web design scam text correspondence

Recently, we’ve received a number of different requests for website redesign proposals that had some odd and striking similarities, enough to trigger alarm bells that something wasn’t right. What started as a simple text message turned into a call with the Secret Service (yeah, really). We all know how prevalent scams are online, so it’s no surprise that these extend to specifically crafted web design scams, SEO scams and other scams that directly target photographers, designers and other creative professionals. In the web design industry, we’re all targets. Be alert, trust your instincts and reach out to others in your professional community.

Here’s how the scams work

They’re called the Third Party Payout Scam, the Payment Reversal Scam, the Advanced Fee Scam or the Overpayment Scam. The Fraud Prevention department at credit card payment processor Stripe put it like this:

I can see that you work in web design. Designers such as yourself are common targets for a type of scam known as a Third Party Payout. Essentially, the scammer makes a payment (generally in the thousands) for a project, and pays more than they need so you can then transfer money direct to a third party (e.g. a consultant, graphic designer, etc). I imagine your correspondence with your ‘client’ has been along these line. As I’m sure you’ve figured out, the fix is that the card used is stolen and the third party is actually the scammer. So when the legitimate cardholder disputes the payment the business is left holding the bag on the money retrieved from their account and what they transferred to the scammer.

What’s amazing about these web design scams

  1. How involved they are – by the time any money were to actually make it back to the scammers, a lot of work and time is devoted to each scam
  2. How long they’ve been going on for – these scams have been going on for a while, and they don’t look to stop
  3. The exact scams aren’t changing much – a basic web search will turn up dozens of minor variations on the same web design scams that are being recrafted into seo scams, designer scams and other freelancer scams
  4. The scammers will email you, text you and sometimes even talk on the phone with you – it’s amazing just how easily a scammer can be totally anonymous hiding behind a throw away webmail account and a Google Voice phone number

Here’s how the web design scams went down

The first scam came through from Kent Walter <[email protected]> and seemed strange because it mentioned a budget right off the bat (what clients reveal their budget in a blind outreach email) and asked “are you the owner” – strange. It also referenced another website to copy – pretty unusual. Here’s the full email:

From: Kent Walter <[email protected]>

Good I just want to open a new Indian Restaurant i need a website for my business to grow the site should be up & running by ending of March i don’t want a shopping cart in my reservation page also i don’t have a domain name yet i prefer: DHARMAKENTRESTAURANT.COM My budget is $5000-10000 for the web design i need you to go through this example link site: http://www.indikausa.com, i want the same page as this site i want only English language you will be updating the site for me. I have a private project consultant, he has the text content with logo along with the image artwork get back to me with an estimate including hosting i will like to know if you are the owner or the manager?

Thank you

This person is the scammer: “I have a private project consultant, he has the text content with logo along with the image artwork”

web design scam fake website sitemap

“Kent” even sent through a sitemap drawing of the website he wanted to make – pretty funny in retrospect. And since this time, the website http://www.indikausa.com has been suspended by HostGator. I emailed with “Kent Walker” a few times until I realized the whole thing was going nowhere – he never responded to basic discovery questions. I didn’t suspect this was a web design scam. Until a few weeks went by.

The second web design scam came through a few weeks later – early in the morning as a text message from someone claiming to be Luis Lee at (732) 893-0731. The first text read “good day are you available for a website design.” Our business number accepts text messages and our Google My Business listing allows potential customers to text message us. Here’s where the alarm bells start going off:

From Luis Lee (732) 893-0731

am luis i would love to know if you can handle website design for a new company and also if you do accept credit cards ?? kindly get back to me with your email so i can send you the job details.

And it gets even more fishy when the email came through from luis lee <[email protected]>

From: luis lee <[email protected]>

I have small scale business which i want to turn into large scale business now it located in TX and the company is based on importing and exporting of Agriculture products such as Kola Nut, Gacillia Nut and Cocoa so i need a best of the best layout design for it. Can you handle that for me ?. so i need you to check out this site but i need something more perfect than this if its possible .http://www.agroamerica.com…. the site would only be informational, so i need you to give me an estimate based on the site i gave you to check out, the estimate should include hosting and i want the same page as the site i gave you to check out and i have a private project consultant, he has the text content and the logos for the site.

Note:
1. I want the same number of pages with the example site i gave you to check excluding videos and blogs.
2. I want only English language
3. I don’t have a domain yet but i want the domain name as leetopfarmproduce.com
4. you will be updating the site for me.
5. i will be provideing the images, logos and content for the site.
6. i want the site up and running before ending of next month.
7. My budget is $4000 to $6000

Kindly get back to me with:
(1) an estimate
(2) And will like to know if you are the owner ??

Regards

This person is the scammer: “i have a private project consultant, he has the text content and the logos for the site”

I immediately thought, “There is that same email we received from the Indian Restaurant a few weeks ago. What are the odds.” It became obvious pretty quick that both were web design scams.

But then my brain quickly went to “how do these web design scams work? – how do they play out – what kind of people are doing this?” I have no intentions in vigilante justice. Or intentions of repeating the amazing journey of phone scam discovery that took the producers of the Reply All podcast to India to meet the people behind those annoying junk calls from a phone number a few digits off from your own (episodes one and two – will blow your mind).

Curiosity got the best of this cat, so I played along with the web design scam to find out more.

Luis of course eagerly responded to my proposal

I emailed with “Luis Lee” a few times and even made up a quick proposal based on the sitemap of the Agro America website and sent it off to Luis. I even called him to see if he would pick up. I ended up talking to Luis on the phone, though the connection was terrible and neither of us could understand each other. He did, though, email me right back to accept my proposal.

From: luis lee <[email protected]>

Thanks for your response, I am okay with the estimate everything sound good and i’m ready to make payment now with my credit card, I understand the content for this site would be needed so work can start asap but i will need a Little favor from you and the favor is that I will send you my credit card to charge for the sum of $5850 plus 3% Cc company charges, You will deduct $2750 as deposit for the design of the website plus extra $100.00 as a tip for handling perfect work for me and you will send the remaining $3,000 to the project consultant that has the text content and the logo for my website so once he receive the $3,000 he would send the text content and logo needed for my website to you so work can start asap,Sending of funds would be after money clears into your account and You will be charging my card for remaining balance upon completion of work, Kindly get back to me so we can proceed with payment asap

Regards
Luis

Here’s the scam: “you will send the remaining $3,000 to the project consultant that has the text content and the logo for my website”

Pretty good location for a gacillia nut business

I asked for a name and address of the company, and was given the kind of uncreative name “Luis Lee LTD” and the address 5603 Peacock Ridge San Antonio, TX 78228. As if more evidence of this web design scam were needed, a quick search on that address showed that it had been listed for sale just 21 hours ago.

fake address used by web design scam attempt

I reached out to Stripe to see if they had any interest in at least tracking an IP address from these people. I can turn my credit card payment processor into testing mode so charges aren’t really processed. The great people at Stripe’s Fraud Prevention department told me to do absolutely nothing like that, to stop all communications and to reach out to the Secret Service with details of the web design scam.

It turns out this particular variant on the Third Party Payout Scam / Payment Reversal Scam / Advanced Fee ScamOverpayment Scam has its own name: the Agro America Scam and the Gacillia Nut Scam. Unlike the Indian Restaurant variant where the example website seems to have been suspended, it seems that Agro America is a legitimate business and doesn’t play a part in this scam. The website did send my computer’s CPUs through the roof, making me wonder about BitCoin / cryptocurrency mining. But enough about the scam.

What to do if you’ve been targeted

  1. Unless any money has been stolen from you, the best thing to do is nothing. Delete the emails / texts and never reply at all. It’s unlikely that the scammers are sitting in a room together and will put you on some kind of organized hey don’t contact this web designer again, she’s onto us type list. More likely is that the scammers are an unconnected group of people using the same scam, are totally disorganized and will probably contact you again. So just delete. We played along for a bit to find out more about the scam out of curiosity, but it’s probably not a good idea.
  2. If you want to report the scam, or have unfortunately lost any money, you can reach out to
    • The Secret Service – we were referred to them by Stripe even though no money had changed hands. The Secret Service is responsible for counterfeiting law violations as well as financial fraud including banking, access device, advance fee fraud and computer fraud, financial document counterfeiting, and money laundering. I had a pretty nice chat on the phone with a Secret Service agent who confirmed how widespread these web design scams are and told me that unless money had changed hands, they weren’t too interested in trying to track anyone down
    • FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) – complaints filed via this website are processed and may be referred to federal, state, local or international law enforcement or regulatory agencies for possible investigation
    • Federal Trade Commission Complaint Assistant

We’ve heard reports from others like fellow web designers Olive Group and Covington Creations about similar encounters. Have you been contacted? Have an update to report?

Updates

Looks like the scammers are moving to Yelp! Is anyone else getting these Yelp scam messages? Seem very similar to other general web design scam emails we’ve gotten dozens of times…

New Message: James H. is requesting a quote

Hi there, please respond with a price estimate. Here are my answers to Yelp’s questions regarding my project:

In which ZIP code are you looking for professionals?
78711

Describe your need:
Good day, am Hanson i would like to know if you can create and handle an informational website design for my new company ? Kindly get back to me as soon as possible with your email or cellphone number so i can send you the job details. Thanks

Thanks for the comments posting the details of all the variants on this same third party payout scam. Hopefully the scammers get tired of spending all this time trying to steal money and put their efforts into something more constructive. Keep up the comments so others can stay alerted!

This stuff never stops. Good thing is that it can be put online so others can find it hopefully before any money changes hands. Just got another of the same scammer emails from leon gregory <[email protected]>

From: leon gregory <[email protected]>

My name is Gregory Leon and I would like to get a quote for an e-commerce website for customers in Haiti, with the same functionality as Craigslist, but with distinct design. In addition, I want to integrate google translation because Haitians speaks French and Creole. Furthermore, the website will be for small businesses and individuals with goods and services they are interested in selling or advertising via this website. There are additional features I want integrate into the website as well:

Certify SSL, and all traffic to the website will be over HTTPS.
WordPress
Ensure current architecture adequately supports future systems upgrade
Enable electronics gift card payment.
Create ten additional staffs accounts.
Maintain complete ownership of the website and its content.
Mobile-responsive, fast-loading, and able to adapt properly to changing screen sizes
Maintain complete copyright protection of the website and its content
Please send me your quote to include the development, design and a reasonable monthly charge for hosting the website no later than June 1, 2018.

I can be reached at [email protected] and by phone at 786-473-4663. Thank you and look forward to hearing from you soon.

Unfortunately, we were in the middle of putting together two proposals and didn’t have the time to catfish more out of Leon. Next time…

This crap never stops. Just got the exact same scam sent it via email from james morgan <[email protected]>

From: james morgan <[email protected]>

Sound good …… I have small scale business which i want to turn into large scale business now it located in and the company is based on importing and exporting of Agriculture products such as Kola Nut, Gacillia Nut and Cocoa so i need a best of the best layout design for it. Can you handle that for me ?. so i need you to check out this site but i need something more perfect than this if its possible .http://www.agroamerica.com…. the site would only be informational, so i need you to give me an estimate based on the site i gave you to check out, the estimate should include hosting and i want the same page as the site i gave you to check out and i have a private project consultant, he has the text content and the logos for the site.

Note:
1. I want the same number of pages with the example site i gave you to check excluding videos and blogs.
2. I want only English language
3. I don’t have a domain yet but i want the domain name as yourtopproduce.co
4. you will be updating the site for me.
5. i will be proving the images, logos and content for the site.
6. My budget is $3000 to $8000

These scammers never stop. You’d think they’d start getting more creative. But everyone knows creativity is inversely related to profitability, or something like that.

Just got another of the same scammer emails from
julian johnson <[email protected]>

From: julian johnson <[email protected]>

Here is the job details

i have small scale business which i want to turn into large scale business now it located in USA and the company is based on importing and exporting of Agriculture products such as Kola Nut, Gacillia Nut and Cocoa so i need a best of the best layout design for it. Can you handle that for me ?. so i need you to check out this site but i need something more perfect than this if its possible .http://www.agroamerica.com…. the site would only be informational, so i need you to give me an estimate based on the site i gave you to check out, the estimate should include hosting and i want the same page as the site i gave you to check out and i have a private project consultant, he has the text content and the logos for the site.
Note:
1. I want the same number of pages with the example site i gave you to check excluding videos and blogs.
2. I want only English language
3. I don’t have a domain yet but i want the domain name as UlyateFarm.com 4. you will be updating the site for me.
5. i will be proving the images, logos and content for the site.
6. i want the site up and running before ending of next month.
7. My budget is $5,000 to $19,000

Kindly get back to me with:
(1) an estimate

Favorable Regards,
Julian Johnson.

Sent from my ipad

I asked for the name address and phone number of Julian’s business, and he said it was

JULLYFARM
USA
OFFICE 1754 Woodruff Road #153
Greenville, South Carolina
29607, USA
+1-785-428-2862

I called the number and spoke with someone I couldn’t really understand. It was a busy day in the office so I didn’t dig much deeper, but I did email Julian to get a life and stop stealing money from people.

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459 thoughts on “Avoid Web Design Scams

  1. Thanks so much for posting this! You saved me getting my hopes up.

    I was contacted on people per hour by a guy that asked me to email his assistant for details of a website he wanted to build.

    They then sent me this email:

    Hello
    how are you today? here are the details of the new job for you Am i am always busy My Name Mark Wiles living in North Wisconsin USA. I need you to go through this Example links site : https://www.muranolondon.com/I need something as simple as this build a decent, elegant, modern website for our newly about to be opened restaurant. if possible, let me know if you can .i want you to create this website within time frame giving 4/5 weeks because the interior decoration of the website is the only thing left and it will be ready by that time, so i want both the restaurant and website to start running same day. So kindly get back to me with an estimation, the estimate should include the hosting too.

    Also, i will like to inform you that there will be no shopping cart in my observation page and there will be no chat include also. I will be preferring the domain name (Wilesrestaurant.com)

    Note: My budget is not more than $4000
    So kindly get back to me with your total estimate for the job with domain price include.

    Note; I will be providing the logos, image and contents. All you need to do is to create the website

    Though i would have prefer a website designer from USA because of communication and mode.

    ——————

    If the email had not been written so strangely I likely would have fallen for this scam as $4000 for a information website is well above usual in the UK!

    The average price of a website in the UK is around $700

    Thanks again!

  2. Here is the latest loser that tried it on me via Craig’s List:

    “Hello Ron. Thank you for getting back to me, and glad to know that you are available and interested in taking on the web design project. I’m in need of a B2C/C2C multi-vendor marketplace website where vendors(individual sellers and dealers) can register, upload and sell new and/or pre-owned jewelries. The site will be known as Agua El-Paso, and will live at http://www.aguaelpaso.com. I have been combing the internet to see if this is something I can do myself, but it appears more complicated than I thought. I even went ahead and purchased https://themeforest.net/category/wordpress/ecommerce?gclid=CjwKCAjwhMmEBhBwEiwAXwFoEYAd1XLEnjMAETJ_uzpTPtEGA-_C6RLStmvD-KIyO6xmRO11lsokmRoCY_UQAvD_BwE&term=jewelry#content, as I liked it very much. So, I will like you to take a look at the WordPress template, and let me know if it’s one you can work with it. Here is a link to download it https://www.dropbox.com/s/f6fdg1j20l0fxr9/themeforest-tqfTGo8r-reprizo-jewelry-watch-shop-wordpress-theme.zip?dl=0. Download license is 2c591978-6648-4023-9454-d057c5151951.

    I will like to have an open market place where Sellers will have the option to register as individual sellers or dealers. The platform should be programmed such that when a potential buyer sees what he or she likes, they can either contact the seller and trade directly, or trade through the platform. In which case, the buyer makes payment for the item(s) to us via PayPal, and then we notify the seller that payment has been made, and instruct them to send the items over to the buyer. When the item is received and verified by the buyer, then we release the payment to the seller. All payments on the website will be done via PayPal. The site will have membership plans for dealers and single posting plans for individual sellers. We will be launching the website with 50 sponsored vendors that will display a minimum of 100 items each, while giving independent vendors time to come on board. These sponsored vendors are currently being arranged.

    I will like to have a website like offerup.com where the homepage is filled with image thumbnails, with the search bar just beside the logo at the top. And then login/register on the top right hand. On any search page, I will like to have a search filter on the left-hand side and have it behave like that of http://www.crownandcaliber.com and Amazon, where, when a criteria is checked, the products refreshes to display the selected option.

    I recently came across this theme also https://elab.stylemixthemes.com/demo-4/. You can also look this one up and let me know what you think. I do not take a hard line on any of the templates, so I really do not care if you have to use a different template or build from scratch. I will like you to work on the looks and functionality of the website from a live server. However, I will not be sharing my domain and hosting login credentials until after the website is ready and approved. Which means you will have to work from your test server so that I can see and follow your work. So, please indicate whether you have your own server or not, and take that into consideration when presenting a proposal. I’ll like the website launched on the 30th of September this year.

    I do have a healthy budget for the project, but would rather you submit an estimate as against me announcing what the budget is. That said, I will like you to tell me how much this will cost and how long it will take you to complete it. Please email me directly at [email protected] . Thank You, Binh”

    Part 2 was the best part: “I have been notified that the check will be mailed out on Monday and should be delivered to you Wednesday or Thursday. However, I will need your help with two tasks outside of web design. Since I will be making Craigslist, Offerup, and other online listings my major source of pre-owned jewelries purchase, I will like to hire photographers as physical inspectors across major cities in the US whose responsibilities will include going over to the sellers’ to verify the jewelries are what the ads say they are. So, I will need your help in putting up an ad on craigslist for photographers starting in Florida. I paid a local agency to get the web design ad on craigslist and do not want to go through the same process for the new ads to save cost.

    Secondly, I will need your help in making a down payment for a Cartier Calibre Diver ADLC and a Vintage Onyx Necklace with Navajo Silver Pendant. I’d like to make the payment so they can hold the watch a little longer for me to get someone to physically inspect it before I make the purchase, and they want the down payment of $2500 via cashapp or Venmo. So, I will like the funds for those added to the check, so that once you receive the funds from the check, you can help me with this process. The seller of the Necklace wants payment via cashier’s check, but given my current location, my bank won’t mail out a cashier’s check below $500. So, for the Necklace, I will like you to help me purchase a cashier’s check for $35 from your bank, and then will have it mailed to the seller. I will compensate you for the time spent on these if you like.

    So, if this is fine by you, please get in touch quickly. Thank You”

    I actually got a check in the mail, brought it to the Bank’s attention and I reported this all to the local authorities and the Secret Service. I hope whomever this is gets caught!

    Watch out folks!

    Ron

  3. I got a very similar design request as above. Here is what they sent to me:

    “I want you to know that this is the first time I will be doing such designs so I can only give a few details but we want a very mature and presentable design in just Black and White colors as we’ll be printing on Black and White materials.

    This is for Capital Church and it’s needed for our Capital Student Night (CSN) which will be held on the 31st of September and my budget for this design is $1500.

    I need you to make 2 designs writing ” GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME AND ALL THE TIME HE WILL BE GOOD” and 2 designs writing “THOSE WHO TRUST IN THE LORD SHALL FIND NEW STRENGTH”. making 4 designs. I need you to include religious images like cross or dove bird to make the designs look more different.

    These designs will be printed on t-shirts, banners,fliers and mugs and I need to know how long this will take you and also get back to me with your total estimate so I will know if my budget can make the designs.

    Thanks

    Frank Eyeson.”

    I was skeptical because of the large amount he was offering right off the bat. No one does this, they always ask me first my fees. So I decided to play along and see if it was a scam after all. After I replied back to him requesting info about dimensions and format and my pricing he replied:

    “The designs should be 9.5-10.5 inches and we’ll need 2 of the banner sizes.

    The favor I need from you is that I’m having a little problem with the printer as he doesn’t have the facility to put my credit card through nor wants a certified check but only wants cashiers check deposit/online transfers into their account which I’m unable to do due to me being in the isolation center because of the COVID-19, which is why I want you to help me out.

    So I’d like to know if i can mail you the check in the sum of $3,650 and once funds clears into your account, you’d deduct your deposit payment of $700 and have the remainder $2,950 sent to the printer so he can get the necessary materials ready for printing.

    I’d be glad if my favor is highly considered.”

    I bet he would be glad!
    I told him that he had been reported as a scammer…and left it at that.

    This guys email is: [email protected]

  4. I receive these emails and texts all the time. I’ve set up a grabify.link account and include a link in my reply that will grab all of their details if they click on it. Many scammers are wary of clicking on any links in an email (since they know what can happen based upon what they do to others), but a few have done it if you make it sound worth their while to do so. The end result is you get all of their details, location, address, IP address, type of system, etc. which you can then provide to security sites, law enforcement, or simply to scare them. I never call or give out any numbers, block any texts and will only interact via a throw away email account. My websites don’t disclose any email addresses and are not visible in any forms. Even if they were exposed, they’re simply email addresses created to forward to my actual business email accounts. If I DO interact with them, it is to basically hammer them with requests for their credit card information, to bug them about payment, and to keep them having to respond to my emails with more information (since they’re trying to reply on our time to make you believe they’re located in the US, but actually having to stay awake during THEIR normal sleep time to respond. You can tell because their responses generally quit during normal business hours here… and pick up again in the early evenings…

  5. [email protected] lead from facebook/freelancer

    Mail 1……………
    Thanks for your swift response.
    I need you to design my website with the following requirement ;
    1. PAGES
    HOME, ABOUT US, MENU, BANQUET FACILITY, GALLERY, CATERING and CONTACT US VISITING HOURS,ONLINE BOOKING AND MENU KIT pages
    WORDPRESS
    2.And should include hosting price , no shopping cart is needed .
    3. Go through the example link site: https://gurupalacerestaurant.com/
    Please i want it to be perfect than this SAMPLE LINK, if theres any other functionality to be added kindly do that for me
    4,Are you the manager ?
    NOTE;Domain name,Text content,Logos and artwork is already available
    Get back to me with the total estimate and days to spend on the
    project for delivery ….
    Thanks
    Budget 750$- 1500$

    Mail 2 after the Estimate………….

    So good to hear back from you I really appreciate
    Firstly I want you to know that the price you calculate it’s mostly almost my budget which I’m okay with the estimate cost,and will be glad to give you the opportunity to do the job for me and which I hope i will get a perfect job from you;

    AND MY PAYMENT METHOD I REALLY PREFER PAYING YOU WITH CERTIFIED CASHIER CHECk BECAUSE OF THE AMOUNT AM TO PAY YOU

    I based in US,And let me know if you’re interested in working with me with this project , And get a FAMILY or Friends or representative from USA to help you receive the CHECK which it will Be Send and deliver in 24hours while the amount on the check will be available in 24hours..

    So Therefore Kindly Get in contact with a Friend or representative or relative who lived in USA ,

    TO HELP you receive your upfront payment by check …

    ALL What I need are;

    Full Name(To be written on the check)
    ADDRESS ( To where the fedex or usps will mail check to )
    Contact :(To confirmed if Your Friend knows you better before I can mail out the check)

    I don’t have USA Friends so i cant able to follow up further. he is not ready for video call.

  6. I was about to get scammed until I searched my client message on google and I found this post. It appears to be similar to the scam messages listed here. The fascinating thing that I got the same 2 messages from clients that contacted me from Guru.com.

    I will add the messages here so anyone can find them on google

    Message 1

    Good Day!

    Prior to receiving your email,someone else had already been chosen for the job, however I personally have an immediate opening for you.

    Myself and my family are about to kick start a new Hotel,Restaurant and Bar in USA and we need a website for the business to grow.

    Kindly go through this example link website below:

    http://caspiathehome.com/

    I need an exact website something as simple as this if possible, I will like you to get back to me with an estimate cost and the estimate should NOT include hosting and I want you to understand that I want the same page as the example site I gave you above to check and I want you to know you will be updating the
    website for me. I want the site up and running before I am back to the USA,as an Health worker I am currently on a trip to Asia to curtail the spread of the Covid Virus,Like I said earlier i already have a domain name for this project.

    I have a private project consultant,he has the text content and the logos needed for the website with the image and
    artwork,and he just confirmed to me that he was able to register The domain name (sanjeevrestaurantsbar.com) that i requested
    I would need to facilitate you with him,he will provide you the domain log in details for the project.

    My budget is within $3000-5000 for the web design, so please go ahead and check the example website and get back to me with an estimate cost for this website project also will like to know if you are the owner or the manager or freelancer and do you accept cheque(Check) as payment.

    Best Regards.

    Message 2
    Good Day!

    Most Likely you might have come across this JOB offer,the last designer we had could NOT work on the project because he lost his dad,therefore the offer is still very much available if you can create a very GOOD website for a new restaurant.
    We are about to kick start a new Hotel,Restaurant and Bar in USA and we need a website for the business to grow.

    Kindly go through this example link website below:

    http://www.nicdarkthemes.com/themes/hotel/wp/demo/chalet-wordpress-theme/

    We need an exact website something as simple as this if possible better, I will like you to get back to me with an estimate cost and the estimate should NOT include hosting and I want you to understand that I want the same page as the example site I gave you above to check and I want you to know you will be updating the website for me. I want the site up and running before I am back to the USA,i am on work leave trip to Hawaii,I already have a domain name for this project so you do not have to worry about getting a Domain name.

    I want you to know that this is the first time I will be doing a website so I can only give you little details but you can give a better price quote and work based on the sample website above.

    I have a private project consultant,he has the text content and the logos needed for the website,including the registered Domain name with the image and artwork.
    I would need to facilitate you with him,he will provide you the domain log-in details for the project.

    My budget is within $3000-5000 for the this project,I want this delivered in 3-4 weeks to the latest. so please go ahead and check the example website.

    Kindly get back to me with:

    (1) A price estimate :
    (2) Your cell phone number:
    (3) And will like to know if you are the owner or the manager or freelancer and do you accept cheque(Check) as payment?

    Keep safe and protect yourself from the virus.

    Best Regards.

  7. I just got the same stuff from Kent, starting March 5. I’d sent a proposal, and was going to write up a contract tomorrow, March 15. Then I Googled his name. Thank you all for your comments and warnings, and for copying his texts. Saved me a lot of wasted time. Poor paolita – all those hits and few customers.

  8. Thanks for your response, I am okay with the estimate and i wanna proceed so I will be depositing $3000 using credit card so work can commence ASAP, Once you had a chance to get it Done,   I will need a Little favor from you and the reason why I need this favor from you is because the consultant does not have the facility to charge credit cards and I’m in the hospital at the moment recuperating from covid-19( don’t panic I’m getting better lol so I will be glad if you can help me out with this favor, The favor i need from you is. I would give you my card info’s to charge for sum of  $16,000 so $3000 would be a deposit payment for my website design and the remaining $12,500 you would help me send it to the project consultant that has the text content and the logo for my website so once he has the $12,500 he would send the text content and logo needed for my website to you also once the funds clears into  your own account and also $500 tips for your stress & for your effort and I would have done this myself but due to my condition for now and i want everything to be done and set before am out of here also the Logo Consultant  does not have the Facility to accept credit card payment that why and i need to pay for some changes made in the Logo for my comfort so I want you to  handle everything for me sending of funds would be after i understand the content for this site would be needed so as for the job to commence regarding the content.  

  9. After this exchange, and my reply that I did not accept credit cards but PayPal could, I never heard from him again.

    Hi Rochelle,

    I got the agreement/estimate you sent my way. Thanks for your response and the clarification of the building process. I am okay with the cost as it is well within my budget and the terms of payment sounds good too.

    I am glad we are on the same page, everything seems to be in place and i hope i am going to get a perfect job from you.

    Quick question, do you accept credit card payments? Because i can’t do cash transactions at the moment as i am presently at the Sloan Kettering Center in New York with my wife. She is recuperating from cancer. I might also be slow in replies as we build the website due to the situation. I hope this is not an issue?
    Let me know.

    Regards,
    Kent

    PS : I am also going to need a little help from you regarding my consultant

  10. I just received the exact same email through my website. I did seem strange, for who would want a clothing store, but information only? No shopping? Especially during COVID.

    Received this on February 23 from ‘Kent Seino ‘. Glad I Googled his name and came across this page:

    Thanks for getting in touch. I would like you to review the details and get back to me with any question you may have.

    Well, i have a small clothing business for both male and female which i run here in New Jersey, now am trying to expand the business and i want you to build an informational website for it for advertisement, drive traffic to my physical location, and to increase my sales rate..

    so i need you to check out this site but i need something more perfect than this if it’s possible https://www.paolita.co.uk/ the site would only be informational, so i need you to give me an estimate .The estimate should include hosting and i want the site to have not more than 5 pages ,since it is informational. I have a private project consultant, he has the text content, images and the logos for the site.

    Note:

    1. I want only English language
    2. I don’t have a domain yet but i want the domain name as shopclassytrends.com
    3. You will be updating the site for me.
    4. I will be providing the images, logos and content for the site.
    5. I want the site up and running before the end of next month.
    6. My budget is $2000 to $3500

    Thanks,
    Kent

  11. Look for poor grammar and capitalization and an immediate acceptance of proposal. This is good to know. I waste their time a bit before turning them into Google for their gmail address. Also, and I would never do this, but you can sign people up for spam…

  12. Thank you so much for your post. I just got the exact same ‘luis lee’ email about the agricultural business and pretty much the same wording exactly. His name was apparently ‘Charbel Azzi Mikhael’. I spent 2 valuable hours going through the website they wanted ‘the same pages’ as and creating a quote. Luckily I realised it was a bit weird when they said the deadline didn’t really matter, then found your web page. Really appreciate it.

  13. Both Kent Seino and Brett Eldredge messaged me with the clothing store messaging but different wanted domain names. Thanks for posting this! I thought it was odd that they didn’t want to do video calls, which legit customers are eager to do ASAP.

  14. Good Morning Rob,

    The memo was sent to the accountant and the check payment of $3825 is already on its way to you via FedEx courier. The Project consultant little funds for logistic was added along with your initial 50% deposit.

    Once the payment of $3825 cleared in your account, you can send the Project consultant her money and she will be hooking you up with necessary datas needed to get started.

    I could have paid her separately but i need to issue out payment for this particular project in a single check because of proper company and IRS audit reference.

    I hope you understand and sorry for any inconvenience.

    Best Regards

    Alberto Bennet

    [email protected]

    1. I was skeptical at first, and asked a few people, they were too. You all confirmed it for me, especially because it was Alberto Bennett ([email protected]) that was inquiring about a new restaurant website in Texas. See below:

      Good Morning Brad,

      The memo was sent to the accountant and the check payment of $6250 is already on its way to you via FedEx courier. The Project consultant little funds for logistic was added along with your initial 50% deposit.

      Once the payment of $6250 cleared in your account, you can send the Project consultant her money and she will be hooking you up with necessary datas needed to get started.

      I could have paid her separately but i need to issue out payment for this particular project in a single check because of proper company and IRS audit reference.

      I hope you understand and sorry for any inconvenience.

      Best Regards
      Alberto Bennett

  15. I also got the Kent scam. Besides, no prospect ever would be that concise or clear about what they want or what their budget is.

    “I would like you to review the details and get back to me with any question you may have.

    Well, i have a small clothing business for both male and female which i run here in New Jersey, now am trying to expand the business and i want you to build an informational website for it for advertisement, drive traffic to my physical location, and to increase my sales rate..

    so i need you to check out this site but i need something more perfect than this if it’s possible https://www.paolita.co.uk/ the site would only be informational, so i need you to give me an estimate .The estimate should include hosting and i want the site to have not more than 5 pages ,since it is informational. I have a private project consultant, he has the text content, images and the logos for the site.

    Note:

    1. I want only English language
    2. I don’t have a domain yet but i want the domain name as shopclassytrends.com
    3. You will be updating the site for me.
    4. I will be providing the images, logos and content for the site.
    5. I want the site up and running before the end of next month.
    6. My budget is $2000 to $3500

    Thanks,
    Kent”

  16. Another one from [email protected] . Scammers are in Facebook groups as well now. I had reached out because of a post in a Facebook group, but didn’t receive a response for a few months. Just got an email back that was a variation of the ones mentioned.

  17. I found your article/website after getting a couple customers who seemed too good to be true – and WAY too similar. I Googled to see if I was getting scammed and thanks to you, I just avoided a massive headache and more.

    Happened exactly as you describe – gives a budget up front without being asked. Was far too excited to get me payment. And the thing that gave it away finally? I got a different customer talking about nearly identical needs before I even took payment.

    Thanks for the heads up. It seems we’ve reached a new evolution in phishing and scamming, where people are actually willing to play the “long game.”

  18. As you point out – it never stops. Several of them this morning. Been getting them for some years. It’s at least a third of a notch above the lady dying of cancer in Africa who wants to transfer several million dollars to me for whatever reason (I never got far enough through their copy to see how they tried to make THAT one plausible…) but fully half a notch above the recorded phone calls that start out, “Please don’t hang up…this is an important call!”.

    With newspapers going deservedly broke all over the country I guess there are no paper routes for these people to get to earn their beer money, but…?

    Thanks for putting this out there.

  19. Thank you Alex for this wonderfully informative post. I too received the “Kent Seino” from New Jersey asking about the clothing store called “The Classy Trends”. I suspected it was a phishing scam, I got the email on January 29, 2021:

    Kent Seino’s email: [email protected]

    Well, i have a small clothing business for both male and female which i run here in New Jersey, now am trying to expand the business and i want you to build an informational website for it for advertisement, drive traffic to my physical location, and to increase my sales rate..

    so i need you to check out this site but i need something more perfect than this if it’s possible https://www.paolita.co.uk/ the site would only be informational, so i need you to give me an estimate .The estimate should include hosting and i want the site to have not more than 5 pages ,since it is informational. I have a private project consultant, he has the text content, images and the logos for the site.

    Note:

    1. I want only English language
    2. I don’t have a domain yet but i want the domain name as shopclassytrends.com
    3. You will be updating the site for me.
    4. I will be providing the images, logos and content for the site.
    5. I want the site up and running before the end of next month.
    6. My budget is $2000 to $3500

    Thanks,
    Kent

        1. Well, shoot. Y’all didn’t fall for it – so he’s currently emailing me. Kent has a lot of time on their hands apparently.

  20. What happens if someone receives a check which was fed ex by them.What happens when we go with that check to the bank.

    1. This is how the scam works. You deposit the check. They ask you to send some of the money to someone else (which is them). You do that. Then the bank discovers the check is fraud and takes all the money out of your account. You are left having sent the money to them. It’s a scam. Don’t deposit the check or send them money.

      1. My team mate faced this he has got a check then he make it cash and already sent the money order to their consultant its on the way now.I told him that it is a spam and he was saying the check was cashier check it becames cash instantly after giving the check to the cashier.

  21. Thanks guys. This just happened to me for a third time in the past 6 months. I keep the conversations going to collect as many details (all of them fake of course) as I can to report. That being said, I don’t see the FBI or Secret Service doing much about this right now.

    I googled the scam because with the rate that it has targeting us, I assumed it must be targeting the whole industry, and I see it is.

    Everyone stay vigilant and stay smart!

  22. Yup. Been getting these also for at least a year. They are getting trickier and sending less info up front. Usually contacting through my website contact form – so “Can you build a website …” get’s no response from me. My website makes that CLEAR. I have now added “referred by:” to my contact form with the text – “We do not take credit cards from third-party designers and work directly with clients or through our collaborative channels. We report SCAMS to law enforcement.”

    The emails have been fewer! And really how many cold bids ever pan out? Almost every client I have was a referral.

  23. Here’s the latest one form a guy called “Peter Latin”

    Here is the job details, I have small scale business which i want to turn into large scale business now it located in TN and the company is based on importing and exporting of Agriculture products such as Kola Nut, Gacillia Nut and Cocoa so i need a best of the best layout design for it. Can you handle that for me ?. so i need you to check out this site which is of one of my competitors, but i need something way better than this if possible .http://www.agroamerica.com…. the site would only be informational, so i need you to give me an estimate based on the site i gave you to check out, the estimate should include hosting and i want the same amount of pages as theirs and our accredited private project consultant in conjunction with our social media manager and content creator have the text content and the logos for the site.

    Note:
    1. I want the same number of pages with the example site I gave you to check excluding videos and blogs.
    2. I want only English language
    3. I don’t have a domain yet but i want the domain name as freshfoodsalways.net
    4. You will be updating the site for me.
    5. I will be proving the images, logos and content for the site.
    6. I want the site up and running before the end of next month.(january 2020)
    7. My budget is $3,000 to $5,000

    Kindly get back to me with:
    (1) An estimate for the above description.
    (2) Your cell phone number.
    (3) Your City Location

    Financial terms:
    (1) Are you the principal of your business?
    (2) Do you accept credit cards?
    (3) Do you accept Checks?

    Regards
    Peter Latin

    And here is another email after replying:

    Thanks for your response, I am okay with the estimate everything sound good and i’m ready to make payment now with my credit card, I understand the content for this site would be needed so work can start asap but i will need a Little favor from you and the favor is that I will send you my credit card to charge for the sum of $6,200.00 plus 3% Cc company charges, You will deduct $2,000.00 as initial deposit for the design of the website plus extra $100.00 as a tip for handling perfect work for me and you will send the remaining $4,100.00 to the project consultant that has the text content and the logo for my website so once he receives the $4,100.00 the text content and logo needed for my website would be forwarded it to us, so work can start asap Sending of funds would be after money clears into your account and You will be charging my card for remaining balance upon completion of work, If you dont mind me asking which other CC processing merchant do you work with as regards cc payment, I don’t feel comfortable using merchants like Wave, Zelle, PayPal, Venmo or Square, I’ve had issues with them in the past for double charging and late remittance. Any other processors apart from the prior mentioned would work (if you don’t mind me asking what credit card merchant do you use ? Kindly get back to me so we can proceed with payment asap.

    1. Thank you for providing this very helpful info, Alex! I was also just contacted by these scammers:

      Hello , I’m Curtis Bryan I’ll like to know if you do offer site site design?
      ‪(901) 467-1115‬ • Tue 6:41 PM

      Message by You: Hello, Curtis. I do. How did you hear about me? What type of site are you looking for? What’s your business?, Wednesday, December 16 2020, 7:35 AM

      Message by ‪(901) 467-1115‬: Good, I have business which i want to turn into large scale business now it located in Brunswick, GA and the company is based on importing and exporting of Salon Equipment such as Dryer, hair cream, Weave on, Hairdressing, Clippers, I need a best of the best layout design for it. Can you handle that for me?. So I need you to check out this site but I need something more perfect than this if it’s possible https://www.heylovelyskin.com/ I have a private consultant that has the text content and logo for the site. the site would only be information, so I need you to give them me an estimate., Wednesday, December 16 2020, 7:51 AM

    2. I received an email from “Peter Latin” that was exactly what you posted here, verbatim. I replied with a link to this page, lol

  24. I was contacted a few weeks ago by “Wray”:

    I appreciate your feedback, I stumbled across your portfolio when searching for a website designer. Of course, I do have a website to be created. Below are my project details.

    Here are the job details, I have a small scale business which I want to turn into a large scale business, located in Minnesota. The company based on importing and exporting Sport wears such as running jackets, jersey, dancewear, socks, boots, etc. for both adult youth ladies and girls, so I need the best of the best layout design for it. Can you handle that for me? The site would only be informational, so I need you to give me an estimate based on my want below, the estimate should include hosting and having a private project consultant, he has the text content and the logos for the site.

    WHAT I WANT-
    I need a straightforward informational website that shows the products that I sell.
    (4 main pages)
    HOME PAGE
    ABOUT US
    OUR PRODUCTS (gallery) – about 25 products for now and adding 5-10 new products every month. I want the product to classified into four pages, which are
    Male: Adult and children
    Female: Adult and children. So that the customers can get full details.
    CONTACT US – with a form to fill out so that they can get in contact with me.
    Domain name I want- “rayactivewears.net” or anything along that line.
    TIMELINE- this should go “live” in 3 months.

    Note:
    1. I want only English language
    2. You will be updating the site for me.
    3. I will be proving the images, logos, and content for the website.
    4. I want the site up and running before the end of the next two months.
    5. My budget is $1000 to $6000
    6. No shopping ability
    7. The site will be mobile-friendly
    8. I don’t want a sitemap
    9. I have 25 products on it.

    Kindly get back to me with:
    (1) an estimate
    (2) your cell phone number
    (3) And would like to know if you are the owner?
    (4) Do you accept credit cards as payment?

    Regards,

    WRAY REID
    Ray Active Wears

  25. I got one of those this morning from “Kent Seino”. On a gut whim/instinct, whatever you want to call it, I decided to google the name, and this article came up. I’m going to ignore it. Email was as follows:

    Inquiry

    Kent Seino
    8:24 AM (3 hours ago)

    Hi, i am Kent, i would like to know if you can handle website development for a clothing store?

    Get back to me so i can send you the details.

    Thanks!

  26. We had the same issue with Billkens Marnix asking for catering 80 people. His contact phone number is 325-734-8362. His catering order was fishy so we googled his name and found this site. Huge thanks to people who warn about him previously.

    1. I got the same number text me yesterday. Trying to setup a surprise party for his 75 year old mom. 80 people his name was Douglas. Wanted me to charge 3200$ onto my processor for the videographer. Then send the videographer the money. I played along with it. He only wants to text. Won’t get on the phone with me

    2. We just had this same person reach out to us, same number…for catering 80 people for 75 yr old mother.
      I’m so glad I found this!
      Thank you!

  27. i just got this email, have gotten them before, but this time the english was almost perfect.

    what if i just take the money and never reply?

  28. This Billikens Marnix contacted me from 706-813-1401 and wanted some windows tinted in a new house he said he was closing by text we never spoke , and spent a couple weeks getting the estimate and he than said he would have to send payment, Than he said he would send extra if I wouldn’t mind paying some third party vendors, finally I get a bank transfer but from A state unemployment benefits department and he or she ??? wants me to send part to some else yet when I found out where it came from I said I am just going to return all of it just give me an address and you can sign and show a legal ID and I will take a loss for time and materials because I want no part of the funds, now he cant give me address anymore and I did a reverse of the email says from Germany. I might call the state where the unemployment funds were originally wired.

  29. Yup, it sounded like a scam and I have verbatim language from above. This is from “anthony smith” [email protected]. Thanks for the links to report. Yeah, it will take even longer than whipping up a proposal to report, but it will be so very satisfying.

  30. Hello,

    Recently i got an email from [email protected] and asking for e-commerce development. He asked to transferred money to one of the consultant tiffany bobadilla her email id is [email protected]. I almost transferred $7000. kent has already sent me CC information and wanted to transaction in the stripe. Even though I didn’t lose any single dollar from my account. Still, i doubt and trying to search about this and I found your article. I don’t know what to do now. I am getting tense, Please guide me

    1. I got the same scam.. I get at least one a week but mine is the same scam as yours. Too bad we cant get help from the amazing government we have..

      Red flags – Too much detail – showing an upfront budget – consultant to provide logos ect – The consultant/scammer is the one getting the cash. Too educated- knows the lingo too well.. Most clients do not even know what a domain is ect. Verbiage like – can you handle always seems to be within the 1st contact email …

      Kent Seino
      [email protected]
      10:37 AM (35 minutes ago)

      to me

      Hello Mike,

      Thanks for getting in touch. I would like you to review the details and get back to me with any question you may have.

      Well, i have a small clothing business for both male and female which i run here in New Jersey, now am trying to expand the business and i want you to build an informational website for it for advertisement, drive traffic to my physical location, and to increase my sales rate..

      so i need you to check out this site but i need something more perfect than this if it’s possible https://www.paolita.co.uk/ the site would only be informational, so i need you to give me an estimate .The estimate should include hosting and i want the site to have not more than 5 pages ,since it is informational. I have a private project consultant, he has the text content, images and the logos for the site.

      Note:

      1. I want only English language
      2. I don’t have a domain yet but i want the domain name as Theclassytrends.com
      3. You will be updating the site for me.
      4. I will be providing the images, logos and content for the site.
      5. I want the site up and running before the end of next month.
      6. My budget is $2000 to $3500

      Thanks,
      Kent

      1. I recently received the exact same email as you. I thought it sounded fishy so I went and did a little research and found this article. I am glad that I listened to my gut.

      2. Thanks for the heads up. I was building a quote when a little voice said check him out first. Found this article thank goodness. My email was exactly like yours.

  31. I got an email like this today. Thought it seemed a bit fishy so googled it and your site came up — thanks for the warning, you’ve saved me the time (and cost) of dealing with these people.

    For those interested, this is the wording of the email I received:

    Subject:
    WEBSITE DESIGNER NEEDED

    Sender:
    Sarah MacKenzie

    Body:
    Hi,

    I am Sarah by name. I need a website for my business. I would like to know if you are available to build and design a website for me. If yes, please kindly get back to me as soon as possible.

    Kind regards,
    Sarah.

  32. Thank you for posting this. I received nearly an exact copy of these emails this morning…something seemed fishy about it all.

    “I have small scale business which i want to turn into large scale business now it located in Alaska and the company is based on importing and exporting of building equipment so i need a best of the best layout design for it. Can you handle that for me ?. so i need you to check out this site but i need something more perfect than this if its possible http://conamco.com/…. the site would only be informational, so i need you to give me an estimate based on the site i gave you to check out, the estimate should include hosting and i want the same page as the site i gave you to check out and i have a private project consultant that will provide the text content and the logos for the site.”

    I’ve been going back and forth a little, he wanted to pay by credit card, I asked about PayPal and he responded:

    “Yeah I had a bad experience using them they remit my card an account and still don’t credit the beneficiary so I don’t want that to happen anymore, I will suggest you to setup for a new credit card merchant so we can be able to use it for the payment .., you can look into , (clover go ) ( first data ) or merchant one they’re fast and reliable merchant we can use any of these for the payment ok , kindly review them and get back to me ok.. thanks ”

    So that’s a big no from me. lol.

  33. oh wow… secret services and all lol geeez…. I have had 2 of those emails with me they go right to the bin after research…. incredible what ppl do for money…. awful.

  34. We are a Hawaiian Restaurant in Oregon, I just received an email from this person requesting catering. It looked fishy from the beginning so I googled his name and saw this. Remember to report as spam to your email provider asap. I appreciate everyone sticking together and posting this information.

  35. Thank you for this article, I felt something fishy from the start and after the last email I received I decided to research web design scams – and got this exactly, but about a clothing store in NJ. Must have the same guy, mine’s named Kent too.

  36. We are a food truck / catering business and we just received a text then email from “Billkens Marnix” requesting a quotation. There were many red flags. They refuse to give us a phone number, the location of the event, or fill out our client questionnaire. We have been hit several times with scams like this over the last 2 years. It’s frustrating!

    1. Hi Jennifer!
      I googled the Billkens Marnix name and found the page. He asked me a catering proposal. I already wrote him and gave all the info but at the end of the mails we ask me for a “little favor” and he didn’t ask me which was, I answered perfect but that we don’t do third parties payout… I am waiting for his response. I receive a bunch of mails asking for mother’s bday (80 people) during pandemic!!!

  37. Here to say thank you – got an email out of the blue (doesn’t happen that often where people don’t go through my contact form or say ‘so and so gave me your email address’ – I googled Billkens Marnix and found this thread.

  38. Thanks for this info! I’ve had 2 of these email design requests, and knew something was fishy with the first, so carried on the chat trying to get details. I turned down that gig. Then a second email came a couple days ago. Immediately knew it was a scam because the follow up was so close in detail to the first, but it was making me nuts not know what the scam was! Thanks for sharing!

  39. Got the same design request message from [email protected].

    HERE ARE THE DETAILS AND PROCEDURE OF THE JOB:
    1. COMPANY NAME: BILLY BEST PLUMBING SERVICE
    2. MY WEBSITE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION WHICH WOULD BE REGISTER VERY SOON
    3. I DON’T HAVE LOGO BUT NEED A CUSTOMIZED LOGO FROM YOU
    4. I COULD ONLY SUPPLY THE TEXT CONTENT AND PHOTO ALL ARE WITH MY PROJECT CONSULTANT BUT THE ARTWORK WILL BE DESIGNED BY YOU ALSO DESIGN IT BBPS.
    5. I WANT THE BROCHURE TO BE TRI-FOLD IT WILL BE FRONT & BACK THE TEXT AND THE PICTURE IS APPROVED AND CROSSCHECK AND THE FLYER
    6. THE SIZE OF BROCHURE IS 8.5 X 11 AND THE FLYER FULL PAGE 8.5 X 11

    Thanks for posting, you made it easy to confirm my suspicions that this wasn’t a real client request.

  40. We had an email about 18 months ago from some guy called Doyle Carter, identical to the examples you posted above.

    It immediately started my ‘spidey-sense’ tingling as I couldn’t figure out why a US company was contacting a little rural web design co in the UK…

    I suspected something was up, but I couldn’t figure out what the game was, so I responded. I asked if he knew we were in the UK and that support times may be an issue. I also said that we would need 50% payment up front.

    I got a response:
    “Yes, that’s fine, thank you. kindly get back to me with the qoute so i can make 50% deposit payment with my credit card ASAP!”

    Everything about this seemed odd, the eagerness to pay (lovely as that may be normally) made me think there was definitely something afoot, or that the guy had a screw loose. Even though I didn’t necessarily think it was a scam – I thought we would end up being taken advantage of, or this would be a ‘client from hell’

    I was going to respond with a polite excuse to turn him down… then literally an hour after the last email I got another.

    “Hello are you there with me I await your response back asap!!”

    I didn’t respond and there was nothing further from him.

    I just found the original email, and it made me wonder if the website had actually ever been built.. so I did a search and found your post.

    Always trust your spidey-sense 🙂

  41. I’ve been dealing with this scammer for a few days now. He goes by the name of David Potter but he can barely put two complete sentences together over the phone.

    I finally caught on after sending a proposal for a website design for his tropical fruits business.

    The email here is almost word for word what this person sent me. He gave me an example site (legit site) and kept telling me that he wanted it “more perfect”. He said his budget was $10,000 and he would provide logo, content, images etc from his consultant.

    Now, to waste his time, I’m stringing him along and I just told him that the price has increased to $20,000. He asked why. I gave him my response:

    “The total number number of pages. The amount of time it will take to get it perfect. You want a more perfect website than the example you gave me. So in order for it to be more perfect, I’m putting my entire team on this project to make it absolutely perfect for you. You will love the more perfect website.”

    He asked for me to revise the proposal and I told him it’s too late and I’ll send it off tomorrow.

    I figured the more time he spends with me the less time he has scamming others.

  42. Hello! Just received this in-bound form on our website, thought it a little odd as we are a mid-west based firm and the phone # did not align with our area, so I googled the number and came upon this thread as the #2 offering from my Google search. Have been reading and wanted to see if anyone else had been approached this way?

  43. I was contacted by a moron claiming the name of Neil O’Brien. These people are pathetic.

    This is what the email said:

    “ I really appreciate your feedback, Off course I do have website to be create. Below are my project details.

    Here are the job details I have small scale business which i want to turn into large scale business now it located in Minnesota and the company is based on importing and exporting of Sport wears such as running jacket, jersey,dance wear,socks, boots etc for both adult youth ladies and girls so i need a best of the best layout design for it. Can you handle that for me ? The site would only be informational, so i need you to give me an estimate based on my want below, the estimate should include hosting and i have a private project consultant, he has the text content and the logos for the site.

    WHAT I WANT-

    I need a very simple informational website that shows the products that I sell.

    (4 main pages)

    HOME PAGE

    ABOUT US

    OUR PRODUCTS (gallery) – about 25 products for now and adding 5-10 new products every month. I want the product to be classified into 4 pages , which are

    Male : Adult and children , Female : Adult and children. so that the customers can get full details.

    CONTACT US – with a form to fill out so that they can get in contact with

    Note:

    1. I want only English language

    2. You will be updating the site for me.

    3. I will be proving the images, logos and content for the site.

    4. I want the site up and running before ending of next two month.

    5. My budget is $1000 to $6000

    6. No shopping ability

    7. The site will be mobile friendly

    8. I don’t want sitemap

    9. I have 25 product to be on it.

    Kindly get back to me with:

    (1) an estimate
    (2) your cell phone number

    (3) And will like to know if you are the owner ??

    (4) Do you accept credit cards as payment ?

  44. Omg so glad I came to this forum. I started getting these emails when I signed up for Yelp 🙁 I knew something was off because the offer was too high and told the budget before me even asking. Usually real clients come through my lead magnet on my site or tell me who referred them first. I knew something was fishy and I blocked the person. Today I received a message from : [email protected] who emailed:
    “Good morning, this is Billkens, do you do graphic design and printing ?”

    From my other experiences I knew this was a stupid question and another scam. Didn’t know so many people were getting emails from him though. Wow

    1. I received the same email from same person and email account.

      I received skit if these scams lately. I think after I screamed a yelp account.

    2. Just received this email now! Almost fell for it until I decided to research Billkens! Thanks Alex for this post, and Victory for your comment!

  45. Amazing! I received exactly the same email with exactly the same information and wording as described above except my contact was :[email protected] I would never have known that this was a scam except I was googling Gacillia Nut and Cocoa and this site came up.

    Needless to say I don’t need the business that bad. Thanks for the heads up

  46. Thank you for posting this!!

    Billikens Marnix just emailed me and it seemed so strange.
    His new email: [email protected]

    He said:
    Details:
    The color I have in mind Navy Blue,black, Gold and Sliver with an image of Plumber Tools
    Size for the Trifold Brochure and Flyer A4 8.5″ X 11″ full pages and i can only supply the text content and but all are with my project consultant but the logo and brochure will be designed by you also my budget is $3000 and the due date for the project is 30th September, 2020.

    Glad to know it’s a scam!!

    1. I got the exact same message on July 29, 2020 but from the email — Billkens Marnix [email protected].
      Seemed odd to me so I said I would need more info so I could write up a quote and contract. Said I require half payment upfront to even start anything and I honestly didn’t expect to hear anything back.
      Got this response:
      COMPANY NAME: BILLY BEST PLUMBING SERVICE :
      These company is really based on Importing & Exporting of plumbing materials and installation:
      Pipe Gutter, Copper Tube Plumbing,White PVC Cross Pipe, Kelvin UPVC MTA, White Plasto,POLY FIT K PVC ELBOW, Rod T Connector,Brass Plumbing Fitting,CP Brass Plumbing Fittings,Drain Key Plumbing Pipe Fitting, Plugs and Bushings, for Plumbing Pipe , for Gas Pipe And More with Installation.

      HERE ARE THE DETAILS AND PROCEDURE OF THE JOB:
      1. COMPANY NAME: BILLY BEST PLUMBING SERVICE
      2. MY WEBSITE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION WHICH WOULD BE REGISTER VERY SOON
      3. I DON’T HAVE LOGO BUT NEED A CUSTOMIZED LOGO FROM YOU
      4. I COULD ONLY SUPPLY THE TEXT CONTENT AND PHOTO ALL ARE WITH MY PROJECT CONSULTANT BUT THE ARTWORK WILL BE DESIGNED BY YOU ALSO DESIGN IT BBPS.
      5. I WANT THE BROCHURE TO BE TRI-FOLD IT WILL BE FRONT & BACK THE TEXT AND THE PICTURE IS APPROVED AND CROSSCHECK AND THE FLYER
      6. THE SIZE OF BROCHURE IS 8.5 X 11 AND THE FLYER FULL PAGE 8.5 X 11

      NOTE:
      That all i can provide from my means and i hope you understand what i listed above i need a more perfect Job. If you can handle this for me you will be my permanent graphics designer and I will meet you in person after this design is done, due to my trip to get some stuff for my company. Let me know how long it will take you to finish the job.

      I knew for sure after receiving this reply it was a scam. Thank you, Alex, for writing this blog and thank you, Logan, for commenting with his name. It was the only thing I could find with that name in it with my online searching.

      1. I just got an email from [email protected]. The first email just said “Hello this is Billkens, do you do graphic design and printing ?” I said yes and asked him what he needs and he said he wanted a logo and brochure and “The color I have in mind Navy Blue,black, Gold and Sliver with an image of Plumber Tools.” He said his budget is $3000. I told him the cost for each and asked him to fill out a branding questionnaire and said he would need to pay a deposit. Instead of filling out the questionnaire he just responded with a long list of details for what he wanted. I thought his name was really strange and he never said where he got my email from so I Googled his name and this post popped up. So glad a checked first!

  47. Great article, I just received a similar scam text message, posting it here for other googlers:

    Hello,
    How are you doing? I’m making contact because i got to see your profile on Yellow Pages and i was wondering if you were still interested in handling a web design project for a small scale Agro business.

    So get back to me on your thought on this.

    Thanks.

    1. I just received this message from Yellow Pages today from ‘Jane Banks’:
      “Hello, How are you doing? Well, I contacted because I just checked up your profile. So I was wondering if you’re still interested in handling a website design for a new company. So kindly get back to me if interested.
      Thank you.”

      I followed up and I just received a reply from ‘Raymond’ who wrote:
      “Hello, How are you? Thanks for the reply to Jane on yellow pages and the interest in embarking on this project. Kindly send to us your portfolio or previous works for review. After that, you get to receive more details on the project. Expecting your reply. Thanks, Raymond.”

      Seemed weird they’re asking for my portfolio when ‘Jane’ said she saw my profile already.

      I fell for a scam in April where, like an idiot, I thought the person was real. They sent me a deposit cheque (in USD even though they were supposedly in Canada, that’s where their address and phone number were), then before I cashed it they said they accidentally sent me the payment for the printer as well. So they wanted me to deposit the cheque, then e-transfer them the difference. This sounded fishy, but I figured if I wait 4 days for the cheque to clear, it’s all legit. So I waited 4 days, e-transferred the difference, and on the 5th day, my bank took the money from my account because of a fraudulent cheque. So my bank account was then overdrawn. This seems similar, surprising it’s on Yellow Pages, though.

  48. Hi, I would like to share my case, well, this people wrote me by email about my services, basically same email structure like here, but he paid me, I request 2000 to start to build a project, he paid me, but in the payment, he paid as well extra 3000 fee, he asked me to send this money to the “content creator”, I started to work, but in the next days, he request me again “this special favor”, this time he wanted me to send over that 5K to the same person, I said “no thank you, this isn’t part of my role as developer”, he cancelled me the project, and I just find this information. So right now I have that money In my account, what should I do with this??

    1. I fell for a similar scam in April. I was just supposed to design a logo, they sent me a cheque for my fee but supposedly they made a mistake and also included the extra money for the printer. So they asked me to deposit the cheque (in USD) and e-transfer the difference to them. I waited 4 days for the cheque to clear and I sent the extra money to them in an e-transfer. On the 5th day I checked my bank account and the bank removed $3,000 from my bank account because of a ‘fraudulent cheque’. So I lost $3,000. That money will come out of your bank account because it’s fraudulent, so don’t spend it.

      1. EVERYONE READING THIS THREAD, THIS COMMENT IS IMPORTANT. Take note that even though he waited for the check to clear his bank, it was still removed from his account as fraudulent. This can happen months later. So if this scam happens to you, DON’T SPEND THE MONEY OR SEND IT TO ANYONE. It will be removed from your account.

  49. This week, I was contacted by a Paul Bell to design a logo and catalog for his company called Fabrexa . When I searched online, I saw that the company name is for sale, has a few logo options for sale, and also that the company name description is exactly how he quoted it to me. He also had mission, vision, & target audience statements (perhaps developed via another scam), and examples of other companies. I also found a logo example someone did for them on Reddit. I did not see any grammatical errors in the emails he sent, which would have been a tip off for sure. The red flag for me was that he avoided my requests for a quick phone consult to get additional details and his initial contact came out of the blue (not via any recommendation as is what usually happens in this biz). I told him it was too fishy and I was not interested. I kind of wished I had taken it a little further to see if he proposed up-front payment and how.

    1. Yes, they reached out first by text, same person or e-mail. I stopped when couldn’t reach a person by phone live. It’s sad they feel they have to do this to people.

      Paul Bell

      Wed, Jul 22 at 3:22 PM

      The company name is “FABREXA”

      We should be launching as soon as branding and other materials is completed so I’ ll be needing brand Visuals (i.e. Logo & brand identity)

      We are focused on indoor furniture and Decor.

      My website is under fabrication which would be registered soon.

      The full-text content and all images for the catalog will be submitted to you by the Project Consultant. Layout and design would be done by you.
      The catalog should be 44 pages including front and back cover. Texts are approved and crosschecked

      The size of the catalog should Be 8.5 x 11.

      I would be needing just the digital version.

      You will oversee the catalog update.
      Final files should be submitted in pdf.

      See below are few samples

      WEST ELM CATALOG LINK https://www.westelm.com/pages/we-catalog/2020-03.html

      IKEA CATALOG LINKhttps://www.ikea.com/ext/us/ikeacatalog/

      This brand name is clearly derived from the words ‘fabric’ or ‘fabricate’. It looks and sounds superb, and is short and easy to say and spell: all great qualities in a business brand name. The suggestion of fabric and fabrication would make this an excellent choice for a business that’s all about fabrics, or one that is focused on making things – from structures and buildings to furniture and other objects. This is a really well-made contemporary business name.
      All our products are shipped from Germany unlike IKEA, West Elm. Their products comes from China.

      MISSION: Promoting German culture and building a national brand, Undoubtedly, Germany continues to be counted among the world’s biggest furniture nations. The main reasons for its good reputation are the high standard of quality, the use of selected materials
      and the attractive modern design, but also the reliability and the competence of German furniture manufacturers.

      VISION: To become a world-class multinational company that provide our customers with
      high-quality home life by establishing a long-term foundation.
      The needs of customers are the foundation of our survival and development,
      our pursuit is to always meet up with our customers’ needs and expectations.

      PURPOSE OF BUSINESS: The purpose of my business is to bring modern furniture that will provide beauty and comfort for everyone.

      COMPETITORS: Alexandro Furniture & Mattress https://www.alexandrofurniture.com/
      Direct Home Furniture https://www.directhomefurnitureni.com/

      COLORS: My competitors love red. Teal and Brown should be fine.

      TARGETS: I have a wide target Age range 25-56, I would like to target their income demographics.

      For logo inspirations, you can look at brands like
      America Signature Furniture https://www.americansignaturefurniture.com/
      Crate&Barrel https://www.crateandbarrel.com/
      West Elm https://www.westelm.com/
      Williams Sonoma https://www.williams-sonoma.com/
      I look forward to working with you!

      1. Same here, word for word re: Fabrexa from “Paul Park.” Claimed he was in Delaware for medical reasons & would need to pay deposit with a credit card. Nope.

  50. I got a text saying “Hello,Am Ruzzi Mark,i wanna know if you can handle website design?” — written just like that. Seems a little fishy, because no-one has ever contacted me via text for a job. Plus, a poorly written text. I sent him my email and he emailed a simple scope for a custom auto paint informational website. In the email, he stated similar comments mentioned above in that he wanted it “more perfect”. I sent him an estimate and he quickly responded that it seemed reasonable. Now it seems even more fishy. He immediately texted about payment and paying by CC. I told him I could do Venmo. He said he couldn’t do Venmo, PayPal, or Square because his bank debits him twice and its more complicated to work out with them. Seems more fishy. I asked him where he is located and he said, “here in Indianapolis, IN”. I’m in Austin and rarely do people in other states just find me on the internet. I asked him how he heard of me and he gave a generic answer about finding me through a business advisory on Google. It’s really fishy now y’all. He then instructed me to set up a Helcim account to take credit cards. I hadn’t heard of Helcim, but it seems like a legit service.

    We left it there and started doing research on these scams and found this post. I will most likely tell him to F-off tomorrow.

    His email is [email protected] and phone number is (208) 203-0413. It’s an Idaho phone number.

    Does this sound familiar?

    1. Hello Alex & Peter,

      Thank you so much for this site & comments. We just had a dialogue with Mark Ruzzi, that same message come to us yesterday. We’ll not gonna respond again.

  51. I’m looking at texts from Mr. Joe Moore who wants an ‘informational’ website for a small clothing business called White Gold Clothings. Pretty much the same language from your examples above except his budget is $2000 to $4000. So I’m getting the budget-minded scammers. 🙂

    Thanks for writing this, Alex!

  52. I’ve received 3 of these requests recently, all very similar. One looks like it was pretty much copy/pasted from this website!

    I usually go as far as giving them my email (a junk one) to make sure it’s a spam request. When they text me again to “make sure I received it,” I reply with yes, and then ask if their “graphic designer” or “consultant” (or whatever name they use) requests credit cards — which shuts them up immediately lol. The most recent guy kept pushing, so I ended up just sending him screen shots of the last requests I received and was like, “GEEZ do you guys use some sort of template or something?!” thinking that maybe they will start to realize they are wasting our time…

    If this helps anyone else, here the names/numbers/emails from recent requests I’ve received:

    James Hanson 219-237-4630 [email protected]
    Randy Marsengill 323-374-3891 [email protected]
    Marnix Billikens 909-321-2647 [email protected]
    417-986-5385

  53. I was contacted by Dorothy J who supposedly owns a salon and spa to design a website. I was suspicious from the very first email, but after I sent her my usual new client questionnaire, her third email to me was extremely similar to what you shared with run-on sentences, lower case “I”s and the ending, “Kindly get back to me with: 1) estimate, 2) cell phone number, 3) Are you the owner?” Since he/she mentioned she wanted a WordPress site, I wrote back and told her I don’t build sites in WordPress, wished her luck and promptly deleted everything.

  54. We just got hit up last week with a request from our good ole friend Richard Dojcak to build his clothing store website. Very hurt to see that he has been hiring other agencies for his King Trendies store. 🙂

    Just sent him a nice little email before we got too far into our business dealings. Thanks, Alex for hosting this chain. Came in handy as I did my research.

    1. I just heard from “Richard” myself. I tossed the email and then searched his name. I found this article, but, get this: an 86 year old man named Richard Dojcak just passed away in April. Coincidence? I think not!

  55. We get these fairly frequently as well (the latest coming from a “Richard Dojcak” – which is how I found this article).

    I chased one of these down the rabbit hole once just to see where it went. It’s amazing how much time these people are willing to spend on this scam. Thanks for posting this article to make sure those of us in the design community are aware.

    1. Wow… thanks so much for posting this! I received this message through my website form:
      “Richard Dojcak
      Email: [email protected]
      Business Name: Kings Trendies
      Work Phone: 4029571511 | Cell Phone: 4029571511
      Business Description: NA
      ________________________________
      Interests:
      Website

      Current Website: None

      Message: Hi, i am Richard, i would like to know if you can handle website development for a clothing store? Get back to me so i can send you the details. Thanks! Richard
      ________________________________

      Date Submitted: July 9, 2020, 8:45am
      IP Address: 89.238.139.52″

      As always, I did a Google search to see whom I’d be dealing with and your post came up immediately. Thank you for saving me a lot of time and frustration!

  56. Thank you so much! I rec’d nearly the same email for your first example with the “Kent Walter” email. So, it didn’t sound right to me and I did a bit of searching to see what I could find, and here you are with your great disclosures. Thanks again.

  57. I just got this one. I was suspicious as soon as I got the txt message. This guy Paul said he found my profile on Creative Hotlist, except I don’t have a profile there! These people are sick, beware!!!. Thanks for posting this on your blog!

    The company name is “FABREXA”

    We should be launching as soon as branding and other materials is completed so I’ ll be needing brand Visuals (Website design)

    We are focused on indoor furniture and Decor.

    The full-text content, logo and all images for the Website will be submitted to you by the Project Consultant. Layout and design would be done by you.

    See below are few samples

    WEST ELM CATALOG LINK https://www.westelm.com/pages/we-catalog/2020-03.html

    IKEA CATALOG LINKhttps://www.ikea.com/ext/us/ikeacatalog/

    RED COUCH LINK; http://www.redcouchcreative.com/contact.shtml

    This brand name is clearly derived from the words ‘fabric’ or ‘fabricate’. It looks and sounds superb, and is short and easy to say and spell: all great qualities in a business brand name. The suggestion of fabric and fabrication would make this an excellent choice for a business that’s all about fabrics, or one that is focused on making things – from structures and buildings to furniture and other objects. This is a really well-made contemporary business name.
    All our products are shipped from Germany unlike IKEA, West Elm. Their products comes from China.

    MISSION: Promoting German culture and building a national brand, Undoubtedly, Germany continues to be counted among the world’s biggest furniture nations. The main reasons for its good reputation are the high standard of quality, the use of selected materials
    and the attractive modern design, but also the reliability and the competence of German furniture manufacturers.

    VISION: To become a world-class multinational company that provide our customers with
    high-quality home life by establishing a long-term foundation.
    The needs of customers are the foundation of our survival and development,
    our pursuit is to always meet up with our customers’ needs and expectations.

    PURPOSE OF BUSINESS: The purpose of my business is to bring modern furniture that will provide beauty and comfort for everyone.

    COMPETITORS: Alexandro Furniture & Mattress https://www.alexandrofurniture.com/
    Direct Home Furniture https://www.directhomefurnitureni.com/

    COLORS: My competitors love red. Teal and Brown should be fine.

    TARGETS: I have a wide target Age range 25-56, I would like to target their income demographics.

    I look forward to working with you!

      1. I just got the same scam today. Odd that he texted my cell to establish contact. And then when I attempted to call the number to see if he answered, his message said that he only accepts text message. Not wasting any more time on this one! Thanks for confirming the scam.

  58. I got scammed $150, I dodged a bullet, but I deposited the cheque I got and the cheuqe was fake. The bank overdrafted my account for $250. Call law enforcement, or if you used paypal, western union, or moneygram, call them and try to get your money back.

  59. I’m a new web developer and I saw these posts on freelancer.com, looking to hire freelancers to build websites and contact them at an email address. over the past few weeks, I got more and more excited, that I was getting all these clients, and after “paying their consultants” I would be left with $10 grand. I looked back on all the clients and I noticed that all their emails were simlilar. They had wrote the same thing, and it looked like a script. I searched this up and found this article. Sure enough, I contacted all of them who already sent out cheques and told them my company is going under, and we’re no longer recieving any cheques. They got mad but ultimatley left me along. Thank god I didn’t go in any deeper, or else a lot of them were asking to send money to their consultants out of my own pocket, while I wait for the cheques to arrive. I lost $250, but at least now know to never make the same mistake again. So to all my fellow new web devlopers. Please do your research to avoid this tempting scam.

  60. I’ve been communicating with a “Richard Dojcak” whose wife has cancer so he needs help with the navigation of payment and may be delayed getting his content to me. – otherwise, he’s using the exact same verbiage listed above, unbelievable!!! I actually offered to pray for his wife and family. Grrrrrrr. Thanks for this post!

    1. I’m a web developer and I’ve been communicating with “Richard Dojcak” email address is [email protected]. He is asking me to create a website. He’s from NJ he said. Thank you for the article. I was going to waste my time tremendously!

      1. Now he has a Nebraska phone number:

        name: Richard Dojcak
        phone: 4029571511
        email: [email protected]
        desc: Hi, i am Richard, i would like to know if you can handle website development for a clothing store?

        Get back to me so i can send you the details.

        Thanks!
        Richard

  61. I was just contacted yesterday and found out it was a scam when Firefox blocked the site the person sent me to for a web design job. Firefox reported: “Warning: Potential Security Risk Ahead”.

    The guy used the name, “Nicolas Romano”
    The text came from the number, “785-294-5031”
    The web site he sent me to was, “silaglobal.com”

    The guy used the same exact letter from above that starts out, “I have small scale business which i want to turn into large scale business now it located in TX…”

    So Kudos to Firefox!!! No money exchanged and Scam Stopped!

  62. I just got a similar text from someone asking if I can build them a web site and if I take credit cards: 234-348-3977. I haven’t done web sites from scratch in over 20 years and I never gave out my cell number, so I thought this was really odd. I’d had a couple of other similar texts in the past few years that sounded wrong. He was in a big hurry. I asked who this was and where he got my number. He said he saw it on an ad. I asked who he thought I was. He gave the name of my company from over 20 years ago. I told him that was my ex’s company from 20 years ago and asked where he saw the ad. He said he saw it on TV and said “Have a great day if you can’t work for me.” He never would tell me who he was. If he had said he saw it in an old phonebook or a list that someone had put together and posted on the web, that might have been believable, but there’s no way he saw it on TV. Thank you for this page. I knew it had to be a scam but couldn’t imagine how it worked. Thank you so much for educating us!

  63. Thanks. Your post was helpful.
    We was received other text
    ==
    Thanks for getting back to me and here is the details.

    I have a small business which i want to turn into large scale business now in Houston Texas. The company is a Thailand Restaurant/Kitchen and pizza. The main core objectives is to render Virtual Restaurants ( Take Out and Delivery Order Services) at this time.

    So i need an awesome website design for it where orders can be placed. Can you handle that for me ?. so i need you to check out this example site: https://www.northitalia.com , http://orderchaothai.com . This example websites would only be for you to understand what my specifications is going to looks like and get some information on how i would love it to looks like. I need something more perfect than anyone you chose for me if possible or if you have any sample you have done, you can share that with me. so i need you to give me an estimate based on the sites as a benchmark and the estimate should include hosting. The pages should be between 5 to 8 pages most. I only want it in English language. You will be responsible for updating the site quarterly or yearly.

    The website should be up and running before ending of next month. Is that possible? Also I don’t have a domain name yet and I will prefer: SWEETESTDISHES.NET OR SWEET-DISHES.COM/NET

    I have a private project consultant, that has the text content and the logos for the site with the image artwork, so please go ahead and
    check the example site above.
    Kindly get back to me with:
    (1) An Estimate
    (2) And i will like to know if you are the owner ?
    (3)Your direct cell phone number

    ====

    Thanks for you respond..I found all information useful..I have a private project consultant who will have to coordinate with you with the text and logo for the website..kindly get back to me with the details needed for the check payment in the following mode:

    Name to be written on the check
    USA mailing address
    Direct phone number
    Estimated amount due for the website

    Kindly get those details to me so your payment can be prepared as soon as possible.

    ===

    S.Dishes
    address: 5085 Westheimer Rd #B56, Houston, TX 77056
    (469) 554-9842.
    ===
    The private consultant will only coordinate with you when the payment agreement is reached.. kindly supply the details needed for your payment in the previous email

    Name to be written on the check
    USA mailing address
    Your direct phone number

    Here is my own number
    (469) 554-9842
    ======

  64. I think the key giveaway is the “I have a project consultant that will provide you with…” line. I got an email from a Bob Miller ([email protected]) and I believe it’s the same scam, only I have a graphic design business:

    Hello, I’m Bob. I’ve been working from different spas as a qualified esthetician, now I want to have my business set up and I will be needing your services.
    ______________________________________

    Hello Nick,

    Thanks for the response., I will need you to help design a Brochure, Banner Ad, Business card & Rack card. I want you to understand that I have a project consultant who has the Logo, scope, and text content of the brochure & others also he will manage the printings after the project is ready.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    ______________________________________

    Hello Nick,

    I’m the point of contact. Give me a rundown and the area of your procedure, and also I would need you to do me a little favor regarding the consultant.

    (I stopped responding after this message)

    1. Oddly enough I just got off the phone with the same Bob Miller ([email protected]) that I’m guessing contacted you! I’m in Florida and initially got a text from (931) 389-4055: Tenessee, at 6:03 am requesting my photo and video services. I called the number was greeted with a Google Voice name prompt so I hung up and texted back that he could call me to discuss details. Within moments I got a call from Bob wanting a quote. No details mind you, just quote for doing general photo/video. I pressed him for details on the off chance it was a legitimate request, just poor communication.

      I gave him a ballpark figure that was leaning heavily towards the high end and without question he said GREAT!” I will pay by credit card!” Then he asked who processes my card transactions? I even asked why he needs to know that and he said it’s for the safety of his credit cards…… right.

      At that point, I was sure it was a scam and pressed for any details to see if I could trip him up. He’s persistent though and even just sent me an email containing the supposed address of the party he’s planning. Thanks to your post, I will be stopping contact now.

  65. I just got this one!
    inoterior

    This fantastic name combines the two-word elements: ‘ino-‘ (a reference to innovation) and ‘-terior’ from the word ‘interior’ (or ‘exterior’). And it is of course created by simply adding the letter ‘O’ to the word ‘interior’. The result is a contemporary name that suggests newness, improvement and restyling – as well as referencing the world of interior design, architecture or space planning. Whilst invented, this superb name feels established and has a smart, confident style.
    All our products are shipped from Germany unlike IKEA, West Elm. Their products come from China.
    MISSION: Promoting German culture and building a national brand, Undoubtedly, Germany continues to be counted among the world’s biggest furniture nations. The main reasons for its good reputation are the high standard of quality, the use of selected materialsand the attractive modern design, but also the reliability and the competence of German furniture manufacturers.

    VISION: To become a world-class multinational company that provide our customers with high-quality home life by establishing a long-term foundation.The needs of customers are the foundation of our survival and development, our pursuit is to always meet up with our customers’ needs and expectations.
    PURPOSE OF BUSINESS: The purpose of my business is to bring modern furniture that will provide beauty and comfort for everyone.
    COMPETITORS: It’s quite obvious already, American Signature, Pottery barn, West Elm, Crate & Barrel.
    COLORS: My competitors got Black and brown in common. Teal and Brown ( any comments?)

    TARGETS: I have a wide target Age range 25-56, I would like to target their income demographics.

    For logo inspirations, you can look at brands likeAmerica Signature Furniture https://www.americansignaturefurniture.com/Crate&Barrel https://www.crateandbarrel.com/West Elm https://www.westelm.com/Williams Sonoma https://www.williams-sonoma.com/I look forward to working with you!

  66. Hey there! These weirdos are at it again just using different names. I want to get it out there on the web so it doesn’t take as long for someone else as it did for me to find out this was a scam. Went down a rabbit hole of searches!

    Here’s the email scam:

    Paul DeWalt
    May 19, 2020, 9:23 PM (20 hours ago)
    to Nicole

    The company name is “INOTERIOR”

    We should be launching as soon as branding and other materials is completed so I’ ll be needing brand Visuals (i.e. Logo & brand identity)

    We are focused on indoor furniture and Decor.

    My website is under fabrication which would be registered soon.

    The full-text content and all images for the catalog will be submitted to you by the Project Consultant. Layout and design would be done by you.
    The catalog should be 44 pages including front and back cover. Texts are approved and crosschecked

    The size of the catalog should Be 8.5 x 11.

    I would be needing just the digital version.

    You will oversee the catalog update.
    Final files should be submitted in pdf.

    See below are few samples

    WEST ELM CATALOG LINK https://www.westelm.com/pages/we-catalog/2020-03.html

    IKEA CATALOG LINKhttps://www.ikea.com/ext/us/ikeacatalog/

    This fantastic name combines the two-word elements: ‘ino-‘ (a reference to innovation) and ‘-terior’ from the word ‘interior’
    (or ‘exterior’). And it is of course created by simply adding the letter ‘O’ to to the word ‘interior’. The result is a
    contemporary name that suggests newness, improvement, and restyling – as well as referencing the world of interior design,
    architecture, or space planning. Whilst invented, this superb name feels established and has a smart, confident style.

    All our products are shipped from Germany unlike IKEA, West Elm. Their products comes from China.

    MISSION: Promoting German culture and building a national brand, Undoubtedly, Germany continues to be counted among the world’s biggest furniture nations. The main reasons for its good reputation are the high standard of quality, the use of selected materials
    and the attractive modern design, but also the reliability and the competence of German furniture manufacturers.

    VISION: To become a world-class multinational company that provide our customers with
    high-quality home life by establishing a long-term foundation.
    The needs of customers are the foundation of our survival and development,
    our pursuit is to always meet up with our customers’ needs and expectations.

    PURPOSE OF BUSINESS: The purpose of my business is to bring modern furniture that will provide beauty and comfort for everyone.

    COMPETITORS: Alexandro Furniture & Mattress https://www.alexandrofurniture.com/
    Direct Home Furniture https://www.directhomefurnitureni.com/

    COLORS: My competitors love red. Teal and Brown should be fine.

    TARGETS: I have a wide target Age range 25-56, I would like to target their income demographics.

    For logo inspirations, you can look at brands like
    America Signature Furniture https://www.americansignaturefurniture.com/
    Crate&Barrel https://www.crateandbarrel.com/
    West Elm https://www.westelm.com/
    Williams Sonoma https://www.williams-sonoma.com/
    I look forward to working with you!

  67. Same here. We were contacted by a fake person going under STACY SEAMAN from AMERICAN ESSENTIAL NUTRIENTS INC . They FedEx-ed a check for $25,000 USD from a fake company called BPX Energy cheque number 12019101. We were supposed to pay $5K to a consultant (of course, the consultant doesn’t exist). The cheque looks legitimate and the company name is very similar to a real oil company. When we confronted “Stacy” about the discrepancy, she said that BPX was sponsoring their project. It all seemed very fishy, and after a couple of online searches, we unveiled the scam. Thanks for publishing this article, I hope no one falls for the scam and they get caught and put in jail soon.

    1. AMERICAN ESSENTIAL NUTRIENTS INC. is also running a video animation version of the scam too. Thanks for the article. It came up pretty early in my background check on them and saved me some time and money!

  68. I had this happen to me in May 2015 and almost lost money (well lost money on registering a domain but it was just $9 and worth the experience. i got almost to the point where he wanted me to wire his “Designer” money.

    i got the final laugh though and got a big FUCK YOU text at the final reply. It was very detailed and could possibly fool new designers

  69. Alex, bless you! Just caught another scammer

    Name : Richard Dojcak
    Phone number : 4029571611
    Address:136 Sylvan Ave, Newark, NJ 07104
    Email : [email protected]
    Business name : Kings Trendies

    Consultant’s info
    Name : Akinola Okachi
    Phone number : 3473450161
    Address : 42-00 Northern Blvd Long Island City, NY 11102
    Email : [email protected]
    Business name : Akin Creative Marketing

    1. he is the same man who messages me last night Richard Dojcaksnr, thank God I feel like something fishy with the proposal and name.

  70. On May 11, 2020, at 7:34 AM, Herbert Jackson wrote:

    Hello I’m Herbert do you offer website design l have a Auto painting company business and i need an information website to promote my business also if you do you accept credit cards?

    Thanks
    Herbert
    ______________________
    my reply:
    Hi Herbert,

    Yes we can help. Can we set up a call to better understand your goals?
    ———————————————-

    Thank you very much for your email,i need an information website to promote my business,so i need you to check out this site but i need something more perfect than this if its possible http://frontrangedents.com/. So i need you to get me an estimate based on the site i gave you to check out, the estimate should include hosting and i want the same page as the site i gave you to check out and i have a private project consultant,
    he has the text content and the logos for the site.

    Note:
    1. I want the same number of pages with the example site i gave you to check excluding blogs.
    2. I want only English language
    3. I don’t have a domain yet but i want the domain name as: http://www.Collisionrepairsolution.com
    4. i will be proving the images, logos and content for the site My budget is $3,500 to $6,500
    I will be waiting for your email for the estimate

    Here is my company name: COLLISION REPAIR SPECIALISTS kindly get back to me with your cellphone number so that we can have suitable text on the phone

    Best regards
    Herbert
    ———————————-

    

    1. Yea I recently got this email and another agency owner friend of mine got it too.

      “Hello ******,
      Thanks for getting in touch. The website i am looking to build should be fairly simple for you as it would be an informational website with no online sales. I would like you to review the details and get back to me with any question you may have.
      Here are the project details, well i have a small clothing business for both male and female which i run here in New Jersey, now am trying to expand the business and i want you to build an informational website for it for advertisement, drive traffic to my physical location, and to increase my sales rate..
      so i need you to check out this site but i need something more perfect than this if it’s possible https://www.paolita.co.uk/ the site would only be informational, so i need you to give me an estimate .The estimate should include hosting and i want the site to have not more than 5 pages ,since it is informational. I have a private project consultant, he has the text content, images and the logos for the site.
      Note:
      1. I want only English language
      2. I don’t have a domain yet but i want the domain name as Kingtrendies.store
      3. You will be updating the site for me.
      4. I will be providing the images, logos and content for the site.
      5. I want the site up and running before the end of next month.
      6. My budget is $2000 to $3500
      Thanks,
      Richard”

  71. i’ve been getting such emails from a very long time thank you for sharing this valuable information with us really appreciate your efforts and saving us from such traps.

  72. Same here got 2 of these:

    The thing that tipped me of off, was the repeated use of the company name in exact same fashion “MELDEEP ESSENTIAL NUTRIENT INC” and obviously announcing significant budget, without even asking for an estimate.

    Sorry for the late response. I’ll like to know if I got the right contact to a graphic designer. I want you to design for me a logo and an e-brochure for my new company, based on production and sales of organic foods (plant based food and drinks).

    1. Company Name: MELDEEP ESSENTIAL NUTRIENT INC.
    2. My website is under constructions which would be registered soon.
    3. I Don’t have a logo yet but would need one to be made by you
    4. Full text content and all images for the e-brochure will be submitted to you by the project consultant. You just have to handle the layout.
    5. The e-brochure should be 24 in pages (Including front and back cover. I have lot of information already approved. The text and images have also been crosschecked)
    6. The size of the e-brochure should be 8.5 X 11.5
    7. I want you to add our core values, mission and vision (This information will be provided by the consultant)
    8. My budget is not more than $7000
    9. I want this delivered in 5-6 weeks to the latest.

    My Goals about the project:

    MELDEEP ESSENTIAL NUTRIENT INC. is pet project and same time a business avenue for me. I will be 10 years a vegan in June and I hope to launch the business (and unveil the logo with e-brochure then)to my customers. MELDEEP ESSENTIAL NUTRIENT INC. should be able to provide over 500 plant-derived minerals that can improve the value of foods, liquids, nutritional formulations and cosmiceuticals. That way also improving value of life.Whoever purchase our products would have a guarantee of good living and relish.

    Our uniqueness will be privilege of our 5 locations around Texas and online store. Our products are also 100 percent plant based produce under strict standards from International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM). Our brand and style would also stand us out.

    Other project essentials:

    1. I want you to know that this is the first time I will be doing a Logo design so I can only give you little details then you can decide on designs but I want the color to consist of Green, Red and Brown (let me know what you think about that) with an image of some mixed fruits. I want a very mature and presentable design and my budget for this project is not more than $7000.
    2. For logo inspirations you can look at logo from this samples site below:

    https://www.sprouts.com/

    Kindly get back to me with:

    (1) a price estimate/quote :
    (2) your cell phone number:
    (3) And will like to know if you are the owner ?

    Best Regards
    Melissa Barksdale

  73. Hello how are you doing today? I got a notification from FEDEX that the check will delivered to your friend mailbox address today or tomorrow here is tracking number 392344190604 once your friends received the check and go ahead and have the check deposited to his/her bank account immediately his /her received the payment.My private project consultant has the text content and the logos for the site with the image artwork but requested for the payment before releasing the information. I will like you to tell your relative to keep $1,000 for your upfront payment as a deposit and take $50 for gas and send the rest to the consultant just inform me once his /her receive the money i will get back to you with the consultant information to send the money to her okay thanks.Kindly respond to me with your whatsapp number for fast communication…..

    He forces me and my friend. He tell if my friend not deposit check money than he call FBI. I am afraid, what i do tell me any one

  74. Thank you for this! I’m sure you just saved me from wasted time and a headache!
    I just received a fishy text message from “Thomas”. (I do not give out my phone number.) The number was from (925) 718-9203. Here is the text I received, just in case someone else receives something similar:

    Hello, My name is Thomas. I would like to know if you’re available for web design and do you accept credit card for as Method of Payment?

    (I replied)

    Great hearing from you, Actually i would need you to check out this site but i need something more perfect than this if its possible. http://www.cinnabon.com. the site would only be informational, so i need you to give me an estimate based on the site i gave you to check out the estimate should include hosting and i want the same page as the site i gave you to check out and i have a private project consultant, she has the text content and the logos for the site.

    Also i want you to note this:
    (1) I want the same number of pages with the example site i gave you to check excluding videos and blogs.
    (2) I want only English language (3) I don’t have a domain yet but i want the domain name as http://www.bestfastmeal.org
    (4) You will be updating the site for me.
    (5) I will be proving the images, logos and content for the site. (6) I want the site up and running before ending of next month.
    (7) My budget is $5000 to $10,000

    And i want you to kindly get back to me with:
    (1)In full estimate plus tax fee.
    (2)What’s your full name please?
    (3)And will like to know if you are the owner.

    (I asked for his email to send an estimate)

    Here is my email address [email protected]

    1. We were contacted by Thomas as well, same number 925-718-9203. We are photographers and he discussed us taking pictures at his family reunion. Odd thing, he contacted us July last year also, but with a different number of 862-243-2519. He insisted we start a 30 day trial of QuickBooks in order to take a payment, because that was the only one that would be able to process his credit card. All the others, PayPal, Wave, Zelle, etc would reject his payment because of some kind of problem with his card. He also said he was recuperating from a lung cancer diagnosis and would be having surgery in a couple of days. Another odd slip up, he said he wanted to have the photo shoot at a house he had just purchased for his mother, but the address was actually for a park in the area. Beware of this line of discussion also. This person didn’t talk about any of the scams yet, like overpaying or something, but we have had that in the past from others. So, watch out!

  75. Thought I would use my latest experience.

    Email 1 The person asked if I accept credit card payment for website creation. I said yes.
    Email 2 He then outlined the job and budget and asked for a quote. I replied with quote but also asked if I could speak on the phone regarding this quote.
    QUOTE
    ________________________________________________________
    1. I want the same number of pages with the example site I gave you to check excluding videos and blogs.
    2. I want only English language
    3. I don’t have a domain yet but i want the domain name as farmforgood.com
    4. You shall be updating the site for me.
    5. I will be proving the images, logos and content for the site.
    6. I want the site up and running before the end of next month.
    7. My budget is $3000 to $6000

    Kindly get back to me with an estimate
    Best Regards
    Michael Panettieri
    QUOTE
    ________________________________________________________
    Email 3 He stated he couldn’t talk to me as he was recovering from Covid-19 and had been on the Ruby Princess.
    Email 4 He asked if I could pay his consultant – he would supply me with credit card details to withdraw the money and I was to transfer half to consultant. I said I could only do this if I received an invoice from the consultant.
    Email 5 Agreement from him. He would forward invoice and credit card details.
    Email 6 Full credit card details plus invoice. Asking me to withdraw $4k on one card $4k on the other card and transfer $4k to the consultant from my business bank account when funds clear.

    Checked the ABN on the invoice – legit company in Australia. Contacted them regarding situation and reported this to ACCC.
    I have stopped all communication with this person as I thought “if it sounds to good to be true it usually is” and did my own investigation.

  76. Just wanted to thank you for the heads up. Looks like you saved me a lot of hassle, I’m sure, as I got a similar communication today. Thanks to my wife’s antenna we did a Google search and found your post.

    1. Can you build

      Need a perfect freelancer who is in hit me (davidjohn0705430 @ gmail dot com..) for more details

      Skills: Graphic Design | HTML | JavaScript | PHP | Website Design

      John David
      8:48 PM (2 hours ago)
      to me

      Thanks for the message,I just open a new Indian Restaurant which i run now and i need a website for my business to grow, So i need you to go through this example link site: http://carsonkitchen.com but i need something more perfect than this if possible, I will like you to get back to me with an estimate and the estimate should include hosting and i want you to understand i want the same page as the example site i gave you to check and I want only English language and i want you to know you will be updating the site for me. I want the site up and running before 3 weeks and i don’t want a shopping cart in my reservation page also i don’t have a domain name yet and i will prefer: http://carssarskitchen.com, My budget is $750/$1,500 for the web design, i have a private project consultant, she has the text content and the logos for the site with the image artwork,so please go ahead and check the example site and get back to me with an estimate also will like to know if you are the owner or the manager and do you accept bank cashier check as payment..
      THANK YOU FOR SAVING ME ALEX !!!!!!!!!!!

    2. Got one yesterday – I just hope others research and Alex thank you for this post because had it not been indexed I would not have seen this while researching the said industry and owner of collision repair specialists… Keep up the good work everyone!

  77. I received an email using the Agro America site as well. I found it odd how somebody could be so eager about getting web design from me, without requesting to see any websites we’ve designed (we don’t even include web design on our site). Then, of course, willing to fork over the $5,295 I quoted him without any questions. Not the most convincing scam.

    Nice article breaking it down.

  78. Similar Fraudlent Email:
    Thanks for your respond for the web design, i just open a Indian Restaurant and i need a website for my business to grow,I want the site up and running before 4weeks, So i need you to go through this example link site: bartaco.com My budget is $800/$1,300 but i need something more perfect than this, I will like you to get back to me with an estimate and the estimate should include HOSTING and DOMAIN and i want you to understand i want the same page as the example site i gave you to check and I want only English language and i want you to know you will be updating the site for me. And i don’t want a shopping cart in my reservation page also i don’t have a domain name yet and i will prefer: bartacorestu.com i have a private project consultant, she has the text content, logos and artwork,so please go ahead and check the example site and get back to me with an estimate also will like to know if you are the owner or the manager and do you accept bank cashier check as payment

    Number of email use by scammers:
    [email protected]
    [email protected]
    davi[email protected]
    [email protected]

  79. Got a random text from “Jacob Trump” out of the blue. Seemed fishy but I went along with it to see what was going on. He was very pushy, sending an email and then texting me right after “waiting for my response”.

    His phone: 347-798-1164
    His email: [email protected]

    “I’m needing a Web Designer,this is Jacob and i will like to know if can you handle an informational website for my new company? stay safe always”

    (I asked him how he found me)
    “Actually i just did a google search of the best web design workers fortunately i got few people but i just wish you could be the best for me and i will be very happy if you could do me a perfect job.”

    “I have a small clothing business for both male and female, now am trying to expand the business and i want you to build an informational website for it for advertisement.”

    “I need you to checkout this site but I need something more perfect than this if possible, http://viviankateshop.com and Zaful.com.
    The site would only be informational, So i need you to get back to me with an estimate for the web design.”

    We switched to email then. He (only) wanted:
    1. A brand new custom made dynamic design.
    2. Flash banner, Hit counter and a Google map.
    3. Responsive feature.
    4. Google/SEO friendly.
    5. Tap to call/text/ Email feature.
    6. Unlimited Pages.
    7. Compatible to all the devices like i-phone, i-pad, tablet, android, etc
    8. Https secure.
    9. Submission to a major search engine like Google, Yahoo, Msn, etc.
    10. Social media marketing.
    11. Fresh content with keywords.
    12. Ecommerce platform
    13. User-friendly
    14. Multiple Payment Options. (Credit card , Debit card etc)
    15. An integrated blog or articles section
    16. Content management capabilities
    17. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section.

    I have a private project graphic designer, he has the text content, typography, images, product photo, Team Banners and the logos for the site just let me know how you will be build a domain, hosting, and SSL add up everything to the estimate and I will be need 8 pages for this project get back to me with the total estimate cost.

    i want you to know i will be making upfront deposit for my service now and the rest upon the work completion let me know if you are ready for the payment and send invoice to my email now for the deposit.

    And finally, this is when I knew it was a scam:
    My card doesn’t work with PayPal and some other merchant due to some bad experience of funds deducted but never get to my partners end and my account officer deactivated their payment gateway from working with my card let me know if you have other way to charge my card

  80. Looks like this scam is still continuing and they have moved to freelancer.com now. I found an email address [email protected] and contact them for more details on the project and below is the email i received:
    I just open a new Indian Restaurant which i run now and i need a
    website for my business to grow, So i need you to go through this
    example link site:http://www.indikausa.com but i need something more
    perfect than this if possible, I will like you to get back to me with
    an estimate and the estimate should include hosting and i want you to
    understand i want the same page as the example site i gave you to
    check and I want only English language and i want you to know you will
    be updating the site for me. I want the site up and running before
    ending of next month and i don’t want a shopping cart in my
    reservation page also i don’t have a domain name yet and i will
    prefer: kaitind-restaurant.com., My budget is $750/$1,500 for the web
    design, i have a private project consultant, she has the text content
    and the logos for the site with the image artwork,so please go ahead
    and check the example site and get back to me with an estimate also
    will like to know if you are the owner or the manager and do you
    accept credit card as payment.

    ——————————

    I even sent them a detailed website proposal based on this and all they want for sending the payment is the address and phone no. of a representative in USA. I suspected this was a scam and thats when I started looking for similar emails on google search and landed here.

    I still don’t understand how sending a check to an address would benefit them but I decided not to reply and just delete the emails.

  81. THANK YOU! I got this today and it smelled fishy. Glad I googled the details.
    FROM THEIR EMAIL:

    “I’ll like to know if I got the right contact to a graphic designer. I want you to design for me a logo and an e-brochure for my new company, based on production and sales of organic foods (plant based food and drinks).

    1. Company Name: AMERICAN ESSENTIAL NUTRIENT INC.
    2. My website is under constructions which would be registered soon.
    3. I Don’t have a logo yet but would need one to be made by you
    4. Full text content and all images for the e-brochure will be submitted to you by the project consultant. You just have to handle the layout.
    5. The e-brochure should be 24 in pages (Including from and back cover. I have lot of information already approved. The text and images have also been crosschecked)
    6. The size of the e-brochure should be 8.5 X 11.5
    7. I want you to add our core values, mission and vision (This information will be provided by the consultant)
    8. My budget is not more than $7000
    9. I want this delivered in 5-6 weeks to the latest.

    My Goals and about the project:

    AMERICAN ESSENTIAL NUTRIENT INC. is pet project and same time a business avenue for me. I will be 10 years a vegan in May and I hope to expand the business (and unveil the logo with e-brochure then)

    To my customers, AMERICAN ESSENTIAL NUTRIENT INC. should be able to provide over 500 plant-derived minerals that can improve the value of foods, liquids, nutritional formulations and cosmiceuticals. That way also improving value of life. Whoever purchase our products would have a guarantee of good living and relish.

    Our uniqueness will be privilege of our 5 locations around Texas and online store. Our products are also 100 percent plant based produce under strict standards from International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM). Our brand and style would also stand us out.

    Other project essentials:

    1. I want you to know that this is the first time I will be doing a Logo design so I can only give you little details then you can decide on designs but I want the color to consist of Green, Red and Brown (let me know what you think about that) with an image of a some mixed fruits. I want a very mature and presentable design and my budget for this project is not more than $6000.
    2. For logo inspirations you can look at logo from this samples site below:

    https://www.sprouts.com/

    Kindly get back to me with:

    (1) a price estimate/quote :
    (2) your cell phone number:
    (3) And will like to know if you are the owner ?

    Keep safe and protect yourself from the virus.

    Regards,

    1. Patrick – I too have received emails through my website from Stacy from AMERICAN ESSENTIAL NUTRIENT INC this time for video production.
      I provided quotes, but they insisted they paid by cheque – and I said our minimum terms were 50% cleared in our account and we do not accept cheques. Further I wasn’t ready to take payment as I wanted to finalise the brief and produce a production contract before we began – a fairly normal practice for high worth gigs.

      Everything seemed legit until I asked questions they appear to not have had a pre-written answer for – as the standard of english dropped significantly and they clearly made up a story about how their Paypal has been put on hold by Paypal (they dont do that – unless you’re dodgy). I actually never brought up Paypal but another company that takes US payments to pay worldwide accounts. There was mention of a project consultant which I felt was annoying not being part of he conversation when discussing the brief.

      I also used in our payment terms a very clear “We do not make payments to third parties.” I believe that rattled them. Responses included near begging to find someone in the US who could accept the cheque on my behalf…

      I ended the conversation by saying I decline the work. I am disappointed. It looked like a good project based on information provided – and with COVID19 effectively shutting down our business with all contracts postponed or cancelled, it would have been the life boat we need right now.

  82. I think that i am also victim of scam. Yesterday i was on “freelancer.com” to look for any job, and there peoples who left posts with their email address. So i contacted them. The two differents persons had the same message:
    “Thanks for the message,I just open a new Indian Restaurant which i run now and i need a website for my business to grow, So i need you to go through this example link site: http://carsonkitchen.com but i need something more perfect than this if possible, I will like you to get back to me with an estimate and the estimate should include hosting and i want you to understand i want the same page as the example site i gave you to check and I want only English language and i want you to know you will be updating the site for me. I want the site up and running before 3 weeks and i don’t want a shopping cart in my reservation page also i don’t have a domain name yet and i will prefer: http://carssarskitchen.com, My budget is $750/$1,500 for the web design, i have a private project consultant, she has the text content and the logos for the site with the image artwork,so please go ahead and check the example site and get back to me with an estimate also will like to know if you are the owner or the manager and do you accept bank cashier check as payment.”
    If anyone here has already received this kind of email please notify me.

  83. We just got one of these emails too, actually someone we know unknowingly referred them to us. We thought the email was strange and we usually do a quick search on prospective clients as a general precaution and found all these comments here.

    Here’s the email:

    Thank you very much for your email,i need an information website to promote my business,so i need you to check out this site but i need something more perfect than this if its possible  http://frontrangedents.com/. So i need you to get me an estimate based on the site i gave you to check out, the estimate should include hosting and i want the same page as the site i gave you to check out and i have a private project consultant,
    he has the text content and the logos for the site.

    Note:
    1. I want the same number of pages with the example site i gave you to check excluding blogs.
    2. I want only English language
    3. I don’t have a domain yet but i want the domain name as  www.Collisionrepairspecial.me
    4. i will be proving the images, logos and content for the site My budget is $3,500 to $6,500
    I will be waiting for your email for the estimate

    Here is my company name: HERBET REPAIR SPECIALISTS kindly get back to me with your cellphone number so that we can have suitable text on phone

    Best regards
    Herbert

  84. Similar scam, but for a furniture company’s logo design and catalog layout. My friend, a designer, had received the same request, word for word, but with a different name.

  85. Thank you for the alert and how to deal with scams of this nature.
    I don’t often receive emails from my website for work however, I believe this one I just received fits into that category.

    The IP address is Nigeria, so I am 99.9999% sure this is a scam. The phone number is a listed scam number so that puts my confidence that this is a scam at 100%.

    Here is that scam as sent to mail email:
    ________
    Someone filled out your form, and here’s what they said:

    Name: Linda McDaniel
    Company: Essential Nutrient Inc.
    Phone: 2010000000
    Email: [email protected]
    Comments: I’d love to have a logo and brochure created for my new business. Please let me know your interest and would send you more details. Thank you
    Submitted On: 2020-04-09 12:24:09
    IP Address: 41.242.71.7

    1. Same email from the same person. This is a SCAM!

      Message Details

      Name: Linda McDaniel

      Email: [email protected]

      Subject:

      Phone No.: 2010000000

      Message: I’d love to have a logo and brochure created for my new business. Please let me know your interest and would send you more details. Thank you

  86. Thank you for your post, it confirmed the suspicions I had all along!

    I was contacted last week via email by “Linda Crawford” [email protected], asking for “logo design and digital brochure”:

    I’ll like to know if I got the right contact to a graphic designer. I want you to design for me a logo and an e-brochure for my new company, based on production and sales of organic foods (plant based food and drinks).

    1. Company Name: LEENCROWN ESSENTIAL NUTRIENT INC.
    2. My website is under constructions which would be registered soon.
    3. I Don’t have a logo yet but would need one to be made by you
    4. Full text content and all images for the e-brochure will be submitted to you by the project consultant. You just have to handle the layout.
    5. The e-brochure should be 24 in pages (Including from and back cover. I have lot of information already approved. The text and images have also been crosschecked)
    6. The size of the e-brochure should be 8.5 X 11.5
    7. I want you to add our core values, mission and vision (This information will be provided by the consultant)
    8. My budget is not more than $7000
    9. I want this delivered in 5-6 weeks to the latest.

    Then they gave me an url and told me they wanted a logo similar to the one on that website, and then asked me to deliver:

    (1) a price estimate/quote :
    (2) your cell phone number:
    (3) And will like to know if you are the owner ?

    I answered back with an estimate, and within minutes (which never happens; another giveaway) they gave the green light, and asked me for my address and personal information, because they were going to pay 80% of the bill upfront, to get things going because they were on a tight timeline and needed things done fast:

    1. Full name on check:
    2. US Mailing address with Apt/Rm # if needed (No PO Box):
    3. Your direct cell phone number :
    4. 80% deposit amount due:

    I answered them because I was curious; I am not based in the US, so I told them payment had to be done via wire transfer, or PayPal.

    Their response; another confirmation that this was a scam:

    “I cannot do that. I will have problem with IRS if i do any other payment different from check. You have to understand that i will be putting my business on the line and would not want that. I hope you understand how things work in the states and how strictly they can be to close down your business when you do otherwise.”

    It all ended after that. But today, I got this:

    Name:
    Linda McDaniel

    Email Address:
    [email protected]

    Message:
    I’d love to have a logo and brochure created for my new business. Please let me know your interest and would send you more details. Thank you

    Once again thank you for your post, I rarely comment, but I wanted to have this email addresses and aliases out there so others don’t fall for their scams:

    “Linda Crawford” [email protected]
    “Linda McDaniel” [email protected]

    1. I replied to an enquiry on my website and got this same reply but the company was AMERICAN ESSENTIAL NUTRIENT INC. The Grammer and that they wanted to pay me in dollars made me suspicious as I’m in the UK. I’m pleased I found this website, I’ve now deleted the email 🙂

  87. Well well well, Mr. Shayne Row at R. Shayne Biz is a scammer too. I had a pretty good idea when he first contacted me and said I want
    12 pages with 14 products
    . I want only English language
    . My budget is $10,000-$15,000
    . I want the site running up in 4-5 month
    . Are you the owner
    But I was sure of it when I sent him a questionnaire and he only answered a handful of the questions, and left the rest blank. One of the questions he did not answer was for his phone number, and I think he tried to trick me because it was question #3 – he deleted it and put the next one in it’s place! I see a few other people were victims of this same person right here on this comment board.

    This is not my the first time I was scammed either. The first time was the Gacilia Nut Job. Yep! I got that one too but a slightly different version. And there was a third one, but I forget the exact details.

    Along with the 3 attempted scams, I also had a client stiff me for over $1,000 last summer. All of this has made me SO untrustworthy. When a recent client didn’t make his final payment on time because he ended up in the emergency room, I thought for sure I was just being taken advantage again. This time I wasn’t, and thank goodness I kept my cool and only left him one nervous, but polite voicemail. The other thing that really makes me angry is these people are totally wasting our time and making us work for free. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

  88. Scammers are seraching Indeed now.
    Here is the new one: Phone: +1 919-762-6944
    Email: Row Shayne [email protected]

    Same pattern:
    The company is based on importing and exporting of Office Equipment such as Printer , Scanners,Laminating Machines,Dictation,Computer,Adequate Light,Desk,Multipurpose Machine,Software,Fire-Safe Bix,Network Router,Telephone,Paper Shredder and Personal Server so i need a best of the best layout design for it. Can you handle that for me ?So i need you to check out this site but i need something more perfect than this

    if its possible (URL Removed – it was an example of a wordpress theme with no real connection to the supposedly industry). I have a content creator that has the text content and logo for the site
    .the site would only be informational, so i need you to give me an estimate.

    .I want 12pages with 14 products
    . I want only English language
    . My budget is $10,000-$15,000
    . I want the site running up in 4-5 month
    . Give me your personal cellphone number
    . Are you the owner

  89. They attempted this at my company. Thanks for the blog, it was a confirmation of what I was suspecting. Wrote my own block, simular in nature, to warn everyone.

  90. Wowww……i am framed too. From the very first day i was feeling that something was fishy and after some back and forth emails the person provided me these details to send payment invoice which i further googled and i ended up here. This group is actually using same phone numbers and EIN numbers so it seems they are not smart at all, Anyways good article and helped me a lot to prove my suspicions right. To share with all of you here is what i got today to send the payment invoice :

    Not reluctant and do not get the request before. For the invoice/agreement/proposal only. Please use below:

    Legal company name: LEENCROWN ESSENTIAL NUTRIENT INC.

    Contact person/manager : Linda Crawford

    address: 4444 Westheimer Rd #A31, Houston, TX 77027

    email correspondence : [email protected]

    phone number for invoice only : (502) 383-1153

    EIN# 83-1086546

    1. I received the same exact email from Linda Crawford! I was suspcious from the beginning because nobody every talks budget to an ad agency in their first communication!! The first request came through our website and the following was sent to me when I responded to it. See below:

      I’ll like to know if I got the right contact to a graphic designer. I want you to design for me a logo and an e-brochure for my new company, based on production and sales of organic foods (plant based food and drinks).

      1. Company Name: LEENCROWN ESSENTIAL NUTRIENT INC.
      2. My website is under constructions which would be registered soon.
      3. I Don’t have a logo yet but would need one to be made by you
      4. Full text content and all images for the e-brochure will be submitted to you by the project consultant. You just have to handle the layout.
      5. The e-brochure should be 24 in pages (Including from and back cover. I have lot of information already approved. The text and images have also been crosschecked)
      6. The size of the e-brochure should be 8.5 X 11.5
      7. I want you to add our core values, mission and vision (This information will be provided by the consultant)
      8. My budget is not more than $7000
      9. I want this delivered in 5-6 weeks to the latest.

      My Goals and about the project:

      LEENCROWN ESSENTIAL NUTRIENT INC. is pet project and same time a business avenue for me. I will be 10 years a vegan in April and I hope to laugh the business (and unveil the logo with e-brochure then)
      To my customers, LEENCROWN ESSENTIAL NUTRIENT INC. should be able to provide over 500 plant-derived minerals that can improve the value of foods, liquids, nutritional formulations and cosmiceuticals. That way also improving value of life.Whoever purchase our products would have a guarantee of good living and relish.

      Our uniqueness will be privilege of our 5 locations around Texas and online store. Our products are also 100 percent plant based produce under strict standards from International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM). Our brand and style would also stand us out.

      Other project essentials:

      1. I want you to know that this is the first time I will be doing a Logo design so I can only give you little details then you can decide on designs but I want the color to consist of Green, Red and Brown (let me know what you think about that) with an image of a some mixed fruits. I want a very mature and presentable design and my budget for this project is not more than $7000.
      2. For logo inspirations you can look at logo from this samples site below:
      https://www.sprouts.com/
      Kindly get back to me with:
      (1) a price estimate/quote :
      (2) your cell phone number:
      (3) And will like to know if you are the owner ?
      Best Regards
      Linda Crawford

      With this amount of detail, it’s easy to see why someone might fall for the “project”

  91. I received a text from Joe Moore (470) 264-4764 “Hello, this is Joe Moore, I would like to know if you are available for an informational website design for my new company and do you accept credit card as mode of payment.”

    I was immediately suspicious due to the question about accepting credit cards.

    1. Same text message received to my email.
      They had me set up an account with Honeybook and send invoice for $4500.
      They emailed and said they were in emergency room and needed a “favor”.
      That’s when all the alarm bells went off.
      I did not respond and eventually “Joe Moore” went away with no financial harm to my agency.

    2. I just received the exact same message from the exact number. Unfortunately I replied before searching the phone number.

  92. Joyce Larry
    5:06 AM (7 hours ago)
    to me

    I just open a new Indian Restaurant which i run now and i need a
    website for my business to grow, So i need you to go through this
    example link site:http://www.indikausa.com but i need something more
    perfect than this if possible, I will like you to get back to me with
    an estimate and the estimate should include hosting and i want you to
    understand i want the same page as the example site i gave you to
    check and I want only English language and i want you to know you will be updating the site for me. I want the site up and running before
    ending of next month and i don’t want a shopping cart in my
    reservation page also i don’t have a domain name yet and i will
    prefer: KAITINDRESTAURANT.COM, My budget is $750/$1,500 for the web
    design, i have a private project consultant, she has the text content
    and the logos for the site with the image artwork,so please go ahead
    and check the example site and get back to me with an estimate also
    will like to know if you are the owner or the manager and do you
    accept credit card as payment.
    ———————————————————————–

    vume katre
    9:15 AM (3 hours ago)
    to me

    Thanks for the message,I just open a new Indian Restaurant which i run now and i need a
    website for my business to grow, So i need you to go through this
    example link site: http://carsonkitchen.com but i need something more
    perfect than this if possible, I will like you to get back to me with
    an estimate and the estimate should include hosting and i want you to
    understand i want the same page as the example site i gave you to
    check and I want only English language and i want you to know you will
    be updating the site for me. I want the site up and running before
    3weeks and i don’t want a shopping cart in my
    reservation page also i don’t have a domain name yet and i will
    prefer: http://carssaskitchen.com, My budget is $750/$1,500 for the web
    design, i have a private project consultant, she has the text content
    and the logos for the site with the image artwork,so please go ahead
    and check the example site and get back to me with an estimate also
    will like to know if you are the owner or the manager and do you
    accept bank cashier check as payment..

    THESE MOTHER FUCKERS ARE AS BASTERED AS CORONA VIRUS ..

  93. Help please! I have also received an email in which he said to me to send the address and name of your representative in USA and he said that he cannot do a bank transfer bus can send your representative a courier having cheque. I found one contact in USA and send his address with name. Then he mailed me that he will be sending him greater amount of money and after clearing your money, send the remaining amount to 3rd person. I found this fishy and reached here after browsing. I emailed him that the deal is cancelled but I didn’t receive any reply. I worry, I have sent him my friend’s contact number and address. What should I do?

    1. If all you’ve given him is your friend’s contact number and address, you should immediately contact your friend and let him/her know so they can be aware of suspicious activity. From there I don’t think there is anything much to do unless you want to report it like Alex Wright stated in this post.

  94. In the last 12 hours, “Row Shayne” contacted me. He was abrupt and pushy and his style was to text and say “hello” and then wait for a response. It was a North Carolina phone number – (919) 762-6944.
    My gut level impulse was to just block and delete as the whole thing was weird (who texts someone at 9:00 PM to make a business proposal) but yep, I was curious.
    The email he finally sent read:
    On Thu, Mar 5, 2020 at 9:36 PM Row Shayne wrote:
    The company is based on importing and exporting of Office Equipment such as Printer , Scanners,Laminating Machines,Dictation,Computer,Adequate Light,Desk,Multipurpose Machine,Software,Fire-Safe Bix,Network Router,Telephone,Paper Shredder and Personal Server so i need a best of the best layout design for it. Can you handle that for me ?So i need you to check out this site but i need something more perfect than this
    if its possible .https://avada.theme-fusion.com/classic-shop/… I have a content creator that has the text content and logo for the site .the site would only be informational, so i need you to give me an estimate.

    .I want 12pages with 14 products

    . I want only English language

    . My budget is $10,000-$15,000

    . I want the site running up in 4-5 month

    . Are you the owner

    ___________________________

    In the morning, I replied with specific questions about the business, location, who his target audience was and if I was supposed to do SEO, analytics, social media and/or marketing. His answers were abrupt and I could tell he was getting testy with me.

    Row Shayne
    12:57 PM (9 hours ago)
    to me
    I’m located in Utah and individual is my target audience and is the purpose of this web site to expand the business area
    1. No i don’t have a budget for the SEO
    2. Yes am expecting the services to be include as part of the package price for the design of the website
    3 Yes i want you to purchase the web hosting and domain name for me and you will be maintaining the site for me for long term and you will be updating the site for me 3times in a month for some months and kindly get back to me with the total estimate and we can proceed
    _____________
    That was his constant refrain whether it was a text or an email: “kindly get back to me with the total estimate and we can proceed”

    I discussed this with another internet savvy friend and we both agreed it was too fishy to be real. And then she sent me the link to your website that confirmed we were right. I’m glad I was suspicious and this didn’t go any further.

    1. I just got the same email (as Roberta Marley here on this site-3/6/20) from “Row Shayne” last night 2/18/20. I told him to call me 3/19/20 (919-762-6944), but he texted me first, and I told him again to call my office/home. He finally did and yes he was very pushy on phone. He found my information off Indeed.com. I now just “hid” my resume on there. Because I’ve gotten about 5 scam emails from people finding me on there. Yep, too good to be true, it’s usually a scam!

      1. Thank you for posting this. Last week, I got the same kind of text from “Joe Moore” – 702-819-9341. He said he could not accept paypal or square and asked me to set up Honeybook and invoice him that way. He said he found my contact info on yelp.

    2. Ooh! I just got a request for exactly the same specs from a J. WilliamClark just a few minutes ago. Really glad I checked. 15 grand for a 12 page website… I must craft it out of gold and diamonds!

    3. Hi Roberta,
      This same person, Row, has done exactly the same thing to me to a T, except we didn’t get as far as the SEO in Utah because I put the ‘kabosh’ on him early enough. Including blocking his number so he could no longer send me his stupid ‘Hello’ messages. This is my third attempted SCAM in about 5 months. The Gacilia Nut Job was my first but I googled his ‘schtick’ and found it right away online. Apparently this one has been going on for a very long time.

  95. I have been approached about 5 times over the last 10 years or so.

    Below is the latest one.

    ————————————————————————————————————-

    From: Alvaro Morata

    I got in touch with the Project consultant but I’m having a little issue with him concerning our contract agreements
    I’d signed the agreement to make cash or bank deposit to him for his payment but due to my present condition I was diagnosed with lung cancer and will undergo a surgery soon so I’m limited and I won’t be able to do that.
    Kindly send an invoice for the sum of $5,250 in which $200 will be your upfront payment for the job, and $5,000 you will help me forward to the project consultant so he can release the raw files for the brochure, you can keep the $50 as tip. Once I make the payment and you have funds in your possession then you can help me forward to him , I will balance upon job completion. Thanks.

    ————————————————————————————————————-

    Who starts a business with lung cancer??

  96. “Joe Moore” reached out to me today. This was his pitch:

    >Ok fine, I have a small clothing business for both male and female, now am trying to expand the business and I want you to build an informational website for it for advertisement and to increase my sales rate. The site would only be informational, so I need you to get back to me with an estimate for the web design, the estimate should include hosting and I want the site to have not more than 15 pages since it is informational. I have a private project graphic designer, he has the text content, images and the logos for the site.
    Note:
    1. I want only English language
    2. I don’t have a domain yet but I want the domain name as http://www.Whitegoldklothing.com
    3. You will be updating the site for me.
    4. I will be proving the images, logos and content for the site.
    5. I want the site up and running before ending of next month.
    6. My budget is $2000 to $4000 Kindly get back to me with an estimate.
    Hope to read from you,
    Thanks.

    At some time, it looks like the phone number he used was registered to: 702-687-9477 (Akbar Hiza)

    1. I got the same text with same thing word by word, I figured it was a scam so I said I needed to talk to him over the phone, said he was speech impaired but was able to answer fine when I called from a different number. I went along with the text and said ok then let’s meet in person I know sign language then said he was out of the country so couldn’t meet me until after a month. smh. this is the number he contacted me from: 702-819-9341

    1. Hi Darya,
      Was this by any chance a logo design project for a church? I got messaged by the same person I think

  97. I Just got a similar email:
    The company is based on importing and exporting of Office Equipment such as Printer , Scanners,Laminating Machines,Dictation,Computer,Adequate Light,Desk,Multipurpose Machine,Software,Fire-Safe Bix,Network Router,Telephone,Paper Shredder and Personal Server so i need a best of the best layout design for it. Can you handle that for me ?So i need you to check out this site but i need something more perfect than this
    if its possible .https://avada.theme-fusion.com/classic-shop/… I have a content creator that has the text content and logo for the site .the site would only
    be informational, so i need you to give me an estimate.

    .I want 12pages with 14 products
    . I want only English language
    . My budget is $10,000-$15,000
    . I want the site running up in 4-5 months
    . Give me your personal cellphone number
    . Are you the owner

    I told him my propoas is $25000 with 1/2 upfront via paypal transfer. I’m waiting to see what he says, LOL.

  98. I have got the something similar:

    “I’d love to set up a website for my newly created company. Please let me know your interest then can send more details. Thank you”

    “Thanks for getting back to me.

    I just open a new Thailand restaurant in Houston Texas, which I now run and I need a website for my business to grow. I need you to go through this example link site: http://orderchaothai.com but I need something more perfect than this if possible.

    I will like you to get back to me with an estimate and the estimate should include hosting and I want you to understand I want the same page as the benchmark website I gave you to check and I only want it in English language. You will be responsible for updating the site quarterly or yearly.

    The site should be up and running before end of April and I don’t want a shopping cart in my reservation page (no e-commerce and only informational) also I don’t have a domain name yet and I will prefer: BAQINUEWRESTAURANT.NET.

    Note:

    1. I want only English language
    2. You will be updating the site for me.
    3. I will be proving the images, logos and content for the site.
    4. I want the site up and running before ending of next two month.
    5. My budget is between $3000 to $8000
    6. No shopping ability
    7. The site should be mobile friendly
    8. I don’t want sitemap
    9. I have 30 product/menus to be on it.
    10.CONTACT US – with a form to fill out so that they can get in contact with me.

    I have a private project consultant, she has the text content and the logos for the site with the image artwork, so please go ahead and check the benchmark sample site.

    Kindly get back to me with:

    (1) an price estimate/quote
    (2) your cell phone number
    (3) And will like to know if you are the owner ?

    Regards,”

    1. They troll the web looking for web design agencies and contractors and then they email them or call them. Most businesses put an email address and phone number online for prospective clients.

      1. Now Stacy here is sending these kinds of scams to video production companies. Go figure. See below:

        I’ll like to know if I got the right contact to a promotional videographer. I want you to create for me a promotional/instructional video for my new company, based on production and sales of organic foods (plant based food and drinks). The content created will be used on the company website and also displayed on installed HD TV in my restaurants.

        1. Company Name: AMERICAN ESSENTIAL NUTRIENT INC.
        2. My website is under construction which would be registered soon.
        3. Full text content, background music and pictures for this design contents will be submitted to you by my project consultant. You just have to handle the layout and the design
        4. I want you to add our core values, mission and vision (This information will be provided by the consultant)
        5. My budget for the 3 videos is not more than $6000
        6. I want this delivered in 2-4 weeks to the latest.
        7. Videos will be animated

        My Goals and about the project:

        You will produce 3 videos, each featuring a different templates as selected by me (see below), with an approximate segment time of 120 seconds each. You will deliver 6 videos (1080p); 3 original raw videos and 3 edited videos, one for each original video. Below are the inspirational video templates below:

        1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8xRBTvbA0U
        2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEdam6FgZfA
        3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5w1OGknhlc

        All videos will have background music and company logo which also be delivered to you by the project consultant.

        AMERICAN ESSENTIAL NUTRIENT INC. is pet project and same time a business avenue for me. I will be 10 years a vegan in June and I hope to expand the business (and my brand then)

        To my customers, AMERICAN ESSENTIAL NUTRIENT INC. should be able to provide over 500 plant-derived minerals that can improve the value of foods, liquids, nutritional formulations and cosmiceuticals. That way also improving value of life. Whoever purchase our products would have a guarantee of good living and relish.

        Our uniqueness will be privilege of our 5 locations around Indiana and online store. Our products are also 100 percent plant based produce under strict standards from International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM). Our brand and style would also stand us out.

        Other project essentials:

        I want you to know that this is the first time I will be doing a promotional/informational video so I can only give you little details but you can give a better price quote and work based on the sample templates given above. The videos provided are our inspiration and how the preferred promotional videos should look like.

        Kindly get back to me with:

        (1) a price estimate/quote based on the inspirational videos :
        (2) your cell phone number:
        (3) And will like to know if you are the owner ?

        Keep safe and protect yourself from the virus.

        Regards,

      2. Looks like Stacy Seaman was researching how to get in on the action. Received an email a few days ago asking about video editing services and after sending her a generic estimate (was a little suspicious from the beginning because she included her budget in first email) and immediately noticed some red flags after going back and forth a few times. She even incorporated the current pandemic. This was her last email:

        From: [email protected]
        Sounds good !
        After reviewing the price quote, I think we should continue with the next step since we already have a deadline to meet. This email also confirms my readiness to approve your route and also to proceed further.

        Please i’d your payment information so that i can issue out your deposit payment in form of check payment mailed and address to your US based individual/company or your partner since that is my only available payment method right now.

        1. Full name on check:
        2. US Mailing address with Apt/Rm # if needed (No PO Box):
        3. Your direct cell phone number :
        4. 80% deposit amount due(I can pay in full also):

        As informed earlier, the consultant has the necessary content (all) for the design and will be in touch as soon as there is a payment/contract agreement.

        I could have called but I am unfortunately in Asia right now and won’t be available for calls until i get back to the states God knows when (everything is restricted due to the pandemic). Email should do justice and would always try to reply email fast.

        Please let me know if there is any paperwork to sign and you can send it so that I can sign it electronically.

        Again stay safe in this uncertain time.

        1. Stacy Seaman has contacted us as well, a video production company. What a terrible scam to be pulling during this time.

          Legal company name: AMERICAN ESSENTIAL NUTRIENT INC.
          Contact person/manager : Stacy Seaman
          address: 421 Westheimer Rd #A31, Houston, TX 77027
          phone number for invoice only : (502) 383-1153
          EIN# 83-1086546

          Sorry for the late response.

          I’ll like to know if I got the right contact to a promotional videographer. I want you to create for me a promotional/instructional video for my new company, based on production and sales of organic foods (plant based food and drinks). The content created will be used on the company website and also displayed on installed HD TV in my restaurants.

          1. Company Name: AMERICAN ESSENTIAL NUTRIENT INC.
          2. My website is under constructions which would be registered soon.
          3. Full text content, background music and pictures for this design contents will be submitted to you by my project consultant. You just have to handle the layout and the design
          4. I want you to add our core values, mission and vision (This information will be provided by the consultant)
          5. My budget for the 3 videos is not more than $6000
          6. I want this delivered in 2-4 weeks to the latest.
          7. Videos will be animated

          My Goals and about the project:

          You will produce 3 videos, each featuring a different model as selected by me (see below), with an approximate segment time of 120 seconds each. You will deliver 6 videos (1080p); 3 original raw videos and 3 edited videos, one for each original video. Below are the inspirational video templates below:

          1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8xRBTvbA0U
          2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEdam6FgZfA
          3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5w1OGknhlc

          All videos will have background music and company logo which also be delivered to you by the project consultant.

          AMERICAN ESSENTIAL NUTRIENT INC. is pet project and same time a business avenue for me. I will be 10 years a vegan in June and I hope to expand the business (and my brand then)

          To my customers, AMERICAN ESSENTIAL NUTRIENT INC. should be able to provide over 500 plant-derived minerals that can improve the value of foods, liquids, nutritional formulations and cosmiceuticals. That way also improving value of life. Whoever purchase our products would have a guarantee of good living and relish.

          Our uniqueness will be privilege of our 5 locations around Indiana and online store. Our products are also 100 percent plant based produce under strict standards from International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM). Our brand and style would also stand us out.

          Other project essentials:

          I want you to know that this is the first time I will be doing a promotional/informational video so I can only give you little details but you can give a better price quote and work based on the sample templates given above. The videos provided are our inspiration and how the preferred promotional videos should look like.

          Kindly get back to me with:

          (1) a price estimate/quote based on the inspirational videos :
          (2) your cell phone number:
          (3) And will like to know if you are the owner ?

          Keep safe and protect yourself from the virus.

          Regards,

        2. Stacy reached out to me as well. Same exact emails. Any suggestion of what I should do? Just ignore future emails from her? I have not received any money and have not given her any information other than our mailing address.

  99. This is embarrassing but when I first got the restaurant website email scam the first time, I thought it was legit and even put together a two page proposal. WHAT A WASTE OF TIME! Then I got the second email asking to send funds and knew obviously then it was scam. I wonder if anyone actually falls for this?

    1. People do. It’s sad. They sometimes end up emailing and calling me to ask what they can do. People get scammed for thousands of dollars. English isn’t everyone’s first language, some new designers don’t have a lot of experience, others are desperate for any work they can get. In the end, it’s the scammers that deserve 100% of the blame.

  100. Thanks for sharing this useful information

    After first contact I decided to send an estimate to see if customer qualified for us and surprisingly I got this respose (not even my friends hire me easily):

    Crystal Grover writes:

    Sounds good !

    After reviewing the price quote, I think we should continue with the next step since we already have a deadline to meet. This email also confirms my readiness to approve your route and also to proceed further.

    Please i’d your payment information so that i can issue out your deposit payment in form of check payment mailed and address to you since that is my only available payment method right now.

    1. Full name on check:
    2. Mailing address with Apt/Rm # if needed (No PO Box):
    3. Your direct cell phone number :
    4. 80% deposit amount due:

    As informed earlier, the consultant has the necessary content, logo etc. for the new website and will be in touch as soon as there is a payment/contract agreement.

    I could have called but traveling around Asia right now and won’t be available for calls until i get back to the states in March (two days to the launch date). Email should do justice and would always try to reply email fast.

    Please let me know if there is any paperwork to sign and you can send it so that I can sign it electronically.

    Best Regards,

    1. I got the exact same correspondence. Thought it smelled fishy from the start. More info in case others are googling this…
      Legal company name: BELBTHAI RESTAURANT
      Contact person: Crystal Grover
      address: 5085 Westheimer Rd #B56, Houston, TX 77056
      email correspondence : [email protected]
      phone number for invoice only : (502) 383-1153
      EIN# 83-1086546

      What a waste of time.

  101. [email protected], (323) 456-3361 (google voice number that doesn’t pick up), is a total scammer. He texted and email me, and mentioned that I would have to work with a “project consultant” also asked me if I accept credit cards and “who is your merchant payment processor?” I’m guessing he was going to try a force authorization scam on me.

  102. Thank you for posting this. I got an email from “Cook Sports Wears,” which I googled and your page was the only result. I would have told them no anyway, as I don’t do any freelance work, but I was curious if it was a real company. Apparently they are getting lazy about this scam, as they didn’t even bother to describe the project; the whole email was “How are you today, Hope you are doing good?. Do you work on new website design?. “

        1. I got messaged by Kelvin Cook too; it was from: [email protected]
          He wanted a site for his “Cook Sport Wears” business in Minnesota with a budget of $1K–$6K. I won’t be responding to anymore of his emails now.
          Thanks for sharing this story!

  103. Still happening 😉, this was a no go from the start but i wanted to play long a bit so i replied to them as off i had no clue. I know the Goose hotel and it’s not located in Florida but in Utrecht, Netherlands, where i am from. So instantly knew this was fake and a scam.

    ——-

    On 3 Jan 2020, at 07:41, James Petal wrote:

    Hello

    I am James Petal living at FL,USA.My family is about to open an hotel in FL,USA.I want a website created for the hotel and i need you to get a lovely layout design for it.

    Can you handle the job? I need you to check this hotel website https://www.warehousehotel.com .Its a website of an hotel in Manheim,PA USA where i once lodge for weeks.I love the simplicity of the hotel and every other thing about it so i will like you to use that has a sample site.Create an hotel website similar to that for me with the same number of pages and style.In fact i will be happy if you can make the website to look exactly like the sample website given.

    You need to take note of the following;

    ***I want the same number of pages with the example site i gave you to check excluding videos and blogs.
    ***The domain name will be goosehotel or goosehotel.net but .com is preferable.
    ***My budget is $5000 including domain name at godadddy.com
    ***You will be getting the domain name from the money i will be paying
    ***I do not want a live chat included
    ***I have the images of the hotel and all the contents for the hotel,address,contact information,emails etc with someone working for us,so i will be providing that once half of your payment is received to start working.

    I also want to know if your company accept check payment ?Am in Canada right now so i want the site running up before i get back to Florida in the next 4 weeks.Kindly check the sample website,then get back to me with an estimate price.

    James Petal
    (CEO Goose Hotel)

    ——-

    I replied that i wanted to take to the job if i could receive a more detailed briefing and only if they would pay 50% upfront through paypal or bank transfer first, then i would start working on their project. They replied again.

    ——-

    I got your email.I think your message is clear and understandable.

    The problem now is that am not able to pay you using PayPal because am having issues with my PayPal account(My PayPal account Was debited twice when i made a transaction last week and the receiver dint receive the amount till date,its still on hold) and PayPal has not been able to resolve that for me yet,all they said is for me to stop using the PayPal account pending the time which they don’t know.Another option i could have use is a wire transfer from our bank to you but that will not work also because my bank advice me not to do that or use any merchandise pending the time i resolve all this issue at hand.

    However,am able to have my assistant send you a cheque for your job.Do you have anyone in USA(A relative,brother,sister,colleague,contact etc) who can receive a cheque on your behalf?

    If you have someone who can receive a cheque on your behalf kindly get back to me with his name and address with phone number included then i will mail a cheque payment to him for the amount and it will get there in 2 days,you can proceed on my web design.

    James Petal
    (CEO Goose Hotel)

    ——

    After this i have send them a friendly message that i declining their project and they should find somebody else closer by who would be able to collect their cheques.

    1. Hello,

      My friend too received a message and there was involvement of a payment from the James Petal through cheque.
      When my friend tried to send some money to the consultant the payment was tracked and stopped by the bank.
      Now the bank has suspended my friends account.

      Would there be any issue to my friend in this?

    2. I am Peter Mcconnell living at FL,USA.My family is about to open an hotel in FL,USA.I want a website created for the hotel and i need you to get a lovely layout design for it.

      Can you handle the job? I need you to check this hotel website https://www.warehousehotel.com .Its a website of an hotel in Manheim,PA USA where i once lodge for weeks.I love the simplicity of the hotel and every other thing about it so i will like you to use that has a sample site.Create an hotel website similar to that for me with the same number of pages and style.In fact i will be happy if you can make the website to look exactly like the sample website given.

      You need to take note of the following;

      ***I want the same number of pages with the example site i gave you to check excluding videos and blogs.
      ***The domain name will be gooseusahotel.com or gooseusahotel.net but .com is preferable.
      ***My budget is $5000 including domain name at godadddy.com
      ***You will be getting the domain name from the money i will be paying
      ***I do not want a live chat included
      ***I have the images of the hotel and all the contents for the hotel,address,contact information,emails etc with someone working for us,so i will be providing that once half of your payment is received to start working.

      I also want to know if your company accept check payment ?Am in Canada right now so i want the site running up before i get back to Florida in the next 4 weeks.Kindly check the sample website,then get back to me with an estimate price.

      Peter Mcconnell
      (CEO Goose Hotel)

      My friend too got such mail.
      What is the next step if someone gets involved in this.
      My friend mistaken it to be true an received a check. He did try to send some amount to the consultant as mentioned in the mail. Now the bank has suspended his bank account where he used to receive his salary.
      Will there be any kind of legal action from the bank on my friend?

    3. The same thing is happened with me. I have sent my friend’s address and contact number. Then he mailed me that he will be sending him greater amount of money and after clearing your money, send the remaining amount to 3rd person. I found this fishy and reached here after browsing. I emailed him that the deal is cancelled but I didn’t receive any reply. I worry, I have sent him my friend’s contact number and address. What should I do?

  104. Yet another one: “James Speight” ([email protected]) claiming to need a Children Charity website.

    Their ‘pitch’ is:
    We need a website for our new Donation organization for children, It will have a few pages which include home page, about us, gallery, contact and a Donate page integrated with PayPal Payment.

    The website has to be responsive for all devices and browsers and load time must be fast, we want someone who is fast and pays attention to details, an estimate can be sent to workerspayroll11 at gee mail if you know what i mean, if you are available for this project.

    1. I have just now been contacted by a person “Jeff First” from guru.com (a freelance website) saying exactly the same and asking me to contact on ”
      workerspayroll11 at gee mail” with an estimate/proposal externally.

  105. Our company was contacted yesterday by [email protected]. As with all above, the poor English and weird request sent our scam meters running. We’re a tutoring service, and they asked for tutoring over Christmas for three children. They then said that the “private driver” would pay, but didn’t have a CC reader. The emailer said he would pay a $300 gratuity to us for having to deal with the private driver. Very similar to situations above, but it looks as though they’re tailoring it to specific companies to try and make it more convincing.

    Original email as follows:

    “I want to book and appointment for my daughters as a surprise package for my girls before they will resume back to school, They will be coming for Math (Geometry) and Science (chemistry) Can you teach them this subject privately? And also want you to know that they just back here to stay with my mother due to the death of my late wife, and they will be coming along with their private van driver and i’ll appreciate if you can secure this appointment for them for me, waiting to hear back from you now.

    Here is the name list of your students that will be coming for the lesson & they all my family..
    Names :Kate W.Skaggs …(9th grade)
    Annie Skaggs .Maria… (8th grade)
    Jessica E. Shaddix … (9th grade)
    and can you get back to me with total estimate for 2 times in a week teaching 3(Female) Ladies for 5 weeks for 2 hours with the type of credit card you accept”

    Really… who uses middle initials for their kids?! Thanks so much for posting all of this info on the website… made it much easier to confirm it was fraudulent.

  106. Thank you for posting this incident. I had the same email conversation. Name is KELVIN COOK. Email is [email protected].

    “Here is the job details I have small scale business which i want to turn into large scale business now it located in Minnesota and the company is based on importing and exporting of Sport wears such as running jacket, jersey,dance wear,socks, boots etc for both adult youth ladies and girls so i need a best of the best layout design for it. Can you handle that for me ? The site would only be informational, so i need you to give me an estimate based on my want below, the estimate should include hosting and i have a private project consultant, he has the text content and the logos for the site.

    WHAT I WANT-

    I need a very simple informational website that shows the products that I sell.

    (4 main pages)

    HOME PAGE

    ABOUT US

    OUR PRODUCTS (gallery) – about 25 products for now and adding 5-10 new products every month. I want the product to be classified into 4 pages , which are

    Male : Adult and children , Female : Adult and children. so that the customers can get full details.

    CONTACT US – with a form to fill out so that they can get in contact with me.

    Domain Name i want- “kelsporstwears.com” or anything along that line.

    TIMELINE- this should go “live” in 3 months.

    Note:

    1. I want only English language

    2. You will be updating the site for me.

    3. I will be proving the images, logos and content for the site.

    4. I want the site up and running before ending of next two month.

    5. My budget is $1000 to $6000

    6. No shopping ability

    7. The site will be mobile friendly

    8. I don’t want sitemap

    9. I have 25 product to be on it.

    Kindly get back to me with:

    (1) an estimate

    (2) your cell phone number

    (3) And will like to know if you are the owner ??

    (4) Do you accept credit cards as payment ?

    Regards,

    Kelvin Cook
    Cook Sport Wears”
    ……………………………………………………..
    I sent to him documents to fill his credit card information and signature. I called him but couldn’t understand what he was talking about 😀 After that the last email I received;

    “The favor i need is that i will be making upfront deposit payment for the project and i want you to add the sum of $4,270.00 to the amount of check you will send to you . So when you receive the check and send your account, you will send the $4,270.00 to the project consultant that has the text content , imagery and the logo for my website.

    Once he receive the fund, he would send the imagery and logo needed for my website to you immediately.
    I want work to start immediately and everything should work out fine.

    I want you to assist me with this because they are not set up for credit card payment and does not accept credit card as form of payment and my current state of health does not allow me to go to the bank myself to make the deposit. ”
    ………………………………………..

  107. Here are a list of scammers I’ve received lately:

    Joe Moore – [email protected] : “Kindly find attached samples of logo and brochure, the color code are yellow and white and get back to me with the total cost cause the full text and image of this project is coming from the project consultant.”

    Herbert – [email protected]
    Phone: (929) 352-5169
    “Hello I’m Herbert do you offer website design for a new company and also if you do you accept credit cards?
    Thanks
    Herbert”

    1. OMG Joe gets around. A friend just referred this guy to me! After several exchanges and him saying we can’t talk because he’s hearing impaired (#eyeroll) I sent “Joe” a contract but felt funny about the whole thing and all of the broken English. So I did what I should have done days ago and Googled the fool. Thank you for posting this Linda!
      For anyone else hit with this one…His request was for a logo and brochure for a furniture import export business called Victory Furniture.
      Boo hiss at this BS!

      1. I just received the same message from the same name, I’m glad that I came here. I would have wasted a lot of time.

    2. Ole Herbert Jackson just contacted me with the exact same wording, “Hello I’m Herbert do you offer website design for a new company and also if you do you accept credit cards? Thanks Herbert”

      I checked the IP right off the bat and it looked to be from Roanoke VA area but who knows. I should have done a web search for his email address right off the bat too. Would have saved me some hours and yup, he wanted me to copy another site for the most part but “more perfect”.

      No money changed hands, nor would it have. I’ve seen this one before. Selling a car on CL and someone wanted to give my three times my asking price and have me forward the extra to someone else, a Nigerian Prince I presume.

      1. I received emails from Herbert Jackson with the same wording yesterday. Thank you for posting this, I was suspicious and this confirms it is a scam.

        He said his business is Collision Repairs Specialists.

    3. Hi,

      I got new email which says:
      ————Start of Message from Scammers————
      Herbert Jackson
      7:41 PM (11 minutes ago)
      to usa

      Hello I’m Herbert do you offer website design l have a Auto painting company business and i need an information website to promote my business also if you do you accept credit cards?

      Thanks
      Herbert
      ————End of Message from Scammers————

      And I clearly understand one thing, I just got subscribed to paid listing of yelp business for more website design leads and I think thats how these scammers got my email id.

      Anyways, they are working hard to get email ids & contact numbers of web design company.

      Once again thanks for the post.

      Good Luck
      Team Zauca

  108. Just got one of these – with the exact verbiage as the agro import/export.. I had a feeling it was spam so I’m glad this was here! Just so it’s on record somewhere for others, it was from [email protected]

    I only messed with “her” long enough to see if they’d send me a bogus address of a place that just went on the market as mentioned in other comments, and they did… on to the next!

    Thanks for writing this!
    ————
    In case anyone else needs this bumped up in a google search, here’s the “ask”:

    Thanks for your swift response and i have small scale business which i want to turn into large scale business now and the company is based on importing and exporting of Agriculture products such as Kola Nut, Gacillia Nut and Cocoa so i need a best of the best layout design for it. Can you handle that for me ?. so i need you to check out this site but i need something more perfect than this if its possible .http://www.agroamerica.com… the site would only be informational, so i need you to give me an estimate based on the site i gave you to check out, the estimate should include hosting and i want the same page as the site i gave you to check out and i have a private project consultant, he has the text content and the logos for the site.
    Note:
    1. I want the same number of pages with the example site i gave you to check excluding videos and blogs.
    2. I want only English language
    3. I don’t have a domain yet but i want the domain name as http://www.onesbestfarmproduce.net
    4. you will be updating the site for me.
    5. i will be proving the images, logos and content for the site.
    6. i want the site up and running before ending of next month.
    7. My budget is $20,000 to $34,000

    Kindly get back to me with an estimate

    1. “Hello,I’m Debbie .How are you ? I’ll like to know your free available date in February for my family reunion (4 hours photo coverage).Do you accept credit card payment ?
      Thanks”

      I didn’t even respond, just googled the email and this came up. I’ve gotten several myself with this same “family reunion at a hotel” scenario. Always prepay with credit card.

  109. I had one of these people contact me today using nearly the same message. The domain was Edwardthefarmproduction.com and the website design was supposed to be based on attra.ncat.org. It is too bad these people can not focus all that effort on a legit business modal.

  110. Probably the wrong thing to do, but once I went ahead and agreed to the deal and got the card information. I then called Visa and told them the story and gave them the card info. They put me on hold and called the card owner. He still had the card in his wallet, but it was definitely not him trying to pay me. They cancelled the card immediately.

    I emailed the scammer and told him that I decided to take $2000 more than originally agreed and keep it for myself. He said that was fine with him, just send the other money as agreed. I told him “No. I have to let it season for 90 days because for all I know this could be a stolen card. I send you the money, then the bank takes all of it from me when the real cardholder files a complaint. I’m going to put it in savings and not touch it for 90 days. Then, after 90 days, if no dispute has been filed, I’m going to keep all of the money anyway.”

    The guy went nuts and accused me of being a cheat. It was a good Saturday. I was entertained for a while, and I took one stolen credit card number off the market. My small contribution to society.

    1. Ha ha ha!! 😀

      I noticed that the first thing they ask is “do you accept credit cards?” In my 20 years of doing business I’ve never had that be the first thing they ask. Another pattern I see a lot is they always ask to pay a third party (to trick you into getting cash wired and sticking you with credit card fraud). They usually choose web design because it’s a very convenient to say that the text and images come from a project consultant. However, don’t rule out other types of projects. The last scammer told me it was for blank t-shirts, (which makes no sense because I don’t mention t-shirts anywhere on my website; I’m a graphic designer), and he wanted BLANK t-shirts.

    2. Steven, thanks for posting this! I turned off the auto payment on an invoice I just sent and asked my scammer to send me all the info so I could process the payment manually. Can’t wait to see what happens next!

      1. Just got a fishy sounding text from 256-365-7960. Googled the phone number and found this article.

        Text read:
        Good Day.
        My name is Mr Paralez, I would like to know if you do a Website Design Services. Regards.

        1. He just texted me from the same number today, asking if I did graphic design and accepted credit card as a payment.

          I replied with a link to this article, lol.

  111. Thankyou I just got the agroamerica one. 20 page job quoted, but that’s as far as I got. They first contacted me on instagram. I knew it seemed to good to be true! I said I do accept credit card but only via stripe. I should have known considering my services for website don’t cost more than 5k 🙁

    1. What a nightmare! Thanks for sharing this. Imagine falling for this type of scam and the trouble it would cause, it is frightening. I only found this article because I get about 5 gmail enquiries a day for “sponsored posts” on one of my blogs and find it suspicious so searching brought me here.

  112. I went along with a few exchanges with the scammer, and eventually got to the point where he asked me to pay the “consultant”. I can’t imagine who would be okay with that.

    Ultimately this was a good exercise for me to trust my instincts. It felt off from the very start, but I kept giving him the benefit of the doubt.

    1. Yikes! I have a cleaning and organizing business and was approached by Christopher Skaggs first by text via the same phone# 315-625-1740 – which is how I found this post. We moved the conversation to email ([email protected] – he also gave me another email address [email protected] which he didn’t end up using). He told me a very elaborate story about being out of the country with his wife who became ill while they were traveling. Plus either he or his wife were in a wheelchair. They had recently purchased a house (he eagerly sent me the address which I checked on Zillow which was sold this month so it checked out.) He needed help with unpacking and organizing services to be completed by the end of December. The clincher was that he wanted me to pay his “Private mover guy” for him after he advanced the payment to me. This all did not pass my gut check. I gave him an inflated rate and he didn’t balk. Then I Googled his phone # and it brought me here. Thanks so much for posting this. SO helpful.

  113. Guys please beware about such scams , I got the same content
    The emails used for scaming designer are [email protected] and [email protected].

    I am sharing the chat with you guys what I recently had with them

    Thanks for your quick response,Here is the job details below…

    I just open a new Indian Restaurant which i run now and i need a
    website for my business to grow, So i need you to go through this
    example link site:http://www.indikausa.com but i need something more
    perfect than this if possible, I will like you to get back to me with
    an estimate and the estimate should include hosting and i want you to
    understand i want the same page as the example site i gave you to
    check and I want only English language and i want you to know you will
    be updating the site for me. I want the site up and running before
    ending of next month and i don’t want a shopping cart in my
    reservation page also i don’t have a domain name yet and i will
    prefer: KAITINDRESTAURANT.COM, My budget is $750/$1,500 for the web
    design, i have a private project consultant, she has the text content
    and the logos for the site with the image artwork,so please go ahead
    and check the example site and get back to me with an estimate also
    will like to know if you are the owner or the manager and do you
    accept credit card as payment

    My Reply:
    Hello Mauritzdup,

    Yes, I can help you.
    Going through the details on the site which you had shared with me.

    Will come with definite and concrete plan.

    Again His Reply:
    What is your budget first?

    My Reply
    Hello Mauritzdup,

    It will be around $1000-1300$.
    If you are fine with it we can proceed.

    His Reply:
    Thanks for the response back, I want you to know that i’m okay with the
    estimate cost and will be glad to give you the opportunity to do the
    job for me. I hope I will get a perfect job from you and I would have
    preferred to pay you by pay pal or credit card machine but I was warn
    by my bank not to use my card on pay pal or any other merchant again
    because they double remit my account twice in the past and I don’t
    want to go against my bank warning. I will gladly mail out the payment
    to you by check. I am located in USA and it does not matter the
    Country you are provided you assured me a good and quality job. I need
    your name and address or your representative name and address in USA
    to send the payment to so that i can make an upfront payment and you
    can proceed on my web design. I also understand you will need the text
    content with the logo and other document files to start work on my web
    design asap as you know the document files are with my project
    consultant and she will have them send to you via email… Thank you

    My Reply:
    I have to check , if my colleague in USA can provide me with there bank details.
    As I belong from India so I was expecting PayPal. Well PayPal is not a option for you . Will certainly send you the bank details of a person in USA to whom you can send the money.

    His Reply:
    I can only mail check to USA only

    My Reply:
    I am located in USA.I always prefer to deal with Check and Money
    order. Contact your relative or business representative in USA that
    can help you receive the payment. I just need the name and address of
    that person and I will send the check to him/her. The check will
    cleared in the account within 24 hrs. Then he/she will transfer the
    money to you and get started.Just send me the name and address of your
    representative in USA, I need the name to be on the check and the
    address to courier the check to.Please get back to me as soon as possible. I am just interested ingiven the job to you.Thank you.

    My Reply:
    Then it was general conversation on sharing your numbers

    And the next day same email comes up with the same requirements.
    Then it clicked my mind Ohh I am falling in this trap from getting scammed .

    God has saved me . Thanks to almighty lord ,I did two emails to get the work which eventually turned in to scam…….

    1. I have got the same email. I have send my friend’s name, addressand contact number. Then he mailed me that he will be sending him greater amount of money and after clearing your money, send the remaining amount to 3rd person. I found this fishy and reached here after browsing. I emailed him that the deal is cancelled but I didn’t receive any reply. I worry, I have sent him my friend’s contact number and address. What should I do? Kindly help me.

  114. Yep, I just got hit with this today. I could tell it was crap:

    Name
    Roberto Jefferson
    Email Address
    [email protected]
    Where would you like to start?
    Website Package
    Website (if you have one)
    https://zdca.thehybridcreative.com/.
    Comments / Questions
    I have business which i want to turn into large scale business now it located in AL and the company is based on importing and exporting of Salon Equipment such as Dryer, hair cream, Weavon,Hairdressing,Clippers, i need a best of the best layout design for it. Can you handle that for me ?. so i need you to check out this site but i need something more perfect than this if its possible. https://zdca.thehybridcreative.com/… I have a private consultant that has the text content and logo for the site. the site would only be informational, so i need you to give me an estimate.
    1. I want 15 to 20 pages with the example site i gave you to check excluding videos and blogs 2. I want only English language. 3. I don’t have a domain yet but i want the domain name as solutionrobertojsalon.com.4. You will be updating the site for me 2 times in a month. 5. i will be proving the images, logos and content for the site. 6. i want the site up and running before ending of 2 to 4 months. 7. My budget is $6,000.00 to $17,000.00

    Regards
    Jefferson

    Sent from my iPhone

  115. There is a recent Scam that is going on targetting web design and mobile Apps companies.
    The Spam goes like this:

    The email owner while replying to our services of web & App designing email sends over this email.

    [email protected]
    Fri, Nov 1, 3:23 AM (5 days ago)
    to me

    WoW
    HOW DO I CLAIM MY MONEY
    IS THERE PHONE NUMBER I CAN CALL
    —-

    Sincerely,
    Ho Dong Nguyen
    +1-571-399-8400
    +1-240-462-6813

    ALARMS: NO BODY PROVIDES THEIR DIRECT NUMBER MOSTLY ON THE FIRST EMAIL.
    OUR EMAIL WAS ASKING HIM WHETHER HE NEEDS A WEBSITE OR A MOBILE APP. But looks like the email owner is a chinese and is trying to portray as if he is from the united states.
    Also he has given US numbers which when called went over to other legitimate companies having no relation to this chinese person.

    So we have marked his email as SPAM but the guy is trying to Dupe us into a SCAM involving his money or will of his father etc.

    So stay away from such emails ” [email protected]

  116. Thank you for posting this. We received an email from Chris Skaggs [email protected] wanting design and printing for a brochure for DHARMATJ INDIAN RESTAURANT. I spent a little time responding to him but it just started sound more and more fishy. Then I found the same names listed here. Thank you for sharing to bring awareness to this craziness.

  117. Just happened to me too. Herbert Jackson, [email protected]

    Automotive website. Same BS. Smelled fishy to me too. Found this write-up as well as another one online.

    Thank you. Only wasted a handful of minutes on this.

    There’s lots of hungry web developers out there that need the cash. These people are sick.

  118. Thanks for this article. I was contacted yesterday by Michael Mcgettigan  and I knew right away it was a scam (I used to get scam emails for my B&B and recognized the style), but I didn’t know how the scam would work. I played along for a little while to see what he would do, but I’m done with playing now. The one thing he did answer was when I asked how he found out about my business–he said he found me on Indeed.

    Here’s the message I got:

    I have a business located in CA and the company is based on importing and exporting of Office Equipment such as Printer , Scanners,Laminating Machines,Dictation,Computer,Adequate Light,Desk,Multipurpose Machine,Software,Fire-Safe Bix,Network Router,Telephone,Paper Shredder and Personal Server so i need a best of the best layout design for it. Can you handle that for me ?. so i need you to check out this site but i need something more perfect than this
    if its possible .https://avada.theme-fusion.com/classic-shop/… I have a content creator that has the text content and logo for the site  .the site would only
    be informational, so i need you to give me an estimate.

    1.I want 12pages with 14 products
    2. I want only English language
    3. I don’t have a domain yet but i want the domain name as MM.officeEquipmentsbiz
    4. you will be updating the site for me.
    5. i will be providing the images, logos and content for the site.
    6. i want the site up and running before ending of next 3 month.
    7. My budget is $10,000 to $15,000
    8.give me your personal cell phone number
    9. Are you the Owner

  119. Got same scam twice from different people. When I told that I don’t accept checks, they didn’t contacted me. First email was sent to via contact form on my site, second came from Clutch profile

    Name: Marilyn Hynes
    E-mail: [email protected]
    Subject: web design

    Message: I just open a new elementary school which I run now and I need a website for my school to grow, So I need you to go through this example link site: https://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/beverly, but I need something more perfect than this if possible, I will like you to get back to me with an estimate and the estimate should include hosting and I want you to understand I want the same page as the example site I gave you to check and I want only English language and I want you to know you will be updating the site for me. I want the site up and running before end of November and also I don’t have a domain name yet and i will prefer: Marilynhyneselementerysch.net. My budget is $5000-12000 for the web design, I have a private project consultant, she has the text content and the logos for the site with the image artwork, so please go ahead and check the example website and get back to me with an estimate cost also I will like to know if you are the owner or the manager and do you accept credit card and check as payment. Thank you

    =============

    Shayla Wilks

    Thanks for getting back to me.

    I just open a new Thailand restaurant in Houston Texas, which I now run and I need a website for my business to grow. I need you to go through this example link site: http://orderchaothai.com but I need something more perfect than this if possible.

    I will like you to get back to me with an estimate and the estimate should include hosting and I want you to understand I want the same page as the benchmark website I gave you to check and I only want it in English language. You will be responsible for updating the site quarterly or yearly.

    The site should be up and running before ending of next month and I don’t want a shopping cart in my reservation page also I don’t have a domain name yet and I will prefer: BAQINUEWRESTAURANT.NET.

    My budget is $2000-$7500 for the web design. I have a private project consultant, she has the text content and the logos for the site with the image artwork, so please go ahead and check the example site.

    Kindly get back to me with:
    (1) an estimate
    (2) And will like to know if you are the owner ??

    Regards

    1. First email:
      Thanks for getting back to me.

      I just open a new Thailand restaurant in Houston Texas, which I now run and I need a website for my business to grow. I need you to go through this example link site: millvalleythailand.com but I need something more perfect than this if possible.

      I will like you to get back to me with an estimate and the estimate should include hosting and I want you to understand I want the same page as the benchmark website I gave you to check and I only want it in English language. You will be responsible for updating the site quarterly or yearly.

      The site should be up and running before ending of next month and I don’t want a shopping cart in my reservation page also I don’t have a domain name yet and I will prefer: NETALYRESTAURANT.NET.

      My budget is $2000-$7500 for the web design. I have a private project consultant, she has the text content and the logos for the site with the image artwork, so please go ahead and check the example site.

      Kindly get back to me with:
      (1) an estimate
      (2) And will like to know if you are the owner ??

      Regards

      Shayla Wilks
      ===============
      My answer:

      Hello,
      Thank you for your trust.

      We will issue an invoice with the payment amount. Data required for invoice:

      Your business name
      The headquarters (postal address) of the company
      Email Address:
      The name of the company representative and the position
      Company registration number at the trade register
      VAT Number
      Account number (IBAN) and bank (optional)

      You will receive by e-mail at the communicated email address a copy of the contract as well as an invoice with the help of which you will pay in advance in the account of our company. The invoice will be issued in USD and the payment can be made by payment order, also in USD.

      ===============
      Second Email:

      For invoice, please find below:

      Legal company name: BELBTHAI RESTAURANT
      Contact person: Crystal Grover
      address: 5085 Westheimer Rd #B56, Houston, TX 77056
      email correspondence : [email protected]
      phone number : (502) 383-1153
      EIN# 83-1086546
      :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
      Of course the company not exist. I checked.

  120. Thank you so much for this article! I just got an email from an Oyin Williams ([email protected]) – and after responding back once became a little suspicious. Googled some of the language and, low and behold, your article popped up. The format was almost exactly the same as others have described:

    “1. I want only English language
    2. I don’t have a domain yet but i want the domain name as ELITEXCLUSIVEAPPARELS.COM
    3. You will be updating the site for me.
    4. I will be providing the images,logos and content for the site. (In another part of the email they say that they have a “private project consultant” who has this information)
    5. I want the site up and running before ending of next two month.
    6. My budget is $3000 to $6000″

    What’s interesting is that Google actually sent the email to my spam folder originally- and because of this I didn’t even see the email for a few days. (I even apologized in my message back.) Glad Google’s looking out for me haha 😉

    Anyway, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you taking the time to do a write up on this. Seems like it’s saved many of us from these scammers!

    Keep fighting the good fight man!

    1. Thanks for posting this one Samantha. A friend with a print shop passed [email protected] on to me as a web design referral today. I decided to google the potential client before calling. I just wanted to understand their business a little. You posting this saved me from wasting time.

      Thanks again!
      -John

  121. Got same email here as well.. from Roberts Brown

    I just opened a new Indian Restaurant which I run now and I need a website for my business to grow, So I need you to go through this link site: https://www.tandoorindian.com but I need something more perfect than this if possible, I will like you to get back to me with an estimate which include hosting. I want only English language and you will be updating the site for me. I want the site up and running before ending of next month also I don’t have a domain name yet and i will prefer: rubydelicacy.net My budget is $2000-$7000 for the web design. I have a private project consultant, she has the text content and the logos for the site with the image artwork. Please go ahead and check site sample and get back to me with an estimate, also I will like to know if you are the owner or the manager and do you accept check as payment within US or FRANCE ?

  122. Hey! I read this article about a year ago. This week I received a message from someone requesting website development services. I got a bit of a deja vu feeling while reading it, but couldn’t put a finger on why. Then today I remembered that it’s exactly like one of the examples in this article. Here is the message:

    “My name is peter wadell i have small scale business which i want to turn into large scale business i want you to understand that I’m presently out of the state on a business trip and the company is based on importing and exporting of Agriculture products such as Kola Nut,Gacillia Nut and Cocoa so i need a best of the best layout design for it.Can you handle that for me?

    I need you to check out this site but i need something more perfect than this if its possible..
    www.http://attra.ncat.org The site would only be informational,so i need you to give me an estimate based on the site i gave you to check out,the estimate should include hosting and i want the same page as the site i gave you to check out and i have a private project consultant,he has the text content and the logos for the site.

    NOTE:
    1. I want the same number of pages with the example site i gave you to check excluding videos and blogs.
    2. I want only English language.
    3. I don’t have a domain yet but i want the domain name as farmsproducts.cc
    4. you will be updating the site for me.
    5. i will be proving the images, logos and content for the site.
    6. i want the site up and running before my return”

    This person replied to my messages almost instantly, and seemed very eager to get started and deposit the first payment, even before we said anything about the actual project costs. That’s when I remembered the article.

    Thanks Alex for writing this, and helped me save time (and potentially money as well)!

  123. Well Looks like they tried to target us as well!

    We got the following email from one of the email IDs listed here.

    Hello, I need a graphic designer for my new business. I have a private project photographer who will hand over the necessary documents, pictures and specifications to you. My budget for the graphics design is $1000- $5000. Reply me if you are interested in the project through my gmail only ([email protected] ) so I can send you the full job details.
    Name of the Person it said – Jefferson Thompson

  124. Thanks for posting this thread. I got a similar email too last week. Luckily I did not encourage the conversation after third party involvement. So relieved to find this thread
    ———
    Email: [email protected]
    ——–
    Here is the job details,

    I need a graphics designer who will design the logo , artwork and handle all the graphics contents that will be needed for the website. I want you to handle the following designs:

    -Banner design (4 different types of design)
    -Flier design (10 different types of design)
    -Business Card design (2 different types of design)
    -Logo design (1)
    -Poster design (10 different types of design)

    I will like you to get back to me with an estimate or price range for the project for now. I want you to be through with the designing of logo and artwork before I am back to the state. My budget for the graphics design is $1000-$5000. I have a private project photographer, she has the pictures, text contents, colors, necessary documents, and specification that you will need for the designing and she will get in touch with you as we proceed.

    So please get back to me with an estimate for the designs listed above asap, also will like to know if you are the owner or the manager and do you accept credit card or check as payment.

    Thank you.

    1. We also received the same email by yesterday from the same guy with the same email id.

      Find this first mail as below:
      From The Email: [email protected]
      Hello, I need a graphic designer for my new business. I have a private project photographer who will hand over the necessary documents, pictures and specifications to you. My budget for the graphics design is $1000- $5000. Reply me if you are interested in the project through my gmail only ([email protected] ) so I can send you the full job details.

  125. Our web design company also get this scam email today from Roberto Jefferson form [email protected] email address.
    Jefferson: “Hello!
    I hope this e-mail finds you well! This is Roberto Jefferson. I would love to know if you can handle web design for a new company?? kindly get back to me ASAP
    Regards
    Jefferson”

    Me:”Hello, Mr. Jefferson,
    Ofcorse we can handle web design for new company.
    Do You need only design or web design and web page development. Also need to know more details about company and what kind of web page do you want?
    Maybe you have some description or we can discuss details through phone?”

    Jefferson:
    “Great! I have business which i want to turn into large scale business now it located in AL and the company is based on importing and exporting of Salon Equipment such as Dryer, hair cream, Weavon,Hairdressing,Clippers, i need a best of the best layout design for it. Can you handle that for me ?. so i need you to check out this site but i need something more perfect than this if its possible.https://zdca.thehybridcreative.com/… I have a private consultant that has the text content and logo for the site. the site would only be informational, so i need you to give me an estimate.

    1. I want 15 to 20 pages with the example site i gave you to check excluding videos and blogs 2. I want only English language. 3. I don’t have a domain yet but i want the domain name as solutionrobertojsalon.com.4. You will be updating the site for me 2 times in a month. 5. i will be proving the images, logos and content for the site. 6. i want the site up and running before ending of 2 to 4 months. 7. My budget is $6,000.00 to $17,000.00 Regards
    Jefferson”

    Me: “sended estimate price”

    Jefferson: “Thanks, I’m very much satisfied with the total estimate, quite affordable . Here’s an exclusive just to show some seriousness and dedication. I am willing to pay up the sum of $3,000 as an upfront payment for the job using my credit card so work can commence ASAP. i understand the content for this site would be needed so as for the job to commence. regarding the content, i will need a little favor from you And the reason why i need this favor from you is because the consultant that has the content and logo for the website does not have the facility to charge credit cards and i am presently in the hospital with my Daughter for surgery so i will be glad if you can help me out with this favor. Thanks”

    Me:”What favor?”

    Jefferson:”The favor i need from you is. i would give you my card info’s to charge for $9,550 plus credit card company charges, so $3,000 would be a down payment for my website design and the remaining $6,350 you would help me send it to the project consultant that has the text content and the logo for my website so once he has the $6,350 he would send the text content and logo needed for my website to you also the funds would be sent to him via Instant Transfer or Cashier Check into his account, sending of funds would be after funds clears into your account And also $200tip for your stress So i will be looking forward to read back from you. Thanks

    Regards
    Jefferson”

    Me:”We do not accept card payments, we accept only bank transfer payments with invoice. Only way we are doing business we send official invoice after signing contract.”

    1. I got the same scam this week (July 2020)
      May I ask you a question? So once you said no, you don’t take credit card payments, the scammer stopped contacting you, and no damage was done to you?
      I did click on the sample website link https://zdca.thehybridcreative.com and it seems like a legit site, but I am scared because I should never never click on a link from a email.

      I have been researching about small business scams and there is an awful one, that if you can go to specific websites they install malware in your computer to steal your bank account passwords

      I don’t think it is this case but your feedback would give me some reassurance. So please let me know! Thank you!

      Here is the scam info I refer:
      4. Bank account takeover
      “The most common and dangerous scam for small businesses is account takeover,” according to Michael Benardo, Chief of the FDIC’s Cyber-Fraud and Financial Crimes Section. “By sending fake e-mails and using fake Web sites to deliver malicious software, such as keystroke loggers, fraudsters may be able to obtain the IDs and passwords for online bank accounts and then make withdrawals from accounts.”2 In addition to using caution when online, be sure to monitor your bank accounts daily to make sure no unauthorized electronic transfers are being made. Ask your bank what anti-fraud alerts they may offer.

  126. got the same email and being targeted 3 times in this same month with a different platform.
    1st person asked me to help him with his sister’s school website.
    2nd person asked me to help him with his new restaurant.
    3rd person asked me to help him with his new Indian restaurant.

    Still confused, How they will make money out of it. if anyone can explain.

    1. They tell you they are going to pay you a large amount and that part of the fee needs to go to another contractor. They pay you with a check, you pay the contractor, the check they sent is fraudulent and bounces but by then you’ve paid the contractor. They are the contractor. It’s called a third party payout.

  127. Hello Alex,
    Thanks a lot for saving me from fraud 😀
    those shitty people mailed me with the same body from different email then i get a pretty shock what’s going on 😀
    then i searched for the main story. i found this. Thanks again.

  128. I received the same query with following lines:
    “I just open a new Indian Restaurant which i run now and i need a
    website for my business to grow, So i need you to go through this
    example link site: http://carsonkitchen.com but i need something more
    perfect than this if possible, I will like you to get back to me with
    an estimate and the estimate should include hosting and i want you to
    understand i want the same page as the example site i gave you to
    check and I want only English language and i want you to know you will
    be updating the site for me. I want the site up and running before
    4weeks and i don’t want a shopping cart in my
    reservation page also i don’t have a domain name yet and i will
    prefer: http://carssaskitchen.com, My budget is $750/$1,500 for the web
    design, i have a private project consultant, she has the text content
    and the logos for the site with the image artwork,so please go ahead
    and check the example site and get back to me with an estimate also
    will like to know if you are the owner or the manager and do you
    accept bank cashier check as payment.”

    upon my response, the next response was:
    “Thanks for the response back, I want you to get back to me with the estimate cost and will be glad to give you the opportunity to do the job for me. I hope I will get a perfect job from you and I would have preferred to pay you by pay pal or credit card machine but I was warn by my bank not to use my card on pay pal or any other merchant again because they double remit my account twice in the past and I don’t want to go against my bank warning. I will gladly mail out the payment to you by check. I am located in USA and it does not matter the Country you are provided you assured me a good and quality job. I need your name and address or your representative name and address in USA to send the payment to so that i can make an upfront payment and you can proceed on my web design. I also understand you will need the text
    Hello once again, I need name/address and cellphone number in USA to send the payment to so that i can make an upfront payment and you can proceed on content with the logo and other document files to start work on my web design asap as you know the document files are with my project consultant and she will have them send to you via email… Thank you.”

    That “Hello once again” in last paragraph and poor grammar turned on the alarm in my mind and I did quick search and found this article

  129. Alex, thank you! We got an email from Linda Mcdaniel at [email protected] asking for almost the exact thing as the Luis Lee scam. Wasted time on a proposal response before we saw your article – glad we didn’t lose anything else!

    1. Just got emails from [email protected]
      Good Morning Dave,

      The check payment of $10000.90 is already on its way to you via FedEx courier. The Project consultant little funds for logistic was added along with your initial 50% deposit.

      Once the payment of $10000.90 cleared in your account, you can send the Project consultant her money and she will be hooking you up with necessary data needed to get started.

      Project consultant has the text content and the logos for the site with the image artwork,I could have pay her directly but she does not have facility to check or credit card at the moment.

      I hope you understand and sorry for any inconvenience.

      Best Regards

      Thank god I googled the email

      Thanks!

      1. I got a email from a Linda at [email protected] asking to buy Scentsy products for me for a wedding and told me she would send the check. After she said she sent it she said her uncle put too much money on the check and I need to cash it and send her back the difference. The check came from someone one with a totally different name and the envelope had another name on it and it looked super fake! She messaged me to cash it immediately on Christmas and send her the difference ASAP. I ignored her messages after I found this thread. Just something seemed very off about it.

        1. I also got one from [email protected] – saying her business is Essential Nutrient Inc. Seemed a bit fishy only because I had received similar ones from an “auto body shop” and the line about a “new” business. I choose not to engage with “Linda” at all because of finding this site (thanks so much!). “Her” email also seemed off because the phone number was a ridiculous arrangements of numbers – 2010000000.

        2. Thanks for saving me the time/effort to put together an estimate! I, too, got an email from Linda McDaniel ([email protected]) for a company called: AMERICAN ESSENTIAL NUTRIENT INC.

          This was the second scam request I received from the Adobe Portfolio “Contact Form” I recently set up.

          The first was on 1/22/20 from Sarah jones ([email protected]),
          with the message:
          “i have a small scale business which i want to turn in large scale business now it located in california and the company is based on importing and exporting of sport wears such as running jackets, jersey dance wears.”

          The typos and importing/exporting elements alerted me right away, but I was curious enough to send back a quick reply because of how close her wording was to my company’s tagline is “Making Small Business Look Like Big Business”.

          I replied:
          “Tell me a little more about what type of graphic design needs you have for your business.” … and purposely left my phone number out of my reply.

          Sarah got back to me a week later with a very detailed list of what she wanted for a very elaborate website, including project budget, and this closing:
          Kindly get back to me with:
          (1) an estimate
          (2) your cell phone number
          (3) And will like to know if you are the owner ?
          (4) Do you accept USA certified CHECK as means of payment?

          I knew then that my instincts were right — this was a scam — no one gives you their budget, and talks about methods of payment when seeking an estimate.

          I sent back this quick reply:
          “I’m sorry. I can not take on your project. I don’t do website design.”

          What I *should have* done was never responded in the first place. That must have moved to me a list of people to target for a print-design version of the scam.

          On April 9, I received this from Linda McDaniel :
          “I’d love to have a logo and brochure created for my new business. Please let me know your interest and would send you more details. Thank you”

          My spidey-senses were up again, but I still sent off a brief reply (also sans phone number): “Hi Linda! Tell me a little about your business and what you’re looking for in a logo.”

          Got a reply back today with a very detailed plan for an online brochure and logo design that *almost* seemed real to me. There was a lot of more “personal” type touches to the wording in what she was and wasn’t looking for in a design, which almost had me fooled into believing it might be legit, including this closing line:
          “Keep safe and protect yourself from the virus.”

          What still had me suspicious:
          – disclosure of the project budget — not once, but twice (and they weren’t the same number)
          – mention that I’d be working with a “project consultant”
          – a similar closing to the other scam email:
          Kindly get back to me with:
          (1) a price estimate/quote :
          (2) your cell phone number:
          (3) And will like to know if you are the owner?

          I decided to google her name and company name before replying and found this page.

          Thanks again for the info. I will not be responding to Linda’s most recent email and will trust my instincts and not reply to any more of these.

          Additionally… I’m seriously considering moving my website off the Adobe Portfolio platform, as the contact form on that seems to be what’s generated these scam requests.

    1. Same! He is using this email address with me: [email protected]

      Here is his last message to me:
      “Here’s what I need from you, I’m ready to make payment now with my credit card, I understand the content for this site would be needed so the project can begin asap. I am going to need you to send an invoice for the sum of $4850 plus 3% Cc company charges, you will deduct $1750 as deposit for your service and you will send $3000 to the project consultant that has the text content and the logo for my website via cash deposit to his account, so once he receives the money, he would send the text content and logo needed for my website to you so you can commence asap, you can have the remaining $100 as tip for helping with the consultant’s fee. Sending of funds would be after money clears into your account and you will be charging my card for your balance upon completion. I need your help because the consultant doesn’t have facilities to bill credit cards at the moment and the project has to begin on time so we can meet the proposed deadline plus my present situation won’t allow me to other options. Kindly bear with me. I Look forward to your favorable reply. “

      1. Thanks for your quick response,Here is the job details below…

        I just open a new Indian Restaurant which i run now and i need a website for my business to grow, So i need you to go through this example link site:http://www.indikausa.com but i need something more perfect than this if possible, I will like you to get back to me with an estimate and the estimate should include hosting and i want you to understand i want the same page as the example site i gave you to check and I want only English language and i want you to know you will be updating the site for me. I want the site up and running before ending of next month and i don’t want a shopping cart in my reservation page also i don’t have a domain name yet and i will prefer: KAITINDRESTAURANT.COM, My budget is $750/$1,500 for the web design, i have a private project consultant, she has the text content and the logos for the site with the image artwork,so please go ahead and check the example site and get back to me with an estimate also will like to know if you are the owner or the

        — can you explain hoe it is scam??

      2. Oyin Williams (Scammer name)
        22:26 (1 hour ago)

        Scammer email address: [email protected] (He did Same)

        Here’s what I need from you, I’m ready to make payment now with my credit card, I understand the content for this site would be needed so the project can begin asap. I am going to need you to send an invoice for the sum of $4850 plus 3% Cc company charges, you will deduct $1750 as deposit for your service and you will send $3000 to the project consultant that has the text content and the logo for my website via cash deposit to his account, so once he receives the money, he would send the text content and logo needed for my website to you so you can commence asap, you can have the remaining $100 as tip for helping with the consultant’s fee. Sending of funds would be after money clears into your account and you will be charging my card for your balance upon completion. I need your help because the consultant doesn’t have facilities to bill credit cards at the moment and the project has to begin on time so we can meet the proposed deadline plus my present situation won’t allow me to other options. Kindly bear with me. I Look forward to your favorable reply.

        Oyin Williams
        Thu, 7 Nov, 21:05 (6 days ago)

        to me

        Quick question, do you accept credit card payments? Because i can’t do cash transactions at the moment

        Regards,
        PS : I am also going to need a little help from you regarding my consultant

  130. BEWARE!
    April Petal
    910 north
    Sanjose Texas,79603
    +1(302)385-6483

    I did told you i was gonna get back to you soon,sorry am getting back to you late,here is the details of the new job for you.Am a CEO and an entrepreneur so i dont really have the time but lets get things straightened up cos i will be less busy for days.My name is April Petals(CEO April Petals Restaurant)living in Florida USA.

    I will be needing you to build a world class website for our newly about to be opened restaurant.I will want you to create the website within the space of 4 to 5 weeks,no prolongation about this.I said 4 to 5 weeks because the interior decoration of the website is the only thing left and it will be ready by that time,so i want both the restaurant and the website to start running the same day.

    Look at this website here https://www.lamarchaberkeley.com . I want you to check this website and create something similar to that for me,let me know if you can.So kindly get back to me with an estimation,the estimate should include the hosting too.

    Also i will like to inform you that there will be no shopping cart in my observation page and there will be no chat include also.I will be preferring the domain name (aprilpetalsrestaurant.com or aprilpetalsrestaurant.net).

    Note: My budget is not more than $5500.So kindly get back to me with your total estimate for the job with domain price include.

    Note;I will be providing the logos,image and contents.All you need to do is to create the website

    Though i would have prefer a website designer from USA because of communication and mode.

    Do you accept check payment?kindly let me know

    April Petals

    (CEO April Petals Restaurant)

  131. In the last 2 days, I’ve gotten 2 emails like this. One from Ashley and one from Michael via Gmail.

    “Who designed your website?

    Regards,”

    Funny thing, I don’t have a website. I’m a retired, 66 year old woman who’s into photography and fungus!

    Is this is the same kind of scam?

  132. Our graphic design company received two design request spam/phishing emails on September 9, 2019:

    1. From Oyin Williams ([email protected]) for an apparel website for the domain ELITEXCLUSIVEAPPARELS.COM following the same template as what others are reporting.

    2. From stan jenifer ([email protected]) for catalog & logo design for a newly established furniture company called Oakwey. I found it followed a template referenced in a Reddit thread under r/graphic_design > phishing scams.

    1. @Frank – I just received a suspicious email from Oyin Williams and that email too. Thanks for posting. Now I won’t waste my time.

    2. I just received an email from Stan Jenifer ([email protected]) as well. The only difference is that instead of OAKWEY they used WILLOW as their company. The also said that they do not use paypal because of some bank problems but insisted I use quick book intuit. so thank you for outing this scammer!!

  133. A good article, but what a shame these scammers will never stop in stealing people hard earn money. Thanks for sharing your experience…

  134. The scam is being attempted often on my Arch Drafting business as well. Must be because my biz name has “design” at the end. The emails ask (about three a week in my spam) if I create plans for homes, etc. The red flag is the bad english and misspellings. The one time I did reply, I asked for specifics such as: What city is the project located? What square footage will the project be? I didn’t hear back so I figured it was a scam. I am curious how the scam works and google brought me here.

  135. Hi,

    I have received the similar email:

    Hello

    I did told you i was gonna get back to you soon,sorry am getting back to you late,here is the details of the new job for you.Am a CEO and an entrepreneur so i dont really have the time but lets get things straightened up cos i will be less busy for days.My name is April Petals(CEO April Petals Restaurant)living in Florida USA.

    I will be needing you to build a world class website for our newly about to be opened restaurant.I will want you to create the website within the space of 4 to 5 weeks,no prolongation about this.I said 4 to 5 weeks because the interior decoration of the website is the only thing left and it will be ready by that time,so i want both the restaurant and the website to start running the same day.

    Look at this website here https://www.lamarchaberkeley.com . I want you to check this website and create something similar to that for me,let me know if you can.So kindly get back to me with an estimation,the estimate should include the hosting too.

    Also i will like to inform you that there will be no shopping cart in my reservation page and there will be no chat include also.I will be preferring the domain name (aprilpetalsrestaurant.com or aprilpetalsrestaurant.net).

    Note: My budget is not more than $5500.So kindly get back to me with your total estimate for the job with domain price include.

    Note;I will be providing the logos,image and contents.All you need to do is to create the website

    Do you accept check payment?kindly let me know

    April Petals

    (CEO April Petals Restaurant)

    ————————————————————–

    Hello,

    I got your email now and am cool with it.Am not able to use PayPal or any other merchant because i had a double remit from a website i use few weeks ago.Since then i have a strict instruction from my bank that i must not use PayPal or wire transfer for any transaction now matter what pending the time been

    However,i can have my personal assistant write you a check and have it sent to you if you live in USA or to any one you have in USA that could receive a check for you.

    Let me know if you have someone that can receive check on your behalf in USA.I will be needing his or her name,address and mobile number for communication to have the check sent out to him

    —————————————————————————–

    Hello

    I will be sending you a check of $6100.89 which include the private consultant advance payment,once you clear the money remove your upfront payment of $2250.89 and send the rest ($3,850) to the private project consultant for her advance fee, she has the text content and the logos for the site with the image artwork, i could have pay her myself but she does not have facility to receive check or credit card at the moment. Are you clear with that?

    kindly acknowledge this message ASAP.

    April Petal

    ——————————————————————————

    Hello

    I want to inform you that the check has been delivered to your friend mailing address today via Fedex.Here is the new tracking 789487548748 so you can check its delivery status.Kindly tell your friend to have it deposited and funds will be available the next business working day for you to withdraw.You can deposit using your bank application,via ATM or physically at your bank.

    Kindly let me know once the check is received and once the check is deposited so that i can inform my bank.

    Here is my phone number(302) 385-6483.Tell the check receiver to text me when its received!

    Hoping to hear back from you soon.

  136. Just had a question from Dan Mike
    with the email: [email protected]

    It was completely blank with the only sentence
    Hello, am Dan, do you offer Logo design service?

    I intimately googled email address and it brought me here. Thanks everyone.

  137. Just got one a couple of days ago.

    Name used is “April Petals” and wanted a website for a “restaurant”

    Here’s the introductory email:

    _____________

    Hello

    I did told you i was gonna get back to you soon,sorry am getting back to you late,here is the details of the new job for you.Am a CEO and an entrepreneur so i dont really have the time but lets get things straightened up cos i will be less busy for days.My name is April Petals(CEO April Petals Restaurant)living in Florida USA.

    I will be needing you to build a world class website for our newly about to be opened restaurant.I will want you to create the website within the space of 4 to 5 weeks,no prolongation about this.I said 4 to 5 weeks because the interior decoration of the website is the only thing left and it will be ready by that time,so i want both the restaurant and the website to start running the same day.

    Look at this website here https://www.lamarchaberkeley.com . I want you to check this website and create something similar to that for me,let me know if you can.So kindly get back to me with an estimation,the estimate should include the hosting too.

    Also i will like to inform you that there will be no shopping cart in my reservation page and there will be no chat include also.I will be preferring the domain name (aprilpetalsrestaurant.com or aprilpetalsrestaurant.net).

    Note: My budget is not more than $5500.So kindly get back to me with your total estimate for the job with domain price include.

    Note;I will be providing the logos,image and contents.All you need to do is to create the website

    Do you accept check payment?kindly let me know

    April Petals

    (CEO April Petals Restaurant)

    _____________

    “Her” response to my follow up email ticked me off that something wasn’t right. Anyway, I just wanted to share this publicly in case some creatives receive the very same scam and is looking at google search for confirmation.

    1. What i got from april patels is

      I got your email now and am cool with it.Am not able to use PayPal or any other merchant because i had a double remit from a website i use few weeks ago.Since then i have a strict instruction from my bank that i must not use PayPal or wire transfer for any transaction now matter what pending the time been

      However,i can have my personal assistant write you a check and have it sent to you if you live in USA or to any one you have in USA that could receive a check for you.

      Let me know if you have someone that can receive check on your behalf in USA.I will be needing his or her name,address and mobile number for communication to have the check sent out to him

  138. We got the “do me a little favor” Third party Payout Scam email just now from someone claiming to be Blain Edward at [email protected]. Don’t they know that web people are aware of phishing? Geez. Must not be too smart.

  139. Afraid its still going on:

    From: Carlos kidd
    Sent: Thursday, August 08, 2019 10:41 AM
    To: [email protected]
    Subject: Re: Website examples

    Thanks for your response, i am okay with the estimate and i wanna proceed so i will pay $2000 deposit payment for the job using my credit card so work can commence ASAP,i understand the content for this site would be needed so as for the job to commence so regarding the content and i will need a little favor from you And the reason why i need this favor from you is because the consultant that has the content and logo for the website does not have the facility to charge credit cards and i also Am presently in the hospital with my son for surgery so i will be glad if you can help me out with this favor
    The favor i need from you is. i would give you my card info’s to charge for $7500. so $2000 would be a down payment for my website design and the remaining $5000 you would help me send it to the project consultant that has the text content and the logo for my website so once he has the $5000 he would send the text content and logo needed for my website to you also the funds would be sent to him Cashier check deposit into his account sending of funds would be after funds clears into your account And also $500 tip for your stress

    1. I got same emails but my client asked a your representative in USA, and he will send money checque to his location. And he delivered the checque and my representative has been cashed out, but now my client is not replying my emails, what should I do now, please reply.

  140. Thanks Alex,
    I just received this email today:
    Okay My business name is DharmaTJ Indian Restaurant I want my site exactly like this example link site: https://n-naka.com/ even better than this, The website should be ready by the next 3 month I don’t want a reservation page yet on my website I have purchased a domain name already: DHARMATJINDIANRESTAURANT.COM, My budget is $15,000-$25,000 for the web design I already have a project consultant that is taking care of the text content, logos for the site with the image artwork you will be updating the site for me, are the owner or the manager & I will like you to get back to me with a proposal estimate including a year hosting for the web design, Thank you
    SEE ATTACHMENT ON HOW I WANT MY SITE TO LOOK

    1. I just got one from email: [email protected]

      “Thanks for getting in touch. I would like you to review the details and get back to me with any question you may have.

      Here is the project details, well i have a small clothing business for both male and female which i run, now am trying to expand the business and i want you to build an informational website for it for advertisement and to increase my sales rate..

      so i need you to check out this site but i need something more perfect than this if its possible http://www.missrebel.co.uk. the site would only be informational, so i need you to give me an estimate .The estimate should include hosting and i want the site to have not more than 5 pages ,since it is informational. I have a private project consultant, he has the text content, images and the logos for the site.

      Note:

      1. I want only English language
      2. I don’t have a domain yet but i want the domain name as ELITEXCLUSIVEAPPARELS.COM
      3. You will be updating the site for me.
      4. I will be providing the images,logos and content for the site.
      5. I want the site up and running before ending of next two month.
      6. My budget is $3000 to $6000

      Thanks,”

      1. I just got this missrebel.co.uk scam today from Alex Morgan ([email protected]). Seemed “off” so I’m glad you posted this so I didn’t have to waste time playing the game with them. Thanks!

        ###

        My wife has a small clothing business for both male and female, now
        she is trying to expand the business and i want you to build an
        informational website for it for advertisement and to increase her
        sales rate.

        I need you to checkout this site but i need something more perfect
        than this if possible,http://www.missrebel.co.uk.

        The site would only be informational, so i need you to get back to
        me with an estimate for the web design, the estimate should include
        hosting and i want the site to have not more than 8 pages since it is
        informational.i have a private project graphic designer,he has the
        text content, images and the logos for the site.

        Note:

        1.. she want only English language
        2.. we don’t have a domain yet. Also note you will be updating the
        site for her.
        3..I will be providing the images,logos and content for the site.
        4..I want the site up and running before ending of next month.

        My budget is $2000 to $8000 Kindly get back to m

  141. I was just contacted as well. At first, everything seemed very legit. Until the scammer got lung cancer and couldn’t pay his “consultant” via credit card so he then decided maybe he could pay me the whole amount and I could just transfer the difference to his “consultant”. Mine was for a logo and catalog for a new furniture business called VEEHAUS.

    1. This exact same scenario happened to me. It was weird from the start. Glad I didn’t get sucked in. Was it Paul Lowery from VEEHAUS? Lung cancer too. 🤦‍♀️

  142. I just got one today. Haven’t had one in about 1 year so didn’t recognize it right off:
    Hello Mick,
    Thank you very much for your email,l have a Auto painting company business and i need an information website to promote my business,so i need you to check out this site but i need something more perfect than this if its possible http://frontrangedents.com/. So i need you to get me an estimate based on the site i gave you to check out, the estimate should include hosting and i want the same page as the site i gave you to check out and i have a private project consultant,
    he has the text content and the logos for the site.

    Note:
    1. I want the same number of pages with the example site i gave you to check excluding blogs.
    2. I want only English language
    3. I don’t have a domain yet but i want the domain name as http://www.premiumautos.me
    4. i will be proving the images, logos and content for the site My budget is $3,500 to $6,500
    I will be waiting for your email for the estimate

    Here is my company name: COLLISION REPAIR SPECIALISTS kindly get back to me with your cellphone number so that we can have suitable text on phone

    Best regards
    Scott

    Oh well – live and learn. I can’t imagine giving any “ project consultant” any of the $$$ though, lol. I want it all for myself hahahah

    1. I just received the exact same email request yesterday! The poor punctuation and English turned on my internal “scam radar.” Also, no information as to where the business is located. Not registered in State of Washington. No return phone number or address for the “new business”. Thank you for posting the warning, Eesa, as a Google search brought up the exact same words in the scammer email.

  143. Ya’ll! This is happening WAY too often. Does anyone have a hunch on how to stop the emails coming through? My delete button has had it with me!

  144. This also happened to us: email sent:
    On Fri, Jul 19, 2019 at 1:56 PM Vidal William wrote:
    Thanks a lot for your prompt reply, Yes, i do, I have a small clothing business for both male and female, now am trying to expand the business now, it located in NV and i want you to build an informative website for it for advertisement. I need you to checkout this site but I need something more perfect than this if possible, https://www.reveboutique.com/. The site would only be informative, So i need you to get back to me with an estimate for the website design, The estimate should include hosting and i want the site to have not more than 12 pages since it is informative. I have a private project graphic designer,that has the text content, images and the logos files for the site.

    Note:
    1. I want only English language
    2. I don’t have a domain yet but i want the domain name as vidalwills.store
    3. You will be updating the site for me twice in a month.
    4. I will be providing the images,logos and content for the site.
    5. I want the site up and running before Two to Three Months Out.
    6. My budget is $5,000 to $15,000
    Kindly get back to me with:
    (1) an estimate
    (2) I will like to know if you are the owner ?
    (3) and provide me with your cellphone number

    Hope to read from you,
    Thanks.
    Vidal William

    Then changed the email address to: [email protected]
    Phone Number: 740-310-5919
    and the designer who would receive the money from us:
    Name: Dustin Patterson
    Phone Number: (615) 378-5740
    Address: 916 E BRENTWOOD DR MORRISTOWN, TN 37814
    email: [email protected]

    Then I went about asking for proof of company (EIN, etc). He replied back saying he could not provided. We told him we could not do business with them.

  145. Interesting to see I’m not the only one who’s been contacted by these scammers, and DEFINITELY grateful I trusted my gut instincts when it came to that “Grascilla Nut” Nonsense!

      1. THANK YOU for posting this! I’d just received an email an hour ago from [email protected] about design work. It felt really odd, so I did a quick Google search of the email and found this article.

        1. Thank you for posting! Came from 315-625-1740 and [email protected]
          “Hi my name is Chris are you available for graphic design service?”
          “I want to have a Menu magazine for my grand opening coming up on the 221st of November my budget for this is $4,000 let me know if you can handle the job for me if yes please text me your email address so that I can forward you the job details via email. Thank you”
          “I have a private project consultant, working on the text content, logo, pictures, menu items, Images with other documents for the Menu magazine the Menu magazine size will be 6-Panel Double Fold (“8.5” x “11”)Glossy in Premium 4 pages double-sided magazine-style I will like you to send me a rough estimate for the design before you have the text content with other documents from the consultant also I need to know if you can handle the printing of the Menu magazine for me as well or you will give it to a local printer of your choice in the area & get back to me with the Estimated cost for 800 printed magazine?See Attachment Image on the type of Menu I want”

      2. This guy just contacted me. I have been through this before (didn’t get burned financially as I also recognized it in the past, they can be so persistent) I am a professional organizer in the SF Bay Area and they sent me this request after they asked about my service area.

        From Christopher Scaggs [email protected]
        Okay I just purchase a house in San Mateo area I want you to help with the organizing of my bedroom, living room & closet its 3 Bedroom I want you to know I’m not around to meet with you because I’m presently out of state I’m in Germany with my wife who’s recuperating in the Teaching Hospital I’m always by her side confined to a wheelchair you will be meeting with the Private mover guy bringing my Stuff to my new house he’s with my house keys I want the job done asap before I’m back to the State can you handle that for me ?

        ****Beware*** they like to target small and independent business. Such a shame.

        1. Wow this is really amazing that they’ve moved on to professional organizers. That “private mover guy” is them – he’s the third party payout recipient. I’m sure if you continued communicating with them, they’d tell you that they need to pay you a bulk amount by check and that you need to pay the mover. Then their check would bounce. “Confined to a wheelchair” my ass…

      3. Got the same email – same email address – same restaurant about an hour ago – the tip off was the all the broken english and the big budget up front (no client does this) and he said he already purchased the domain; I did a domain lookup and it was still available and I was done after that.

        [email protected] <= loser!

  146. On Wed, Jul 17, 2019 at 2:09 PM sammy hughes wrote:
    Thanks for getting in touch. I would like you to review the details and get back to me with any question you may have.

    Here is the project details, well i have a small clothing business for both male and female which i run, now am trying to expand the business and i want you to build an informational website for it for advertisement and to increase my sales rate..

    so i need you to check out this site but i need something more perfect than this if its possible http://www.missrebel.co.uk. the site would only be informational, so i need you to give me an estimate .The estimate should include hosting and i want the site to have not more than 5 pages ,since it is informational. I have a private project consultant, he has the text content, images and the logos for the site.

    Note:

    1. I want only English language
    2. I don’t have a domain yet but i want the domain name as ELITEXCLUSIVEAPPARELS.COM
    3. You will be updating the site for me.
    4. I will be providing the images,logos and content for the site.
    5. I want the site up and running before ending of next two month.
    6. My budget is $3000 to $6000

    Thanks,

      1. got the exactly same thing 🙂

        Thanks for getting in touch. I would like you to review the details and get back to me with any question you may have.

        Here is the project details, well i have a small clothing business for both male and female which i run, now am trying to expand the business and i want you to build an informational website for it for advertisement and to increase my sales rate..

        so i need you to check out this site but i need something more perfect than this if its possible http://www.missrebel.co.uk. the site would only be informational, so i need you to give me an estimate .The estimate should include hosting and i want the site to have not more than 5 pages ,since it is informational. I have a private project consultant, he has the text content, images and the logos for the site.

        Note:

        1. I want only English language
        2. I don’t have a domain yet but i want the domain name as ELITEXCLUSIVEAPPARELS.COM
        3. You will be updating the site for me.
        4. I will be providing the images,logos and content for the site.
        5. I want the site up and running before ending of next two month.
        6. My budget is $3000 to $6000

        Thanks,

        sammy hughes “web design scammer”

          1. Also got an email from [email protected]. It was really simple, too. Subject line: WEB DESIGN (so that was a red flag…who types in all caps?). And the body of the email simply asked if I could design a website for a clothing store. No other details.

            But I got the exact same email last week so yeah. Scam scam scam.

  147. Here is one I got today that fits the profile from Dustin Patteson, [email protected] with Dustin_Enterprises. He gave no phone number:

    I have business which i want to turn into large scale business now it located in TN and the company is based on importing and exporting of Salon Equipment such as Dryer, haircream, Weavon, Hairdressing, Clippers, i need the best of the best layout design for it. Can you handle that for me ?. so i need you to check out this site but i need something more perfect than this if its possible. https://www.absalonequipment.com/
    … so i need you to give me an estimate based on the site i gave you to check out, the estimate should include hosting and i want just 10 pages as the site i gave you to check out and i have a private project consultant, he has the text content and the logos for the site.
    Note:

    1. I want 10pages with the example site i gave you to check excluding videos and blogs.
    2. I want only English language
    3. I don’t have a domain yet but i want the domain name as dustin.salon
    4. You will be updating the site for me twice in a month.
    5. I will be providing the images, logos and content for the site.
    6. I want the site up and running before ending of 2 to 3months.
    7. My budget is $8,000 to $16,000

    Kindly get back to me with an estimate for the Web Design,
    Your Full Name:
    Shop Address:
    Types Of Credit Card You do Accept:
    Your Cell Phone #:(so we can communicate via text message:

  148. I just got this email. I was a bit suspicious, but responded anyway. Afterwards I started poking around and found this thread. So far I haven’t received any kind of response, but I’m interested in seeing what comes.


    I need an informational website on my business. 6-7 pages will be a good fit for me, My company is base on Agriculture products, such products are Cocoa and Gacillia Nut so i need best layout design, the site would only be informational, I need you to give me an estimate should include hosting and i have a private project consultant, he has the text content and the logos for the site.

    Note,

    1. I want only English language
    2. I don’t have a domain yet but i want the domain name as (qualityfarmproduce.shop)
    3. you will be updating the site for me.
    4. i will be proving the images, logos and content for the site.
    5. i want the site up and running before ending of August.
    6. My budget is $4500USD
    Kindly get back to me with an estimate,

    Thank you!

  149. Wow, I’ve had several of these exact scripts sent to me but the details (like probably website name) are different. The poor English and flaky budget and/or “project coordinator” were big tip-offs, though.

  150. THANK YOU FOR THIS ARTICLE!!! So glad I found this because I’ve gotten two in the past month…

    Thanks, i want you to know that this is the first time I will be doing a Logo design so I can only give you little details then you can decide on designs but I want the color to consist of Black and Gold with an image of an ancient chair. I want a very mature and presentable design and my budget for this project is $2000.

    For the Brochure, I want a double folded A4 size brochure with 8 pages and I can only supply the text content and photos but all are with my project consultant but the logo and brochure will be designed by you and the due date for the project is 3rd of June 2019.

    The company name is JBROWNE FURNITURE INC and is based on importing and exporting of furnitures.

    Thats all i can provide from my end and i hope you understand what i listed above i need a more perfect Job.

    Kindly let me know the total cost of the Brochure and Logo Design if it’ll cost more than I budgeted.

    NOTE: My website is still under construction and will be completed soon.

    I would be very happy to hear from you on time.

    Thank you.

    From James Browne ([email protected])

    AND

    Thanks for the response Alex. i want you to know that this is the first time I will be doing a Logo design so I can only give you details then you can decide on Colors and designs but I want a very mature and presentable design and my budget for this design is $1500.

    I need you to make 2 designs writing ” GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME AND ALL THE TIME HE WILL BE GOOD” in the logo and 2 designs writing “THOSE WHO TRUST IN THE LORD SHALL FIND NEW STRENGTH”. making 4 Logo designs. I need you to include religious images like cross or dove bird to make the Logos look more different.

    This logos will be printed on t-shirts, banners,fliers and mugs and I need to know how long this will take you and also get back to me with your total estimate so i will know if my budget can make the Logo design.

    Thanks

    Frank Eyeson ([email protected])

    1. “Mr. Frank Eyeson” just emailed me. It smelled fishy right away. I googled his name and email address and found this article. I find it odd/ironic that searching for “Frank Eyeson” yields an actual(?) designer in D.C.

      [email protected]
      “Hello, how’re you doing today? I’m Frank Eyeson and I want you to design some logos that’ll be printed on t-shirts, fliers, banners and mugs. This is needed for our church’s program coming up soon.

      Kindly get back to me so i can send you the details in full.

      Thank you.”

    2. Wow! I am absolutely floored. THANK YOU FOR THIS ARTICLE. I got the same email for Frank. Word for word. I thought something was up from the start.

    3. Thank you for posting this I was getting emails from the same address looking for the same things. I thought it sounded fishy when JBROWNE FURNITURE INC emailed:
      The little favor is that i will want you to add $4000 to the estimate this will be the Project Consultant which will be sending you the content of the Project such as images and text, once the payment is made an complete he will be sending you the details of the brochure in full also i will like to know the best file for you in sending the images and text.

      I need you to understand that the project consultant has all files needed for the brochure and he hasn’t been paid because he doesn’t have the access and facility to charge my credit card, that’s why I want you to help me with that.

      I’d be glad if my favor is highly considered.

      You will be charging the 3% Credit Card Charges and Tax.

      Thank You.

    4. I just received a similar one from a ‘Brian darius’. ‘I need a graphic design for a rally event 6 Logo design (1)”GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME AND ALL THE TIME HE WILL BE GOOD”. (2)” TASTE AND SEE THAT THE LORD IS GOOD”. (3) ”O TASTE AND SEE THAT THE LORD IS GOOD”. (4)”THOSE WHO TRUST IN THE LORD SHALL FIND NEW STRENGTH ‘’(5) ”HIS FAITHFULNESS CONTINUES THROUGH ALL GENERATIONS’’(6) HAPPY IS THE MAN THAT TAKETH REFUGE IN HIM”.

      ‘He’ asked right away if I accepted credit cards, and that a separate T-shirt printer was already lined up. I was immediately suspicious when he gave me a ridiculous $2500 budget right up front. Very fishy.

    5. Thank you for posting this…Ive gotten the same email from both of these guys. The first one had me so excited (until he mentioned his payment request), so when Frank emailed me this morning…I immediately googled his email and found this. Thanks for saving me the hassle!

  151. I just got 3 separate emails for a logo design, supposedly from a company in San Francisco. I spotted it as a scam right off, but I recently got job scammed on Zip Recruiter, so I’m hyper aware now. They went through a 2 hour text interview on Google Hangouts, pretended to be a real person/company, sent a job offer and everything. They sent a check to set up a home office, but I stopped it when they said I had to make a deposit into a personal account to purchase the items. Not only a huge waste of time, but I gave notice to my job that I was leaving. I’m still working and looking to move and find another job, but holy shit, what a total time suck.

  152. Wow thanks for this warning. I just encountered the Indian restaurant scam. I was almost ready to tell them to go ahead with payment, but they were going to send me more than double my estimate so I could pay their consultant. It sounded suspicious and similar to another scam I encountered at my old job. I searched for restaurant website scams and your article popped up first on google and right away I knew it was indeed a scam.
    I told them “Sorry , but I don’t do third party payouts. If you would like to proceed anyway you can send the initial payment of (estimate) and we can get started.” Haven’t heard a reply yet.

  153. Today i also received an email:

    from: Gregory Fennell

    My Wife and i just opened a new Restaurant which I now run and I need a website for the business to grow, So I need you to go through this
    example link site:

    http://sullivansquay.com

    I need something as simple as this if possible, I will like you to get back to me with an estimate and the estimate should include hosting and I
    want you to understand that I want the same page as the example site I gave you to check and I want you to know you will be updating the site for
    me. I want the site up and running before I am back to the state and I don’t want a shopping cart in my reservation page also I don’t have a
    domain name yet and I will prefer: HYNESRESTAURANT.NET, My budget is $2000-4000 for the web design, I have a private project consultant, she has
    the text content and the logos for the site with the image artwork, so please go ahead and check the example site and get back to me with an
    estimate also will like to know if you are the owner or the manager and do you accept check as payment.

    Text me here if needed +1(985)306-2983

    I want you to know am okay with the estimate cost and i hope i will get a perfect job from you.I am willing to pay 50% Upfront and pay the rest
    when the project website has been done.

    For Clarification i was warned by my bank not to use my card on pay pal or any other merchant again because they double remit my account twice
    before and I don’t want to go against my banks warning and I wish i can be able to wire the funds to you but am very busy here I am currently in
    Hawaii on a business trip and don’t have time to do all that so in view of this,my account manager can only send check to you on my behalf, I
    tried to persuade him but he said that,he is out of options for now. Let me know your thought about this asap.

    Do you have anybody in the United States that can receive the check on your behalf? If YES

    Kindly get back to me with the persons information below :

    Full Name to be written on check:
    Mailing Address:
    Cell Phone Number of the person receiving the check:

    1. Looks like they have changed their approach a bit. Here comes updated email:

      Prior to receiving your email,someone else had already been chosen for the job, however i personally have an immediate opening for you.

      Here is the new job details below:

      I just opened a new Restaurant which I now run and I need a website for the business to grow, So I need you to go through this
      example link site:

      http://sullivansquay.com

      I need something as simple as this if possible, I will like you to get back to me with an estimate and the estimate should include hosting and I
      want you to understand that I want the same page as the example site I gave you to check and I want you to know you will be updating the site for
      me. I want the site up and running before I am back to the state and I don’t want a shopping cart in my reservation page also I don’t have a
      domain name yet and I will prefer: { hynesrestaurants.org },My budget is $3000-5000 for the web design, I have a private project consultant, she
      has the text content and the logos for the site with the image artwork, so please go ahead and check the example site and get back to me with an
      estimate also will like to know if you are the owner or the manager and do you accept check as payment.

      Thank you.

  154. Thanks for your quick response,Here is the job details below…

    I just open a new Indian Restaurant which i run now and i need a
    website for my business to grow, So i need you to go through this
    example link site:http://www.indikausa.com but i need something more
    perfect than this if possible, I will like you to get back to me with
    an estimate and the estimate should include hosting and i want you to
    understand i want the same page as the example site i gave you to
    check and I want only English language and i want you to know you will
    be updating the site for me. I want the site up and running before
    ending of next month and i don’t want a shopping cart in my
    reservation page also i don’t have a domain name yet and i will
    prefer: KAITINDRESTAURANT.COM, My budget is $750/$1,500 for the web
    design, i have a private project consultant, she has the text content
    and the logos for the site with the image artwork,so please go ahead
    and check the example site and get back to me with an estimate also
    will like to know if you are the owner or the manager and do you
    accept credit card as payment.

    I am from India and would have almost got scammed! Thanks a lot!!

    1. i got same EMAIL…

      i receive check…
      But i don’t knwo how it is scam can you please explain to me….

      What i can do now ??
      Please help me

  155. Currently talking to a guy who contacted me this morning. He’s literally going by a lot of this exact same script. He’s wasted my entire morning going back and forth negotiating this fake freelance job. Kinda pissed about that, but thanks so much for this article. Saved me from an even bigger nightmare.

    1. Sorry you experienced this time suck, Tyler. Super irritating, no? I’ve had heaps of time wasted as well. The only solace I feel is – imagine how much of a time suck is is for the scammers on the other end of the line? They sit there and do this all day long. Ugh. Get a life.

    2. Had a similar one here – I sent him to a questionnaire on my site that I have saved especially for people like him, takes around 2.5 hours to complete and sends them all over the internet to find info required to complete it, The Questionnaire is set up to be impossible to complete in one go, I know I have gone through it to test it and it’s a nightmare,lol when he finally sends it through after much stress on his part and several emails complaining, I send him an email telling him he was figured out a long time ago and I hope he had fun. Unfortunately we can’t stop this kind of thing but we can have a little fun with it and make it a difficult and time consuming process for them, hopefully in the long run this will put them off.

  156. got this email :

    Hello, I need help with my project,I have a specification for the website and which the private consultant will provide logo and other artwork needed for the project. I have a budget of $2000-$5000, Reply me if you are interested in the project through my gmail only ([email protected] ) so I can send you the full job details.

  157. I have received similar email and texts – I agree you can always tell when something is not right with a communication.

  158. Now they are targeting agencies in India
    Hello

    Sorry here is the new job details

    My Wife and i just opened a new Restaurant which I now run and I need a website for the business to grow, So I need you to go through this example link site:

    http://sullivansquay.com

    I need something as simple as this if possible, I will like you to get back to me with an estimate and the estimate should include hosting and I want you to understand that I want the same page as the example site I gave you to check and I want you to know you will be updating the site for me. I want the site up and running before I am back to the state and I don’t want a shopping cart in my reservation page also I don’t have a domain name yet and I will prefer: HYNESRESTAURANT.NET, My budget is $2000-5000 for the web design, I have a private project consultant, she has the text content and the logos for the site with the image artwork, so please go ahead and check the example site and get back to me with an estimate also will like to know if you are the owner or the manager and do you accept check as payment.

    Text me here if needed +1(985)306-2983

    Thank you.

    Now the next email comes as..

    I want you to know am okay with the estimate cost and i hope i will get a perfect job from you.

    I was warned by my bank not to use my card on pay pal or any other merchant again because they double remit my account twice before and I don’t
    want to go against my bank warning to me and I wish i can be able to wire the funds to you but am very busy here and don’t have time to do all
    that so in view of this my account manager can only send check to you on my behalf, I tried to persuade him but he said that he is out of options
    for now. Let me know your thought asap.

    Do you have anybody in the United States that can receive the check on your behalf?

    Gregory

    3rd Email with clarity about scam..

    A check of $6000.00 has been issued out to the address you provided,which include the private consultant advance payment, Once the money
    cleared in your account remove your upfront payment of $3800.00,your friend can deduct the $200 and send the rest to the private project consultant for her advance fee, she has the text content and the logos for the site with the image artwork, i could have pay her but she does not have facility to check or credit card
    at the moment. Are you clear with that?

  159. just got this a few days ago.

    i have business which i want to turn into large scale business now it located in WA and the company is based on importing and exporting of Salon Equipment such as Dryer,hair cream,Weavon,Hairdressing,Clippers, i need a best of the best layout design for it. Can you handle that for me ?. so i need you to check out this site but i need something more perfect than this
    if its possible .https://avada.theme-fusion.com/classic-shop/.. I have a private consultant that has the text content and logo for the site . the site would only
    be information, so i need you to give me an estimate.

    I want the same number of pages with the example site i gave you to
    check excluding videos and blogs.
    2. I want only English language
    3. I don’t have a domain yet but i want the domain name as….Meimuliproductive
    4. you will be updating the site for me.
    5. i will be proving the images, logos and content for the site.
    6. i want the site up and running before ending of next 2 month.
    7. My budget is $4000 to $6000
    8.Are you the Owner

    Follow up after quote sent.

    Thanks for your response, i am okay with the estimate and i wanna proceed so i will pay $2000 down payment for the job using my credit card so work can commence ASAP i understand the content for this site would be needed so as for the job to commence so regarding the content and i will need a little favor from you and the reason why i need this favor from you is because the content creator that has the content and logo for the website does not have the facility to charge credit cards and i also Am presently in the hospital with my son for surgery so i will be glad if you can help me out with this favor.

  160. Thanks for this website. Otherwise I almost being cheated today. Same mail same content same URLS.

    We should forward these things to more people especially freelancers.

  161. My apologies for the delayed response, I have business which i want to turn into large scale business now it located in TN and the company is based on importing and exporting of Salon Equipment such as Dryer, haircream, Weavon, Hairdressing, Clippers, i need the best of the best layout design for it. Can you handle that for me ?. so i need you to check out this site but i need something more perfect than this if its possible. https://edenscrown.com/… so i need you to give me an estimate based on the site i gave you to check out, the estimate should include hosting and i want just 10 pages as the site i gave you to check out and i have a private project consultant, he has the text content and the logos for the site.
    Note:​

    1. I want 10pages with the example site i gave you to check excluding videos and blogs.​
    2. I want only English language​
    3. I don’t have a domain yet but i want the domain name as dustinsalon.com​
    4. You will be updating the site for me twice in a month.​
    5. I will be providing the images, logos and content for the site.​
    6. I want the site up and running before ending of 2 to 3months.​
    7. My budget is $8,000 to $15,000​

    Kindly get back to me with an estimate for the Web Design,​
    Your Full Name:​
    Shop Address:​
    Types Of Credit Card You do Accept:​
    Your Cell Phone #:(so we can communicate via text message:​

    Best Regards​
    PATTERSON

    1. Yep, I just got this same one this morning. Usually, I get the Kola Nut one. The initial email through my contact form was more professional than what I usually get, so I ended up responding. As soon as PATTERSON responded, I knew I’d been had.

      Normally, the first contact is through text so this was different. You can never let your guard down!

  162. We have had the same thing! looking at our analytics we had a few views from Delhi, india around the time the email was sent.

    From: Alex Pritchard
    Sent: Friday, 17 May 2019 10:01 AM
    Subject: Re: Web Design Proposal

    Hi,
    Thanks for the Swift Response, Well i do have hearing problem, that was why i reach out to you via the E-mail. I would like you to review the details and get back to me with any question you may have. Here is the project details, I have a small clothing business for both male and female which i run, now am trying to expand the business and i want you to build an informational website for it for advertisement and to increase my sales rate, so i need you to check out this site but i need something more perfect than this if its possible https://www.missrebel.co.uk/ the site would only be informational, so i need you to give me an estimate, Plus the estimate should include hosting and i want the site to have not more than 5 pages ,since it is informational. And i do have a private project consultant, he has the text content, images and the logos for the site.

    Note:
    1. I want it in English language only.
    2. I don’t have a domain yet but i want the domain name as (farms-bj.net)
    3. you will be the one updating the site for me.
    4. i will be providing the images, logos and content for the site.
    5. i want the site up and running before June Ending.
    6. My budget is $4000 to $5000
    Kindly get back to me with an estimate

    Regards,
    Alex

  163. Thanks for the article. This happened to me months ago and it seemed incredibly legit, all up until it was time to submit payment – that’s when I was presented with the ‘We’ll pay you $8k and you just refund us $4k’ sketchiness. I spent considerable amount of time researching the project, preparing a proposal, learning about the ‘business’, etc. I probably lost a total of 4 or 5 hours because I am sure to learn as much as I can about my client projects before just throwing an arbitrary solution and proposal out there for them as it would be a disservice to both of us.

    In any event, I was just contacted by the scammers from Gacillia Nut. I did a quick Google Search of the contacts email address and found this article. You saved me several hours of research and proposal time, so thank you. Will report to the SS. Thank you for taking the time to make our industry a safer place and helping to keep others from wasting their time.

  164. I just got this one sounds very similar

    I run a small agro-company that basically deals with importing and exporting of Agriculture products such as Kola Nut, Gacillia Nut and Cocoa. I’m currently looking for the best website layout design (including hosting) for my booming small scale company/business. I would need a perfect website that has the features of the following website. Please take a look of this https://www.misfitsmarket.com/ . The site should only be informational, so i will only be needing an estimate based on the site above.

    Misfits Market – Ugly and Imperfect Produce, Delivered To Your Door
    Misfits Market delivers ugly, but otherwise perfectly edible fruits and vegetables right to your door. Our mission is to combat food waste and provide affordable, healthy produce to the world.

    The estimate should include hosting and should posses almost some of the page content of the above website. I also have a private project consultant and she will be contacting you with text content and the logos for the site.

    Note:

    1. I want the same number of pages (almost the same content, graphics) with the above sample site
    2. It should only be in English language
    3. I don’t have a domain yet but i want the domain name as Meyersfarmproduct.com
    4. You will be responsible for the site update.
    5. I will be providing (through my project consultant) the images, logos and content for the site.
    6. I want the site up and running in the next 2 to 3 months
    7. My budget is also flexible.

    I will be waiting to hear back from you soon with an estimate or proposal.

  165. Last week on Guru.com, Someone posted an email to get a quote to develop a web application for the restaurant business, I contacted by email and get replied as below: (Same as Jasmine Griffin received)

    From: [email protected]
    Named Given this time: Robert Milan
    =======
    Hello

    My wife and I just opened a new Restaurant which I now run and I need a website to grow the business, So I need you to go through this example link site: http://sullivansquay.com, I need something as simple as this if possible.

    The Most Important features will be:

    – Table booking
    – Online food ordering
    – Invoice system
    – Order management
    – Payment Integration (PayPal and credit card)

    other Highlighting features should include:

    User and marketing friendly interface, SEO optimized, Responsive pages, Aesthetically pleasing and should be in accordance with the latest design and market trends.

    My budget is $2000-5000 for the whole project, My private project consultant has the text content, logo, artwork and all the pictures needed, so please go ahead and check the example site and get back to me with an estimate which includes hosting and domain and I will prefer: goldcoastrestaurant.net

    I will like to know if you are the owner or the manager, Payment will be made only by check in the US, let me know if that is fine or you have someone that can receive for you if you are not in the US.

    Text me here if needed +1(720) 336-9594

    Thank you
    =======

    I provided detail estimation and he agreed with the amount and forced to do check payments only. I informed him, we are fine with check payment and share your location details, within 10 minutes he provided his name and location details as “My name is Robert Milan, 3470 S Poplar St APT 205, Denver, CO 80224, I will be expecting the details for the check receiver”

    As I receive a quick reply, I started to think, something going wrong here and searched on the internet to verify his provided details. I found his all details are fake and I got this website link with all other’s experience as well. Then I decided to follow him, tried to grab more information to catch him if that will help.

    I emailed him like “Oh great, we have a local person in Denver will visit you and collect a check. Can you please share your photo identity proof and address proof, we have to collect as per our company policy.”

    I am waiting for his response, will inform if received answer from him.

    Thanks

    1. I just received this scam email from the same email address ([email protected]):

      “We need a website for our restaurant, which will be very simple and have just a few pages, Home page, about us, contact us, a menu page where all the items on our menu will be listed with pictures and lastly a gallery page for our restaurant and outlet pictures. The website has to be responsive for web and mobile browsers on all devices, that is all we need.

      You will be responsible for the design , hosting, domain name and everything there is concerning the website, whatever code or plugins or add on you believe you need just calculate an estimate, i do not need to be bothered with questions of what do i prefer, this or that , you just think of whatever will give us the best result and give me an estimate, the domain name i will like is cafemilan.com or something close if this is not available.

      As for the logo, artworks, photos and write ups for the website, all that is available and with our private project consultant who will be forwarding all that to you, so let me know the estimate and if you will be able to receive a check or you have someone in the US who can do that on your behalf.

      Note: Check is the only form of payment , if it doesn’t work for you then good luck

      Regard”

  166. Today I received a Gacillia Nut scam email from “Sandra Greg” . I’ve gotten so many of these “need a website and do you take credit cards” solicitations.

    Hi Sharon,

    I would not be able to call for now due to some reasons here is the job details, I need informational website on my business. 8-10 pages will be a good fit for me, my company is base on Agriculture products. such products are Gacillia Nut and Cocoa so i need best layout design, the site would only be informational, I need you to give me an estimate should include hosting and i have a private project consultant, he has the text content and the logos for the site.

    Note,

    1. I want only English language
    2. I don’t have a domain yet but i want the domain name as (qualityfarmproduce.us)
    3. you will be updating the site for me.
    4. i will be proving the images, logos and content for the site.
    5. i want the site up and running before ending of next month.
    6. My budget is $6000USD
    Kindly get back to me with an estimate,

    Thank you!

  167. So I haven’t even been on Guru.com for 5 minutes and I’ve already become a potential victim of this scam.

    At first, he was asking for a new website for his restaurant. And then before I know it, he’s telling me he’s going to send me $8,000 so I can pay $6,000 to his “project consultant” because she doesn’t have the ‘facility’ to her credit card at the moment. And I keep the $2,000 for myself. Baring in mind, my quote wasn’t even $2,000. 😂

    Things seemed so real and genuine until this point. So I done some research into web designer scams and found this site.

    Email from [email protected]:

    Hello

    My wife and I just opened a new Restaurant which I now run and I need a website to grow the business, So I need you to go through this example link site: http://sullivansquay.com, I need something as simple as this if possible.

    The Most Important features will be:

    – Single Restaurant website
    – Table booking
    – Online food ordering and tracking
    – Invoice system
    – Order management
    – Payment Integration (PayPal and credit card)

    other Highlighting features should include:

    User and marketing friendly interface, SEO optimized, Responsive pages, Aesthetically pleasing and should be in accordance with the latest design and market trends.

    My budget is $2000-5000 for the whole project, My private project consultant has the text content, logo, artwork and all the pictures needed, so please go ahead and check the example site and get back to me with an estimate which includes hosting and domain and I will prefer: goldcoastrestaurant.net

    I will like to know if you are the owner or the manager, Payment will be made only by check in the US, let me know if that is fine or you have someone that can receive for you if you are not in the US.

    Text me here if needed +1(720) 336-9594

    Thank you

    *****END OF CONVO*******

    Once I spent like 3 hours on a detailed quote, he replied in just 1 minute saying:

    I will be sending you a check of $8000 which include the private consultant payment, Once you clear the money remove your payment of $2000 and send the rest ($6000) to the private project consultant for her fees, she has the text content and the logos for the site with the image artwork.

    I could have paid her but she does not have facility to check or credit card at the moment, Are you clear with that? I will also be needing the full name, address and cellphone number of the receiver of the check.

    *****END OF CONVO*******

    I got suspicious when he replied in only 1 minute, meaning he never even read any of my quote plus the $2000 wasn’t even the price I said lol.

    This is probably a common problem within the community that most may know about but I was not aware myself. And if you’re new to web design then it’s very easy to get excited when you get any potential new client.

    Stay safe people.

  168. We have gotten a couple of these as well. Wanting an eCommerce site. In our case it was “[email protected]”. Once they started asking about what bank will be charging my credit card we knew it was a scam. Total wasted of time building a quote.

    1. I got one from [email protected] too though “she” spelled her first name with one l (Melisa) in one place and yet the email address has 2 ll (Mellisa). Red flag. Thanks Dwayne for posting.

  169. Careful with someone asking you for catalog design for “lambent dreams home and furniture”, the phone number was (508) 928 7804 and the email [email protected] , name “John Wright”, it is SCAM.

    1. I got a call from a guy called Mark asking for catalog design services. Thankfully I did my research! He’s been hounding my phone and email, but definitely DO NOT reply to this number. Plus, he can’t write a sentence without screwing it up, so that’s a red flag as well.

  170. Even I’ve got a same email of a fraud person ‘[email protected]

    I came in touch with him via freelancer. I was much more than happy to be chosen for the project. He emailed so positively, I literally relied upon him. Read this email I got too like you guys-

    “I just open a new Indian Restaurant which i run now and i need a
    website for my business to grow, So i need you to go through this
    example link site : http://www.indikausa.com but i need something more
    perfect than this if possible, I will like you to get back to me with
    an estimate and the estimate should include hosting and i want you to
    understand i want the same page as the example site i gave you to
    check and I want only English language and i want you to know you will
    be updating the site for me. I want the site up and running before
    ending of next month and i don’t want a shopping cart in my
    reservation page also i don’t have a domain name yet and i will
    prefer: KAITINDRESTAURANT.COM, My budget is $750/$1,500 for the web
    design, i have a private project consultant, she has the text content
    and the logos for the site with the image artwork,so please go ahead
    and check the example site and get back to me with an estimate also
    will like to know if you are the owner or the manager and do you
    accept credit card as payment.”
    ———–
    And you would be amazed to know, I got the payment cheque from this scammer as well. Keep an eye out for these guys, and beware of growing fraud because of these stupid scammers.

    Though, I luckily got saved because I googled and fortunately got this link of same email and related thing. Thanks to @alexwright

    1. i have got a project from Freelancer. i emailed her that i am interested in doing your project she tell me the same thing. it means she is a scam . i am happy now i am sad.

  171. This is classic! I just posted a reply here yesterday about one of the scams. I reported the number and email address they gave me with the FTC as well as a few websites that keep track of scam numbers. I replied to these idiots telling them I had reported them and immediately blocked their number, a few hours later I get another message from a different number running a very similar scam. This time I’m just toying with them asking stupid questions … The number in question is 805-591-4947, here’s the dialog:

    SCAMMER: Hello, am Dan, do you offer Logo design service?
    ME: Hi Dan, of course. How did you hear about us?
    SCAMMER: I want you to know that this is the first time I will be doing a Logo design so I can only give you details then you can decide on Colors and designs. I need you to make 2 designs writing “ Happy New Year “ in the logo and 2 designs writing “2019 Year of Favor”. making 4 Logo designs. I need you to include religious images like cross or dove bird to make the Logos look more different, i want you to get back to me with the total estimate for the 4 Logo designs..
    ME: sounds good. So what do you want?
    SCAMMER: i want you to get back to me with the total estimate for the 4 Logo designs..
    ME: Yes. But before that, tell me about your business. And who refer you to me please
    SCAMMER: We are having our national youth convention and wanting the logo design to be printed on the T-shirts we want to be on as uniforms on the convention..
    ME: What is the name of your business and your contact information? I need your physical address and email address too
    SCAMMER: The Redeem Christian Church Of God
    Dan Larry
    [email protected]
    ME: Is this Dan Larry from UT? Man I haven’t heard from you in a while! What are you up to?

    … That’s when I lost them 🙁

  172. I just had someone text me in a similar fashion to whats been previously mentioned. It started out with them asking if I provided logo design services and accepted credit cards (I answered yes to both).

    They then went on to explain the project, stating that it was for a youth convention and they needed 10 different t-shirt designs with a budget of $1200-1500 and the shirts saying “GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME AND ALL THE TIME HE WILL BE GOOD” and “THOSE WHO TRUST IN THE LORD SHALL FIND NEW STRENGTH”. We went back and forth and I stated my usual “okay, i will send you over an agreement, i need that signed, a deposit, and then i can start the work”

    This then led into the person asking about my merchant and how long it would take to receive the funds. The person then asked if they could just give me the credit card info directly and just send a receipt back. Finally, I got the “Can i ask for a favor” message which went into:
    “I want to pay the printer some amount to get materials and work started so they can meet up with set deadline but they do not have facilities to accept credit card payment So I’ll add the extra amount to your deposit and once everything clears into your account, you will take your deposit and help me send the remaining amount to them the sum of $3,390 i will be responsible for the credit card charges and tax and there is also a $100 tip for you.”

    These texts came from the number 740-715-1613, but I was never able to get an actual name after asking multiple times.

    1. I just wasted about 1 hour total in back and forth messages (thank goodness I used the Messages app on my Mac, otherwise it would have taken 10 hours typing stuff on my iPhone). The person’s supposed name is Charles Rodwell and his email address is [email protected].

      If your gut is telling you that something doesn’t add up, is because it doesn’t. I couldn’t put my finger on it, the immediate disclosure of budget, the English misspellings, the lack of answers to basic questions, etc. so many things alerting me that something was fishy … but that’s why God invented Google. I searched for the number (740-715-1613) and this post appeared as one of the results.

      Everybody else receiving this type of scams should paste the phone numbers and message here. The article is well written and alerts creative types like us about this BS.

  173. Yesterday I wasted half my morning preparing a quote for ‘Justin William’, who was expanding his cacao import business into the UK. After spending an hour preparing a detailed quote I then got the request for a ‘favour’. Needless to say I declined!

  174. Here is the email that arrived:

    Hello, I need a design for my project, It’s an Indian restaurant that i run but need a website for the business to grow, Please let me know if you can and my budget is between the range of $5000-$10000 within the interval of one month. I will be looking forward to your response via my business address ([email protected]) so i can forward the details to you.

    Thanks,
    Michael
    ———

    Here is our stock response to these senders:

    Sure Michael.

    Send us a deposit of $5000 to continue this discussion. We will refund your deposit IN FULL if you decide to have another company handle your project. You can e-Transfer the deposit to this email address. No further contact will be made until the deposit is in place.

    Thank you.

      1. We also been contacted with similar mails and we have transferred some money??
        What will be the after effects??

    1. Hi All,

      Alex, Kudos for having this up here or I could have been in a tough spot. It seemed very “to good to be true” so my stomach was already turning. Luckily my background is forensics and ethical hacking… Red lights and sirens all around. lol

      In any case, much like the above user, we have the same email from Michael Thompson using a yelp account. The same email was used ([email protected]), in fact is was a mirror copy of the email above.

      Then he mentioned his Indian Home Restaurant business was actually called Osaka Restaurant. I could be wrong but has anyone ever seen a Japanese Indian Restaurant?

      We have filed information with authorities and major agencies here in Canada.

      Thanks,
      Jonathan – PivoDigm Digital Marketing

  175. I have received 2 of these recently, from different addresses.
    Naturally they rang alarm bells.

    Latest:
    Thanks for getting in touch. I would like you to review the details and get back to me with any question you may have.
    Here is the project details, well i have a small clothing business for both male and female which i run, now am trying to expand the business and i want you to build an informational website for it for advertisement and to increase my sales rate..
    so i need you to check out this site but i need something more perfect than this if its possible http://www.missrebel.co.uk the site would only be informational, so i need you to give me an estimate .The estimate should include hosting and i want the site to have not more than 5 pages ,since it is informational. I have a private project consultant, he has the text content, images and the logos for the site.
    Note:
    1. I want only English language
    2. I don’t have a domain yet but i want the domain name as ELITEXCLUSIVEAPPARELS.COM
    3. You will be updating the site for me.
    4. I will be providing the images,logos and content for the site.
    5. I want the site up and running before ending of next two month.
    6. My budget is $3000 to $6000
    Thanks,

    On Fri, 15 Feb 2019, 2:01 AM James William,

    1. We had exactly the same message three days ago.
      Sadly I didn’t check google, because that would have saved me the 20 minutes I spent writing a budget for this S.O.B…

  176. Well, this one just floated over my email lines last couple of days… A typical inquiry followed by…

    Thanks for getting in touch. I would like you to review the details and get back to me with any question you may have.

    Here is the project details, well i have a small clothing business for both male and female which i run, now am trying to expand the business and i want you to build an informational website for it for advertisement and to increase my sales rate..

    so i need you to check out this site but i need something more perfect than this if its possible http://www.missrebel.co.uk. the site would only be informational, so i need you to give me an estimate .The estimate should include hosting and i want the site to have not more than 5 pages ,since it is informational. I have a private project consultant, he has the text content, images and the logos for the site.

    Note:

    1. I want only English language
    2. I don’t have a domain yet but i want the domain name as ELITEXCLUSIVEAPPARELS.COM
    3. You will be updating the site for me.
    4. I will be providing the images,logos and content for the site.
    5. I want the site up and running before ending of next two month.
    6. My budget is $3000 to $6000

    Thanks,

    Well… THAT looked dodgy so I googled and showed up here. Hauh. Imagine that. Thought this one seemed familiar. My response included – 

    “Please be advised that the text and content of your message is extremely similar to a number of fairly well-known web email scams targeting creative professionals. We are not prepared to proceed further without the appropriate bona-fides and assurances of legitimacy.”

    Wonder if they will stick it out, or vanish back into the darkside of cyberspace.

  177. Recently my firm received a mail from some Glenn Smith. We didn’t know it was some online scam. Infact the person involved with the firms mail already informed our agent in the us and the so called “scammer” claims to have sent the check and sent us a courier tracking. What should we do?

    1. Sorry to hear that! I’d not deposit the check. Generally what happens is the check initially clears then you pay the scammer then the check amount is removed from your account after it is discovered to be fraudulent. You could always try talking to the bank or the police, but I’m no lawyer or banker. I’d advise against depositing it unless you find out more about the check and the “client”.

  178. Was starting to think there was something not quite right with the enquiry I received, I’m glad I googled it before it went any further.

    Thanks for your responds, below is my project details,

    Here is the job details I have small scale business which i want to turn into large scale business now it located in Manchester and the company is based on importing and exporting of Sport wears such as running jacket, jersey,dance wear,socks, boots etc for both adult youth ladies and girls so i need a best of the best layout design for it. Can you handle that for me ? The site would only be informational, so i need you to give me an estimate based on my want below, the estimate should include hosting and i have a private project consultant, he has the text content and the logos for the site.

    WHAT I WANT-

    I need a very simple informational website that shows the products that I sell.

    (4 main pages)

    HOME PAGE

    ABOUT US

    OUR PRODUCTS (gallery) – about 25 products for now and adding 5-10 new products every month. I want the product to be classified into 4 pages , which are

    Male : Adult and children , Female : Adult and children. so that the customers can get full details.

    CONTACT US – with a form to fill out so that they can get in contact with me.

    Domain Name i want- “stobartsportwears.co.uk” or anything along that line.

    TIMELINE- this should go “live” in 3 months.

    Note:

    1. I want only English language

    2. You will be updating the site for me.

    3. I will be proving the images, logos and content for the site.

    4. I want the site up and running before ending of next two month.

    5. My budget is £1000 to £5000

    6. No shopping ability

    7. The site will be mobile friendly

    8. I don’t want sitemap

    9. I have 25 product to be on it.

    Kindly get back to me with:

    (1) an estimate

    (2) your cell phone number

    (3) And will like to know if you are the owner ??

    (4) Do you accept credit cards as payment ?

    Regards,

  179. Thanks for getting in touch. I would like you to review the details and get back to me with any question you may have.
    Here is the project details, well i have a small clothing business for both male and female which i run here in Nebraska, now am trying to expand the business and i want you to build an informational website for it for advertisement and to increase my sales rate..

    so i need you to check out this site but i need something more perfect than this if its possible http://www.missrebel.co.uk. the site would only be informational, so i need you to give me an estimate .The estimate should include hosting and i want the site to have not more than 5 pages ,since it is informational. I have a private project consultant, he has the text content, images and the logos for the site.

    Note:
    1. I want only English language
    2. I don’t have a domain yet but i want the domain name as Nobleclassicwears.com
    3. You will be updating the site for me.
    4. I will be providing the images, logos and content for the site.
    5. I want the site up and running before ending of next month.
    6. My budget is $2000 to $4000

    Thanks,
    David

    1. I just got exactly the same message but it came from James Kruse . Luckily that I was looking for their business and found out this is a scam from google search, Thanks!

  180. I just got the one from David Dojcak

    BUT hey I would definitely do it for BitCoin sent to my public wallet absolutely no harm there!

    He said his budget is around $2,000 so I would gladly do his apparel information only 5 page site for $500 BTC

    1. Sigh… and everyone says I’m such a cynic. This is why! I, too, had been approached by Mr. Dojcak. I asked if we could do a Skype, to which he replied that he had been injured and could not do it.

      From David:
      I would like you to review the details and get back to me with any question you may have.
      Here is the project details, well i have a small clothing business for both male and female which i run here in Nebraska, now am trying to expand the business and i want you to build an informational website for it for advertisement and to increase my sales rate..
      so i need you to check out this site but i need something more perfect than this if its possible http://www.missrebel.co.uk. the site would only be informational, so i need you to give me an estimate .The estimate should include hosting and i want the site to have not more than 5 pages ,since it is informational. I have a private project consultant, he has the text content, images and the logos for the site.

      Note:

      1. I want only English language
      2. I don’t have a domain yet but i want the domain name as Nobleclassicwears.com
      3. You will be updating the site for me.
      4. I will be providing the images, logos and content for the site.
      5. I want the site up and running before ending of next month.
      6. My budget is $2000 to $5000

      Thanks,
      David
      —————–
      Thanks for posting about this. I guess my gut was telling me right. I keep saying I should listen to it more often 🙂

  181. Email 1:

    Hello,

    How are you doing today? my name is Battista I’m a retired Surgeon in the Army. Who Served in Iraq and Afghanistan, I read about your Web Design service on a business directory I would like to know if you can do Web Design for my new company and will you be able to get me an estimate? Also what to know if you accept all major type of credit card for payment? and also want you to get back to me so i give you my Website Design details and can i have your email address. Thanks i hope to hear from you soonest.

    Regards,
    Battista

    Email 2:

    I have business which i want to turn into large scale business now it located in CA and the company is based on importing and exporting of Salon Equipment such as Dryer,hair cream,Weavon,Hairdressing,Clippers, i need a best of the best layout design for it. Can you handle that for me ?. so i need you to check out this site but i need something more perfect than this if its possible.http://govliquidation.com… I have a private consultant that has the text content and logo for the site. the site would only be information, so i need you to give me an estimate.

    I want the same number of pages with the example site i gave you to check excluding videos and blogs.
    2. I want only English language
    3. I don’t have a domain yet but i want the domain name as omerco
    4. you will be updating the site for me.
    5. i will be proving the images, logos and content for the site.
    6. i want the site up and running before ending of 2 months.
    7. My budget is $5000 to $10000
    8.Give me your personal cell phone number
    9.Are you the Owner

    Same scam. Thank you for this warning.

    1. I just got the same emails from the same dude “Battista”. First they texted my office number, at which point I gave my email address for further details. Everything was fishy from the get go, but I played along. Got Email 1 word for word, definitely fishy! But continued playing. Email 2 came word for word. Told them I am the owner and that they already had my office number. That’s when I got a text from a different number saying it was “Battista”. Googled scams involving web design and found this wonderful page. Told them to f*ck off. So glad this is up to warn everyone! Thank you!