TNW Creations, LLC. Multimedia Publishing

Web Design & Development

Austin, Texas

Scalping Domains for Harvest?

Did you receive an email like this?

Name : Da By

Email : [email protected]


Website : austinweb.design

Domain : austinweb.design


Message :

GREAT FOR YOUR COMPANY:
Get The Most Searched Keyword,
The EXACT KEYWORD DOMAINS.
Now FOR SALE. Buy them direct.
Great Extra Domain For Your SEO Business.

AustinWeb.DESIGN
AustinWebsite.Us
AustinWebDesign.Us
AustinWebsiteDesign.Net
AustinWebDesign.Agency
AustinWebsite.XYZ
AustinWeb.XYZ

This email is an offer to sell domains that are not available to register through a domain company. You have to buy them directly from this individual.


So what is this exactly?

This email is domain spam. You can throw a figurative rock in any direction and hit a domain spam campaign. Domain spammers may or may not actually own the domains they are offering to sell.  They might be masquerading as Domain Investors or Harvesters, (also coined Domain Scalpers by Verisign in 2018) who grab domains for pennies and resell them.


While there is nothing wrong with investments that turn a profit. I love House Flipper! Some domain harvesters are solicitors like this one who clutter the internet with their solicitations and spam. Fun, right?


You could be saying, "Well, hey, some of those domains look really good! What if I go ahead and buy them?"


 

As my husband often says to his friends about an idea that's out of his ballpark, "You go alone, Jobu."

 

 

Law enforcement will tell you never to buy from someone who comes to your door unsolicited because you can never be sure who they really are. The same goes for solicitors who show up in your email like this one.

 


So who are Domain Harvesters aka Domain Investors? The good ones have a legitimate domain registration or web development business, they park domains, list them for sale or auction them off on sites like GoDaddy Auctions ®.


But domain scalpers / harvesters who SPAM are often fly by night companies that grab a bunch of domains, park, list, auction and sell aggressively, then go out of business only to reopen under a new name without any bad spam history.


Will you actually receive the domain you buy from a solicitor or will they take the money and keep trying to sell it? I'm betting you will never see the domain or your money again. Want to know why?


We did not find any of these domains listed for sale on legitimate websites.



Additionally, this domain was just updated a few days ago which means it's now prohibited by ICANN to be transferred for 60 days...

 

OOPS! Did I just bust your spam scam open?

 

Why yes... yes, I did.

 

For all my die-hard Americans out there, keep in mind the domain ending, "am" stands for Armenia, not America. This particular domain "austin.am" is registered to an owner in Yerevan, Armenia. So if you boycott the fruit snacks and hardware for being made in a foreign country, you might want to also skip the solicitation for a domain that can't actually be transferred and came from another country.

 

 

Just sayin'

 


In conclusion y'all, this... is SPAM and probably also a SCAM.


Remember, unsolicited emails are always SPAM.

But don't mark it as spam if it came from your website or you'll be inadvertently reporting yourself.


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Web Developer, Author, Publisher & Designer

I've been designing, programming, writing and publishing online since 1995. I've worn many hats throughout my life, but the common core of my career has always been media. Besides the portfolio you see on TNW Creations, my internet presence has been substantial for over 2 decades. In 1995, while still in college, I founded TNW Creations and became part of the grassroots development for teaching the Lakhota language online. By 2004, my bilingual work was listed on many sites, including National Geographic , Encarta and Touchstone Pictures Hidalgo. When I'm not designing and writing, you'll find me managing MagicStoryLand.Com, creating kid-friendly game & video content, posting salty articles about cyber threats and SEO, leading Girl Scouts, moderating UnifyLife.Org and enjoying my  community, church & family.