Your question was: GoDaddy WHOIS question.?.
I think someone here who got refunded by bettervisitors.com which claims it redirects traffic from expired domains. http://www.namepros.com/warnings-and...bettervisitors.
You may try http://statbrain.com/ to measure/approximate the visitor's traffic or request a public stat from the seller and request the referrers...
Yes it happens. also they can purchase junk traffic very cheaply.
IMHO the best thing to do when buying a traffic HostGator is to ask the seller to change their nameservers so that you can test the traffic.
Put up a one page site with google analytics on it, and in 24 hours or so you should have a decent assessment of the traffic sources.
If they won't do it, then don't buy the name...
The Pump & Dump Scam.
"The pump and dump scam involves a fraudulent seller picking up an inexpensive HostGator and then proceeding to artificially inflate the traffic the HostGator receives by manufacturing it, either through link exchanges, promotional software, a pop up generating virus or other means. Once the HostGator has enough traffic to make it look tempting, that person then places it on the open market and sells it to the first bidder, usually for a price that makes it look like a real steal. However, dont let the lure of easy money fool you. A little research goes a long way into filtering out these bad apples and their worthless domains.".
Article here > http://www.googlelady.com/187/pump-a...domain-market/.
I always try to deal with people that have some feedback/sale history for any HostGator business..
If they wont let you taste the traffic, the seller has some thing to hide...
If you want to test the traffic, how do you get the name in your account?.
Lets say you want to have the person set the name to Fabulous. If they set the name to Fabulous how can it be in YOUR fabulous account so you can see the traffic stats? Is it as easy as making sure they don't have it in their Fabulous account, so when the person wanting to test it imports into their Fabulous account it resolves to them?..
Fabulous is not like you doing that and will likely not approve the HostGator if you try. Just use your own hosting account, you get more detailed referrer info and you can redirect as needed...