I’ve Been Catfished!

Remember that time I posted a picture on the Which Craft Bottle Shop Intagram of the website I wanted to get; WhichCraftBottleShop.com???

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It looked like someone already owned it and I could pay GoDaddy.com $70 to be the middle man and connect me with the owner for a possible sale. I saw the page, saw the price and thought “man what a bummer”.  Shortly after I posted the image on my Instagram I get the following e-mail:

Hello, Thank you for your inquiry in purchasing the domain, “Whichcraftbottleshop.com”. If you have received this email in error, please disregard. If directed by GODADDY.COM, please do not pay them to contact us, as you will incur additional fees upwards of $70 US Dollars.

If you are a private entity looking to purchase this domain, the domain is for sale for $850 US Dollars.

If you are a business looking to purchase this domain, the domain is available for $1,500 US Dollars. For a limited time for $2,000 US Dollars you can own the domains, “Whichcraftbottleshop.com and Whichcraftbottleshop.us”.

Acceptable methods of payment include Visa/MasterCard, Paypal, as well as cashiers checks.

Thank you again for your inquiry and thank you for working with Domain King, where if you got the Dough…main, you can be King!

A little sketchy since I did not remember entering my e-mail but I though, “hey, maybe I did”

I respond with a pretty formal and basic business e-mail:

Thank you so much for contacting me. I appreciate the offer but at this time, I am not ready to make that sort of financial commitment. I will most certainly let you know if I decide otherwise.

And then I get a response that has my name in it. Which I thought was super weird since I never used my name (little did I know if actually shows up as part of your contact info in gmail unless you change it). And it was signed with a very unique name that made me think of all those weird craigslist responses you get that just weird you out.

Carissa, please feel free to contact us at any point regarding purchasing these domains. I would suggest not waiting as we may get another offer and sell, at which point the domain can be unavailable for up to 10 years.

If you feel our price is not competitive, feel free to counter, however our data shows that these rates are in line with current root metrics.

We look forward to hearing from you. Feel free to ask us about special promotional options running through the end of the year.

Sincerely,

Richard Harde
Domain King
NA Sales Lead

My response:

Nope. 

Standard response for me when I feel like things are getting way too weird for me to continue conversing. And then it get’s real personal 😛

Carissa, our records indicate that you recently put dreadlocks in your hair, maybe this is causing you to question the quality of the deal you are being offered today…

We also see that you recently attended the wedding off Sally and Scott, if you can prove this, we can offer you a 1 time deal of giving you this domain for free, no strings attached! All you need to do is reply to this email with the special promo code of…”Scottisthegreatest” and the domain is yours.

Scott bought the website a while back and was just waiting for me to try to find it HAHAHAHA He even made the fake e-mail address for domain king and he actually changed the contact info so it doesn’t say his name (unlike mine I just found out). What a riot! I am pretty sure this is the best result from any catfish ever! 😀 He even got all the spam mail from web designers when setting it up so I don’t have to deal with that part haha

THANK YOU SO MUCH SCOTT AND SALLY!!!

Cheers!

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6 thoughts on “I’ve Been Catfished!

  1. I used http://www.register.com .
    http://www.whois.com is also very useful and will check domains and tell you what is available. You may want to purchase other domain names as well just to make sure you own them since it’s not expensive. Like whichcraftsyracuse.com or WCBScuse.com . They can all link to the same site too so you can see over time if one is easier for customers to use or spell right to actually find you

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  2. This Scott guy must be pretty savvy on a computer! Sort of scary… “-)
    Maybe you should make him your web designer!
    Did he have your logo on it too?

    It is very funny! I wondered how long it would take you to find out he did that!

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