I just wanted to share with those in the web design business a scam that has been going around for many years it would seem although this is the first time I have come into contact with it. A few weeks ago I got a very brief email requesting web design services, nothing odd in that other than it being picked up as spam on my server (this was the first clue).
After making initial contact with the enquirer I got back an email that just rang too many alarm bells for my liking and this is when I started doing some due diligence and came across multiple posts on blogs confirming my suspicions that it was indeed a scam.
Needless to say I’ve not taken the enquiry any further but for your reference if you receive any emails like the two listed below then it will almost certainly be a scam.
So, initial contact was made from a Mark Rodwell firstname.lastname@example.org as follows
Hello how are you doing , I will like to know if you are available for web design for my new business kindly get back to me so that I can forward you the details Thank you
After replying to the email asking if they were still looking for web design services I then received the following
Yes, I’m still interested.Here is the job details
i have small scale business which i want to turn into large scale business now it located in Leicester 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.
- I want the same number of pages with the example site i gave you to check excluding videos and blogs.
- I want only English language
- I don’t have a domain yet but i want the domain name as bestfarmprofits.com
- you will be updating the site for me.
- i will be proving the images, logos and content for the site.
- i want the site up and running before ending of February
Kindly get back to me with:
(1) an estimate
(2)And will like to know if you are the owner
The format is almost always the same just different domain names. The scam seems to be centered around the consultant and the transfer of money in which you will no doubt lose thousands of pounds.
Stay vigilant people!