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Scam alert – web designers targeted – hearing impaired wants agroamerica site

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First read the Forum post here: http://www.graphicdesignforum.com/forum/forum/graphic-design/general/1584508-scam-alert

  • Ultimately, he wanted to send me the amount of the project plus an additional $2700 which I was then to pay his content manager.
  • Post any online classified ad and you’ll get a bunch of quick replies from people “interested in your item” they all use this we’ll send you extra money ploy. The check is always counterfeit.

Here’s the 2 exchanges I had recently…. luckily that second one tipped me off that the first one was a scam. I didn’t waste time sending them a proposal.

Begin forwarded message:
From: Jennifer Wooldridge j.wooldridge@outlook.com
Subject: RE: Web Design Service Ca!!!
Date: March 2, 2015 at 8:29:36 PM PST

Thanks for your swift response and i have small scale 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 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 <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 want the domain name as Finestplantationproduce.com <http://finestplantationproduce.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 $4000 to $8000

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 ??

Jennifer

email thread started with:

Am Wooldridge i am an hearing impaired.i wanna know if you can handle website design for a new company and also if you do you accept credit cards ??

 

Date: Wed, 25 Mar 2015 17:36:32 -0700
From: Terrance Spencer <terrancespencer01@outlook.com>
subject line: web designer needed
Thanks for your swift response, here is the job details

l have small scale business which i want to turn into large scale business now it located in NV 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 .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. 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 qualityfarmzproduct.com
4. you will be maintaining and 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 month.
7. My budget is $3000 to 6000

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 ??

 

Original message:
Good Day,
Am Terrance Spencer I am an hearing impaired. I wanna know if you can handle website design for a new company and also if you do you accept credit cards kindly get back to me with you requested to my email address terrancespencer01@outlook.com so I can send you the job details. I will be be expecting your responds, Thanks.


 

here’s another one:

From: Calton Ball <caltonball500@gmail.com>
Subject: WEB DESIGNER NEEDED ASAP
Date: August 5, 2015 at 6:34:56 AM PDT

Good DAY!

I’m hearing impaired i need to know if you can handle website design for a new company and i also need to know if you accept credit cards as form of payment?

Regards,

Carlton Ball


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11 Comments

  1. R
    Posted November 2, 2016 at 11:56 am | Permalink

    Just got one:

    That’s fine, And here is the job details i have small scale business which i want to turn into large scale business now it located in NE 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 TNtopfarmproduce.com
    4. you will be updating the site for me.
    5. I will be proving the images, logos and content for the site.
    6. 6. I want the site up and running before the ending of Nov.
    7. My budget is $700.00 to $2,500.00

    Kindly get back to me with:
    (1) An estimate.

    Regards,

    Wilson

  2. JK
    Posted November 10, 2016 at 10:53 am | Permalink

    Looks like they are still working this,

    Name: Danielle Sussah
    Company: DS_Enterprises
    Phone: 0000000000
    Email: daniellesussah@gmail.com

    Company Description: I have business which i want to turn into large scale business now it located in SC 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 D.NSALON 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 $2000 to $5000 8.Give me your personal cell phone number 9.Are you the Owner

    Happy I found this article before engaging with these idiots. I decided to set up a Textfree # to jerk with them a bit.

    BEWARE ALL

  3. Skip
    Posted November 10, 2016 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    Received message on our website from the Danielle Sussah person again, same pitch. Still pulling this crap.

  4. Deanna Blizzard
    Posted November 10, 2016 at 6:19 pm | Permalink

    I just received an email the following exchange and then looked her up because I had a feeling. Thank you to all of you for reporting this. Same scam, different details. Start at the bottom.

    Hi Carolyn,
    Are you looking for group sessions? 4 women at once twice a week for 4 weeks? Or are you looking for individual sessions twice a week for 4 women? Can you tell me if there is a specific issue you are all trying to deal with? Is this a family matter that you are trying to work through?
    Thank you,

    Deanna
    On Thu, Nov 10, 2016 at 4:46 PM, Carolyn morgan wrote:
    I will like you to know the coaching is for 4 ladies in my family, so I want you to get back to me with total estimate for 2 times in a week 4 (Females) for 4 weeks and i want the session to be 1 hours, so i will like to know the total cost for the service asap

    On Fri, Nov 11, 2016 at 1:14 AM, Deanna Blizzard wrote:
    Hi Carolyn,
    Of course it is fine to contact me via text. Thanks for letting me know. I am a certified coach working in all areas of life. I am a parent myself and have much experience with anger management, stress management, relationships etc. Can you tell me if you are looking for coaching for yourself or child or adolescent? I do have experience in those areas as well and also working with disabled children.
    I look forward to hearing from you and I hope I can be of service.
    Regards,
    Deanna

    On Thu, Nov 10, 2016 at 3:42 PM, Carolyn morgan wrote:
    Thanks for your swift responses,I’m a hearing impaired that why am contacting you via text, so i hope its fine?? i will like to know if you work in the areas of spiritual direction,relationships,parenting, and stress management and Anger management??

    On Fri, Nov 11, 2016 at 12:09 AM, Deanna Blizzard wrote:
    Hello Carolyn,
    Yes I am a certified professional coach. I take PayPal, Venmo, ApplePay, etc.
    How can I help you? Are you looking for a life coach?
    I hope to hear from you soon.
    Regards,
    Deanna

    > On Nov 10, 2016, at 11:55 AM, Carolyn morgan wrote:
    >
    > Hello, i’m carolyn, i would like to know if you are a life coach ….And if you do accept credit card as payment??i’m hoping on your quick response.

    • Posted December 18, 2016 at 8:51 am | Permalink

      Got the same inquiry via text. This happened back in June 2016 – same message, different name used by the requestor.

  5. Posted November 17, 2016 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    I got a text from 502-265-6742 about a restaurant website. The text asked me for my email so i sent. In my email this is what I received:
    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 sample link
    http://www.indikausa.com but i need something better 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 style as the sample, I want only English language and you will be updating the site for me at anytime it needs an update. I want the site up and running before ending of next month and i dont want a shopping cart in my reservation page also i dont have a domain name yet and i will prefer: KAITINDRESTAURANT.COM , 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 sample 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.

    Thank you

  6. Amy
    Posted December 6, 2016 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    I just got a text from “Adriane” at 916-581-0495, with the same scam. They stopped responding to me as soon as I asked them who I can thank for referring me. I wish there were something more I could do to stop them from trying to pull this on others. Somewhere I could report the number, that would actually make a difference.

  7. Posted January 7, 2017 at 8:54 am | Permalink

    “Hello My name is Adriane am hearing impaired i will like to know if you can handle web design for a new company ? and also do you accept credit card ?”
    I got this one today. This scam appears in my inbox every few months. It absolutely ticks me off that people do crap like this to waste our time.

  8. Posted January 18, 2017 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    Here is my exchange. I had a feeling from the start that it was a scam.
    __________________________

    Thanks for your candid response
    Here is the job details
    I have small scale 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 Agriculture products such as Kola Nut,Coconut,Almonds nuts, 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 TNtopfarmproduce.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 this month.
    7. My budget is $4000 to $8000

    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 ??

    Regards
    Kimberly Garcia.

    From: Jason Farran
    Sent: Wednesday, January 18, 2017 5:22:46 PM
    To: Kimberly garcia
    Subject: Re: Web designer needed !!!!!!

    Hi Kimberly,

    Yes we can design and build a website for your company, and yes we accept credit cards.

    I look forward to hearing back from you with more details.

    Thanks,
    Jason Farran
    President, JF WebDesign
    2165 San Diego Avenue, Suite 204
    San Diego, CA 92110
    (619) 677-3052

    Like us on FaceBook:
    http://www.facebook.com/JFWebDesignSD

    On Jan 16, 2017, at 7:46 AM, Kimberly garcia wrote:

    Hello i am Kimberly Garcia,i would love to know if you can handle website design for a new company and also if you do you accept credit cards ?? kindly get back to me ASAP so i can send you the job details.
    Thanks.

  9. fastasleep
    Posted February 6, 2017 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

    This is my second round with one of these. Last one my friend was smart enough to have them log into their website to confirm their visiting IP address (turns out, Lagos Nigeria).

    This one was from Troy Cohen — last one was from an Outlook address as well. I recommend reporting them so their account gets shut down. Not that it’s hard for them to get a new one, but it might stop others from going further with their conversations with the scammers.

    Here are the emails I received:

    =-=-=
    Good Day,

    I’m Troy, I would love to know if you can handle website design for a new company and also if you do you accept credit cards ?? kindly get back to me ASAP so i can send you the job details.

    Regards.

    Ultravine- Owner.

    =-=-=-=
    Thanks for your response, actually i’m looking for a responsive informational website for my business.
    that would promote my sales and business, let me know when to send over the few details i was able to gather so far?.

    Regards.

    =-=-=-=
    I’m a General merchandise, Suppliers & Distributors of all kinds of Livestock and farm tools & all kind of agricultural products
    I need you to check out this site but i need something more perfect than this if its possible http://bigtreefarms.com/
    ….. The site would only be informational only, the layout is amazing, i really like the layout of the website
    So i need you to give me an estimate based on the Layout of the site, the estimate should include hosting, SEO.
    I also want less pages compare to the site i gave you to check out.
    I have a private project consultant, he has the text content and the logos for the site.

    I want six pages website.
    I want only English language
    I don’t have a domain yet but i want the domain name as.
    Ultravine.com
    you will be updating the site for me.
    i will be proving the images, logos and content for the site.
    the features i want on my website are below.

    ¦Home page
    ¦About Us
    ¦Basic Contact Form
    ¦Photo Galleries / 1 Sliders
    ¦Social Media Integration
    ¦FAQ

    Please i want a responsive mobile-ready website designed for both desktop and mobile devices,
    effective & attractive Web design.

    Kindly get back to me with:
    An estimate
    your cell phone number
    And will like to know if you are the owner ??

    Regards.

    Ultravine- Owner.
    =-=-=-=-=

    They’re really bad at straying from the same general script! I immediately recognized similar lines from the last time I dealt with this.

  10. John
    Posted February 9, 2017 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

    I just got the same thing. Here’s the first one:

    On Thu, Feb 9, 2017 at 11:25 AM, kimberly garcia wrote:
    Here is the job details
    I have small scale 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 Agriculture products such as Kola Nut,Coconut,Almonds nuts, 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 TMMtopfarmproduce.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 this month.
    7. My budget is $4000 to $8000

    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 ??

    Regards
    Kimberly Garcia.

    And after I responded (with a mockup even! Dang, I guess I was eager):

    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 $5,200.00 plus 3% Cc company charges, You will deduct $2,500.00 as deposit for the design of the website plus extra $200.00 as a tip for handling perfect work for me and you will send the remaining $3,000.00 to the project consultant that has the text content and the logo for my website so once he receive the $2,500.00 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

    Thanks

    Best regards

    Kimberly Garcia Francois

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