This is technically more of a tech scam question/concern than it is a crypo question, but wasn’t sure where to put it, and I trust the community here.
So I was emailed directly to purchase a domain name I own from a company in Japan. I’ve sold some of my domain names in the past through GoDaddy premium listings and a couple in small private domestic sales. Here’s the opening email (omitting amounts and domain name):
SUBJECT: [XX] ETH (Ethers) for ********.com
Our client from Nagoya is interested in purchasing ******.com for a new online startup.
Do you have am Ethereum wallet?
Quicca Hosting Inc.
Seems a bit scammy, but I replied back saying I was interested. Second reply the next day:
If you have Telegram you may contact our English speaking representative [First Name] at [Telegram Account]
If you don’t have Telegram just install it from Google Play or AppStore on your phone.
He may also help you to finish the sale. You may also send me your Telegram User name and he will contact you.
My commission is only 5 %. The commission is divided between you and the buyer and paid after you get the money.
The buyer offers [XX] ETH. If it’s ok let’s proceed. You will be paid Bitcoins/Ethereum, wire transfer or Western Union.
The payment to you will be made via escrow service to protect both parties during the transaction.
Do you have a certificate for your domain in English and Japanese? It’s required by the buyer and his escrow service. They must be sure your domain has no restrictions or problems with law and trademarks in Japan. He won’t proceed without it.
The certificate must include the following to be accepted by my buyer:
- Trademark infringement verification (the buyer does not want to lose the domain after purchase because it has problems with trademarks).
- The domain must not be pledged or sold to third parties (verification of restrictions).
- The certificate must be up to date (issued during last 30 days)
- Copy of the certificate in Japanese (required by the buyer because he does not speak English).
- The certification agency must be authorized by my buyer and his bank.
We asked him if GoDaddy or Sedo appraisal certificates will work for him. Now we are awaiting for his answer.
I then began chatting with their “English Rep” on Telegram. Essentially, they said they need a Certificate from http://authorize-transaction.net/ to verify that there is no Trademark infringements in Japan, that the domain is owned by me and not promised in or transition to another party, etc. Which does makes sense to me. The process costs $259, and they claim that if the certificate doesn’t result in an offer within 15 days you can get a full refund.
Here are my concerns/thoughts:
- I had the domain name already listed in GoDaddy Premium listings. The offer I’m getting from the quicca.com Rep is many times more. I’m not sure if they don’t know about it, or just don’t want/can’t go thru the process on GoDaddy. I removed the premium listing for now.
- In my research I haven’t seen any scams related to quicca.com or quicca.info or authorize-transaction.net. Though there isn’t much info on the quicca hosting compan.
- I think it’s coincidence, but my email was hacked about 6-7 hours after I initially replied to the first email. They had changed the password, but I reset the password again and got the email account back. Anything important associated with it has 2-factor auth.
- I am 50/50 in feeling like this is generally a “too good to be true” thing…
What do you guys think?