I just received an email from a domain broker who appears to be trying to work out a deal on behalf of a client to acquire a domain name. Unfortunately for this broker, I do not own the domain name that was emailed to me.
I looked into why I received the email, and I assumed that the owner’s email address is similar to mine and the broker made an error. I was incorrect. Strangely enough, the Whois contact is an email address @ a domain name that I own, which I picked up earlier this year or last year at NameJet. The owner likely isn’t receiving notifications for his domain name, and he isn’t receiving offers like this either.
Someone else might try to take possession of the domain name that is linked to the account. That is of course illegal and not something I would do. However, it seems like it would be easy to do should the name I own have been bought by someone else.
People are often critical of using free email services like Gmail and Hotmail. I think it beats managing your own email in many cases, and this is one example of why.
Perhaps the broker will pick up the phone and call the registrant to let him know about the offer and that the email address isn’t connected. Maybe she’ll be able to close two deals!