Sunday, November 13, 2011

Domain Boutique Scam: Beware of the latest Domain Sale Scam

A couple of months ago, I reported a domain appraisal scam targeting domainers with domains listed mainly on Sedo. The company's name was apparently Brand Domain Name Services LLC. These scammers went silent for about a month but it seems the same people or someone replicating their methods have reemerged as Domain Boutique.

Below is one of the emails they have sent out presumably by someone called Aaron Wedel. Expect the name of the "Presidents" to change every few days. Last time, we put a courageous effort in putting a stop to the scam. Let us do it again!! I have been getting some incoming traffic regarding this latest scam based on a previous post, which led me to do a little research and land on this post on a GoDaddy Forum

The email comes from aaron-wedel@name-boutique.com. In order to look legit, they have forwarded the domain www.name-boutique.com to www.nameboutique.com which is a legit domain registration business. So someone who types the domain www.name-boutique.com will land on www.nameboutique.com and might be led to think they are dealing with a legit business. This is why it's important to protect your brands online across many TLDs and also register many common typos and hyphenated versions of your domain name, scums like this will likely abuse it to defraud internet users. As DomainTools clearly shows, Nameboutique.com was registered in 2003 and offers legitimate domain services to users while domain-boutique.com was registered 1 month ago and is scamming and defrauding newbies in the domain business.

But if nameboutique.com cannot even undertake defensive registrations for their own company which is in the domain business for God's sake, why should I trust them to protect mine?

If you get such an email from aaron-wedel@name-boutique.com or from another name @name-boutique.com, please share your experiences with us so that we can forewarn more internet users, especially the newbies in the domain business. These scums should be exposed at the earliest opportunity for a trusted and safe internet!!

‘’Hello,
We are interested in purchasing your domain name.

Our company is in hosting and domain name business.

Please email us your desired price in USD or euros for the domain name in the subject line.
If you have other names for sale please email us your domains with prices.

Looking forward to doing business with you.
Regards,
Aaron Wedel
President
Domain Boutique’’

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