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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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136 Comments

  1. Posted April 10, 2015 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    Yup I also received the same scam. What an A Hole! James Williams phone number he gave me 916.538-0236 email is : James Williams

    The minute he brought up the consultant I knew something was up! Hope they get these jerks and I hope other graphic designers do not actually send any money to this ass hole.

    • Kate
      Posted September 2, 2015 at 7:33 am | Permalink

      Now they comment that they are also ‘pastors’ or high public officials:

      Good Day, Am pastor donald 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 ASAP so i can send you the job details.
      From:
      Donald Jones: jdonaldk.jones@yahoo.com
      Smith Scott: scott010@outlook.com

  2. julianbaughman
    Posted May 10, 2015 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    I just got this last week. Mine was from a charles kaiton. Kind of dissapointing but it explains all of the broken english emails. Can’t believe I didn’t check up on this before I wasted time quoting him out.

  3. Mario
    Posted May 10, 2015 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

    i received the same exact message today. This time his name was Henry Ruse.. I agree with Dennis, I believe he is targeting the wrong crowd. I forgot to mention this is the email address he used Ruse Millar and signed it Henry Ruse… The last name made me think twice Ruse: an action intended to deceive someone; a trick

    • Posted September 3, 2015 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

      Mario,

      I had someone text me about a photography project, who insisted on using a credit card for a deposit. He said his name is Ruse Millar. (But his e-mail address is rusemiller05@gmail.com)

      Because everything just felt off to me, I googled the name and found you here.
      Same e-mail?

      And you can respond to:
      john@Johnabbott.net

      If you’d like to reply directly.

  4. Jessica
    Posted June 10, 2015 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    I got the same scam!!! Thank goodness for google and searching agroamerica.com. The e-mail came from from a Jennifer Fillipo.

  5. David
    Posted June 10, 2015 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

    It seems that all these people have a lot of varied health problems. I got the email from Jennifer, but at the first one It was suspicious to me, Im glad I found this blog. Thanks!

  6. James Tank Christensen
    Posted June 10, 2015 at 5:51 pm | Permalink

    So much for feeling special 🙂 I got the same email today. Although the story changed a little bit…now she has lung cancer.

    On Tue, Jun 2, 2015 at 12:42 PM, jennifer Fillipo wrote:
    Greetings my name is JENNIFER i have small scale business which i want to turn into large scale business i want you to understand am going through illness situation at the moment because of my diagnosis of lungs cancer which i will be under going surgery soon 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 ?
    THANKS
    JENNIFER

    2nd email
    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.i dont have any 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.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.

    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 ??
    my budget to be more than $2,000 to $5,000

    Best regard
    JENNIFER

  7. Jack
    Posted June 10, 2015 at 5:51 pm | Permalink

    The first clue to me was that he actually had a reasonable budget… I research all clients first. Avoided wasting time.

  8. Dennis
    Posted June 10, 2015 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

    Much like everyone above I got the same emails and the same text communications.
    I was skeptical from the very first text but like any freelance developer you have to collect more information if you want the job. I think this scammer is trying to take advantage of the wrong crowd. I like to think Web developers have an above average intelligence level and would quickly see through his attempts.

  9. Peter Taft
    Posted June 10, 2015 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

    Yes, I got the same scam email and had a exchange with Collins Reinhardt. Stay away!

    The emails:

    This project is only going to be informational for now. but as time goes on, as the site grows I will induce more features. Fro now is like a test running project.

    I want people to gain information and know more about some certain crops item and their benefits. people from any part of the world.

    I am the CEO
    In case I your wondering how I got your number, got to know about your services after asking a lady, some random lady told me about your services, I think her name is Diana, cant really remember but she said her ex used your service sometime ago and you did a great job. I hope that’s not a problem? I will be expecting the estimate/quote. Thanks

    Collins

    Subject: Re: website developer service needed
    Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 22:13:31 -0500
    To: collinsreinhardt@outlook.com

    Hi Collins,

    Yes, I’m the owner. I can certainly help you and meet your deadline.

    May I ask you a few questions to get us started? The answers will help guide my recommendations.

    Why do you want to do this new project?

    What does success look like?

    What sites do you like? What sites have you seen that appeal to you? That you wish yours was like?

    Who goes to your site? What do you want people to accomplish on your site?

    You said this is your business. Can you please elaborate on your position/responsibilities.

    How did you find me and what about my experience compelled you to reach out to me?

    Thank you in advance. Warm regards.

    Peter

    On May 19, 2015, at 9:32 PM, Collins Reinhardt wrote:

    Hi, I’m Collins and I’m writing in regards to our text conversation concerning the website I want you to build for me. l have small scale business which i want to turn into large scale business now it located in OR 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 qualityfarmproduce.info or qualityfarmers.info or something similar to that, just decide and it will be okay with me.
    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 $3000 to 6000

    Kindly get back to me with:
    (1) an estimate
    (2) Are you the owner

    Thanks
    Collins

  10. Joe
    Posted June 10, 2015 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

    I received the same thing, only the name and email address changed.

    I did point out to the person that sent it that the domain name they were seeking was already taken by someone else. The person that registered it had apparently received the same proposal and tried to squat on the domain. (I looked up the registrant and they had registered the day before I received the proposal, and were a web developer)

    I even offered some other advice as to why they shouldn’t be requesting proposals the way they were as it might cause them to get scammed.

    In fact we went back and forth a couple of times and I could tell there was something up when they were not becoming discouraged by all the helpful questions I was asking them about their project.

    Thank you for posting this. Hopefully this post will get ranked soon for some of the related terms like agroamerica.com and other people will catch it before they get scammed.

  11. Ed Sanders
    Posted June 10, 2015 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

    I received this exact same scam, thanks for posting about it! Cheers, Ed

  12. Steve M
    Posted June 14, 2015 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

    I just got this one too. Mine was also from Charles Kaiton. I found this page just before I worked up a proposal for him. Since I now know it’s a scam, I just wrote him to let him know I won’t have time to work on his project, because Terrance Spencer (another name used by this scam) offered me twice as much money. If this scam is being run by more than one person, maybe it will start a fight among them. If it’s just one guy or girl, fuck that guy or girl in the ear.

    • Posted July 22, 2015 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

      Its 10,000+ people running the scam off a script. Its all based in Nigeria. What they are doing is a horrible scam, but you have to remember…IT IS LEGAL THERE. The national economy of Nigeria is driven by scams. No joke. The teach it in Universities. Also the FBI etc has ZERO jurisdiction there….so they can continue thieving unfettered. Scamwarners is a good site for help/questions

  13. Audrey Imfeld
    Posted June 16, 2015 at 11:01 am | Permalink

    I received this same scam, however it was from Ruse Millar, and our business is a photography business. They were wanting me to shoot a family reunion, and they claimed to be deaf, and undergoing surgery for that, and the grammar in the texts and emails was very broken as well. Another thing that got me was the same amount they were wanting me to charge to their cc, and pay some of that to their event coordinator. That seemed odd to me. Now, they won’t leave me alone.

  14. Posted June 18, 2015 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

    I got it today…I thought something was up because the person was so focused on the credit card machine. I don’t get how the whole thing would work but glad you confirmed my suspicions.

  15. Lindsey
    Posted June 22, 2015 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

    Got the same thing this week! Mine was from a charles kaiton as well – Thanks for posting!!!!
    So frustrating and what a waste of TIME.

  16. Mila
    Posted June 26, 2015 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

    I’ve gotten this email literally over 15 times. It usually comes as a text. It sounded suspicious from the very beginning so I never bothered responding. I block the numbers/emails/report as scam every time but it still keeps coming.

  17. Posted July 1, 2015 at 8:19 am | Permalink

    I got the same thing from a Ruth Williams 🙁

    On Wed, Jul 1, 2015 at 10:52 AM, ruth williams wrote:
    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 ??
    my budget to be more than $2,000 to $5,000

  18. Posted July 1, 2015 at 9:59 am | Permalink

    The phone number they sent the text message from is 678-974-3854 than the email from Theodore Boone (theobone15@gmail.com) I received this morning. Thanks for the heads up guys!

  19. Ron
    Posted July 6, 2015 at 11:01 am | Permalink

    Scam Alert!

    From: ruth williams

    Hello I am Ruth williams and i am 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 ?
    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 Farmsproducts.biz
    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.

    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 ??
    my budget to be more than $2,000 to $5,000

  20. Posted July 7, 2015 at 4:50 am | Permalink

    I got this twice in a few weeks. Once for Agroamerica and once for a health spa website project.

  21. Posted July 17, 2015 at 4:22 am | Permalink

    Got mine from Danielle Sussah

    I think that is pronounced “Suss eh?”

  22. Posted July 23, 2015 at 11:39 am | Permalink

    Well, I confess I didn’t think it was a scam until I began writing a proposal, though the name “smith wollmann” is a head-scratcher, and the shift in spelling and punctuation skills between the first email and the second should’ve been a tip-off that I got bumped up the foodchain from a low level trawler to some kind of handler.

    In my case, the requested ‘estimate’ never goes out my door without some of the variables being spelled out; as soon as I began researching agroamerica I stumbled upon this thread. I am VERY GRATEFUL.

    Life’s too short to swim in the slime with these turds.

  23. Posted July 24, 2015 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    I received the same communication but mine was from “Mannix Jones”. After I responded to the first one I got 2 similar requests from other in the next week.

    Always be hesitant about anything that if out of left field, and that specifically mentions credit cards.

  24. Posted July 27, 2015 at 6:16 am | Permalink

    Same scam, slightly different contact information. The name was Kevin Bush, and the email was kevme600@gmail.com.

  25. Posted July 27, 2015 at 11:52 am | Permalink

    Here is another one of these ass clowns –>

    Phone (302) 566-5140
    Email johnsteadman56@yahoo.com

    Hello Jesse thank you for your reply,The reason i contacted you via text message is because i am hearing impaired, 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.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 check it 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 sit, I also want the same number of pages with the example site i gave you to check excluding videos and blogs, I also want the language in English only, I don’t have a domain yet but i want the domain name as bestfarmproduce.com, you will be updating the site for me and i want the site up and running before ending of next month.
    My budget is $2000 to $3000. Kindly get back to me with an estimate via text message please.

    Thanks

  26. Posted July 27, 2015 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

    Had to join in. I received the same email – but thanks to forums like this, it confirmed my suspicion of fraud. Couldn’t resist in sharing my return email to him:

    You’re an idiot if you think I’d do business with you. Since you speak English so well – you’ll understand what fo&d means.

    http://www.graphicdesignforum.com/forum/forum/graphic-design/general/1584508-scam-alert

    We are not a country of total idiots.

    From: Micheal Williams [mailto:micheal_williams181@outlook.com]
    Sent: Friday, July 24, 2015 4:31 PM
    Subject: RE: website

    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 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 thetopfarmproduce.com
    4. you will be updating the site for me.
    5. i will be providng 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 $8000

    Kindly get back to me with an estimate

    Hope to read from you

    Regards
    Micheal

  27. S. Paulus
    Posted July 29, 2015 at 10:28 pm | Permalink

    Here is what I was sent.

    Really I hope they catch who is sending these. Most Web design / developers do research. Shame on them.

    l.middleston@yahoo.com
    Larry Middleston,

    Thanks for the mail I have small scale business which i want to turn into large scale business now it located in NY 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 bestfarmproduce.com
    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 month.
    7. My budget is $3500 to $7000

    Kindly get back to me with:
    (1) An estimate
    (2) Your full name
    (3) And Cellphone number

    Best Regards
    Larry

  28. Posted July 30, 2015 at 4:18 am | Permalink

    Thank you SO much for posting this. You have saved our company a lot of hassle.

  29. Rokgoo
    Posted August 5, 2015 at 8:49 am | Permalink

    LOL, I got the same scam email from somebody with the name IYANU MASHELE and email address . The only difference, his budget is this time a bit higher, $5000 to $10,000. I let him know he should go and f..ing himself.

  30. Darryl
    Posted August 18, 2015 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the warning I was led to send a webdesign estimate and asked if I accepted credit card payment, after tell them yes they asked for phone number and stared texting me asking for an estimate that I sent to him already. Having to send the estimate a second time made me suspicious, I decided to check into this person and that is how I discovered this Scam Alert.

    On Sun, Jul 26, 2015 at 5:59 PM, Damsel Linda wrote:

    Thanks for your swift response
    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 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.

  31. Tim Hall
    Posted August 23, 2015 at 1:27 am | Permalink

    I just got a Charles Kaiton wanting me to price painting his house. Wanted me to charge extra 6000 on his card and once it cleared my account return him the 6000 for an ex owner fee. Seems he has lung cancer and lost his wife and kids in a car wreck. I don’t know what scam they are trying to pull .I told him I needed entire payment for painting plus what he wanted and after I finished the job ,then I would give him his 6000 back. He agreed. I just checked his email it doesn’t exist. There are only three Charles kaitons in the U.S. Michigan and California. I’m in Georgia.
    Thanks for posting this . Not sure what he hoped to acquire from me because I wasn’t offering any information to him.
    Thank Tim D Hall/ Hall Glass Company

    • Posted November 14, 2015 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

      Hi Tim,

      Let me explain how it works.
      Basically it would be a stolen credit card and once you would be charging the amount of $6000 from that card so you would be stealing the money. Now it comes to your account and now you are legally transferring that illegal money to the scammer so it makes you the thief for running a stolen credit card and the scammer would not have any problem.

  32. Mark
    Posted August 26, 2015 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    I got one where they filled out the contact form on my site. I responded to it and 10 minutes later I got another one from somebody different via email.
    The original sender from the contact form responded with the same info the rest of you have seen.
    I told him I just found out it was a scam and that he should go PISS OFF.

  33. Roz
    Posted August 27, 2015 at 2:19 am | Permalink

    I got the same 2 emails from Anthony McCarthy, just sounded wrong and all my clients are usually referrals that are introduced. So I automatically was thinking scam!

  34. sarah parker
    Posted August 28, 2015 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    I just got the exact same query from a “James” (no last name) —hearing impaired, etc. He hadn’t yet offered a specific amount of money, but did open the conversation by asking if I accepted credit cards. It was the same “agroamerica.com” reference for the erroneous project. Everything from several of the other stories here was exactly the same, word for word.

    One particular difference in my case was that I was contacted via text message on my personal cell phone. Isn’t that illegal? I want to help put a stop to these criminals.

    This kind of trash is SO infuriating!!! I don’t have enough time to handle the work I have as it is. So upsetting. Really.

  35. Kevin
    Posted August 30, 2015 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

    Thanks to this thread I found out this was the same scam before I went further into providing a quote and such. I was actually in the process of reading the script of the agroamerica site to find a similar WP template lol. Thanks for having this post out here and saving me a bunch of time, I appreciate your efforts! Below is the email I received…

    carrie gomez

    Thanks for the propmt respond 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 Realfarmproduce.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 $5000

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

    Favorable Regards,

  36. R
    Posted September 1, 2015 at 6:54 am | Permalink

    I just got a Text Message from RUSE MILLAR and wanted a photo session quote from my business. I asked for his email and his email sounds like what you all are describing. What can I ask him to make sure hes a fraud?

  37. Posted September 2, 2015 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    I got the same messages. Figured out it was a scam and told the guy off. Two days later I got a similar message from another scammer.

    Hello, My name is Rogers Tom. I would like to know if you’re available for web design and do you accept credit card for as Method of Payment? I would have love to talk to you on the phone in regards of the Service needed but I am hearing impaired So i can only be reach via Text or Email. I hope you Understand.
    Thank you and God bless you

    Hello I am Faith williams and i am 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 ?
    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?

    Thank you

  38. Carrie
    Posted September 5, 2015 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

    I got a text message first asking for my email address to send me details. But about the same story. I asked how they got my info. Facebook. 858.376.7059 is their new number and the named used was David Mark.

  39. Jared
    Posted September 9, 2015 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

    Filed a complaint with the FBI. I am sure nothing will happen, but you never know. I copied the link to this page and several others as per their request for evidence that other people have been affected, so please save your emails from this scammer.

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  40. Posted September 14, 2015 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    I’m so happy I checked this site! Just like others the broken english and the insistence on using a credit card for a family reunion shoot seemed “phishy.” Also, they slipped up when the spelling of the name changed. First the name was Ruse Miller and then it changed to Ruse Millar.

  41. Jessica
    Posted September 14, 2015 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    Many of you have said that this guy is targeting the wrong professionals, as you are too smart to fall for his scams. Well, apparently he listened. I have a yoga/pilates business and he emailed me with this:

    Subject: Pilate Training
    From: James Williams

    This James Williams, How is work today, am hearing impaired, i will like to know if you are available for Pilate/Yoga training and also do you accept credit card for payment kindly get back to me as soon as possible.

    Contact Name :
    Full Shop Address :
    Cell Phone # (So i can text you) :
    Type of credit Card Accepted :

    Best Regards,
    James.

    Luckily, I found this message to be suspicious and did my due diligence. Though I do not consider yoga/pilates teachers to be unintelligent, I do consider them to be a bit more trusting than your crowd. I hope that I am wrong!

  42. Sue
    Posted September 23, 2015 at 6:39 am | Permalink

    I received this yesterday (original request was via a text message) – ALL the language was “off” so thank goodness I found this site!

    Thanks for your swift response, i have small scale business which i want to turn into large scale business now it located in State 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 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 johnbestfarmproduction.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 an estimate.

    John williams

  43. Posted October 2, 2015 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    Here is an email I got from whitney20004@gmail.com Google Voice Number 607-383-0256

    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, 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
    premiumfarmproduce.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 ??

  44. Posted October 10, 2015 at 6:12 am | Permalink

    Thank you for identifying this scam. I identified when I did a search through Google for “Alex William, Ireland, agroamerica.

    I brought me to your site. I never thought I would be taken in by a scam. Their poor English and willingness to provide all the information and give the budget f0r the site made me suspicious. At least I can get back and do some real work!! He will be waiting a good while for a response.

    This is the content of the email I received.

    First Email:
    My name is Alex Williams, I would love to know if you can handle website design for a new company and also if you do you accept credit cards payment?? kindly get back to me ASAP if you can handle this job. Once i hear from you i will forward your the Job details. I await your reply soon.

    Thanks for your swift response.

    I then got this email:

    Here is the job details
    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 JGtopfarmproduce.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 $3,500 to $5,000

    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 ??

    He signed off as Alex Williams.

  45. Posted October 15, 2015 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    another one from morgan collin

    Good Day, Am Morgan .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 so i can send you the job details.

    And here is the Information Require from you :

    Your full name…
    Company Address…
    Company Phone Number..
    Your Cellphone Number..
    And what is your position in the Company:

    Thanks for your cooperation

  46. Jennifer
    Posted October 22, 2015 at 8:31 am | Permalink

    I just got this email, with the name Mark Donald and email address markkydonny @gmail. com. Glad I Googled before responding…

    “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,

    Mark Donald.”

  47. Valerie
    Posted October 22, 2015 at 6:42 pm | Permalink

    Past few days I have received texts and emails from this same scam. The 2nd one states he is in the hospital having surgery but wants to use his credit card to get started. He used same email address, but signed a different name. What an a-hole!

    ~~~~~
    Hello,

    I have small scale business which I want to turn into large scale business now it located in KY 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. I hope you can handle that for me. Check out this site: http://www.agroamerica.com, I will be happy if you can give me something better than this if its possible. 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 cfmsoams.com
    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 month or the upper one.
    7. My budget is $4000 to $7,000

    Kindly get back to me with:
    I. An Estimate
    II. Cell Phone Number

    Regards,
    Ragnar Michael

    ~~~~
    Last email today:

    From: Ragnar Michael [mailto:ragnarm93@gmail.com]
    Sent: Thursday, October 22, 2015 8:17 PM
    Subject: Favor Needed!!!

    Hello Valerie,

    Thanks for your response and I want you to know the reason why I have not replied your email, I was expecting an estimate from you and you told me you will send that too me as soon as you are done with your meeting which is 3 days ago but I do not got anything! Well, after you help me too create the site, you will be the one updating it for me, maybe every month, I will provide the contents needed for the site when I get in touch with my consultant over here.

    I’m sure that I will be okay with the estimate you are going to provide and I want to proceed so I will be depositing half the payment once I know what the estimate is, I will make the payment using credit card so work can commence ASAP. I understand the text content and logos for this site would be needed so as for the job to commence regarding the text content and the logos, I will need a LITTLE FAVOR from you. The reason I need this favor from you is because the consultant does not have the facility to charge credit cards and I also am presently in the hospital for surgery. I will be glad if you can help me out with this favor. I’ll await your respond. Thanks and God bless you.

    Regards,

    Archille Carlo

  48. Lillian
    Posted October 27, 2015 at 7:57 am | Permalink

    I received my first text on September 18, 2015 from 612-843-7588 “This is Jane Haggard I am hearing impaired, can you handle website design for a new company and do you accept credit card payment?”

    I responded that same day to the text yes that I use PayPal and inquired on what type of website they were interested in. Received a response October 10, 2015 “hello, sorry i got back late , do you have an email so i can send you more info regarding my website design”

    The whole thing just did not feel right, so I decided to not respond. Then received another text this morning (October 27, 2015) from 208-903-4718 “This is panny kay I am hearing impaired, can you handle website design for new company and do you accept credit card payment?”

    WHAT? That’s when I started researching on-line and realized this was all a scam. Be aware and alert!

  49. Erik
    Posted October 28, 2015 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    “i can presently i am recieving my treatment all because i was down with diagonis cancer of lungs with such i will still need to spemd some more time at the intensive care and the consultants does not have credit card facility to take my payment so i just want you to help me bill the total amount together on my card and once the payment clears to your bank you will deduct your own fee and have the remaining amount send to the consultants for her to realese th content and logo for you to start the website”

    as soon as I saw this, obvious scam, and I found your website 🙂

    definitely targeting the wrong kind of people

  50. Posted October 29, 2015 at 8:49 am | Permalink

    I would like to report a scam message as well. I just received a text message from (717) 312-6190 with the following message:

    “Good Morning, this is Scott Jack Miller. am hearing impared i will like to know if you do Personal Body Fitness and Yoga do you accept credit card
    can i have your name? -Scott”

  51. Posted November 3, 2015 at 5:26 am | Permalink

    This guy (Charles Kaiton) showed up on Thumbtack asking for a quote to strip his home. Initially he stated that the home was located in RI. After couple emails when asked for his full information and job location, he now stated that the job was in MA and that he was in another state on a job and couldn’t meet at the moment, but wanted a quote so that he could send payment.
    Immediately this raised a ‘Red Flag’, as I’m not naive person when it comes to these kinds of scams. Without hesitation I searched his name on Google and ended up here. To no surprise he ended up being exactly who I thought he was… A SCAMMER!
    Glad to see people are making this information available to help rid these scum bags… Peace Out People!

    • Marilyn Glisci
      Posted July 11, 2016 at 9:50 am | Permalink

      Hi everyone,
      I just got a message on my cell phone and an email about web design from first it was Charles, but the email came through as James Kaiton. Asking for a restaurant web site. I found these posts and blocked his number and junked his email.

      Thanks for the heads up

  52. Posted November 3, 2015 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

    Same exact scam 11/2015. Pulled the plug when they wanted a kickback to a consultant, huge red flag. Plus in a later email hearing impaired morphed into cancer. C’mon!

    Dishonest morons.

  53. Joel
    Posted November 5, 2015 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

    Charles Kaiton is add it again! He now wants private dance lessons for his 4 kids. Here’s his text :
    Hello how are you doing today my name is Charles do you do private dance lesson and and how much do you charge per hour?

    After responding he then sent this:
    Good i want you to know 4 of my family will be coming to your place for salsa dance for 2 times in a week for 1 month and they will be coming for their first appointment on the 21st of November what is the total cost for the 4 people for an hour lesson for 2x in a week for 1 month?

    Then he replied:
    Yeah i understand and these are the names of my family coming for the Service at your place below with their ages: Elizebeth Kaiton 25yrs Tonia Kaiton 29yrs Rachael Kaiton 20yrs Sandra Kaiton 18yrs. do you have a parking space for the limo driver cos the limo driver will be waiting for them till they are through with their lesson.Thank you

    • Chepraga
      Posted November 22, 2015 at 10:49 am | Permalink

      Charles also contacted me. He Texted me about dance lessons for his kids. When I googled his name I found your blog and after realizing I’m not the only one I asked him do not contact me anymore.
      Hello how are you doing today my name is Charles do you do private dance lesson and and how much do you charge per hour? Good i want you to know 4 of my family will be coming to your place for salsa dance training for 2 times in a week for 1 month and they will be coming for their first appointment on the 21st of November what is the total cost for the 4 people for an hour lesson for 2x in a week for 1 month?Good am ok with the total cost and I Have a limo driver that would be bringing them to your place for the lesson and I want you to start the first appointment 4pm in the Afternoon, and am going to forward you the names of the people coming for the lesson So that you can book the date for me. Thank you.do you have a parking space for the limo driver cos the limo driver will be waiting for them till they are through with their lesson.Thank you. Good i want you to know they are learning salsa for one of my daughters wedding event and these are the names of my family coming for the Service at your place below with their ages: Elizebeth Kaiton 25yrs Tonia Kaiton 29yrs Rachael Kaiton 20yrs Sandra Kaiton 18yrs. Good they will start their first appointment on the 23rd of this month and the girls will arrive to your city in CA by 19th of this month and I will like you to provide me your full name and your full studio address so i can quickly forward it to the limo driver and what is the grand total cost again to confirm and your credit card merchant so that i can make full payment to secure the date for them ,Thank you.Their first appointment will be 7th of December and you will meet them on their first appointment to discuss things with them yourself personal and can i have the total cost again to confirm and what is your credit card merchant?

      • Mahri
        Posted January 12, 2016 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

        He contacted me too with the exact same verbiage. His name is now Sam Cutley.

  54. LL
    Posted November 11, 2015 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

    I’m texting this worm, “Charles Kaiton” right now. I’m a children’s party entertainer and he wants me to charge him for my services plus a D.J. fee…….he gave me a hotel as the venue, and that hotel has no party booking for the date he requested my services for. I’m waiting for him to send me the credit card info. If I get it, can’t I catch him or report him somehow? Thanks!

  55. Ashley
    Posted November 13, 2015 at 7:23 am | Permalink

    Thank you for the post! I received a text message:

    “Hello how are you doing today my name is Charles kaiton,i will like to know if you do web design?”

  56. Posted November 14, 2015 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    I got the same mail about 2 hours ago.

    From: kayjessica22@gmail.com
    Good Day, Am kay jessica 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 so i can send you the job details. Thanks kay.

    After my reply on saying yes.

    Second Mail:
    From: kayjessica22@gmail.com
    Here is the job details
    Thanks for your swift response and l have small scale business which i want to turn into large scale business now it located in city 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 glamorproduce.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 $2000 to $4000
    Kindly get back to me with:
    (1) an estimate
    (2) And will like to know if you are the owner ??
    Thank you

    In the same mail, it was sent to other 2 web design companies as well so I have warned them too about the scam.

    Thanks to your blog so I didn’t waste much time on it.
    I just didn’t like one thing from these scammers, why they offered me only $2000 to $4000 where to others they were offering upto $10,000 as well… LOL.
    I hate you scammers, you should be consistent in giving these fake offers as well.

  57. Jason
    Posted November 16, 2015 at 6:08 am | Permalink

    Got the same this weekend…
    Any way, I’m still not sure I understand how they will make, or steal any money using a credit card?

    • Posted November 18, 2015 at 11:26 am | Permalink

      perhaps one way is that a scammer will overpay an invoice via credit card and then ask you for a refund – and then that card turns out to be stolen. so they end up getting cash out of a stolen card. I’m not sure.

      • Jason
        Posted November 19, 2015 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

        Turns out the “contractor” you need to pay is in on it…and it’s stolen for sure.

  58. Chanita Jakrachai
    Posted November 16, 2015 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    Hello Everyone,

    Thank you so much. I just got one too. I started to feel that it is too good to be true. So I went back to the post in Linkedin where people have commented. I found this site. Thank you.

    This time Here is the person name Abby Meyer

    The content of the email is exactly the same with the previous post.

    Thanks for your quick response. However i have a small scale business which i am trying to turn into large scale business at this moment, And my head office is located in MN. My business is based on importing and exporting of Agriculture products/supplies such as Kola Nut, Gacillia Nut, Cocoa, etc…. I need a quality layout design for my website, And i hope you can handle that %100 for me.

    You can check out sample of how i want the site to look like, here is the website ;- http://www.agroamerica.com ., I will be happy if you can give me something better than this if its possible. 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 http://meyers-mn.com/ ( Or you choose one for me )
    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 month.
    7. My budget is $4000 to $5000

    Kindly get back to me with:

    I. An Estimate

    II. Cell-Phone Number

    Regards,

    Abby Meyers

  59. Posted November 18, 2015 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    ANOTHER ONE:
    Good Day, Am Troy woods .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 ASAP so i can send youthe job details.

  60. Posted November 21, 2015 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

    Add another one from “Abby Meyers” that followed the same script.

    Thanks for your quick response. However i have a small scale business which i am trying to turn into large scale business at this moment, And my head office is located in MN. My business is based on importing and exporting of Agriculture products/supplies such as Kola Nut, Gacillia Nut, Cocoa, etc…. I need a quality layout design for my website, And i hope you can handle that %100 for me.

    You can check out sample of how i want the site to look like, here is the website ;- http://www.agroamerica.com ., I will be happy if you can give me something better than this if its possible. 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 http://meyers-mn.com/ ( Or you choose one for me )
    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 month.
    7. My budget is $4000 to $5000

    Kindly get back to me with:

    I. An Estimate
    II. Cell-Phone Number
    Regards,
    Abby Meyers

  61. Posted November 27, 2015 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

    Same thing happen to me came from new name Jack Wilson jackwilson440@hotmail.com

  62. Anthony
    Posted December 2, 2015 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

    Any email that starts a sentence off with the word “kindly” is obviously from India or thereabouts and is always suspicious to me.

  63. Brandon Vaught
    Posted December 15, 2015 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

    Charles kaiton texted me for a estimate to paint his residence. I’m a painting contractor in the Pensacola Florida area. He gave me a address that did check out but was vinyl siding. He said he was in a private hospital and getting treated for lung cancer , would never tell me much more . Wants me to get a intuit credit card reader as my paypal and square would not do .. of course he needed me to pay some realtor or something like that a commission before we could start work . Asked me to withdraw a total of $9,988.00 from his credit card of which 6988 went to pay the commission to whomever. . WEAK scam , full of holes , if you have 1/2a brain you will see SCAM written all over this person , I also agree that he is from India or Pakistan by the way he words things and choice of sayings. .. hope this helps

  64. Posted December 17, 2015 at 9:48 am | Permalink

    another one: Alex Pritchard alexpritchard40@gmail.com
    Hello I’m Alex. i will like to know if you can handle website design for a new company, and i also need to know if you accept Major credit cards as form of payment?

  65. Posted January 9, 2016 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

    Just was contacted by our friend here. Thanks for post. Every thing looked good, until he asked for me to chop his credit card payment. Always a red flag.

  66. Melanie
    Posted January 13, 2016 at 11:15 am | Permalink

    It looks like they are back at it again.

    Kimberly Thomas
    11:45 AM (28 minutes ago)

    to Info
    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, 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
    premiumfarmproduce.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 $10000

    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

  67. Steve
    Posted January 14, 2016 at 9:23 am | Permalink

    carolynmorgan027@gmail.com is one we just got today. Always google everything!

    “This is Carolyn Morgan I am hearing impaired, can you handle website design for new company and do you accept credit card payment?”

    ” I have small scale business which i want to turn into large scale business now. its located in FL and the company is based on importation and exportation of Agricultural produce such as Kola Nut, Gacillia Nut, and Cocoa so i need the best layout design for it. Can you handle that for me ? ”

    ” I need you to check out this site but i need something much more perfect than this if its possible. http://www.agroamerica.com the site would only be informational. 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. Also, i already have my content ready to be deployed by my project consultant

    The site will just be an informational
    I dont have a domain name and hosting yet but thinking of using Homefarmland.info ”

    Jokes.

  68. Posted February 10, 2016 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

    Got this one today :
    Hello this is Terry Banks, I will like you to handle website design for a new company I have small scale business which i want to turn into large scale business now it located in IL and the company is based on importing and exporting of Agriculture products. kindly bear with me I just had an ear surgery and I have been advised to stay off the phone till I\’m fully recovered. That is why I am contacting you via email for now. But we can text each other if you are okay with that. And do you also accept credit card and what type?

    I will need your Company address, email address, name and Cell Number also asap.

    Regards,
    Terry.

  69. Posted February 19, 2016 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

    paulmose46@gmail.com
    paul mose
    Hello, My name is paul mose I would like to know if you’re available for web design and do you accept credit card for as Method of Payment?, I would have love to talk to you on the phone in regards of the Service needed but I am hearing impaired So i can only be reach via Text or Email. I hope you Understand.
    Thank you and God bless you

  70. Jack P
    Posted February 29, 2016 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

    I got an email from Paul Mose today which I thought to be fishy and searched his email online and it brought me to this website. Thank you for posting the info. I got similar email. Posting the same below.

    from: paul mose

    Thank you. I have small scale business which i want to turn into large scale business. The company is based on importing and exporting of Agriculture products such as Kola Nut, and Cocoa so i need a best of the best layout design for it. i need you to check out this site but i need something more perfect than this if its possible http://grepalma.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 paulmoseFarmsproducts.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 $2000 to $5000

    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 ??

  71. Posted March 3, 2016 at 1:59 am | Permalink

    Exact same script from

    Tom Steiner mrcool.steiner@gmail.com

    Two days later

    paul mose paulmose46@gmail.com

    It seem that there’s a lot of hearing impaired people wanting a website at the same time, isn’t it ?

  72. Anthony
    Posted March 5, 2016 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

    Just got this phishing scam email for the first time today. Almost fell for it until his second email after my response, where he was asking for a quote that would be much, much higher than the normal amount we charge and also asking for my “full name and cell phone number” so he could give it to his “driver” who would “bring his son” for music lessons. Felt scammy, so I did a quick search and found this page. Posting this to keep the information alive that this is a scam. First scam email included below along with the follow-up email he sent:

    FIRST EMAIL:

    james williams

    to info

    Hello how are you doing today? Am James Willy by name. I am hearing impaired, i will like to know if you can

    take my son for Music Lessons Are you the Owner? do you accept credit cards for payment? hope to read back

    from you Asap

    James.

    SECOND EMAIL:

    james williams

    Thanks so much for the Response and i really appreciate Okay and I want to make an appointment for Music

    Lessons ( guitar and piano) for my son. I want you to get back to me with the total estimate for 3 months

    Music Lessons for my son age(10) for 3 months 1 hour daily 3 times a week

    Note: I have made an arrangement with the private transportation driver that will be bringing him for the

    Music Lessons so kindly get back to me with the requested information below so I can have it forward to the

    private transportation driver:

    Your Full Name:
    Full Address:
    Piano and Guitar Lesson Total Cost:
    Cell Phone :

    Stay Bless

    • Kristin M
      Posted March 18, 2016 at 9:00 am | Permalink

      James Willy contacted me with the exact same email today – wanting music lessons for his “son”.

      Shoot.

      So GLAD I had a raised eyebrow and decided to google his name!! Thanks for doing the same!

  73. Posted March 9, 2016 at 11:37 am | Permalink

    FROM: info.paulwilson12@gmail.com
    Good Day
    I’m Paul,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 ASAP
    so i can send you the job details.
    Regards, Paul Wilson
    info.paulwilson12@gmail.com

  74. Posted March 15, 2016 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

    ANOTHER ONE:

    From: Smith Cole
    Subject: Web Design
    Date: March 15, 2016 at 4:21:06 PM PDT
    To: Smith Cole

    Good Day
    I’m Smith Cole,am hearing impaired.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
    Smith Cole

  75. Rizwan
    Posted March 18, 2016 at 9:06 am | Permalink

    I’ve got one as well from carolynmorgan027@gmail.com


    This is Carolyn Morgan I am hearing impaired, can you handle website design for new company and do you accept credit card payment?

    I have small scale business which i want to turn into large scale business now. its located in FL and the company is based on importation and exportation of Agricultural produce such as Kola Nut, Gacillia Nut, and Cocoa so i need the best layout design for it. Can you handle that for me ?

    I need you to check out this site but i need something much more perfect than this if its possible. http://www.agroamerica.com the site would only be informational. 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. Also, i already have my content ready to be deployed by my project consultant

    The site will just be an informational
    I dont have a domain name yet but thinking of using Homefarmland.info
    My plan budget is $2000 to $8000.

    Have been hacked on PayPal before and have been advice not to use it again, are you able to send an invoice with segapay in USD ?

  76. Tired
    Posted March 19, 2016 at 8:04 am | Permalink

    Guys, use an IP Logger (Google it) and send them a link in the reply email. Entice them to open the link and you’ll be able to harvest their IP address. Then forward the all communications and IP Logger link to the RCMP or FBI, depending on your jurisdiction. We’ll get these scammers.

    Make sure to be creative when you send them the link so they’re none the wiser. And don’t use an obvious link that says it’s an IP Logger.

  77. Posted March 21, 2016 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

    ANOTHER SCAM:
    From: richard johnson
    Subject: Website design !!!!
    Date: March 21, 2016 at 9:06:19 AM PDT

    I’m Richard, 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

  78. Posted March 21, 2016 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

    AND ANOTHER ONE TODAY
    from: Martinezjohn125@hotmail.com
    How did you find me? Yelp
    Comments: Good Day

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

    Regards
    Martinez John.

    • TDMteam
      Posted April 30, 2016 at 8:50 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for sharing this information. Our agency received a text message from Martinez John recently (exact same text as noted above, accompanied by the exact same email template posted by the OP); only, we’ve spent quite a bit of time with back-and-forth communication and crafting both a service contract and a project specifications document… Sigh…

      Anyway, I doubt we’ll hear back from them given our requirement for completion of a credit card authorization form and our refund policy, which specifies refunds are subject to approval, are credited back to the original method of payment, and that we reserve the right to require identification to process refunds.

      I recommend others implement a similar policy.

  79. David Carvalho
    Posted March 22, 2016 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    This guy info.paulwilson12@gmail.com just emailed me asking for a DJ for his daughters birthday. It’s a scam and he’s hit up other vendors trying to get business. You can see from the other messages above this is a fake email address.

  80. Steve K.
    Posted March 25, 2016 at 11:50 pm | Permalink

    Does this jerk use phone numbers/email addresses for nefarious purposes, because after a week, “Martinez” got back to me, with some BS web address, which I had been asking for, along with how he had found me, given that he is supposedly in California and I am in Oregon. First, it was a friend, and then it was Craigslist, and I knew he was full of it.

    So I gave my number and said he should call, because I am not doing this BS back and forth. Have not heard back.

    Any precautions, or preemptory actions I should take?

    Thanks,

    Steve

  81. Berto
    Posted April 7, 2016 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    Haha! I knew it was scammy!! I’m working Paul right now too. Same MO as you guys. I’m playing along for shits, asking all kinds of hard questions and he just won’t answer them and keep pushing the deal ahead. Guess we’ll see how it pans out. Maybe this blog is theirs and that’s how they know when to drop the deal? If so, genius guys.

  82. Posted April 11, 2016 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

    SCAM for the week….

    I had a feeling that this was too good to be true….always good to do a little research…
    this is from
    barney siron
    He started by texting me….i sent him my email, and he followed up with this. I have been holding up on the quote because it seemed too easy…he has emailed me twice asking for the quote. I think I will have a new response for him.

    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, Gacillia Nut and Cocoa so i need a best of the best layout design for it.I have no site yet on the business so i want you to create a new site for me Can you handle that ?. 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 farmtoproduce.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:
    Your own estimate

  83. Posted April 18, 2016 at 6:27 pm | Permalink

    I got another one from …paulmose46@gmail.com
    Hello, My name is Paul mose. I would like to know if you’re available for web design and do you accept credit card for as Method of Payment?, I would have love to talk to you on the phone in regards of the Service needed but I am hearing impaired So i can only be reach via Text or Email.I hope you Understand. Thank you and God bless you
    Paul

  84. Carole
    Posted April 20, 2016 at 8:21 am | Permalink

    I also got the same exact email, from Paul Mose.

    Stupid me, I wasted a load of time doing a layout and an estimate.
    But it never felt quite right so I Googled his name etc. and here I am.

    Oh well… I did a nice layout, maybe I can re-use it.. LOL

    Can somebody please explain to me how he would have got money out of me though? I told him about 3 times I don’t accept credit cards, he would have to pay me by PayPal.

    I had quoted him $2500 and this was his last email:
    “here is the favor i need from you my credit card to charge for the bills. I want you to add an extra $3,500 to the down payment of ($1.200 as your service fee for the design of the website + $100 tip for handling perfect work for me ) = $4,800. Once the funds is available in your account, You will be sending the Extra $3,500 to the project consultant that has the text content and the logo for my website. once the payment have been confirmed he would send the text content and logo needed for my website to you so work can start asap, Note: Sending of funds would be after money clears into your account and You will be charging my card for remaining balance upon completion of the project. I hope you understand the favor request and I sent you a text as well. I will be happy to read a positive response from you then we can proceed with Payment….
    God bless You.”

    I don’t know how he “sent me a text” since I never gave him my cell number. I finally “clicked” and told him I was declining the work, and never heard another word from him.

  85. Posted April 21, 2016 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    OK here is a completely different scam but since this post is popular I’m going to mention it here. See http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-347-560-5667#p1030424372940190919

    I got a computer generated Call saying IRS was filing a lawsuit against me. No previous communication with IRS. IRS always does business by mail. The scam came from (347) 560-5667 New York, NY

  86. Nick
    Posted May 5, 2016 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

    Mine was via text not email. Wanting me to do some landscape work. Davidmark1878@gmail.com

  87. Posted May 8, 2016 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

    ANOTHER ONE
    Danie Anderson
    Email dannyander1976@hotmail.llcolm
    Via Yelp

    Good Day, How are you doing ? hope all its well and fine and Are you the Owner or the manager of the Company I’m Daniel Anderson and i am an hearing impaired,i wanna know if you can handle WEBSITE DESIGNER for My new company and also if you do you accept credit cards ??please respond asap so we can communicate via email or you send your cell number for a better communication too and kindly let me know if you accept credit card for payment transaction and if there is anything you want to ask me about kindly text me at (504) 345-8492 or email me at(dannyander1976@hotmail.com) kindly get back to me ASAP so i can send you the job details…Thanks Paul

    And here is the Information Require from you :

    Your full name…
    Company Address…
    Company Phone Number..
    Your Cellphone Number..
    And what is your position in the Company:

    Thanks for your cooperation
    Daniel Anderson

  88. Michelle
    Posted June 7, 2016 at 10:20 am | Permalink

    Contacted me by text with the name Sam Cole then emailed me the following from Paul Cole …
    email: pcole5051@gmail.com

    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 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 yourtopfarmproduce.biz
    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 ??

    Regards
    Paul Cole

    • Danielle Schill
      Posted October 13, 2016 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

      I just got one from pcole5051@gmail.com as well. I teach line dancing though and he submitted it as if he were looking for me to choreograph a dance for his daughter’s wedding. It seemed fine at first, but when I realized the way he was controlling the details (ie: all girls would be where I wanted them whenever needed), wouldn’t provide a phone number because he was “under intensive care in preparation for my surgery” and wanted to pay by card because he wouldn’t be there started setting off alarm bells. Luckily, I thought to google his address and found this thread as well as other threads about Paul Cole’s. Thanks for sharing people. Glad I did waste a bunch of time on this!

  89. Posted June 20, 2016 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    Just received a text from Katlyn wanting a web designer that takes credit cards stated she is hearing impaired. Told her never to contact this number again.

  90. Posted June 22, 2016 at 3:35 am | Permalink

    Had the exact same thing yesterday — started getting a funny feeling when the spelling and grammar took a massive dip in quality.

    carolynmorgan027@gmail.com was the email used this time. Same scenario, quote for website, they’ll send extra.

    Really interested to know if anyone actually got further in the process — i.e. taking payment?

    If so, what happened next?

    The only way I can think that they’re making money is, as you guys said, if the project is being paid via stolen credit card and manager fee being sent to them actually frees up the cash.

  91. Posted July 26, 2016 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    I received a text from 252-253-3642 that stated: kindly get back to me asap Hello how are you doing today? this is James i would like to know if you do web design, if yes get back to me with your email address.

    Then I get this email from James Kaiton kaiton.james2020@gmail.com: Hi, Here is the job details, 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 $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 credit card as payment, what type of credit card merchant machine do you use cos i am currently not in the state now am out on a business trip to india and I want it done before I return. Thank you

    Can’t find James Kaiton on any social media sites so I google him and find multiple sites talking about him doing a similar scam to massage therapists, photographers, etc. except with a different phone number 972-738-1293

    He sent me two additional text messages asking if I got the email and then called me and asked if I got the email. My response was “Yes and I did a Google search on you and you are a very popular man” He hung up.

  92. Posted July 29, 2016 at 8:51 am | Permalink

    The English and communication is really well done on this one. I can see if someone does not know about the hearing impaired and credit card usual parts, they could fall for this. Sad.

    ————
    From: Ken Flints [mailto:kflints101@gmail.com]
    Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2016 1:10 PM
    To: michelle@platinumvue.com
    Subject: WEB DESIGN PROJECT.

    Hello, My name is Ken, A new business owner in the importing and exporting of Agriculture products. I am a first time investor and I am seeking a competent web designer to build an attractive website. Also I would like to know if you do accept credit card payments. kindly get back to me so we can discuss at length.Thank you.

    From: Ken Flints [mailto:kflints101@gmail.com]
    Sent: Friday, July 29, 2016 9:11 AM
    To: Michelle Thompson
    Subject: Re: WEB DESIGN PROJECT.

    Hello,

    Thanks for your email and I’m glad you can help me with the website development. I’m hearing impaired. In regards to your reply, Here is the information you need. I need you to check out this site but I need something similar if its possible. http://www.agroamerica.com…. the site would only be informational, so I need you to give me an estimate based on what I listed below. Also I have a private project consultant, he has the text content and the logos for the site.
    Note:

    1.Develop professional looking website for Agriculture importing/exporting business similar to http://agroamerica.com/
    2.Only English version is required
    3.No Blog or videos are required
    4.Domain to be used: http://bestfarmproducetoday.net/ but not purchased yet so you will do that for me and add it up to the estimate
    5. you will be updating the site for me.
    6. I will be proving the images, logos and content for the site.
    7. I want the site up and running before ending of next month.
    8. My budget is $3000 to $5000

    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 ??

    Thanks,
    Ken.

  93. Posted August 6, 2016 at 4:48 am | Permalink

    YOU WILL LOVE THIS: I just got an email from the same guy (I think):

    Hello,My name is Smith wollmann I got your mobile while surfing the internet for a reputable recording studio. I would like to know if you do music recording and how much you charge per hour for your sessions. I have three artists that will be needing your service. Also what type of payments do you accept and which days do you have available from 20th of August to 30th of August I will be waiting to get the information i requested and we can proceed from there. You can reach me at here.

    My response (and I had fun messing with grammar and screwing up singular/plural words and a random out of place adjective for extra fun):

    Hello Smith,

    Yes we are a great reputable recording studio. We have great recording studio. We have many referral from client past.

    Our fee is $40 per hour and fantastic availability for your dates. I will need 2 credit cards from each of your artists (6 credit cards total) and also an initial payment via WesternUnion for $1,000 to lock in the dates. Your governments photo ID and also social security card is required, along with a copy of your medical record (I don’t want people with disease to come into the studio).

    You will have to excuse my associates, they trip out on LSD during the recording sessions, but it makes for a greats mix downs! There might be some random off-key clarinet playing in the background while your many musicians try play instrument. I hope that is ok. I’m not sure why my associates resort to clarinet playing when they are on their LSD trips, but it is great!

    Anyways, for an extra more green $200 we will get you a copy of all the master tape which is recorded on 2.5″ floppy disc. Also, we place all the shiny microphone no closer than 10 feets away from the singers and pretty instruments while recording in a cave. Don’t not worry about the microphone distance, our mixing board can boost the gain so as to pick up the echo louder than the instruments themselves. The random clarinet playing from my associates picks up really nice good excellent. In the final mix, we drop off all the lows and mid frequencies so that the final mix sounds like the shrill of a distant AM radio with random clarinet notes in the front. It is the most populars sound these day.

    Lastly, we will need to do a blood draw, rectal exam and frontal lobotomy upon your arrival. If there is any purple concern we may need to do an open body cavity search to ensure our safety. I hope that is ok with you. Years from now when you have stomach pains and the doctor does an x-ray on you and finds a fast clarinet in your liver you will remember and reflect on the amazing recording sessions we had with you. Call it bonus memorabilia. We no charge for it is memory.

    What is your electronic number phone so that we can discuss your closeness requirements? Our website is DigiGames

    George Martin

  94. Posted August 17, 2016 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    Well, he or ‘they’ are still at it. I received the identical email as above. I responded, but was completely wary. I asked for the address and name of the restaurant, and was told they didn’t have a name yet but maybe I could help come up with one! I googled the address, it was a resident. Then I found this site, and am very grateful. I sent him this reply:
    Thank you for the address. I can’t help you decide on a name, but here is a link that might help you.
    http://www.helloari.com/blog/2015/03/scam-alert-web-designers-targeted-hearing-impaired-wants-agroamerica-site/ (this site)
    I thought I would go along with this for a while, so the authorities could do their research. They have, and will be contacting you soon.
    You should be ashamed of yourself. You aren’t even a human being. Most people in my business work 12 hours a day, and are here to help others. You prey on us and then try to steal our money. You are despicable.

    Well, I felt better. Wish there was a way to prosecute these jerks. Thanks again for the info.

    Pati

  95. Michele
    Posted September 1, 2016 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    I received the same via text message. Hearing imparted person wants a website…. So I offered to set up a video call with my friend who knows sign language… Big surprise, they went silent after that lol.

  96. Posted September 7, 2016 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    THANK YOU EVERYONE! About 10 minutes ago I got a request for a webiste. Looks like Mr. Charles Kaiton is opening a restaurant in Florida. Haha. Here’s what he emailed.

    “Good i want you to know i heard about you from yelp.com and here is the job details, 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 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 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. Thank you”

    Thanks to you all I will not proceed any further.

  97. Courtney
    Posted September 21, 2016 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

    I got a text saying this:

    Hello, Its me Thomas Nicolas i need know if you can handle website design for a new company.

    And an email saying:

    Begin forwarded message:

    From: ” \ kevme2011@gmail.com
    Date: September 21, 2016 at 7:24:53 PM EDT
    To: Csandora@goforthbesocial.com
    Subject: Here is the job description

    Hello,
    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…. 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 silverfarmproduct.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 $7000

    Kindly get back to me with:
    (1) AN ESTIMATE
    (2)FULL NAME ..
    (3)ADDRESS ..
    (4)CELL PHONE ..

    NOTE: I want you to understand that my credit card don’t work with Paypal so would like you to set up with another merchant like cpay merchant,first data merchant or flint so you can be able to charge my credit card with no problem??

    Favorable Regards,
    Thomas Nicolas.

  98. Esteban
    Posted September 23, 2016 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

    **here is what I got today. Claims to be Mike Wills. willsmike122@gmail.com

    ***Thanks for making this blog and giving me a heads up.

    Hi I’m Mike,can you handle website design for a new company and accept credit cards,kindly get back to me ASAP so i can send you the job details.

    Thanks
    Mike
    Okay good,here is the job details i have small scale business which i want to turn into large scale business now it located here in the state 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. I want the site up and running before ending of next month.
    7. My budget is $3000.00 to $8000.00

    Kindly get back to me with:
    (1) An estimate.
    (2)Cell phone number.

    Regards,
    Mike

  99. Danielle Schill
    Posted October 13, 2016 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    Has anyone had any resulting scam/issues since your interaction with these scammers? He had my last name and my cell # and today, I got a scam text to “renew my expiring AAA membership” (which I don’t have), so I’m concerned he/they will continue to try new ploys now that they have that info. Luckily, I didn’t provide a mailing address.

    Thanks,
    Danielle

  100. Lilia F
    Posted October 22, 2016 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    I got the same from someone who texted me first claiming to be Thomas Nicolas.

  101. 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

  102. 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

  103. 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.

  104. 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.

    • Lisa
      Posted February 17, 2017 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

      I just got the same texts. This time from Sophia James. Looking for a life coach. 4 Females, twice a week for 4 weeks, 1 hour sessions. Hearing impaired.

      What a scam

  105. 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

  106. 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.

  107. 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.

  108. 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.

  109. 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.

  110. 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

  111. Posted February 28, 2017 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

    ANOTHER ONE FROM: blidwestforchef@outlook.com
    Name: Blid west
    Email: blidwestforchef@outlook.com
    How did you find me?: Yelp
    Comments: Hello am Blid West looking to create a web site for a new company, am setting up an Electronic and Phone retail outlet. Do you accept credit card/ checks?

    Regards
    Blid West

  112. Posted March 8, 2017 at 10:41 pm | Permalink

    ANOTHER:
    from: patrickray556@gmail.com
    Hello, My name is patrick ray.I would like to know if you’re available for web design and do you accept credit card for as Method of Payment?, I would have love to talk to you on the phone in regards of the Service needed but I am hearing impaired So i can only be reach
    via Text or Email. I hope you Understand.
    Thank you and God bless you

  113. Posted March 8, 2017 at 10:42 pm | Permalink

    ANOTHER VIA YELP:
    New Message from Micheal W.
    Hi am Michael welsh I have a small and medium scale business that has to do with farm produce buying and selling of farm crops I would have call in to make enquiry but am currently at the hospital which is due to doctors advice as am hearing impaired I will like to no if you are available for the design you can get back to through my mail which is michealwelsh04@gmail. Com thank you

  114. Posted March 9, 2017 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

    ANOTHER: rita harrison
    Hello.I’m Morgan.i wanna know if you can handle website design for a new company and also if you do you accept credit cards ?

    Morgan

  115. Posted March 10, 2017 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    ANOTHER VIA MY WEBSITE:

    Name patrick ray
    Email patrickray556@gmail.com
    Hello, My name is patrick ray.I would like to know if you’re available for web design and do you accept credit card for as Method of Payment?, I would have love to talk to you on the phone in regards of the Service needed but I am hearing impaired So i can only be reach
    via Text or Email. I hope you Understand.
    Thank you and God bless you

  116. Posted March 15, 2017 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

    ANOTHER ONE TODAY VIA YELP:
    Good Day, I’m Thomas .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 your email address. So that I can send you the job deyails Or send your resume to (Maryperrymary@gmail.com) Have a Great Day Thanks

  117. Doug Armster
    Posted March 17, 2017 at 7:59 am | Permalink

    I received a text message from a person named “Thomas Nicolas” this morning (2017 MAR 17). The text came from this source: (202) 681-9472 . The message “Thomas” sent me:

    – Hello, Its me Thomas Nicolas i need know if you can handle website design for a new company ?

    Interestingly, the scammer did not ask me about credit card information. However, approximately one minute later I got another message, this time via email from the same person with this email address: kerrybush136@gmail.com. The message is this:

    – Hello, I am Thomas Nicolas i need 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 ?

  118. Roberto Severino
    Posted March 27, 2017 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    I got the same message this morning and was suspicious but emailed the guy a few times. Then for sure did some research and saw the same thing, so I immediately marked the message and spam and deleted it.

    “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://www.missrebel.co.uk…. 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 R.E.SalonTools
    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 $2000 to $5000
    8.Give me your personal cell phone number
    9.Are you the Owner”

    Something was really off about point #8, so I asked him more questions to weed him out.

    Thanks for saving me a ton of trouble.

  119. Posted April 12, 2017 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    ANOTHER ONE:

    Date: April 12, 2017 at 9:58:57 AM PDT

    Name Edgar
    Email ebrownforyou25@gmail.com
    How did you find me? Yelp
    Comments: Hello, how are you doing today? My name is EDGAR BROWN, 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… so i can send you the job details.Thanks BROWN

    • sdyon
      Posted April 25, 2017 at 10:52 am | Permalink

      We just got this same contact request on our website today.

  120. Posted April 25, 2017 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    ANOTHER ONE:
    Name Joshua Co
    Email jco2661326@gmail.com
    How did you find me? Google
    Comments Please call me at 818-491-3957

  121. Posted April 25, 2017 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    ANOTHER ONE
    Name Innocent Moore
    Email innocentmoore4@gmail.com
    How did you find me? Google
    Comments Website Design Needed
    Hello, how are you doing today? My name is Innocent Moore, 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… so i can send you the job details.Thanks Moore

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