There are many people who call themselves domain brokers. It’s an easy business to get into, and the self-regulated nature of the business makes it pretty easy for someone to say “I am a domain broker,” without much pushback from anyone. Of course, there is a big difference between good domain brokers with experience and others who don’t have experience, but that’s a different topic.
I recently received an inquiry email from someone claiming to be a domain broker working on behalf of a buyer. Their email address used a custom domain name, and since I had never heard of the person before, I visited the domain name. I was not impressed. I didn’t respond to the email, and it was deleted.
This should be common sense, but legitimate domain brokers should have a website with information about them and the services they provide. It should include information about domain names they previously sold and/or client references. The website doesn’t necessarily have to be anything fancy, but it should provide information to reassure prospective clients and counter parties that they are legitimate.
The broker who emailed me may very well be legitimate. The person may represent a real client and may not be fishing for leads. Because the person did not have a website with information about the person or brokerage, the email was deleted.
Some people who work as brokers try to play down their role. They don’t want domain owners to know they represent monied clients, and perhaps it benefits them to maintain an air of mystery. When a broker emails me, if I don’t know the person and can’t find information about their business to confirm legitimacy, I am not going to reply.