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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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52 Comments

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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?”

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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

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

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

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. 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?

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. 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 ??

  21. 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 ?

  22. 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!

  23. 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

  24. 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

  25. 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 ?

  26. 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.

  27. 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

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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

  31. 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.

  32. 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

  33. 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

  34. 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.

  35. 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

  36. 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

  37. 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

  38. 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

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

  41. 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.

  42. 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.

  43. 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

  44. 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

  45. 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.

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