Fake Domain Offers from Cloe Harris

Cloe Harris fake domain offersWatch out for domain offers from Cloe Harris, like this one (see below) … it’s fake.

If you write back, chances are you’ll start receiving far more spam emails in your inbox rather than serious offers. Sadly “Cloe” only wants you for your email address.

If you do reply back about the offer — hopefully because you want to mess with the scammers — I’d go through a temporary email account service like HideMyAss.com or sign up for a (new) Gmail account.

Remember the Internet rule: if something is too good to be true, it usually is.

Here’s the fake domain offer email:

From: Cloe Harris <cloeharris04@gmail.com>

Hi,

I have taken an interest in purchasing your domain [your domain name].

Please let me know if you are interested in selling. If so, all I need is your selling price and we will make a decision.

Thank you!

Regards,
Cloe Harris

23 thoughts on “Fake Domain Offers from Cloe Harris”

  1. We got the same offer with the same wording, same sender, and reported it to gmail as spam. This is typical of a scam that has been going on for several years, at least. Years ago I used to reply, before I realized that spammers were just trying to validate my email on file with my registrar so they could sell my address for more money or just load it up with garbage emails.

  2. i am in the middle of it , Not sure what to do ?? i have replied to the first e mail
    and he just responded with the fallowing email :

    Thank you for answering my email. We are small development company, starting to plan things for our specific project. Please be so kind to let me know the price for this domain name as I don’t know the value. Your reply with a selling price is well appreciated and will help us decide if we can pursue a deal.

    Thank you.

    Cloe Harris

    1. Just keep in mind it’s a scam – they’ve emailed far too many people with unrelated domain names for this to really be a “small development company” looking to buy a domain for their “specific project”.

      It could be the typical bank check scam, where they send you the bank check for a few hundred dollars over the amount you want for your domain, & ask you to wire the excess to someone else (typically some sort of broker or agent etc). In that scam, the bank check is a fake — people think bank checks are the same as cash — THEY AREN’T. The fake bank check can take a week or more to bounce, & you can’t reverse your wire transfer. So just be careful. If you find out more about the specific scam they’re running, definitely write back & let me know. Thanks & good luck!

  3. Just got the same email on one of my domains. I wish that I had checked it out prior to responding to it.

    It will be interesting to see if I get an increase in spam. Thanks for the article.

  4. Got this email from cloeharris04@gmail.com today. Thanks for the warning.

    Hi,
    I’m interested in your domain, c..,,,,,y.com.
    If you’re interested in selling, please let me know your asking price.
    Look forward to hearing back from you.
    Thanks,
    Cloe Harris

  5. thanks for the info:

    Hi,

    I’m interested in your domain, collocated.com.

    If you’re interested in selling, please let me know your asking price.

    Look forward to hearing back from you.

    Thanks,

    Cloe Harris

  6. Cloe Harris is a FRAUD and SCAMMER

    Why can’t google delete this scammer ?

    Oh yeah…. because google makes money selling ads and serving spam emails…. The more crap they render in your inbox the more “ad fees” they can charge to unsuspecting adwords users

  7. I got email from an agent at bighornconsultants.com forwarding an offer from his client who is interested in buying one of my domain. We had several emails after his first one and we discussed the price. You think this is a reliable company? Thanks.

    1. Never heard of bighornconsultants.com & their pretty awful website doesn’t strike me as legitimate – no contact info, no client list, etc. Sounds too good to be true.

      1. I received the same kind of email today.. I already created an Escrow account. and they send me the link of escrow.com and there it said that the amount we discussed was on it.

        Is it scam?? what are my risks?

        1. It’s been awhile so honestly I’m not sure. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Escrow.com is a legitimate service though, but as far as I know they don’t act as the registrar in the transfer like some other domain-specific escrow services do. I believe the scam happens when the buyer (scammer) claims they haven’t received the domain (when they have) & so escrow.com returns the buyer’s money — since Escrow.com is not involved in the actual domain transfer, they have no good way to verify that domain ownership has changed. WHOIS info doesn’t necessarily have to change for an ownership/registrar transfer; in other words the scammer can keep the WHOIS info set to you & still have control of your domain.

          So the scammer ends up with your domain AND their money back. You’d have to prove to escrow.com beyond any doubt that you transferred the domain, like a video of you confirming the transfer. Hope that helps.

          1. Thank you this is very helpful.

            Well the domain certainly has some good potential, so I think it is worth it, and we are talking about a 4-figure (x.xxx) amount of money.
            So for me its a big deal.

            The only thing I can do is to call Escrow and verify if the buyer has a history, and If not… well they are existing for many years, …then there is something weird going on.

            Thanks!

  8. In addition to what I already said. Well I took contact contact with escrow.com and asked about the history/reputation of the buyer on escrow.com, and it was positive, so i started the transfer. :)

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