Website Design for Hearing Impaired Scam

//Website Design for Hearing Impaired Scam

Website Design for Hearing Impaired Scam

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 <lucaswollmann045@gmail.com>
9:13 AM (2 hours ago)

to webmaster
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?

Thank you

 

victoria marris <victoriamarris27@gmail.com>
9:21 AM (2 hours ago)

to me
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?

Thank you
Marris


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.

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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.

2018-03-01T02:40:00+00:00By |Categories: Digital Marketing|

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7 Comments

  1. Dexter D. September 9, 2015 at 10:35 pm - Reply

    I got the same exact message, I even wrote him up a proposal. What a piece of crap…

  2. Debbie September 11, 2015 at 9:39 pm - Reply

    Thanks so much for posting this – I was just about to do a proposal for this guy when I did a google search and found your piece – thanks a bunch for saving me the time on the proposal!

  3. Mike October 5, 2015 at 4:52 pm - Reply

    Just got the same thing, great site guys, thank you for the info on this one!

  4. Denise October 5, 2015 at 8:52 pm - Reply

    Thanks so much for posting this. Big help. I went back and forth with this guy for 3-4 emails. I asked him for his address and he gave me an address in Alaska and also said he wanted to sell Palm Oil.

    I emailed him back and said you live in Alaska and have a Palm Oil company?

    That’s when I Googled his name and found your post.

    Very thoughtful of you to save others from this scam.

    Thanks again,
    Denise

  5. David Z December 15, 2015 at 7:11 am - Reply

    Thank you for writing about this. I just received a suspicious email with similar details tonight and so I began to research the web for info. Sure enough there is yet another method criminals use to steal from others-so sad. Many thanks to you for keeping watch! All the best,

  6. Lynda February 26, 2016 at 7:42 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for posting this. It is still going on. I got the email from Victoria Marris last week and they have been bugging me for the proposal, but I have been busy and put them off.

    Fortunately before I spent the time on the proposal I decided to research her name and found your post.

    Thank you for saving me time in putting the proposal together.

  7. Tina Gutierrez May 10, 2016 at 9:53 pm - Reply

    They contacted us about guitar lessons for his son. After reading this I told him we were unable to accommodate them at this time.

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