“Aaron Rosenbaum” Is Getting the Appraisal and Trademark Verification Scam Going Again

Sep 05 2012

At least he added a new trick with the Trademark verification.   A scammer using the alias Aaron Rosenbaum kindly made me a $17,500 offer on a domain that I immediately knew was a scam because of the immediate high offer.  I’ll post it here to save everyone some time and effort in case they get the email in the near future

Hello!

I’m interested in purchasing xxxxxx.com.

Please let me know your price.

We are investing money in domains. Our company offers different hosting solutions. We have branches in several countries and help our clients to find a web hosting solution that fit their needs.
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 If you have more domain names for sale, please email me the list with prices.

 Best Regards,

 Aaron Rosenbaum
 CEO

 Hosting Search Solutions Inc.

 

Me:   Feel Free to Make an Offer

I offer 17500 usd. Are you a member of domain forums? Are you an experienced seller?
Best regards,

Aaron Rosenbaum

CEO

Me:  (I knew it was a scam after the first one but verified it with the second)  “Great.  Send me your email and I will get the escrow transaction started:

From: “Aaron Rosenbaum” <web-design@cheap-web-hosting-search.com>
Date: September 5, 2012 3:38:10 PM CDT
To: “Shane Cultra” <shane@cultra.net>
Subject: Re: xxxxxxxx.com

In order to process with the deal I need two things:

1. Please send me an appraisal.

This is the certificate of price.  Even if you don’t have a traffic they will value the domain.

2. I  need  a trademark verification. It’s important for us to know that you domain has no problems with trademarks. Some valuators include this option in the appraisal report.

Please don’t worry. This is not a complicated process. It takes only 2-4 minutes to order online and wait about 24 hous for the results.

Please take into account, I’m not a novice and don’t accept free or automated valuations. I asked in the forum about reliable and independent valuation services with the trademark verification option. Please read this information:
http://www.forum-windows-club.com/Archive/428319570.htm

If the valuation comes higher you can change your asking price. After you send me the professional evaluation via email (usually it takes one day to obtain it) we’ll be doing the business.

What is your preferred payment method:  Escrow.com, International wire transfer, PayPal.com or something else?

Best regards,

Aaron Rosenbaum

CEO

 

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26 comments

  1. charlton

    I got an email similar to this, except when I told him I’ll sell my domain for $3000-4000(can’t remember exact price i said), he said he’ll offer me $10 000. His name was aaron zuckerberg.

  2. AJ

    This guy aaron keep forcing me to go to a website spend $49 for his satisfaction .. here is what he wrote when i told i got it verified with sedo…

    Very good but Sedo appraisal service does not include the trademark infringement verification. So it’s not acceptable in our case.

    Many experienced sellers suggested me http://www.Trademark-Domain-Agency.com. They provide the free trademark infringement verification with the appraisal service. They are also doing a much more in depth analysis.

    Best regards,

    Aaron Rosenbaum

    CEO

    spammer CEO … lol

  3. Holger

    got the same, just a day after I added the domain to my sedo account, most likly they scan for new additions

  4. Anthony

    I got one of these the other day.

    The interesting thing for me is how many times this must actually work. There must be millions of domains not in use owned by people who fall for this scam.

    I actually enjoy finding out about the logistics of various scams and how much money the scammers make for what level of risk etc.

    The bottom line with 99% of scams is that ultimately its the greed of the person being scammed that enables it to work in the first place.

  5. John

    Great a different version of Alex.
    The people behind these idiots know what they are doing.
    The FTC should raid the offices of these idiot clowns and SHUT THEM DOWN

  6. Jay

    I just got an email from David Gossman, it’s the same domain cheap-web-hosting-search.com | Well in the first email he tried to buy some domain that’s not even mine, but if I have others they are willing to buy….

  7. M.willems

    Similar in the Netherlands with new name!
    ——————————————–

    “”Hello!

    I’m interested in purchasing xxxxxxx.net.

    Please let me know your price.

    We are investing money in domains. Our company offers different hosting solutions. We have branches in several countries and help our clients to find a web hosting solution that fit their needs.

    If you have more domain names for sale, please email me the list with prices.

    Best Regards,

    Michael Friedberg

    CEO “

  8. UrbanNomad

    I received the exact same email except for the name. It looked very suspicious so I did a search and found your post. They used the same text only the name changed.

    Thank you for posting and keeping us informed.

  9. Paul

    I had a very similar email today from a guy called ‘Michael Berlinski (President)’ (also from cheap-web-hosting-search.com) who offered me $12,000 for a domain I only registered 7 days ago. He went on to say “I have $115,000 budget for 15-20 domains”.
    Seems like this A hole is using a few names.

  10. andy g

    Hi Shane, just to let people know, “David Gillerman” was the name of the recent scam emails I was getting in my inbox. The format of the emails is the same as other users report.

  11. Andy g

    These scams prey on a basic human trait… Greed 😉 Of course we’d all love 20 grand for our eight-dollar domain name, and the $49 (or whatever) “appraisal” is a drop in the ocean of the promised payout.

    If it looks too good to be true, then guess what? It probably is.

    My better half gets pissy when I tell her most things on the Internet are a well disguised scam, but she’s the one clicking on the banner ads “Click Here – Free iPad”. Oh how we laughed.

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