This is a notice to all web designers. There is a scam going around!
They contact you via email or even text. I have been hit with the scam twice now.
It starts out as a simple inquiry for web design services. Here is an example of first contact:
Hello how are you doing today, My name is Michael Morris i will like to know if you do web design kindly get back to me asap so that i can forward you the job details. Thank you
Seems legit right?! Don’t fall for it.
After a quick response from me, I then get a message back that reads:
My wife has 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.
She want the same number of pages with the example site i gave you to check excluding videos and blogs.
She want only English language
She doesn’t have a domain yet but she want the domain name as yourtopfarmproduce.com
you will be updating the site for my wife.
The private project consultant is also working on how to provide the images, logos and content for the site.
Her budget is $4000 to $8000
Really this is just a warning for my fellow web designers. From my research it seems to be a very rampant and common scam.
If you get this email, please do not even bother responding.
The way the scam is said to work is that they allow the whole project to follow through. When it is time for payment, they use a stolen card and then pay you plus what they want paid to their “project consultant.” They then ask if you could just go ahead and pay the project consultant for them to make things easier or what-not. That is how they stay disconnected from the stolen card and still receive payment. The worst part of the whole thing is that the person being scammed is actually doing the work through to the end of the actual project! So, they are not just stealing money but are also stealing your time and sweat.
Please inform anyone else in the business that you know!