Web Design Scam

web design scamBEWARE OF SCAM: If you’re a web developer than beware of receiving a website quote request from [email protected] It’s a scam!

I received an email through my contact form for a website quote and I requested emailer to fill out our website quote form that’s on our website so I can better help him. I got an email reply instead. The thing that tipped me off was he wanted my cell, but didn’t want to give me any personal information.  Another thing is he asked me if we accept credit cards in initial email and reply which tells me he did not read my reply to him and most likely copied and pasted the email sent to me from some type of template.

Email I received from my website contact form

Website Design Needed
Hello, how are you doing today? My name is Simon Shawntee, 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 Shawntee

Email reply I received when I requested him to fill out our website quote form

Thanks for getting back to me, 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.

1. I want 20pages 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 S.SALON
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 3months.
7. My budget is $5000 to $10,000
8.Give me your personal cell phone number
9.Are you the Owner

 

For research, I copied and pasted the first few lines of his email into Google

‘Thanks for getting back to me, 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’

…and got a whole lot of scam search results.

BE CAREFUL OUT THERE!!

Here’s a nice blog post about the scam which was posted 5/4/15, which tells you how long this scam’s been going on.  This post also has a nice list of email addresses of the scammers and wouldn’t you know, [email protected] is on it.

https://portlandwebdesignanddevelopment.com/web-design/web-design-scam/