For those who do not know, there is a new scam system that is targeting website design business owners. To be absolute frank, I also received tons of such email for the past few months. Basically, the scammer says he or she is hearing impaired, and wants you to build a website for him or her, and check if you are accepting credit card as the payment.
Here are some of emails that I got:
lucas wollmann <email@example.com>
9:13 AM (2 hours ago)
Hello I am Lucas wollmann 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?
victoria marris <firstname.lastname@example.org>
9:21 AM (2 hours ago)
Hello I am Victoria marris and i am hearing impaired, I want to know if you can design a website and if you accept credit cards as form of payment ?
I have a company that is based on importing and exporting of Agriculture products. Can you design the website for me?
Yep, I got two emails from different scam artists within 10 minutes; still not sure how they got my information. They are also sending out such scam via text message as well.
Of course, getting more clients is what most business owners want, and they will likely respond to such request and accept the project. Again, I almost fell for it as well.
After you responded, he will respond back with the project detail within few minutes. Then, right after you give him the proposal, he will reply and say that he has a project manager who also works on graphics, content, and stuffs. So, he wants you to charge 8,000 from the credit card, and keep 5,000 plus 200 tips, and then mail the remaining amount (from your own pocket) to his project manager.
Seems familiar, right? Yep, the same concept as the money transfer scams that fooled a lot of people few years ago.
For this post, I just want to warn all website design business owners and freelancers not to fall for this type of scams.