Just recently I sold a website on Flippa for + $20.000 USD.
The buyer used the "buy now" button and bought it in the middle of the auction (last bid was +11k).
The user says his bank does not support wire transfer, and he is asking for a way to pay with his credit card.
This made me a bit skeptical, and I did some digging.
Although I might be (horrible wrong), it looks like the person in the below link and the name and email address in the Escrow account is the same person.
He has the same name, and I'm pretty sure this is an attempt to scam me.
I'm afraid that he might use others (stolen) credit cards to pay, and that I will have to "return" the money and the website being lost forever if I go through with this deal.
What would you guys advice me to do?
Here is the link: http://pkmncollectors.livejournal.com/8730607.html
As mentioned, it is the EXACTLY same name mentioned in the URL above that is listed in my Escrow account.
Also, he uses almost the exact same username, including e-mail address as mentioned there (only added a number at the end of the username)..
I've got two bidders who are willing to pay 20k, but if I sell them the website for this price, I'll lose 4,5k and guess I have to pay some money to re-list the domain and pay the fees to Escrow and Flippa?
Inspection period is 7 days, and I can cancel, but since it is almost the end of the year and would like bidders to buy it in their 2011 budgets, I am considering to cancel before the inspection period is passed.. Will this make any difficulties to me?
It is the very first time I'm using Flippa, and I've got little or no experience in this industry.
Another question; Escrow only allows buyers to pay a maximum of 5k with a an Escrow premium account if he/she is using a credit card. It seems like wire transfer is the only working and also most safe way to sell domain names and keep the scammers away- or are there others?
Appreciate your feedback!
Kind regards from the newbie afraid to get scammed!