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Old 05-25-2003, 03:11 PM   #1
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Default Sounds too good to be true

someone sent me an e-mail asking if he could buy my mailing list
for 1$ per each e-mail address so i said i have 6000 e-mails so he arranged an escrow service to pay $6000
using www.escrow.cx

it seems to me it's a company he owns as well and he is trying to convince me he actually did pay me which he never did.

anyone did get such an e-mail?
is escrow.cx a legit company?
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Old 05-25-2003, 03:57 PM   #2
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Definitely sounds a little odd. I did a lookup on escrow.cx, and this is the WHOIS data I got:
Registrant Information:

Domain Name: escrow.cx
Creation Date: 2003-01-05 21:03:40
Expiration Date: 2004-01-06 21:03:40
Last Modified: 2003-01-20 20:16:53


Status: Active

Registrar: CITC (http://www.NetDNS.cx/)
Whois Server: whois.nic.cx
No information on who the owner is at all, or any contact information. The creation date isn't that old either. The link to their terms on their website doesn't work. And what's with all those company logos at the bottom of the site? They don't link to anywhere... doesn't the verisign image usually link back to some sort of explanation about what verisign is?

I'd be very wary. There is some contact information listed in the Company Profile on their site... you might want to phone and see if you get a real person. You could probably also phone some sort of records office in London and see if Escrow.cx Inc. is actually an existing business entity, as they claim to be.
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Old 05-25-2003, 05:34 PM   #3
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This is definitely a ****. I also was approached by someone to sell my list (22k reg'd users) for $1/each. They wanted me to use http://www.secure-trader.org which happened to be registered the day before I was sent the request. More and more of this is happening, request only payment thru known places like the real Escrow.com

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Old 05-25-2003, 06:08 PM   #4
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sounds like a Sc@m to me.

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Old 05-26-2003, 01:13 AM   #5

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Yup. It's an increasingly common ****. Even made it on to an Oprah special (don't ask ). Some poor guy lost $US50,000 in an escrow account setup by a con artist from whom he thought he was buying a BMW.

Probably not a good idea to sell a mailing list anyway, but that's another issue for another day.

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