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I want to transfer a domain that I am buying off somebody but I want to make sure i'm not getting scammed. Is there some kind of 3rd-party website that can help me with this kind of transfer so that I can safely buy the domain and move it over to me?

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Use an escrow service like escrow.com.

Ensuring Buyers get the Domain and Sellers get paid.

Whether you're buying or selling domain names online, Escrow.com is a name you can trust. Escrow.com is a government licensed and audited 3rd party that safely holds a Buyer's payment in a trust account until the entire transaction is complete. That way, Buyers can be confident the domain will be registered in their name and Sellers can be sure they'll be paid.

Escrow.com protects your money and your domain.

Since the Buyer pays Escrow.com and not the Seller, Escrow.com can withhold payment until it's satisfied the domain name has been transferred by the Seller. One of the ways Escrow.com does this is by checking the WHOIS database of the appropriate Registrar* to make certain it properly reflects the new Buyer's name as the domain name Registrant. Once this has been verified, Escrow.com releases payment to the Seller.

Buy and sell Domains without fear of fraud.

Anytime you pay in advance for something you've purchased on the Internet, you're taking a chance. People can forge their identities. They can misrepresent what they're selling. And even with the best of intentions, some people are just plain irresponsible.

That's why it's important to turn to a trusted 3rd party like Escrow.com for transactions involving a high risk of fraud like domain name transfers. Relying on Escrow.com is like having an insurance policy that protects you against fraud, deception and irresponsibility.

Benefits for Buyers

  • Peace of mind, Security, and Convenience
  • Assured Domain name transfer prior to paying Seller
  • Ability to confirm domain ownership directly with the registrar before the seller is paid.
  • Ability to pay by wire transfer and in some cases PayPal, check, money order, or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express) Restrictions apply
  • Ability to send credit card information to a financial institution, not a stranger
  • Easy access to live customer support by phone or email

Benefits for Sellers

  • Peace of mind, Security, and Convenience
  • Payment verification prior to Domain name transfer
  • Guaranteed payment once transfer specifications are met
  • Protection against credit card fraud, insufficient funds or credit card chargebacks
  • Ability to accept credit cards and PayPal if otherwise not able to. Restrictions apply
  • Escrow fees that may be lower than merchant credit card processing fees
  • Easy access to live customer support by phone or email
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"Since the Buyer pays Escrow.com and not the Seller, Escrow.com can withhold payment until it's satisfied the domain name has been transferred by the Seller." - - - - - How much does a service like this cost? Are there any free ones? I'm having trouble finding prices on this website. Being a small company being a high priced domain any kind of cost cuts would be better. –  Howdy_McGee Aug 3 '11 at 4:01
    
The fee varies depending on the amount of the deal. See this calculator to determine your costs. –  John Conde Aug 3 '11 at 13:23

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