he set on appeasing God Indra. After months of praying, one day God Indra appeared in front of him.

GI : You are granted a wish all right. Now will you stop nagging me with the chanting of 1,001 pandits ?

TIK : Bhagvan, my people are dying. Bring this femine to an end. Quench the thirst of our land with a good rain.

You know how Indra loves to test people. So he decided to test the King.

GI : Well, let’s have a deal here. You give me your most beloved thing in the world and I will make it rain.

I bet you have heard the story till this point. This is where my story turns into something different. Read on……… Or write your own ending after this.

TIK : If I were ready to sacrifice my most beloved thing to make it rain, won’t that make rain my most beloved thing ?

GI ( Baffled ) : What ?

TIK : Rain has to be my most beloved thing, if I gave my most beloved thing for it. Right ?

GI : That’s not how it works. You Sacrifice your child and I will make it rain.

TIK : I think you don’t see where I am coming from. Why Would I sacrifice my child ?

GI : To make it rain .

TIK : Doesn’t it mean that I love rain more than my child ?

GI : Yes, it does.

TIK : So that make rain my most beloved thing, not my child. I have to sacrifice rain. But if I do that you will be obliged to make rain, which will render the original logic invalid.

GI : I have a terrible headache. Could I get an Aspirin.

TIK : Now you are talking. What’s in it for me ?

GI : I will make it rain for an Aspirin.

So that’s how an Aspirin saved the kingdom of TIK from a famine. 

Tempted to write a different ending ? Go on, tell me how you would have ended the story with your comments.