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Past owner of domain asking for email access?

Discussion in 'Domain News' started by James, Nov 10, 2017.

  1. James

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    Hi All,
    We acquired a generic domain name from a broker a few months ago, pretty decent domain.
    The prior owner who is also in our industry reached out to me and asked if we could set up them a email forward as they had some personal emails and personal accounts on sites used for that email, I have met this person before and he said he realised he didn't own the domain anymore as he let it expire a few years ago when he was on holidays, he has a new business and just wanted the info/ accounts associated.
    I did the right thing and said I can set it up for a month so he can change his information ect, didn't want to cause any issues with the individual.
    Anyone had something similar like this happen in the past? I know a level of risk is associated with it.
    James
     
  2. snoopy

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    Sounds ok as long as it ends with that.

    I have bought a domain once and given the seller email redirection for a year, it did effect the ease of parking it but that was about it.
     
  3. Bacon Farmer

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    Hope you got a carton for your troubles.
     
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  4. Callum

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    Have done this for a previous domain owner recently, no issues so far. Keep an eye on the mailbox to ensure nothing suss is going on :).
     
  5. TrafficSauce

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    Had a similar thing where a PR company created material using the wrong domain and asked if we could supply the email addresses for the duration of a campaign. We all make mistakes, so no problem.
    I think the risk works both ways as you would have access to all the incoming email - not the most enviable position for the other party, I'm sure.
     
  6. James

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    That would but nice, I do not expect anything.
    Never had this happen before though I would expect it would be something that happens a bit.
     
  7. snoopy

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    It is usually part of a sale agreement, I haven't heard of it is quite this situation.
     
  8. findtim

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    Yes
    i've done this both sides of the fence, once when i sold and once when i purchased.
    i think you putting a time frame on it is good.
    i also think HELPING someone is always a good thing.

    tim