Designers/Developers: Don’t fall for this scam

Have you gotten an inquiry that looks like this:

Hello I am James Tobby 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 been getting these with increasing frequency. The name always changes, but the content in the first message is always the same. First, they make sure you know they are hearing-impaired and then want to know if you accept credit cards.

When I got the first one of these, I responded with my typical questions and then the next email from them looks something like this:

Here is the job details

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 ?. so i need you to check out this site but i need something more perfect than this if its possible. 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.

Note:

1. I want the same number of pages 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 rootsnherbs.com

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 next month.

7. My budget is $4000 to $8000

Kindly get back to me with an estimate asap

This almost seems legit, right. There’s information on what they want, a budget, etc. But not so fast. If you continue to do exchanges with this person, and even go so far as to send a proposal, they will request something odd. Wouldn’t you know that their “project consultant” doesn’t take credit cards? And since you do, they’d like you to charge the full amount to the credit card, then send a payment to their project manager.

Now it’s starting to sound fishy.

There are a lot of people who may not have heard about it, and may think that a great website project just fell into their lap. The reason they claim to be hearing-impaired is so they don’t have to talk to you on the phone, because either they are not good enough actors or else they have thick accents they don’t want you to hear.

What happens if you agree? Well, you charge the card. It goes through, no problem. You send the payment and they cash it. Then you never hear from them again. Who you DO hear from is the credit card company about the fraudulent charge.

And if you take credit cards but haven’t experienced this, if someone calls their credit card company and claims your charge is fraudulent, they take the money right out of your bank account, with very little notice, I might add.

And if you actually sent a check to that person, not only do you lose the original deposit, but you lose the money you sent to their “project consultant” as well.

That’s when you are really in trouble.

I keep getting these messages, almost weekly now, and I can only assume that it’s working and that’s why they keep sending them. This is my warning. Never agree to send money to another contractor on your client’s behalf. This will never end well.

And to these scammers, please STOP.

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Amy Masson

Amy is the co-owner, developer, and website strategist for Sumy Designs. She's been making websites with WordPress since 2006 and is passionate about making sure websites are as functional as they are beautiful.

252 Comments

  1. Danny Brown on January 4, 2021 at 8:06 am

    Thank you for this post. I’ve gone three emails with James Brown of Solid Rock Furniture. It seemed legit but a little out of the ordinary. In our last email, he used the name Living Stone Furniture and it set off red flags. WHo misquotes their businesses name? Here is an excerpt for comparison.

    Compliment of the season ! So sorry for the late response, as I’m currently abroad in Ottawa,Canada on hearing impaired and lungs medical and treatment purposes. Here are the details, it’s a newly established company.

    This company is really based on sales of furniture such as Kitchen Cabinet, Sofa, Office Chair, Accent tables, King bench bed etc.

    1) Company Name: SOLID ROCK FURNITURE & HOME.

    2) MY WEBSITE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION WHICH WOULD BE REGISTER VERY SOON.

    3) I DON’T HAVE LOGO BUT NEED A CUSTOMIZED LOGO FROM YOU.

    4) THE TEXT CONTENT AND PHOTO ALL ARE WITH THE PROJECT CONSULTANT YOU WILL JUST HANDLE THE LAYOUT.

    5) I WANT THE PAGE OF THE BROCHURE TO BE 24 PAGES (INCLUDING FRONT AND BACK COVER) BECAUSE I HAVE LOT INFORMATION. THE TEXT AND THE PICTURE IS APPROVED AND CROSSCHECK.

    6) THE SIZE OF BROCHURE SHOULD BE ( 8.5″ X 11″ – 24 Page Bi-fold Booklet)

    7) I WILL WANT YOU TO ADD OUR CORE VALUES, MISSION & VISION( I’LL SEND THEM TO YOU)

    8) WITH YOUR PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE I WILL LIKE YOU WORK WITH YOUR SUGGESTIONS BY GIVING YOUR BEST.

    I will be sending over more info for the project with that, with that you’ll have a better idea of my Brand. What’s your thought? Do you have a # I could text ?

  2. Nick Roen on December 8, 2020 at 6:38 pm

    Got the same kinda text, which led to a starnge email, and then saying they couldn’t talk on the phone when I called because they had COVID and phone calls weren’t allowed. ha ha ha. What utter nonsense. ALWAYS REQUIRE A DEPOSIT FROM NEW CUSTOMERS VIA PAYPAL. ALWAYS!!!

    Here is the email they sent. The companies mentioned are in Islamabad Pakistan. Do a second of research people. No one gets the benefit of the doubt.
    __________________________________________________________________________________

    it’s a newly established company.

    The company is really based on sales of furniture such as Ottomans, Desk lamps, Sectional, Buffets & Sideboards, Counter & Bar Stools, Kitchen Cabinet, Sofa, Office Chair, Accent tables, King bench bed, etc.

    The company name is “Brandigence”

    My website is under construction which would be registered soon.

    The full-text content and all images for the catalog will be submitted to you by the project consultant you’ll just handle the layout.

    The brochure should be 44 pages (including front and back cover) because i have lot information, approved and crosscheck text and images.

    The size of brochure should be 8.5 x 11.

    I’ll want you to add to my mission, value, vision, etc to the catalog, i’ll have it sent to you.

    Below are more details for the project.

    Brandigence is distinctive and memorable, and it has something to say.

    This is a great business brand name for a business that’s serious about brands! Of course, its focus is clear from the start, but the name blends the reference to ‘brand’ with the end of the word ‘intelligence’ – giving the name extra power

    Tag line ” Adding comfort to your home”

    Our furniture are guarantee of beauty, comfort, and convenience’ that’s what it should mean to my customers.

    What makes Brandigence uniques to the customer is just the name. classic yet modern with a feeling of luxury.

    PURPOSE OF BUSINESS: The purpose of my business is to bring modern furniture that will provide beauty and comfort for everyone.

    WHO MY BUSINESS SERVES: My customers and others who are willing to patronize Adornium.

    I am thinking “Corporate Friendly” as an overall look for the logo. Too much so-called classiness will give the impression that Brandigence and products are not easily attainable and perhaps too expensive.

  3. Antonio on November 27, 2020 at 9:42 am

    THEY ARE TRYING TO SCAM ALSO RESTAURANTS NOW, THIS WAS HIS MESSAGE…
    Today 27 Nov 2020

    SC- Hello,How are you doing Today ?This is Stephen Fisher,I’ll Like to Place an Order Regarding My Dad Birthday,Are you the Owner or the Manager of the restaurant,Also do you Accept Credit card as form of Payment,Please do not hesitate to write me back as soon as possible.

    Thanks

    ME- Hi Stephen, good day, is it possible for you to give me a call around 16:00?
    So i can help you with your order.

    SC- I can only communicate with you via text/email for now, not too fit for a phone conversation, I’m just recuperating from a lung surgery. I’ll really appreciate it you you can bear with me for now.Thank you!

    Good,My name is Stephen Fisher and I will like TO ORDER FOR,Chicken Fajitas with the rice and beans and tortillas and salad and guacamole and cheese.For about 100 people on Dec 19th and it’s for my Dad Birthday and it will be pick up by a carrier driver and am ready to pay for full amount with my credit card can you Handle this for me and pick up time is 3 pm, so let me have the total cost plus tax also i will love to order for 100 canned drink so can you figure the total cost for everything inclusive tax,If you do not have the Item Mention Please kindly sent me your Menu.
    Thanks

    ME- Sorry Stephen but we dont take orders this way, we need to know more about our clients in order to avoid scams orders and else, i hope you can understand it, could you please provide me with more info about your event? And your personal details.

    So he never replay again… Then i google this email, and i came up with your post. Thanks so much

    Be aware of this nasty people

  4. William Braddock on October 19, 2020 at 6:47 am

    They also say they import export crude oil. Or any other property or service.

  5. Deb Ammerman on October 3, 2020 at 12:34 pm

    This crap is still going on people. Got the call and text on my phone, and requests to set up cc merchant accounts but not specific ones (no paypal, no square etc… He used the names Mark Ashley, but his email said Mark Edwards. A FISHER FURNITURE, dealing in exports and imports…. Thanks to all of you for sharing, you saved me!

  6. SN on September 21, 2020 at 7:05 am

    I have received 2 of these this year. The annoying thing is that at first you waste valuable time by giving the benefit of doubt as it might be genuine (it’s clearly a real person responding) – then as time moves on the ‘job’ becomes more fishy and you realise you’ve wasted valuable time on these lowlifes. The best thing to do is to ignore the emails. But then, as a business, you still think you might risk upsetting a genuine customer. Other options are to maybe point out early that you only accept PayPal and only provide work for clients in your own country – you probably won’t hear from them again.

  7. Ana on September 14, 2020 at 5:04 pm

    Hi Amy,

    I am so glad I found your article. Thanks for posting this! I am deaf. I’ve been freelance graphic designer for 6 years. It has never happened to me until now. After having the first few dialogues with the scammers at the same time (yes, I have two emails with two different names and what they requested are the exact same information,) that is when I found it fishy and realized it was scammers. I immediately googled it up and I came across to your article. My instinct were right and I am so glad that I didn’t get into this scam. Now I am aware that there’s actually scammer that want to target designers and developers. I’m going to warn all my artist friends and family.

    Here are what I got with two scammers:

    JACOB CHAD

    Okay, I’m okay with your estimate so
    Here’s what I’m looking to have done.

    it’s a newly established company.
    The company is really based on sales of furniture such as Ottomans, Desk lamps, Sectional, Buffets & Sideboards, Counter & Bar Stools, Kitchen Cabinet, Sofa, Office Chair, Accent tables, King bench bed, etc.

    The company name is “Adornium”

    My Website Is Under Fabrication Which Would Be Registered Soon.

    The Full-Text Content And All Images For The Catalog Will Be Submitted To You By The Project Consultant You’ll Just Handle the Layout.

    The Brochure Should Be 44 Pages (Including Front And Back Cover) Because I Have Lot Information, Approved And Crosscheck Text And Images.

    The Size Of Brochure Should Be 8.5 x 11.

    I’ll want you to add to my mission, value, vision, etc to the catalog, I’ll have it sent to you.

    ——-

    Joseph thomas

    Ok, thank you. I’m okay with the price so,
    Here’s what I’m looking to have done.

    it’s a newly established company. Do drop your wathsapp or cell number so we can talk better.

    The company is really based on sales of furniture such as Ottomans, Desk lamps, Sectional, Buffets & Sideboards, Counter & Bar Stools, Kitchen Cabinet, Sofa, Office Chair, Accent tables, King bench bed, etc.

    The company name is “Adornium”

    My Website Is Under Fabrication Which Would Be Registered Soon.

    The Full-Text Content And All Images For The Catalog Will Be Submitted To You By The Project Consultant You’ll Just Handle
    The Layout.

    The Brochure Should Be 44 Pages (Including Front And Back Cover) Because I Have Lot Information, Approved And Crosscheck Text And Images.

    The Size Of Brochure Should Be 8.5 x 11.

    I’ll want you to add to my mission, value, vision, etc to the catalog, I’ll have it sent to you.

    • Dave on October 15, 2020 at 5:29 am

      I just got this exact email. lol

  8. Belen Lopez on August 25, 2020 at 7:11 pm

    I also received a message from the same number but different name. Thank you guys for sharing here! Returning the favor with the details I received 🙂

    Message Details:
    First Name: BILL
    Last Name: OTTO
    Email: BILOTT01@OUTLOOK.COM
    Phone: 201 608 3534
    Service: Advertising
    Comments: Hello,

    Good Afternoon, I hope you’re doing good today and if this email meets you well?. Do you do website Design?.

    Regards,

  9. Lisa on August 19, 2020 at 3:46 pm

    I received a text today from a Burl, needing work and when I told him a phone call is required he refused. Same scammer, same name Adorium — but furniture catalog. I’ve been out of the business for 4 years do I knew it was suspicious. Thank you for this post!!!

  10. matt loehrer on August 7, 2020 at 3:00 pm

    Jerry Wilson at wjer901@gmail.com is also full of shit, fyi—got that today. “I want to make an inquiry if you can handle Brochure and Logo Design for my personal company?” Such a waste of my time.

  11. Jon on July 30, 2020 at 9:30 am

    Thanks for publishing this, saved us so much time. We’ve had one this week from Ben Scott at scottben170@gmail.com, one to add to your lists and watch out for.

  12. Beth Koch on July 13, 2020 at 9:41 pm

    Scam continues!
    Logo and a catalog for me. 44 pages (44????) Greg Anderson’s project handler provides the images and copy, I just do the layout. Had me about to respond except each letter of every word was capitalized. Huh? Who does that? Designers, let’s keep each other informed. Sadly, I figure they’ll scam a bunch of young inexperienced new students. Stay awake! Thank you for posting this!!!

    • Karlene Olesuk on July 28, 2020 at 12:09 pm

      Yes, they reached out first by text, same person or e-mail. I stopped when couldn’t reach a person by phone live. It’s sad they feel they have to do this to people.

      Paul Bell

      Wed, Jul 22 at 3:22 PM

      The company name is “FABREXA”

      We should be launching as soon as branding and other materials is completed so I’ ll be needing brand Visuals (i.e. Logo & brand identity)

      We are focused on indoor furniture and Decor.

      My website is under fabrication which would be registered soon.

      The full-text content and all images for the catalog will be submitted to you by the Project Consultant. Layout and design would be done by you.
      The catalog should be 44 pages including front and back cover. Texts are approved and crosschecked

      The size of the catalog should Be 8.5 x 11.

      I would be needing just the digital version.

      You will oversee the catalog update.
      Final files should be submitted in pdf.

      See below are few samples

      WEST ELM CATALOG LINK https://www.westelm.com/pages/we-catalog/2020-03.html

      IKEA CATALOG LINKhttps://www.ikea.com/ext/us/ikeacatalog/

      This brand name is clearly derived from the words ‘fabric’ or ‘fabricate’. It looks and sounds superb, and is short and easy to say and spell: all great qualities in a business brand name. The suggestion of fabric and fabrication would make this an excellent choice for a business that’s all about fabrics, or one that is focused on making things – from structures and buildings to furniture and other objects. This is a really well-made contemporary business name.
      All our products are shipped from Germany unlike IKEA, West Elm. Their products comes from China.

      MISSION: Promoting German culture and building a national brand, Undoubtedly, Germany continues to be counted among the world’s biggest furniture nations. The main reasons for its good reputation are the high standard of quality, the use of selected materials
      and the attractive modern design, but also the reliability and the competence of German furniture manufacturers.

      VISION: To become a world-class multinational company that provide our customers with
      high-quality home life by establishing a long-term foundation.
      The needs of customers are the foundation of our survival and development,
      our pursuit is to always meet up with our customers’ needs and expectations.

      PURPOSE OF BUSINESS: The purpose of my business is to bring modern furniture that will provide beauty and comfort for everyone.

      COMPETITORS: Alexandro Furniture & Mattress https://www.alexandrofurniture.com/
      Direct Home Furniture https://www.directhomefurnitureni.com/

      COLORS: My competitors love red. Teal and Brown should be fine.

      TARGETS: I have a wide target Age range 25-56, I would like to target their income demographics.

      For logo inspirations, you can look at brands like
      America Signature Furniture https://www.americansignaturefurniture.com/
      Crate&Barrel https://www.crateandbarrel.com/
      West Elm https://www.westelm.com/
      Williams Sonoma https://www.williams-sonoma.com/
      I look forward to working with you!

      • Jason Reid on November 11, 2020 at 7:33 pm

        This is exactly what I received. I have had this happen to me before and whenever there is an email that has numerous digits after the name, count it as suspect. His address was patrickhitchcock1537@gmail.com. The company name was a little different named VEQTIS, but after a Google search I found his “inspiration” word for word on a website for purchasing domain names.

        Thank you so much for this commentary. Saved me a bunch of time and money.

        Here is the full description:

        “VEQTIS” is the Big name.

        ABOUT:

        Veqtis is inspired by the word ‘vector’ – a technical-sounding word with a range of definitions, including ‘determining the position of one point in relation to another’, and ‘a type of graphical representation using lines to construct the outlines of objects’. It’s also used to describe the process of carrying something from one location to another. But it’s the way Veqtis looks and sounds that’s its real strength: short, sharp, sophisticated, precise – and easy to say, spell and remember. Great qualities for a brand name.

        All our products are shipped from Germany unlike IKEA, West Elm. Their products comes from China.

        MISSION: Promoting German culture and building a national brand, Undoubtedly, Germany continues to be counted among the world’s biggest furniture nations. The main reasons for its good reputation are the high standard of quality, the use of selected materials and the attractive modern design, but also the reliability and the competence of German furniture manufacturers.

        VISION: To become a world-class multinational company that provide our customers with

        high-quality home life by establishing a long-term foundation.

        The needs of customers are the foundation of our survival and development,

        our pursuit is to always meet up with our customers’ needs and expectations.

        PURPOSE OF BUSINESS: The purpose of my business is to bring modern furniture that will provide beauty and comfort for everyone.

        COMPETITORS: Alexandro Furniture & Mattress https://www.alexandrofurniture.com/

        Direct Home Furniture https://www.directhomefurniturenj.com/

        TARGETS: I have a wide target Age range 25-56, I would like to target their income demographics.

        We are focused on indoor furniture and Decor. We should be launching as soon as branding and other materials are completed so I’ ll be needing brand Visuals (i.e. Logo & brand identity)

        My website is under fabrication which would be registered soon

        Read the below details for the LOGO.

        COLORS:

        My competitors love red. Teal and Brown should be fine.

        For logo inspirations, you can look at brands like

        America Signature Furniture https://www.americansignaturefurniture.com/

        Crate&Barrel https://www.crateandbarrel.com/

        West Elm https://www.westelm.com/

        Williams Sonoma https://www.williams-sonoma.com/

        CATALOG DETAILS:

        The catalog should be 32 pages including front and back cover. Texts are approved and crosschecked

        The size of the catalog should Be 8.5 x 11.

        I would be needing just the digital version.

        You will oversee the catalog update.

        Final files should be submitted in pdf.

        The full-text content and all images for the catalog will be submitted to you by the Project Consultant. Layout and design would be done by you.

        See below are few samples

        WEST ELM CATALOG LINK https://www.westelm.com/pages/we-catalog/2020-03.html

        IKEA CATALOG LINKhttps://www.ikea.com/ext/us/ikeacatalog/

        Talk soon, looking forward to getting a response so we can proceed.

        Have a great day!

        • Alcindo Correa on November 16, 2020 at 1:03 pm

          Still going, now as a Furniture company. They message me first.

          Project overview: I want a complete graphic design work that will communicate ideas that inspire, inform, and captivate consumers. Also provide comprehensive layout and production design for applications such as advertisements, brochures, magazines, and reports.

          COMPANY NAME (DIAMODUS); This is a startup business solely based on sales of furniture such as Ottomans, Desk lamps, Sectional, Buffets & Sideboards, Counter & Bar Stools, Kitchen Cabinet, Sofa, Office Chair, Accent tables, King bench bed, etc. The purpose of my business is to bring modern furniture that will provide beauty and comfort for every consumer’s homes.

          Diamodus.com This Website Is currently under construction pending registration. Diamodus is a modern and stylish brand name meaning, generated from the word Diamond-to make it more unique and attractive to consumers.

          I want you to add to my mission, value, vision, in the catalog open to ideas / suggestions.
          What Makes Diamodus.com to the customer is NOT just the name.

          Classic yet modern with a feeling of luxury. Our Furniture Are Guaranteed Of Beauty, Comfort, And Convenience’ That’s What It Should Mean To Our Customers.

          Tag Line ” Adding comfort to your home”

          BROCHURE;
          I would like the Brochure to be 44 Pages in total (Including Front And Back Cover) Because I Have Lot Information, Approved And Crosscheck Text And Images. The Size Of Brochure Should Be (8.5 x 11).

          WHO MY BUSINESS SERVES: My customers and others who are willing to patronize DIAMODUS

          I am thinking “Corporate Friendly” as an overall look for the logo. Too much so-called classiness will give the impression that Diamodus.com and products are not easily attainable and perhaps too expensive.

          MISSION; To serve consumers and the industrial market segment with a leading-edge product that will satisfy their needs in functionality, comfort, and style.

          CORE VALUES; Our customers are our values. We put them first in everything we do.

          TARGETS; Our main customer will be from the age of 17-59 and I will like to target their income demographics. ( I would say a younger demographic with an eye for style, and available dollars to purchase nice stuff) I want my company to be perceived as Professional, I want them to know that we offer the best prices.

          COLORS; I would like Teal and Brown (let me know what you think about that).

          In the Next Decade, I would like my company to be known worldwide, for now, it’s USA-only.

          Main Competitors are Alexandro Furniture & Mattress and Direct Home Furniture.

          Important elements that I would like to stress are Beauty, Glamour, Friendly, Modern & High Quality.

          For logo inspirations, you can look at brands like American Signature Furniture, Crate & Barrel, West Elm or Williams Sonoma.

          I believe I’ve forward you inclusive details, Let me know your thoughts once you review it. I will be looking forward to a price quote so we can proceed.

          Talk soon,

          Raymond.

          • Val on February 16, 2021 at 12:47 pm

            I received the exact one as well from Diamodus. Name of Gabriel Timothy from Michigan.



        • Dexter Adams on November 23, 2020 at 4:18 pm

          I received the same exact one. Verbatim.

        • Olivia Durr on November 30, 2020 at 5:21 pm

          I got the same exact email from “Paul Shemeley” about “Veqtis”, word from word. His email was “iampaulshemeley@gmail.com” so it didn’t strike me as suspicious until he said he couldn’t do payments through PayPal or Venmo due to his credit card. I came across this page just by searching for Veqtis.

          Thanks for sharing!

  13. Michelle Eaves on June 24, 2020 at 2:13 pm

    I’m so glad I decided to check Google before I actually spoke to “Ben Chris” this morning. I received a text asking if I do website design, though he did not state anything about being hearing impaired. I set up an appointment to speak in an hour. He did not tell me the name of his company, but he then sent me — his biggest mistake — the exact paragraph you stated in this article. I wanted to be prepared before we spoke, so I Googled “agriculture kola nut california ben chris” and immediately came up with your article. Thank you for your article. Now I won’t be wasting my time with this “person”.

  14. Jeff on June 19, 2020 at 2:18 pm

    Got a similar scam from a man named Dwayne Chris. Email is chrisdwayne7@gmail.com
    I asked him for company address for invoicing, he constantly avoids providing info about his company- sounds legit right?
    Address he finally gave me is 3301 Fessenden St NW, Washington, DC
    That is a property worth 13 Million Dollars and is on sale right now…nice.

    Below is what he sent me in his email

    Here are the details, it’s a newly established company. Do drop your cellphone number so we can discuss better.

    This company is really based on sales of furniture such as Kitchen Cabinet, Sofa, Office Chair, Accent tables, King bench bed etc.

    Ø Company Name: LIVING WOOD FURNITURE & HOME.

    Ø MY WEBSITE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION WHICH WOULD BE REGISTER VERY SOON.

    Ø I DON’T HAVE LOGO BUT NEED A CUSTOMIZED LOGO FROM YOU.

    Ø I COULD ONLY SUPPLY THE TEXT CONTENT AND PHOTO ALL ARE WITH THE PROJECT CONSULTANT YOU WILL JUST HANDLE THE LAYOUT.

    Ø I WANT THE PAGE OF THE BROCHURE TO BE 24 PAGES (INCLUDING FRONT AND BACK COVER) BECAUSE I HAVE LOT INFORMATION. THE TEXT AND THE PICTURE IS APPROVED AND CROSSCHECK.

  15. Rebecca on May 28, 2020 at 9:35 am

    I’ve been going back and forth on a proposed catalog and logo project with the “Willson Berry” guy, too. He has not yet asked for any sort of charge or payment, but it all seemed odd, so I Googled his email address and this story – complete with his email address – popped up.

    Thanks so much for the warning! I have now blocked his email address. I was the victim of a Craigslist scam many, many years ago and I still feel foolish. Glad there are more resources to shut these people down now before it gets too far.

  16. True Ink Deisgns on May 4, 2020 at 2:25 pm

    I get these all the time. Im glad to see columns like this on the web that exposes these people and I encourage anyone who gets one of these emails or text messages to post it on forums or comment on columns like this, where a simple google searche can find the scamer and help us all as designers to not waste our time.

    I got one today from Willson Berry (willsonberry706@gmail.com)

    I can’t believe that so many years have gone by and yet… they continue to try the exact same tactics. so pathetic.

    here is his email which is pretty much verbatim to what is written above.

    Hey, here’s what I’m looking to have done.
    it’s a newly established company so I’ll be needing brand Visuals (i.e. Logo & brand identity)

    The company is really based on sales of furniture such as Ottomans, Desk lamps, Sectional,
    Buffets & Sideboards, Counter & Bar Stools, Kitchen Cabinet, Sofa, Office Chair, Accent tables, King bench bed, etc.
    The company name is Hockwood.com

    My website is under fabrication which would be registered soon.

    The full-text content and all images for the catalog will be submitted to you by the Project Consultant. Layout and design would be done by you.

    The catalog should be 56 pages including front and back cover. Texts are approved and crosschecked

    The size of the catalog should Be 8.5 x 11.
    I would be needing just the digital version.
    You will oversee the catalog update.
    I need a’ flipping book’ version, you can likewise design the catalog and send as pdf.
    See below are few samples
    WEST ELM CATALOG LINK https://www.westelm.com/pages/we-catalog/2020-01.html

    I’ll want you to add to my mission, value, vision, etc. to the catalog.

  17. Daniela Skrein on May 2, 2020 at 12:59 pm

    They are still at it. Here is her last nail to me. her assistant is called Scott.

    Marie Gacillia AG
    Name …Marie Harlow
    Address….754 sunnyfIeld LN brooklyn park AA MD 21225
    phone number…..307 215 8994
    get back to me with the total estimate. Thanks

    Thank you for this post!

  18. Elisabeth L Jones on April 21, 2020 at 11:24 am

    Thank you for posting this! I received a very similar email and was researching the phone number I was given to call and came here. The scam is still going strong.

  19. Bruce English on April 21, 2020 at 9:43 am

    Thank you for taking time to warn graphic designers of this scam. Here is my experience, that began on April 17, 2020
    ————————————————————
    From: Jose Ramirez
    Hello
    I’m JOSE RAMIREZ, I will like to make an inquiry if you can handle Brochure and Logo Design for my personal company? Kindly get back to me so I can send you more details regarding the full scope of the project. Thanks.
    Regards JOSE RAMIREZ.
    ————————————————————
    From: Jose Ramirez
    Thanks. I only have little details then you can decide on designs but I want the color to consist of Black and Gold with an image of an ancient chair. I want a very mature and presentable design and my budget for this project is $2,000-3,000.For the Brochure, I want a double folded A4 size brochure with 8 pages and I can only supply the text content and photos but all are with my project consultant but the logo and brochure will be designed by you and the due date for the project is 18th of May 2020. The company name is JOSE R’ FURNITURE INC and is based on importing and exporting of furniture.
    That is all i can provide from my end and I need a more perfect Job. Kindly let me know the total cost of the Brochure and Logo Design if it will cost more than I budgeted.

    HERE ARE THE DETAILS AND PROCEDURE OF THE JOB:

    1) Company Name: JOSE R’ FURNITURE INC

    2) MY WEBSITE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION WHICH WOULD BE REGISTER VERY SOON

    3) I DON’T HAVE LOGO BUT NEED A CUSTOMIZED LOGO FROM YOU

    4) I COULD ONLY SUPPLY THE TEXT CONTENT AND PHOTO AND ALL ARE WITH MY PROJECT CONSULTANT, BUT THE ARTWORK WILL BE DESIGNED BY YOU

    I will be glad if you can handle this for me and I will meet you in person after this design is done.

    Thank you.
    ————————————————————
    [Thought I mess with him by giving the payment schedule 50% upfront, 50% upon approval before print production/release file(s) and condition that payment is by e-Transfer only.]
    ————————————————————
    From: Jose Ramirez
    You can set up Quickbook merchant OR Payoneer and send me the invoice through there because my card does not remit payment to both i cant pay through E transfer,PayPal and Squareup merchant,You can look up Quickbook merchant from your phone App store and setup an account with them it’s fast and reliable and I will pay you back for the setup fee okay

  20. Sophocles on April 20, 2020 at 8:44 pm

    Thank you all for the comments.

    April 20th, 2020 and I just got the email and text messages from here

    Robert Thomas
    +1 (240) 493-9767

    thomasrrobert001@gmail.com

    Here is the email:

    Here are the details, it’s a newly established company.

    This company is really based on sales of furniture such as Kitchen Cabinet, Sofa, Office Chair, Accent tables, King bench bed etc.

    Ø Company Name: WOOD FURNITURE & HOME.

    Ø MY WEBSITE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION WHICH WOULD BE REGISTER VERY SOON.

    Ø I DON’T HAVE LOGO BUT NEED A CUSTOMIZED LOGO FROM YOU.

    Ø I COULD ONLY SUPPLY THE TEXT CONTENT AND PHOTO ALL ARE WITH THE PROJECT CONSULTANT YOU WILL JUST HANDLE THE LAYOUT.

    Ø I WANT THE PAGE OF TH E BROCHURE TO BE 24 PAGES (INCLUDING FRONT AND BACK COVER) BECAUSE I HAVE LOT INFORMATION. THE TEXT AND THE PICTURE IS APPROVED AND CROSSCHECK.

    Ø THE SIZE OF BROCHURE SHOULD BE 8.5 X 11.5.

    Ø I WILL WANT YOU TO ADD OUR CORE VALUES, MISSION & VISION( I’LL SEND THEM TO YOU)

    (Be safe and always google, especially during this time, lots of scammers out to try get you)

    • james C on November 20, 2020 at 2:55 am

      This is almost exactly the email I received today – many thanks for posting this – disaster averted!!!!! 😎

  21. Marry on April 17, 2020 at 9:17 pm

    It’s same approach with
    Willson Berry .
    I really appreciate that I found this warning site.

  22. Krunal on April 16, 2020 at 8:32 am

    I also got a message from https://www.instagram.com/roselynkate25/ this profile and ask me USA living person name address and mobile number for check payment.

    I want to establish a company which will be based on sales of furniture such as Kitchen Cabinet,
    Sofa, Office Chair, Accent tables, King bench bed etc. I’ll like to know if I got the right contact to a graphic designer.I want you to design for me a logo and a brochure.
    So, i want you to know that this is the first time I will be doing a Logo design so I can only give you little details then you can decide on designs but I want the color to consist of Black and Gold with an image of an ancient chair. I want a very mature and presentable design and my budget for this project is $7000.
    For the Brochure, I want a double folded A4 size brochure with 15 pages and I can only supply the text content and photos but, all are with my project consultant but the logo and brochure will be designed by you and the due date for the project is 10th of march 2020

    “Here are the details:
    1) Company Name: LAMBENT DREAMS FURNITURE.
    2) MY WEBSITE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION WHICH WOULD BE REGISTER VERY SOON.
    3) I DON’T HAVE LOGO BUT NEED A CUSTOMIZED LOGO FROM YOU.
    4) I COULD ONLY SUPPLY THE TEXT CONTENT AND PHOTO ALL ARE WITH THE
    PROJECT CONSULTANT YOU WILL JUST HANDLE THE LAYOUT.
    5) I WANT THE PAGE OF THE BROCHURE TO BE 14 PAGES (INCLUDING FRONT AND
    BACK COVER) BECAUSE I HAVE LOT INFORMATION. THE TEXT AND THE PICTURE IS
    APPROVED AND CROSSCHECK.
    6) THE SIZE OF BROCHURE SHOULD BE 8.5 X 11.5.
    7) I WILL WANT YOU TO ADD OUR CORE VALUES, MISSION & VISION( I’LL BE THE ONE TO PROVIDE YOU WITH THAT)
    8) MY BUDGET IS $5000-$7000
    9) I WANT THIS DONE IN 4-5 WEEKS TIME.
    10) I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW IF YOU ARE THE OWNER OR MANAGER AND DO YOU ACCEPT USA CERTIFIED CHECK AS MODE OF PAYMENT.

    • Krunal on April 16, 2020 at 8:34 am

      Send me a message on 15 April 2020 and in message send me date of word dedline is 10th march.

  23. Rinster on April 9, 2020 at 5:09 am

    I received this scam from gdavidtimothy@gmail.com claiming he needed a logo and catalog design for Woodrx Online and Furnishings. “David” initially texted me from this number: 1(407)519-0620. There was already a red flag when he said he found me on creativehotlist.com. My profile on there was last updated in 2013. It is now 2020.

  24. Marko on April 7, 2020 at 1:45 pm

    The Scam continues!

    I got this and even went as far as to mention having a phone conversation before I did anything with the person to discuss particulars in greater detail because of the fact in my gut I was suspicious.

    After seeing this I replied to the person saying that I know I mentioned I did accept CCs but currently due to the Corona Virus issue, my CC Processor isn’t able to provide me with any assistance at this time and I would need to have a CASHIERS CHECK to begin any work with him.

    Have not heard back since .

    • greta on May 8, 2020 at 6:48 pm

      UUH..I just got an inquire ( coming from NOWHERE) for an event for HIS company and the budget is $30,000 and its for 150 people in JULY 25 ,2020!!
      IT WAS TOO suspicious!! THANKS!!

    • Jan on May 12, 2020 at 4:35 pm

      I got the email with all the “project details” and it matched this sample almost exactly. Before he even brought up anything about payment, I replied with, “So does your project consultant accept credit cards?”

      Hmmm… crickets…. LOL!

      This is the SECOND time I’ve been hit up with this scam. Seriously, this needs to stop.

    • damian on May 15, 2020 at 11:50 am

      I would like to report a company that is hidden under the name AVISUAL DESIGN LLC as a scam. The company swindle data and money in a sophisticated manner. On the BEHANCE platform, I received a message from them with the project order. I talked to their project manager, everything looked cool and very professional. After some time, their accounts send me a message that they can’t transfer me a payment because my country is blacklisted in their company policy. I was a little sad because I started doing their project. Later I got a message that they could transfer money to me if I contracted the formalities with them so that the company could transfer money to me, but the cost would be $ 75. Later I got the details of a private person from Nigeria whom I should transfer money through Western Union. The person’s ID does not exist in the database, there is no information on the site about members of this agency. The names in the emails does not exist on Google. Please watch out for this scam. The AVISUAL DESIGN agency, which apparently is from Dubai, is SCAM, probably directed by people from Nigeria. Here is their website http://www.avisualdesignllc.com

  25. James Carruthers on March 31, 2020 at 2:02 pm

    I’m so grateful for this article. I wish there was some authority we could report these thieves to.

  26. Lia Di Stefano on March 25, 2020 at 9:21 pm

    I got a design inquiry by text yesterday from a guy named Mark Wade Lowery who saw my work on creativehotlist.com (not an unusual occurrence for me). He claimed he was needed a logo and online catalog design for his furniture + accessory design start-up. His website is being built, but not registered yet, etc. etc. He then sent info bout his business, where he wanted it to be in 5 years, the ‘look’ he wanted, which logos, websites, etc.were similar to what he was looking for—appealing (west elm, crate&barrell, Williams Sonoma), the exact number of pages and images for the catalog, etc. etc. etc. But right from the start my gut was telling me something was off—his company name, ADORNLYF (he explained it was a deliberate misspelling of ADORN LIFE), sounded ridiculous and a marketing faux pas. I emailed him to ask a few more pertinent questions, and he answered reasonably, so I put together a proposal/estimate higher than I normally charge and asked for 50% up front (to cover my time just in case.) Mailed it off tonight and to my surprise, got a text reply within 7 minutes saying me my bid was great and within their budget (so fast? weirder still). Then he wrote that he’d send payment immediately via a card and asked what my merchant account was. I’m a free-lance graphic designer and no one has ever paid me with a credit card…Red Flag. I wrote back asking what he meant by a merchant account (I knew) and could he pay through my PayPal account, but he immediately said that I needed to set up a free trial account with…and he listed a couple companies. I thanked him and said I’d look into it. I knew something was questionable, immediately Googled his email address et voilá…here I am sharing the same story, more or less, with all of you! So grateful for my accute sense of smell! Oh! and when I asked where he was based, he said he was in Maryland right now for medical reasons! Sound familiar?

    • Cre8tvnrg on March 28, 2020 at 8:37 pm

      EXACT SAME SITUATION HAPPENED TO ME!!! SAME SCENARIO Except I got a strange feeling right before I sent him the pertinent questions and created a proposal. You and I worked the same way…so I am so glad I took the time to listen to the voice that told me to Google his name – because HERE I AM…finding out that it is a SCAM! WOW! This happened to me once a couple of years ago from Thumbtack and I actually sent that person a proposal and they wanted to pay me more $ than I required…then I clued in and figured it out. I am glad it didn’t get that far. Thanks Sumydesigns for creating this page warning us! You are saint, God Bless you!

    • Mike on March 29, 2020 at 5:05 pm

      I recently received the same message from a Row Shayne. Not sure if you received the same one.

    • CN on March 31, 2020 at 11:17 pm

      Just got the same message for the second time, this time from ROBERT JACK – nr 831.246.6755 (first time it was Jeff Tweed)
      I knew right away it was a scam so I played along until I called him out
      At that point I thought he would stop replying to me, but not only did he not stop, he was fully engaging in a conversation.. we talked about the fact that he was going to get caught and he just laughed with a smiley, told me he couldn’t get caught and called me names..

      I hope badly they bust these fucker’s assess soon !

    • Samson on May 9, 2020 at 11:15 pm

      Thank you for posting this and for all who left comments to warn us. I just got this scam from Jeff Connors phone number 320-302-2630 who says his business Adornium is based in Royalton, MN.

      The emails said:
      Email #1:
      Hi, I’m Jeff. I’ll like to know if you offer design services, do let me know. Thanks!

      Email #2
      I need help with catalog and logo design, can you do that?

      Email #3
      Here’s what I’m looking to have done.

      it’s a newly established company.

      The company is really based on sales of furniture such as Ottomans, Desk lamps, Sectional, Buffets & Sideboards, Counter & Bar Stools, Kitchen Cabinet, Sofa, Office Chair, Accent tables, King bench bed, etc.

      The company name is “Adornium”

      My Website Is Under Fabrication Which Would Be Registered Soon.

      The Full-Text Content And All Images For The Catalog Will Be Submitted To You By The Project Consultant You’ll Just Handle The Layout.

      The Brochure Should Be 44 Pages (Including Front And Back Cover) Because I Have Lot Information, Approved And Crosscheck Text And Images.

      The Size Of Brochure Should Be 8.5 x 11.

      I’ll want you to add to my mission, value, vision, etc to the catalog, I’ll have it sent to you.

      Email #4:
      Below are more details for the project.

      Adornium is a modern and stylish brand name

      Adornium meaning, from adorn – to make more beautiful or attractive.
      Tag line- “Say it and you’ll love it”

      Whosoever Purchase Our Furniture Should Be Guarantee Of beauty And Convenience’ That’S What It Should Mean To My Customers.

      ” Whosoever.” It carries weight, authority, conviction. Clearly
      assures the reader (customers) that Adornium is serious about dedication and their purchase satisfaction. They will know that this is truly a product purchase
      partnership. An Adornium Unique Certification.’

      What Makes Adornium Uniques to customer is just the name. Classic yet modern with feeling of luxury.

      PURPOSE OF BUSINESS: The purpose of my business is to bring modern furniture that will provide pride for everyone.

      WHO MY BUSINESS SERVES: My customers and others who are willing to patronize Adornium.

      I am thinking “Corporate Friendly” as an overall look for the logo. Too much so-called classiness
      will give the impression that Adornium and products are not easily attainable and perhaps too
      expensive.

      My brand should represent “HIGH-QUALITY OPTION”

      MISSION: To serve consumers and industrial market segment with a leading-edge product that will satisfy their needs in functionality, comfort, and style.

      CORE VALUES: Autonomy and Growth.

      TARGETS;
      Our main customer will be from the age of 27-29 and I will like to target their income demographics.

      I want my company to be perceived as Professional, I want them to know that we offer the best prices.

      I would like to compete with other furniture company. My main competitor is IKEA, my favorite products are Accent Tables.

      For colors, I would like Teal and Brown (let me know what you think about that).

      In the Next Decade, I would like my company to be known worldwide.

      Important elements that I would like to stress are Beauty and Glamour, Friendly, Modern, High Quality.

      For logo inspirations, you can look at brands like America Signature Furniture, Crate&Barrel, West Elm or Williams Sonoma.

      • Mix on September 1, 2020 at 11:34 pm

        Ouch, this is sad. I received the exactly the same e-mail thread. 🙁

        • Courtney on September 14, 2020 at 2:27 pm

          Thank you for posting this and for all who left comments.

          I too received a similar scam business inquiry from Eric Pascarella (ericpascarella525@gmail.com) of Adornium. After my preliminary response trying to set up a call, I received a text message from 320-302-2630 – the same number listed by Samson above.

          Sample text below from emails/text message:

          “Hi, I’m Eric. I’ll like to know if you offer design services, do let me know. Thanks!”

          “Thanks for the reply, i need help with catalog and logo design, can you do that?”
          —-
          “Here’s what I’m looking to have done.

          it’s a newly established company. Do drop your cell number so we can discuss better.

          The company is really based on sales of furniture such as Ottomans, Desk lamps, Sectional, Buffets & Sideboards, Counter & Bar Stools, Kitchen Cabinet, Sofa, Office Chair, Accent tables, King bench bed, etc.

          The company name is “Adornium”

          My Website Is Under Fabrication Which Would Be Registered Soon.

          The Full-Text Content And All Images For The Catalog Will Be Submitted To You By The Project Consultant You’ll Just Handle The Layout.

          The Brochure Should Be 44 Pages (Including Front And Back Cover) Because I Have Lot Information, Approved And Crosscheck Text And Images.

          The Size Of Brochure Should Be 8.5 x 11.

          I’ll want you to add to my mission, value, vision, etc to the catalog, I’ll have it sent to you.”

          “Hello this is Eric, we discussed about my catalog and logo design via email.”

  27. Jackie on March 19, 2020 at 10:45 pm

    Got weird inquiry email from an Alex Blessing from Alex Blessing with a super fake email account [office9087654@gmail.com]l: “Hello, Would you please update back for graphics design, if you’re capable of the Job ?”

    I knew it’s a scam, but since I am free at the moment, I decided to reply and ask for more details just to see what this guy is up to and below is the email I got back. Then I received the email from the same guy with this email account [office09897856@gmail.com]


    Greetings Jackie,

    Here are the details, it’s a newly established company. Do drop your cell phone number # to discuss better.

    This company is really based on sales of furniture such as Kitchen Cabinet, Sofa, Office Chair, Accent tables, King bench bed etc.

    1) Company Name: SOLID ROCK FURNITURE & HOME.

    2) MY WEBSITE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION WHICH WOULD BE REGISTER VERY SOON.

    3) I DON’T HAVE LOGO BUT NEED A CUSTOMIZED LOGO FROM YOU.

    4) THE TEXT CONTENT AND PHOTO ALL ARE WITH THE PROJECT CONSULTANT YOU WILL JUST HANDLE THE LAYOUT.

    5) I WANT THE PAGE OF THE BROCHURE TO BE 24 PAGES (INCLUDING FRONT AND BACK COVER) BECAUSE I HAVE LOT INFORMATION. THE TEXT AND THE PICTURE IS APPROVED AND CROSSCHECK.

    6) THE SIZE OF BROCHURE SHOULD BE ( 8.5″ X 11″ – 24 Page Bi-fold Booklet)

    7) I WILL WANT YOU TO ADD OUR CORE VALUES, MISSION & VISION( I’LL SEND THEM TO YOU)

    8) WITH YOUR PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE I WILL LIKE YOU WORK WITH YOUR SUGGESTIONS BY GIVING YOUR BEST.

    I will be sending over more info for the project with that, with that you’ll have a better idea of my Brand. What’s your thought?

    Do go ahead and work on a formal quote? Look forward to hearing from you !

    Thank You,
    Best Regards

    • PAUL ECKELMAN on April 28, 2020 at 3:07 am

      Same here

    • Kelly on May 23, 2020 at 1:12 pm

      Wow – I received a similar email with the 8 steps all caps but from a William Smith, with the company called “Premier Furniture”. Seemed a little sketchy so I googled it and am so happy I did.

    • Bruce Armenante on June 1, 2020 at 4:28 pm

      I just had a sign guy refer this job to me for ROCK SOLID. I guess my info is on the hit list from this moment on.

  28. Kamy Callow on February 27, 2020 at 8:29 pm

    Joseph William
    3:39 PM (2 hours ago)
    to me

    The company is based on importing and exporting of Office Equipment such as Printer, Scanners, Laminating Machines, Dictation, Computer, Adequate Light, Desk, Multipurpose Machine, Software, Fire-Safe Bix, Network Router, Telephone, Paper Shredder, and Personal Server 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 .https://avada.theme-fusion.com/classic-shop/… I have a content creator that has the text content and logo for the site .the site would only

    be informational, so I need you to give me an estimate.

    .I want 12pages with 14 products

    . I want only English language

    . My budget is $10,000-$15,000

    . I want the site running up in 4-5 months

    . Are you the owner

    • Mike on March 29, 2020 at 9:14 pm

      I received that exact email. He had my phone number and we have been texting. I have been messing with him for the past 3 hours. Scammers or not, this is still fun!

    • Wesson Tech Services on May 19, 2020 at 12:50 am

      I just received the same inquiry from a Shayne Horton at shoffice1987@gmail.com requesting the same information. I remember months ago receiving another request from Alex Blessing for the same site. So, for Mr. Shayne Horton, who not only emailed but texted me also, I reply with a link to this site stating that they are on to you and I would NEVER contact me again. Here is the request original sent.

      On Mon, May 18, 2020 at 11:31 AM -0700, “Shayne Horton” wrote:
      The company is based on importing and exporting of Office Equipment such as Printer , Scanners,Laminating Machines,Dictation,Computer,Adequate Light,Desk,Multipurpose Machine,Software,Fire-Safe Bix,Network Router,Telephone,Paper Shredder and Personal Server 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 .https://avada.theme-fusion.com/classic-shop/… I have a content creator that has the text content and logo for the site .the site would only
      be informational, so i need you to give me an estimate.

      .I want 12pages with 14 products
      . I want only English language
      . My budget is $10,000-$15,000
      . I want the site running up in 4-5 month
      . Are you the owner

      • Kellie on November 13, 2020 at 3:30 pm

        I just received a text message and email from this Shayne Horton person. He’s still out there and contacting designers.

  29. Kinga on February 10, 2020 at 11:36 am

    Yep, got the ‘Logan Theo’ email. I did fall for it first, but at the second exchange (the one that talks about the cashier’s check) I felt uneasy and raised a red flag – as it turns out, my gut feelings were correct. THANK YOU ALL for sharing this information. Don’t fall for it, indeed!

  30. BeWarned on February 7, 2020 at 11:50 am

    Glad I searched this today; many red flags came up with this person over the past few days: Charlie Wayne (charlieewayne@gmail.com) 240-493-9767 (MD # but claims to be in hospital in one state but reside in MI).

    Wood Furniture & Home is the company. Wanted a logo and catalog and pushed hard for me to set up a merchant account so he can pay by CC. I sent him estimates but there were too many red flags at that point: ALL CAPS messages, the CC push, the illness and info above from 3 states, typos, and the kicker: I got him on the phone and he had a heavy accent – was obviously not Charlie Wayne).

    Other threads about it:
    https://www.glassbeard.com/scammers-targeting-graphic-design/#comment-323
    https://www.reddit.com/r/Scams/comments/bf71od/phishing_scam_targeting_graphic_designers/

  31. Alex on February 4, 2020 at 10:50 am

    Just revamped my graphic design website and used Squarespace, I had this email within two days of going live.

    From:

    Hello! My name is Logan Theo and i am a herbal tea seller, I appreciate a good work, I need a graphic designer that can create a logo for me. I believe you’re available to get this done? i found your contact through *my website here* will be looking forward to your response
    Best Regards

  32. Cristina on February 1, 2020 at 11:42 pm

    I am so glad I googled the email! A lot of my clients are referrals from people I already know/have worked with so it struck me odd that they did not mention who they got my information from.

    Message Details:
    Name: Logan Theo
    Email: logantheo1960@gmail.com
    Company:
    Subject: Graphic design needed
    What is your goal for this project?: Hello! My name is Logan Theo and i am a herbal tea seller, I appreciate a good work, I need a graphic designer that can create a logo for me. I believe you’re available to get this done? i found your contact through your website.
    I will be looking forward to your response
    Best Regards

    Be safe everyone!

    • Ann on February 10, 2020 at 11:07 pm

      Mauricio Cassulino, Christina, and Alex.

      Thank you so so so much for sharing this! I had the exact same email, word for word. Seemed fishy and went online to research. Found your post. Really appreciate the warning!!! TY

      TY AMY for posting this thread for all of us. You rock!

  33. Ona on January 27, 2020 at 6:51 pm

    I just got the same and my gut immediately reacted. He’ll nooooo

  34. Mauricio Cassulino on January 24, 2020 at 12:17 pm

    OMG, I got the same e-mail a few days ago, I even started developing the logo, then I decided to Google it, I’m glad iI did it.

    Here is the e-mail:
    Hello! My name is Logan Theo, Am established an herbal tea shop soon and I need a very good logo to be create with the herbal tea shop name which is (THEO’S HERBAL TEA) let me know how much you charge per Logo. i have example of what i want you to do, But the example doesn’t have my own company name, I believe with that example of the job will make it more easier and faster for you to know what to do on time. I found your contact through your website portfolio.

    5805 Charlotte Dr
    Suite #534,
    San Jose, CA 95123
    (669) 225 2783

    My budget is under $400 to $800.

    Our slogan (THEO LEAF TEA)

    Name on the Logo : (THEO’S HERBAL TEA )

    Since: November 2019

    Timeline to get this logo projects done should be under 2 to 3 weeks, it’s depends on you.

    How many sketches do you provide before final stage of approved.

    Proudly Serving Los Angeles & Orange County, San Jose, Long Beach,Anaheim, And other cities in California. THEO’S HERBAL TEA , proudly delivers “Quality Service, Every Time” throughout Los Angeles and Orange County including Anaheim, Beverly Hills, Long Beach, Hollywood, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Pasadena, Pomona and Santa Monica.

    My business associate will be making the payment available to you through cashier’s check. After you received the check and cashed it, You can start working on the logo.

    Please let me know if you have any questions, You just have to understand that my business associate is handle payment method through check this time around due to the system hacking problem and deletion of data they’re facing right now, online payment is not working for them. That why you have to send me your details now. they’ll make the check available as soon as possible. Your Name, Physical Address, City, State, Zip code, Phone number is needed.

    I will be looking forward to read back from you.
    Best Regards

  35. Eva on January 22, 2020 at 10:31 am

    Got 2 emails yesterday. The 1st one was from “Gregory R Folger” gregoryrfolger@gmail.com. They emailed me just saying “Hello can you create a company logo.” I replied back just to see what they would say after. Then, they replied with broken English and something that stood out to me: “You just have to understand that my business associate is handle the payment, That why you have to send me your details now. They’ll make the check available as soon as possible.” Looked up if anyone went through anything similar and then I reported it to Google as phishing. Then almost immediately after they tried to get me again with another email from “Logan Theo” logantheo1960@gmail.com looking for a logo for his “herbal teas.” These people are relentless!

    • Jac on May 11, 2020 at 11:34 pm

      Got an inquiry from gregoryrfolger@gmail.com for a logo design and got a weird feeling – googling the email address brought me here! The name for the “company” changed from Greg Auto Part Sales to Gregautoparts to Greg’s Auto Parts. I’m including these names in case anyone else searches the internet for it!

  36. MichelleB on January 7, 2020 at 5:53 pm

    Thank you for this post! I just got an email similar to Sam’s, glad I checked online because it seemed super fishy. Mine was from David Timothy, email gdavidtimothy at gmail dot com, in case anyone else gets a similar email.

    • Amrit Waraich on April 4, 2020 at 8:47 am

      logantheo1960@gmail.com. Got the same content as all of you. thanks for the comments everyone.

  37. Sam on January 7, 2020 at 8:29 am

    Got this today:

    Hello, how are you?
    My name is Dylan, I’m sure you offer design service. Please do let me know.

    Best Regards
    Dylan Smith

    Googled the body of the email and got this page. Glad we didn’t waste time pursuing it. Thanks all.

  38. sweetpotatoesandblackbeans on December 30, 2019 at 12:35 pm

    Got a catering request to my food business today by the same name, email address, and phone number; the phone number seemed odd since its not local so I searched. So glad I found this article!

  39. Devendra on December 29, 2019 at 7:45 am

    I got the same stuff today but via freelancer.com.
    First i was happy thought this is a legit project but thank god i google it and foudn this post.
    I got this mail

    I want to establish a company which will be based on sales of furniture such as Kitchen Cabinet,
    Sofa, Office Chair, Accent tables, King bench bed etc. I’ll like to know if I got the right contact to a graphic designer.I want you to design for me a logo and a brochure.
    So, i want you to know that this is the first time I will be doing a Logo design so I can only give you little details then you can decide on designs but I want the color to consist of Black and Gold with an image of an ancient chair. I want a very mature and presentable design and my budget for this project is $7000.

    For the Brochure, I want a double folded A4 size brochure with 15 pages and I can only supply the text content and photos but, all are with my project consultant but the logo and brochure will be designed by you and the due date for the project is 5th of march 2020
    “Here are the details:

    1) Company Name: LAMBENT DREAMS FURNITURE.
    2) MY WEBSITE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION WHICH WOULD BE REGISTER VERY SOON.
    3) I DON’T HAVE LOGO BUT NEED A CUSTOMIZED LOGO FROM YOU.
    4) I COULD ONLY SUPPLY THE TEXT CONTENT AND PHOTO ALL ARE WITH THE
    PROJECT CONSULTANT YOU WILL JUST HANDLE THE LAYOUT.
    5) I WANT THE PAGE OF THE BROCHURE TO BE 14 PAGES (INCLUDING FRONT AND
    BACK COVER) BECAUSE I HAVE LOT INFORMATION. THE TEXT AND THE PICTURE IS
    APPROVED AND CROSSCHECK.
    6) THE SIZE OF BROCHURE SHOULD BE 8.5 X 11.5.
    7) I WILL WANT YOU TO ADD OUR CORE VALUES, MISSION & VISION( I’LL BE THE ONE TO PROVIDE YOU WITH THAT)
    8) MY BUDGET IS $5000-$7000
    9) I WANT THIS DONE IN 4-5 WEEKS TIME.
    10) I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW IF YOU ARE THE OWNER OR MANAGER AND DO YOU ACCEPT USA CERTIFIED CHECK AS MODE OF PAYMENT.
    THANKS

    I got a mail from a guy named David Hynes.

  40. Mary on December 17, 2019 at 10:09 pm

    I got the same thing the guy wants my cell phone. He emailed me. Furniture company- a 24 page brochure and logo. Hearing impaired a 916 area code phone
    Michael Hope.

  41. Kayla on December 8, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    Thank you so much this person just texted me also asking me to design a Brochure For his furniture company. His number is +1 (504) 332-0865

  42. Martyn B on December 7, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    Looks like this scam is still going strong. I received the same email today but from a false UK business.

  43. ifitshipitshere on December 4, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    Donna, Augusta Green IV contacted me too! Thank god I found this article!

  44. ifitshipitshere on December 4, 2019 at 4:45 pm

    Amy, you just saved me the effort of starting to prepare an estimate for an Augusta Green of Green Sportwear IV who sent me the same letter last week. I was just about to start working when I decided to google her letter and it matched the one you posted almost word for word. THANK YOU!

  45. Nest on November 23, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    I just received that email yesterday, and I sent a Proposal, they approved, I sent an invoice from quickbook, But right after I search the company and read this blog I cancel the invoice. I ‘ve texting with this ” Wiliams Smith” What do I do now??? Please help

    • Amy Masson on November 23, 2019 at 4:29 pm

      Just block his number and don’t respond.

  46. lw on November 20, 2019 at 11:19 pm

    I just got the EXACT same message too.

  47. Taylor on November 18, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    I just got the exact email from “Jeff Tweedy”. Thank you for posting!

  48. thesweet on November 16, 2019 at 6:59 pm

    The “nut importer” email is IDENTICAL to what I received from an “Edward Palunbinkas,” with the email edwardpalunbinkas@gmail.com and the phone number 251-230-3710. I was only able to find this page by searching for the phone number, so thank you so much for posting this! I’m going to share this post with my local WordPress Meetup group.

  49. Susan McKenney on November 16, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    That’s the exact email I received also.

  50. Susan McKenney on November 16, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    WOW!! I am so glad I always Google “new” companies looking for logo and branding design. First I found a company by the same name already in operation on Facebook, then I found your article. I’m not sure why but I feel a bit honored to be included in such a wide scale scam. I sent a screen shot back to him and said, “And be sure to reevaluate your life choices.” LOL Cheers everyone and may the new year bring us all amazing clients and no scammers!

  51. Anonymous on November 12, 2019 at 8:49 pm

    Wow – thanks for sharing this – we just got one as well – almost SAME email – see below. —-

    —-

    On Nov 12, 2019, 2:36 PM -0500, Williams Smith , wrote:
    Here’s what I’m looking to have done.

    it’s a newly established company. Do drop your cell number so we can discuss better.

    The company is really based on sales of furniture such as Ottomans, Desk lamps, Sectional, Buffets & Sideboards, Counter & Bar Stools, Kitchen Cabinet, Sofa, Office Chair, Accent tables, King bench bed, etc.

    The company name is “Adornium”

    My Website Is Under Construction Which Would Be Registered Soon.

    The Full-Text Content And All Images For The Catalog Will Be Submitted To You By The Project Consultant You’ll Just Handle The Layout.

    The Brochure Should Be 44 Pages (Including Front And Back Cover) Because I Have Lot Information, Approved And Crosscheck Text And Images.

    The Size Of Brochure Should Be 8.5 x 11.

    I’ll want you to add to my mission, value, vision, etc to the catalog, I’ll have it sent to you.

  52. Genevieve Cerasoli on November 4, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    Just got this same inquiry from “Jeff Tweedy”! SO glad I did a little noseying around before wasting any time on this. Thanks so much for posting that this is a scam.

  53. Rick Houle on November 2, 2019 at 12:46 pm

    Yup, got a similar request from
    Moore James (strange name sequence). Said his company name is VEEHAUS FURNITURE

  54. Deborah e loercher on November 1, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    OMG thanks so much for posting! My agency just got this:

    it’s a newly established company. Do drop your cell number so we can discuss better.

    The company is really based on sales of furniture such as Ottomans, Desk lamps, Sectional, Buffets & Sideboards, Counter & Bar Stools, Kitchen Cabinet, Sofa, Office Chair, Accent tables, King bench bed, etc.

    The company name is “Adornium”

    My Website Is Under Fabrication Which Would Be Registered Soon.

    The Full-Text Content And All Images For The Catalog Will Be Submitted To You By The Project Consultant You’ll Just Handle The Layout.

    The Brochure Should Be 44 Pages (Including Front And Back Cover) Because I Have Lot Information, Approved And Crosscheck Text And Images.

    The Size Of Brochure Should Be 8.5 x 11.

    I’ll want you to add to my mission, value, vision, etc to the catalog, I’ll have it sent to you.

    He also told me he had lung cancer! Now that is some bad karma!!!!

  55. Not Interested on October 29, 2019 at 11:01 pm

    I just got the same one:

    Name: Willson David
    Email: WillsonDavid2020@gmail.com
    Number: 213-559-3032
    The story:

    Here’s what I’m looking to have done.

    it’s a newly established company. The company is really based on sales of furniture such as Ottomans, Desk lamps, Sectional,
    Buffets & Sideboards, Counter & Bar Stools, Kitchen Cabinet, Sofa, Office Chair, Accent tables, King bench bed, etc. The company name is “Adornium” My Website Is Under Fabrication Which Would Be Registered Soon. The Full-Text Content And All Images For The Catalog Will Be Submitted To You By The Project Consultant You’ll Just Handle The Layout. The Brochure Should Be 44 Pages (Including Front And Back Cover) Because I Have Lot Information, Approved And Crosscheck Text And Images. The Size Of Brochure Should Be 8.5 x 11.
    I’ll want you to add to my mission, value, vision, etc to the catalog, I’ll have it sent to you.

  56. TT on October 29, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    This goon Jeffrey Tweedy contact me as well regarding “Adornium”… thanks for posting here… truly annoying…

  57. H on October 28, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    I am located in Canada and initially received a generic work request text from Texas. I asked to communicate by email to which I got a response from, you guest it, SFISHER FURNITURE with the same design requirements as Sarah’s but with a budget of $5000.00 and coming from edwardjackson276@gmail.com.

    I knew this was a scam from the first question I asked “how did you hear about me and why are you not looking for a designer in Texas”. He ignored answering the part about using a more local designer.

    So far, no request for funds but waiting on the “project designer”. Perhaps he is currently fishing for someone to be the “project designer” or perhaps my server has already blocked this “project designer”. Not sure how long this email game will go on as my lunch break is almost over.

    Thanks to everyone for confirming my suspicions about this individual. It seems this scam has been going on for years.

  58. John Kilbank on October 28, 2019 at 11:18 am

    I just got this one too.

  59. casuallydad on October 22, 2019 at 8:17 am

    Augusta Green – gusgrn1@gmail.com got to me as well – I was just about to send a contract

  60. Nela on October 22, 2019 at 2:16 am

    I’m getting these almost weekly now…

    Mark Jones
    markjones4011@yahoo.com
    “Hello, I’m Mark and I’ll like to know if you can handle Brochure and Logo Design for my company.”

    I didn’t even get to discussing the details because it sounded weird (all the info is already on my website, why are they emailing me to ask a basic question?). Thank you for this article, I was curious to know what they’re trying to pull off. Good thing I don’t take credit cards either!

  61. Tyler Tolman on October 16, 2019 at 6:03 pm

    Just happened to me.
    Morgan Whitney – morwhitney92@gmail.com

    Initial Inquiry:
    “Hello, how are you?
    I’m Morgan , I’m sure you offer design service. Please do let me know.
    Thanks.”

    “I’m currently hospitalized right now recuperating from lung cancer, hope that won’t halt our business?
    Leave you number for a text?”

    Company name: WILLOWEY or WILLOW ?

    I didn’t get as far as discussing payment, just send them a link to here and said unfortunately we couldn’t help.

  62. Emilka on October 10, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    I got one today:
    Scott Brown is a fraud. scottbrown2289@gmail.com

    Second email

    Third email

  63. Jennifer H on October 9, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    SAME MESSAGE!!!…. and then a text

    Jeff Tweed
    jefftweed88@gmail.com
    832-779-0243

    On Wed, Oct 9, 2019 at 11:42 AM Jeff Tweed wrote:
    Here’s what I’m looking to have done.

    it’s a newly established company.

    The company is really based on sales of furniture such as Ottomans, Desk lamps, Sectional,

    Buffets & Sideboards, Counter & Bar Stools, Kitchen Cabinet, Sofa, Office Chair, Accent tables, King bench bed, etc.

    The company name is “Adornium”

    My Website Is Under Fabrication Which Would Be Registered Soon.

    The Full-Text Content And All Images For The Catalog Will Be Submitted To You By The Project Consultant You’ll Just Handle The Layout.

    The Brochure Should Be 44 Pages (Including Front And Back Cover) Because I Have Lot Information, Approved And Crosscheck Text And Images.

    The Size Of Brochure Should Be 8.5 x 11.

    I’ll want you to add to my mission, value, vision, etc to the catalog, I’ll have it sent to you.

    Do drop your cell number so we can discuss better.

  64. Evelyn Powers on October 8, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    Mr. Tweed strikes again!

    On Oct 8, 2019, at 2:31 PM, Jeff Tweed wrote:

    Greetings. How’s it going? I would like to know if you offer design service. Kindly let me know, thanks.
    Best regards – Jeff Tweed

  65. Sarah Tyrrell on September 27, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    Thanks for posting this. I was getting some scam vibes from a very similar client request. Stephen Fisher, owner of SFISHER FURNITURE, no website yet, wanted a logo and 10/15 page brochure. His budget was $2000. We exchanged emails a few times, but when he mentioned he needed a ‘favour’ from me, that set my alarm bells off. He hasn’t specified what that favour is, but it will likely be explained as some convoluted payment system as described in the posts above. Thanks for the heads up. I can stop wasting my time with this guy. Here’s the info on him I received, although he seems to update the names and emails regularly as soon as they are burned.

    Stephen Fisher
    stephenfisher98877@gmail.com
    Company name is SFISHER FURNITURE INC and is based on importing and exporting of furnitures
    Budget $2000
    Logo black and gold with ‘ancient’ chair design
    10/15 page brochure
    Photos and references are all with his ‘project consultant’

    • Pablo Gerardo on September 30, 2019 at 6:05 pm

      I got the same e-mail from this person and googled it just in case, I’ve been exchanging emails with him as well but got suspicious when I received contradicting specifications for the brochure.

    • Jay on June 1, 2020 at 12:39 pm

      Nope. Just got an email from him!

      stephenfisher198777@gmail.com

      My name is Stephen Fisher, how you doing today and hope you doing great? I would like to know if you can do Web Design for my new company? If “YES” are you the owner also what major type of credit card do you accept?

      Thanks & God Bless!

  66. Marcus Washington on September 26, 2019 at 9:06 am

    SOOO GLAD I FOUND THIS WEB PAGE VIA GOOGLE SEARCH!!! Kudos to the author of this article! I thought the following email I received screamed red flags! I’ll throw in the contact name and business to add on this extensive list:

    Augusta Green IV, Green Sportswear

    Here is the email…

    Marcus,

    Thanks for your responds, below is my project details,

    Here is the job details I have small scale business which i want to turn into large scale business now it located in Minnesota and the company is based on importing and exporting of Sport wears such as running jacket, jersey,dance wear,socks, boots etc for both adult youth ladies and girls so i need a best of the best layout design for it. Can you handle that for me ? The site would only be informational, so i need you to give me an estimate based on my want below, the estimate should include hosting and i have a private project consultant, he has the text content and the logos for the site.

    WHAT I WANT-

    I need a very simple informational website that shows the products that I sell.

    (4 main pages)

    HOME PAGE

    ABOUT US

    OUR PRODUCTS (gallery) – about 25 products for now and adding 5-10 new products every month. I want the product to be classified into 4 pages , which are

    Male : Adult and children , Female : Adult and children. so that the customers can get full details.

    CONTACT US – with a form to fill out so that they can get in contact with me.

    Domain Name i want- “agsportwears.com” or anything along that line.

    TIMELINE- this should go “live” in 3 months.

    Note:

    1. I want only English language

    2. You will be updating the site for me.

    3. I will be proving the images, logos and content for the site.

    4. I want the site up and running before ending of next two month.

    5. My budget is $1000 to $6000

    6. No shopping ability

    7. The site will be mobile friendly

    8. I don’t want sitemap

    9. I have 25 product to be on it.

    Kindly get back to me with:

    (1) an estimate

    (2) your cell phone number

    (3) And will like to know if you are the owner ??

    (4) Do you accept credit cards as payment ?

    Regards,

    *** END OF EMAIL ***

    The nerve of these scammers…

    • Sharif Elnaggar on October 11, 2019 at 8:08 am

      I got the same email and same person Augusta Green

  67. Amy Masson on September 19, 2019 at 7:36 am

    Just got it again from Dunlop Michael, phone number 251-230-3710. Dunlopmicheal25@gmail.co

    He’s sending it all via text, so I’m messing with him. He told me his budget was $4,500 so I told him my fee was $9,000. He said, “Okay that’s fine we can proceed with $9,000.”

    “My name is Micheal Dunlop I have small scale business which i want to turn into large scale business i want you to understand that I’m presently out of the state on a business trip 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?

    I need you to check out this site but i need something more perfect than this if its possible. https://attra.ncat.org 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.
    1.I want the same number of pages with the example site i gave you to check excluding videos and blogs.

    2. I want only English language.
    3. I have a domain the domain name is thefarmproduction.com
    4. you will be updating the site for me.
    5. i will be proving the images, logos and content for thesite.
    6. i want the site up and running before I return”

  68. Dustin on September 18, 2019 at 7:24 am

    I noticed the last comment on here about this was almost a year ago but wanted to add that I searched this in google for a suspicious email I had received and found this article and wanted to post that this is still circulating. Had a design request from a John Bay JO=FISH=FURNITURE. Thank you for posting to allow others to know not when a scam is going on.

    • Dustin on September 18, 2019 at 7:25 am

      Oops I meant the first comment on here was almost a year ago.

  69. Winston on September 11, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    Thank you for this article. Richard Smith from Dream Home Furniture is the scammer that I’ve been dealing with. I’m glad I figured it out before any real damage was done. He wanted a logo and 24-page catalog design. If this person reaches out to you, don’t respond.

    Here’s his contact info:

    Richard Smith
    DREAM HOME FURNITURE
    smithric250@gmail.com
    1 (412) 219-2562

    The number appears to be connected to Google Voice, so he can likely change it anytime.

    • Donna Haymes on September 17, 2019 at 10:05 pm

      Hi All,

      I got an email tonight asking about me designing a logo & brochure by John Fisher of Jo Fish Furniture. Thats how I got here to this article.

      I can usually smell a scam a mile away & I was right!

      Be vigilant other Graphic Designers/developers!

      I have been in Business almost 20 yrs. and have seen/heard it ALL! Working with the public is No joke and im kind of mad that We as legitimate Entrepreneurs have to be subject to this “mess” by evil people who think people are “stupid” and who obviously don Want to Work at anything but evilness!

      I’m a Christian in business almost 20 yrs. so it really shouldnt surprise me because the Bible says “Mens hearts are basically wicked and evil & our Good Works are as filthy Rags before a Righteous & Holy God! (Im preaching the truth).

      Heres my life mantra – and I think yall better adopt it too – (even if you’re Not a Christian). Its from the Bible – “Be as wise as serpents but as harmless as Doves.”

      I hope this helped someone.

      God bless.

      Donna

    • D on October 17, 2019 at 1:47 pm

      Hi Winston, Thanks for posting this! Richard just contacted me, and has changed his email to richardpaul460@gmail.com but has kept the same phone number. I luckily did a Google search for “web design scam” and his phone number since I sensed a scam and found your comment. I am so happy the design community finds ways to keep each other alerted to possible scammers.

  70. Dave on September 10, 2019 at 7:35 pm

    Well, Jeff Tweed is still at it. Just received a text from him, company name VEEHOUS, needed a logo and 44 pag3 brochure.

    • Jimmy Tee on September 11, 2019 at 4:39 pm

      Jeff Tweed Told me to suck his D!¢|<!! The nerve of that scummy low life POS

  71. B on September 7, 2019 at 12:31 pm

    I got a text a few days ago from a scammer, I was expecting someone to text or call me about a freelance gig so at first I thought it was the person but it wasn’t. It was from this guy named Paul Wade, I just went along with it because why not. Scammers get to scam us so why can we scam them and I was also interested in seeing what these new scam emails look like because I haven’t gotten one in a long time. I created an invoice for him and then I get a text from him this morning saying “I just got in touch with the project consultant few mins back but am having a little issue with him concerning out contract agreement.” I went along with what he was saying and asked what the concerns are so I get a reply back “I’d sign the agreement to make cash or bank deposit to him for his payment but due to my present condition i was diagnosed with lung cancer and will undergo a surgery soon so I’m limited and I won’t be able to do that. Kindly send me an invoice of $4,200 in which $100 will be your upfront payment for the job and $4,000 you will help me forward to the project consultant so he can release the raw files for the catalog to you. You can keep $100 for yourself. Once I make the payment and you have the funds in your possession then you can help me forward to him.” while I was reading that I couldn’t help but laugh, could you make it anymore obvious that you’re a scammer?

  72. Darla Ashford on September 6, 2019 at 8:21 pm

    I got one of these emails and emailed them back. Now I got a text message. I hopefully can’t get into trouble because they have my contact info?

  73. Donna Davies on September 6, 2019 at 4:16 pm

    OMG! I got this yesterday and couldn’t find one piece of information on this person anywhere. However, I did find a LinkedIn profile for a man with the same name. Coincidence!
    I kept pumping for information like street address, what the business was etc. I don’t pay for hosting. The client buys the hosting. I was asked to take it on to the invoice.
    I am SO GLAD I found this article!!! Beware of Augustus Green IV. All the emails were basically the same as described in this article. What a waste of time. I knew this didn’t feel right.

  74. Balvis Rubess on September 6, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    Thanks for posting this. Just got the same kind of request from John Bay, and after a couple of email interchanges, started to smell a rat, especially when he asked me to add $6,000 to my initial quote for the “Project Consultant”. Here’s part of the interchange:

    Thanks. I want you to know that this is the first time I will be doing a Logo design so I can only give you little details then you can decide on designs but I want the color to consist of Black and Gold with an image of an ancient chair. I want a very mature and presentable design and my budget for this project is $2000-3000 i saw your ads through online i was checking online for a Logo design and peoples comment concerning your work as been very impressive so i choose you for the job.
    For the Brochure, I want a double folded A4 size brochure with 8 pages and I can only supply the text content and photos but all are with my project consultant but the logo and brochure will be designed by you and the due date for the project is 23rd of October 2019.The company name is JOFISH FURNITURE INC and is based on importing and exporting of furnitures.
    Thats all i can provide from my end and i hope you understand what i listed above i need a more perfect Job.Kindly let me know the total cost of the Brochure and Logo Design if it’ll cost more than I budgeted.
    NOTE: My website is still under construction and will be completed soon.

    HERE ARE THE DETAILS AND PROCEDURE OF THE JOB:
    1) Company Name: JOFISH FURNITURE
    2) MY WEBSITE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION WHICH WOULD BE REGISTER VERY SOON
    3) I DON’T HAVE LOGO BUT NEED A CUSTOMIZED LOGO FROM YOU
    4) I COULD ONLY SUPPLY THE TEXT CONTENT AND PHOTO ALL ARE
    WITH MY PROJECT CONSULTANT BUT THE ARTWORK WILL BE DESIGNED BY YOU

    That all i can provide from my means and i hope you understand what i listed above i need more perfect Job. If you can handle this for me you will be my permanent graphics designer and i will meet you in person after this design is done, due to my trip to get some stuff for my company.

    I would be very happy to hear from you on time.

    Thank you
    Ceo/President
    JO=FISH FURNITURE
    Sent from iCloud

    I informed him of my potential fees and working process, especially needing to meet with a client at the outset of a project, to which he replied:

    Thanks for your quick response im recuperating from a lung cancer and im still in the hospital thats thw main reason we cant meet right now I want you to add $6000 to the estimate this will be for the Project Consultant which will be sending you the content of the brochure such as images and text. The Consultant as taking the photograph of the images which is in 300dpi resolution and the text as been proofread. I will be in charge of 5% Credit Card Charges and Tax.get back to me with the name of your card card reader processor and your cell phone number to text you my card details to charge.

    • Christina on September 16, 2019 at 12:30 pm

      Thanks for this. I received this exact email and had concerns especially after responding and reading the same reply above. I’ll file it in the trash now!

  75. Gina Kopcrak on September 5, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    Oh my gosh, I’m so glad I found this post with all the comments. I had exchanged several emails, and I was excited to have a project underway for Richard Smith, for a “Dreams Home Furniture” brochure and logo. I set up intuit quickbooks and everything, and then I got the weird request for extra money to pay the consultant. Dang. If it’s too good to be true, it probably is!

  76. Samantha on September 5, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    They can come at you with so many different names and stuff. Here’s the one who just tried with me.

    Begin email copy:
    ————————————-
    Email from “Green Richard”
    Hello this Richard. I’ll like to know if I got the right contact to a graphic designer. I need help with catalogue and logo design. Let me know if you can handle so I can send you details for the job?

    (( Notice the terrible writing/english. If you can’t tell right off, try reading it aloud. I emailed back minus any info cause I wanted to see what he would say. ))

    Email to “Green Richard”
    Please send me details so we can discuss.

    Email from “Green Richard”
    Can I have your name and cellphone nbr. Thanks.

    (( Okay, really. How are you contacting me if you don’t at least know my name? And also, the fact that my name is in my email address? Pffft. ))

    Email to “Green Richard”
    Out of curiosity, how did you find me?

    Email from “Green Richard”
    Here are the details, it’s a newly established company. Do drop your cellphone number so we can discuss better.
    This company is really based on sales of furniture such as Kitchen Cabinet, Sofa, Office Chair, Accent tables, King bench bed etc.
    Ø Company Name: LIVING WOOD FURNITURE & HOME.
    Ø MY WEBSITE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION WHICH WOULD BE REGISTER VERY SOON.
    Ø I DON’T HAVE LOGO BUT NEED A CUSTOMIZED LOGO FROM YOU.
    Ø I COULD ONLY SUPPLY THE TEXT CONTENT AND PHOTO ALL ARE WITH THE PROJECT CONSULTANT YOU WILL JUST HANDLE THE LAYOUT.
    Ø I WANT THE PAGE OF THE BROCHURE TO BE 24 PAGES (INCLUDING FRONT AND BACK COVER) BECAUSE I HAVE LOT INFORMATION. THE TEXT AND THE PICTURE IS APPROVED AND CROSSCHECK.
    Ø THE SIZE OF BROCHURE SHOULD BE 8.5 X 11.5.
    Thanks

    Email to “Green Richard”
    Thanks for the attempted scam, but I already know what you are and am forwarding this email to the proper authorities. Please don’t contact me again.
    ————————————-
    End email copy.

    I love how he “ignored” my fishing for information. I especially love how he never signed any of the emails or provided any pertinent contact info even though he wanted me to “work” with him. Also, notably his email and name having nothing similar to them. . . which granted is possible if you are having fun with it, but that’s not the case here. The email address was sbrook115 for this one. Nothing clever about that. Normally that would mean that name was S___ Brook, right?

  77. Gary on September 5, 2019 at 11:17 am

    ‘Jeff Tweed’ just texted me from 832-304-9582 at 11:08 AM

    “Good morning, I will like to know if you offer design service. Please let me know. Jeff Tweed”

    • Kelsey on September 5, 2019 at 7:29 pm

      I got that one too!! I was thinking this is a scam so I did a quick google search and sure enough…

    • Rhonda Cosgriff on September 10, 2019 at 8:24 pm

      I got it too good this I am smart af and looked into this. He hasn’t hit me with anything scammy yet but I don’t even advertise my business is all referrals so I knew something was off!

  78. Phil Chow on September 4, 2019 at 4:52 pm

    Thanks for the heads up on this!

    I got it via text message (quite aggressive with text messages, btw). recently.

    I asked them to email their details and recognized it was the agriculture website scam.

    I texted them back about their inconsistencies.

    Haven’t heard nothing back since.

  79. Patti on September 4, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    Mr Tweed is still at it –

    Jeff Tweed
    11:01 AM (1 hour ago)

    to patti

    Great day, how are you?
    I will like to know if you offer design service. Please let me know.

  80. Zane on August 28, 2019 at 3:24 am

    Another one here from: Stephen Fisher – stephenfisher198777@gmail.com
    Subject line was: graphics design needed

    • PH on August 28, 2019 at 1:49 pm

      Got an email from this one too! Poorly written emails, very little detail, avoiding subject when I state my starting fees. Glad to have found this site even though I suspect it was a scam (or would be an annoying project) from the start!

    • Binky on September 3, 2019 at 9:31 am

      I got the Stephen fisher email. Glad I checked if it was a scam. What’s wrong with these people??!!! Dont they have anything better to do then to prey on people looking for work?!! So mean!!!

  81. Joy Jacob on August 27, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    First and foremost thank you for having a website like this!! I got the same email/TEXT!! Paul Richard from VEEHAUS…SAME old crap email like above…I won’t bore you with it but furniture company looking for catalog, etc..wants an estimate ASAP. Not falling for it! THANKS TO YOU GUYS!

    Joy

    • Joy Jacob on August 27, 2019 at 9:23 pm

      FORGOT to say they found me from CreativeHotlist.com!

    • Deb on August 28, 2019 at 1:55 pm

      I got the same email from a Paul Lowery from VEEHAUS. This kind of stuff makes me sooooo mad! I didn’t fall for it.

      • Michael Saltar on August 30, 2019 at 1:00 am

        Same here:

        From: Paul Huffman
        Subject: Re: Logo and Catalog
        Date: August 28, 2019 at 3:03:51 PM CDT

        I’m based in MI but am currently in Delaware for medical purposes.

        It is detailed; it’s a newly established company. Do drop your cell number for easy communication.

        The company is really based on sales of furniture such as ottomans, desk lamps, sectional, buffets & sideboards, counter & bar stools, kitchen cabinet, sofa, office chair, accent tables, king bench bed etc.

        The company name is VEEHAUS

        My website is under fabrication which would be registered soon.

        The full text content and all images for the catalog will be submitted to you by the project consultant you’ll just handle the layout.

        The brochure should be 24 in pages (including front and back cover) because i have lot information, approved and crosscheck text and images.

        The size of brochure should be 8.5 x 11.5.

        I’ll want you to add to add my mission, value, vision, etc to the catalog, I’ll have it sent to you.

        • Jon Schroeder on September 4, 2019 at 4:02 pm

          This scam is a good one. They’ll actually do a phone call with you, though the person running the VEEHAUS scam has an accent that makes him impossible to understand. I’ve seen variations of the scam for years at this point, but the VEEHAUS variant is a new one, and I got a fair bit of the way through the process before realizing.

          My email came from Paul Lowery, glowerypaul@gmail.com, and they called me (Google Voice wouldn’t allow me to call out to this number) from (508) 928-7804‬.

          They found me via Google, I think, though I’ve received the Agro Nut email dozens of times both by email and through Angie’s List.

        • Jon Schroeder on September 4, 2019 at 4:04 pm

          Here’s the full text of the first substantial email I received:

          It is detailed; it’s a newly established company. Do drop your cell number for easy communication.

          The company is really based on sales of furniture such as ottomans, desk lamps, sectional, buffets & sideboards, counter & bar stools, kitchen cabinet, sofa, office chair, accent tables, king bench bed etc.

          The company name is VEEHAUS

          My website is under fabrication which would be registered soon.

          The full text content and all images for the catalog will be submitted to you by the project consultant you’ll just handle the layout.

          The brochure should be 24 in pages (including front and back cover) because i have lot information, approved and crosscheck text and images.

          The size of brochure should be 8.5 x 11.5.

          I’ll want you to add to add my mission, value, vision, etc to the catalog, I’ll have it sent to you.

          • Liz on September 27, 2019 at 3:59 pm

            Same email from gwademark@gmail.com

            New name and page count:

            Here’s what I’m looking to have done.

            it’s a newly established company. Do drop your cell number so we can discuss better.

            The company is really based on sales of furniture such as Ottomans, Desk lamps, Sectional, Buffets & Sideboards, Counter & Bar Stools, Kitchen Cabinet, Sofa, Office Chair, Accent tables, King bench bed, etc.

            The company name is “Adornium”

            My Website Is Under Fabrication Which Would Be Registered Soon.

            The Full-Text Content And All Images For The Catalog Will Be Submitted To You By The Project Consultant You’ll Just Handle The Layout.

            The Brochure Should Be 44 Pages (Including Front And Back Cover) Because I Have Lot Information, Approved And Crosscheck Text And Images.

            The Size Of Brochure Should Be 8.5 x 11.

            I’ll want you to add to my mission, value, vision, etc to the catalog, I’ll have it sent to you.



  82. Chris on August 23, 2019 at 12:56 pm

    I got this via a contact form on my website:

    Your Name: Edwards Mark
    Your Email: edwardmark1505@gmail.com
    Subject: 4444444444
    Your message: Greetings!!! My name is Edwards Mark, i would like to know if you can handle a website design for my company and hope you accept credit card as a form of payment? Thanks

    After I replied:
    Thanks for your response, Here’s the job details of what i need: I have a small clothing business for unisex, now am trying to expand the business and i want you to build an informational website for it for advertisement. I need you to checkout this site but I need something more perfect than this if possible, http://www.shopwillowlax.com/. The site would only be informative, So i need you to get back to me with an estimate for the website project, The estimate should include hosting and i want the site to have not more than 6pages since it is informational. I have a private designer that has the text content,copy,images and logo files for the site.

    Note: (1) I want only English language (2) I don’t have a domain yet but i want the domain name as (edwardsmarkclothing.com) (3)You will be the one to update the site for me. (4) I will be providing the images,logos and content for the website. (5) I want the site up and running within 5-6month. (6) My budget is $5,000 to $9,500… Kindly get back to me with: (an estimate), (Cellphone Number) and i’ll like to know if you are the owner?

    Cheers,
    Mark.

    Spidey senses said SCAM, google brought me here – thanks for posting this

  83. nmaaruf on August 22, 2019 at 11:35 am

    I got this today, thanks for this website I found it right away
    name:
    Edwards Mark
    _replyto:
    edwardmark1505@gmail.com
    company:
    Edwards_Consulting Inc.
    number:
    4444444444
    message:
    Greetings!!! My name is Edwards Mark, i would like to know if you can handle a website design for my company and hope you accept credit card as a form of payment? Thanks

  84. Chris on August 19, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    They are still at this one, and wished I googled this scam before I gave 1 of them my cell number. I received 2 of these in the last 4 days, and they are basically word for word versions of the Veehaus and Solid Rock emails, they were both furniture companies looking for logo, brochure and catalog design.

    The emails I received were from Peter Grey (petergrey155@gmail.com) from DREAMS HOME FURNITURE and Stephen Fisher (stephenfisher198777@gmail.com) from SFISHER FURNITURE Inc.

    • Sol on August 26, 2019 at 9:33 am

      Sherbet!!!! I knew something was “fishy” when I saw this email – excuse the pun ‘Stephen Fisher’ – LOL, I did reply but then it didn’t feel right so I googled his email address and this came up – Doh!!! What can these scammers do? I haven’t given any details that they could use against me…

    • Kimberly Gallagher on August 27, 2019 at 12:13 pm

      I”m in the middle of this right now!! Early last week, I received an email from the same Peter Grey address looking for a logo & catalog for the same furniture company! It was set up as the perfect print job for me & his budget fit. He was going to make a deposit from his credit card but supposedly can’t use standard merchants like PayPal, Square, etc. and all I know is his card is an international one. …ugh…I”m glad I found this discussion thread.

  85. Dwayne Vance on August 15, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    I am just posting this here as well. They are still at it. I thought a lot of it sounded really odd. Very vague on details for sure and the weird email address really raised a red flag for me.
    Hi,

    Here are the details, it’s a newly established company.

    This company is really based on sales of furniture such as Kitchen Cabinet, Sofa, Office Chair, Accent tables, King bench bed etc.

    1) Company Name: SOLID ROCK FURNITURE & HOME.

    2) MY WEBSITE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION WHICH WOULD BE REGISTER VERY SOON.

    3) I DON’T HAVE LOGO BUT NEED A CUSTOMIZED LOGO FROM YOU.

    4) THE TEXT CONTENT AND PHOTO ALL ARE WITH THE PROJECT CONSULTANT YOU WILL JUST HANDLE THE LAYOUT.

    5) I WANT THE PAGE OF THE BROCHURE TO BE 24 PAGES (INCLUDING FRONT AND BACK COVER) BECAUSE I HAVE LOT INFORMATION. THE TEXT AND THE PICTURE IS APPROVED AND CROSSCHECK.

    6) THE SIZE OF BROCHURE SHOULD BE ( 8.5″ X 11″ – 24 Page Booklet)

    7) I WILL WANT YOU TO ADD OUR CORE VALUES, MISSION & VISION( I’LL SEND THEM TO YOU)

    8) WITH YOUR PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE I WILL LIKE YOU WORK WITH YOUR SUGGESTIONS BY GIVING YOUR BEST.

    Best Regards
    Michael Hope
    officee9437@gmail.com

    • Stephanie West on May 19, 2020 at 8:39 pm

      Same SCAM email but from a Robert Thomas, thomasrrobert001@gmail.com

    • Annissa Wood on October 12, 2020 at 12:14 am

      I’m Annie with Galactic Xpress LLC. I got the same thing!!! I thought that guy quit responding because he got the Vid or that I did something wrong… I wrote a contract, made mock-ups and now I feel like a damn fool.

  86. Gigi on August 14, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    Glad I goggle it I was text msg contact by Alex Wenzel, phone (832)304-9582, alexwenzel15@gmail.com, this was the emAil details:
    Here’s what I’m looking to have done.

    it’s a newly established company.
    The company is really based on sales of furniture such as Ottomans, Desk lamps, Sectional, Buffets & Sideboards, Counter & Bar Stools, Kitchen Cabinet, Sofa, Office Chair, Accent tables, King bench bed etc.

    The company name is VEEHAUS

    My Website Is Under Fabrication Which Would Be Registered Soon.

    The Full Text Content And All Images For The Catalog Will Be Submitted To You By The Project Consultant You’ll Just Handle The Layout.

    The Brochure Should Be 46 Pages (Including Front And Back Cover) Because I Have Lot Information, Approved And Crosscheck Text And Images.
    The Size Of Brochure Should Be 8.5 x 11.
    I’ll want you to add to add my mission, value, vision, etc to the catalog, I’ll have it sent to you.

    • Jesse Springer on August 22, 2019 at 4:32 pm

      I just received this exact message (email address: gwademark@gmail.com) from “Mark wade. Thanks to all for posting this!

      – Jesse

    • Jessica Lee on August 23, 2019 at 8:33 pm

      Received the same one! Thank you for sharing this information!!

      From Jeff Tweed jefftweed88@gmail.com

      it’s a newly established company. Do drop your cell number for easy communication.

      The company is really based on sales of furniture such as Ottomans, Desk lamps, Sectional, Buffets & Sideboards, Counter & Bar Stools, Kitchen Cabinet, Sofa, Office Chair, Accent tables, King bench bed etc.

      The company name is VEEHAUS

      My Website Is Under Fabrication Which Would Be Registered Soon.

      The Full Text Content And All Images For The Catalog Will Be Submitted To You By The Project Consultant You’ll Just Handle The Layout.

      The Brochure Should Be 46 Pages (Including Front And Back Cover) Because I Have Lot Information, Approved And Crosscheck Text And Images.

      The Size Of Brochure Should Be 8.5 x 11.

      I’ll want you to add to add my mission, value, vision, etc to the catalog, I’ll have it sent to you.

      Thank you for sharing this information!!

      • Lindy Bostrom on August 26, 2019 at 4:52 pm

        This is crazy!
        THANK YOU AMY and Jessica and all for posting this!
        I received a text from “Jeff Tweed” (832) 304-9582 (same as Jessica) today running along the same lines. Then an email from jefftweed88@gmail.com saying:

        “Here’s what I’m looking to have done.

        it’s a newly established company.

        The company is really based on sales of furniture such as Ottomans, Desk lamps, Sectional, Buffets & Sideboards, Counter & Bar Stools, Kitchen Cabinet, Sofa, Office Chair, Accent tables, King bench bed etc.

        The company name is VEEHAUS

        My Website Is Under Fabrication Which Would Be Registered Soon.

        The Full Text Content And All Images For The Catalog Will Be Submitted To You By The Project Consultant You’ll Just Handle The Layout.

        The Brochure Should Be 46 Pages (Including Front And Back Cover) Because I Have Lot Information, Approved And Crosscheck Text And Images.

        The Size Of Brochure Should Be 8.5 x 11.

        I’ll want you to add to add my mission, value, vision, etc to the catalog, I’ll have it sent to you.”

        I WISH THERE WAS A WAY TO CONTACT LAW ENFORCEMENT ABOUT THIS!!!!!

        • Janette Mach on August 30, 2019 at 9:50 am

          THANK YOU FOR POSTING THIS STUFF! I just received an email inquiry from jefftweed88@gmail.com.
          I answered him, and as I am waiting for his reply, I thought I would look it up….and these posts came up.
          Now I know what to do! Not this time buddy!

  87. KM on August 13, 2019 at 6:17 am

    Thank you for this!! I was contacted by Alex Wenzel, alexwenzel15@gmail.com, like a few others here. So glad I Googled him!!

    • SD on August 20, 2019 at 10:39 am

      KM, I just received the same one…

  88. Greg on August 8, 2019 at 3:49 pm

    Them: I’m Paul. I’ll like to know if you offer design services, do let me know.
    Me: Yes, It’s what I do!
    Them: I need help with catalog and logo design, can you do that?
    Yup, I do both. You can take a look at my website here: *** How did you hear of me?
    Them: I was searching for a graphic designer and I came across your name.
    It is detailed; it’s a newly established company. Do drop your cell number for easy communication.The company name is VEEHAUS. (etc, etc)

    My emails include a signature with my business landline. I directed Paul to that number but he kept asking for my cell number.

    Shortly thereafter I googled “veehaus” and came upon this page here!

    Thanks for the heads up!

    Greg

  89. Amy Masson on August 6, 2019 at 8:40 am

    Got a new one today from Edwards Mark: edwardmark1505@gmail.com

    Greetings!!! My name is Edwards Mark, i would like to know if you can handle a website design for my company and hope you accept credit card as a form of payment? Thanks

    • Lisa on August 22, 2019 at 8:20 pm

      Yup. Old Edwards Mark (or Mark, Edward, very sloppy) just emailed me too. A few red flags: his budget was way too high for what he needed, especially since he claimed to be providing all content, and he wouldn’t give me his phone number. And he wants to build an informational site (no commerce) for a new clothing company. Do your homework – never take a new client without speaking to them.

    • Erin on August 23, 2019 at 2:35 am

      Hey Amy, thanks for reporting this. I received the exact same message word for word from “Edwards Mark” via my agency’s Contact Us form:

      Comment: “Greetings!!! My name is Edwards Mark, i would like to know if you can handle a website design for my company and hope you accept credit card as a form of payment? Thanks”
      Company Name: “Edwards_Consulting Inc.”

  90. Amanda on August 5, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    I just received the same one from Michael hopes!
    Email: officee9437@gmail.com

    And her asked for a logo and a brochure. Same as all of the above!

    I always say I only accept PayPal payments, usually that makes them stop emailing or get mad. Lol

  91. David Trotter on July 30, 2019 at 10:11 am

    Just got a phone call this morning and email from Richard Davies. richarddavies073@gmail.com

    Looks like the same scam.

    “Thank you for your respond I have a small clothing business for female which i run here in Deleware, DE now am trying to expand the business and i want you to build an e-commerce & informational website for it for advertisement and to increase my sales rate.

    I need you to checkout this site but i need something more perfect than this if possible,http://www.missrebel.co.uk.
    The site would be e-commerce and informational, so i need you to get back to me with an estimate for the web design, the estimate should include hosting and i want the site to have not more than 8 pages since it is informational.i have a private project graphic designer,he has the text content, images and the logos for the site.

    Note:

    1. I want only English language

    2. I don’t have a domain yet but i want the domain name as R&Drwears.com, R.drwears.com or Richardsontwears.com

    3.You will be updating the site for me

    4. I will be proving the images,logos and content for the site.

    5. I want the site up and running before ending of August.

    6. My budget is $2000 to $8000 Kindly get back to me with:

    (1) an estimate

    (2) I will like to know if you are the owner ??

    BUSINESS NAME ; RDSON Wears

    Thank you.”

    David Trotter – BlueDot Agency – https://bluedotcreatives.com/

  92. Matt Hodin on July 29, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    Just got one too! Actually two different “furniture companies” looking for catalog.brochure design and logo design.

    First is Kelly Steinfeld –302-212-0267
    Second is John Bay – johnbay1983@icloud.com

    The companies were Veehaus Furniture and Jobay furniture.

    Then broken english is a giveaway and they asked for me to start a quickbooks account. I said I only accept check or venmo. They said they couldn’t do either b/c they were both very ill in a hospital in Delaware. Hope no one falls for this BS!

  93. S_W on July 21, 2019 at 4:45 pm

    Wow. Thanks so much for posting! I got a similar text, asking if I do graphic design. The person didn’t introduce himself (red flag), I had to ask who it was and how they got my info for him to say he found me on Creative Hotlist–which I am a member of (and this made me think perhaps he was legit). Then we started communicating over email (random Gmail address–red flag); I sent an estimate for brand identity development and for a 48 page catalog (he mentioned a “project consultant”–what does this title even mean??? red flag). Then he sent a text (not my preferred form of professional communication at all, but maybe he’s a millennial, lol) saying he is in the hospital and will approve later (red flag); in response to my options for ways to pay, he responded he can only do credit card because he “has issues with his bank”–huge red flag. I’ve already decided I’m not comfortable with this, and probably shouldn’t break my “code” of not taking in startups, and then I decided to do some research and found this! So, thanks again! BTW his company name for this attempt is VEEHAUS (yes, all caps…).

    • ed on July 22, 2019 at 5:34 pm

      I wasted my time dealing with this guy too.
      He asked me if I can make new merchant account with intuit instead of Paypal I am using. Sounds fish, so I researched it and found out he didn’t even purchased a domain name for his “veehous.com” online store and the address he gave me is not even his house. I looked up on property. His phone number and address he gave me was Indiana, but he’s in hospital in Delaware right now. Ha!

  94. ML on July 12, 2019 at 6:56 am

    Thanks for posting – I run a couple of small websites (friends and family mainly) and I just had a phone call asking me if I take credit cards to pay invoices or if its just bank transfers. I asked who this was for – he replied in an Asian accent, “I am calling on behalf of Michael O’Connor” (turns out that’s a Furniture Store – so a common theme). When I said I dont take credit cards he hung up.

  95. Mdb on July 9, 2019 at 4:23 am

    Augusta Green IV
    halalx19@gmail.com

    “Thanks for your responds, below is my project details,

    Here is the job details I have small scale business which i want to turn into large scale business now it located in Minnesota and the company is based on importing and exporting of Sport wears such as running jacket, jersey,dance wear,socks, boots etc for both adult youth ladies and girls so i need a best of the best layout design for it. Can you handle that for me ? The site would only be informational, so i need you to give me an estimate based on my want below, the estimate should include hosting and i have a private project consultant, he has the text content and the logos for the site.

    WHAT I WANT-

    I need a very simple informational website that shows the products that I sell.

    (4 main pages)

    HOME PAGE

    ABOUT US

    OUR PRODUCTS (gallery) – about 25 products for now and adding 5-10 new products every month. I want the product to be classified into 4 pages , which are

    Male : Adult and children , Female : Adult and children. so that the customers can get full details.

    CONTACT US – with a form to fill out so that they can get in contact with me.

    Domain Name i want- “augustactivewear.com” or anything along that line.

    TIMELINE- this should go “live” in 3 months.

    Note:

    1. I want only English language

    2. You will be updating the site for me.

    3. I will be proving the images, logos and content for the site.

    4. I want the site up and running before ending of next two month.

    5. My budget is $1000 to $6000

    6. No shopping ability

    7. The site will be mobile friendly

    8. I don’t want sitemap

    9. I have 25 product to be on it.

    Kindly get back to me with:

    (1) an estimate

    (2) your cell phone number

    (3) And will like to know if you are the owner ??

    (4) Do you accept credit cards as payment

    Regards,”

    • Ty on July 10, 2019 at 2:04 pm

      I got this today… I think I handled it pretty well. Even though I shouldn’t make the claim I did, I didn’t care. This guy’s a POS. Conversation starts with him and each paragraph switches between our replies.

      Good Day, my name is David, do you do architectural drawing proposed new buildings?

      Yes, David, that is what we do.

      Good, I got your number on houzz.com, I will like to have a design for 4 bedroom, 2 storey all suit with two living rooms, royal master suite, playroom, kitchen, kitchenette, laundry room, with garage suitable 3 cars. I want you to know that I am indeed opened to your suggestions. Let me know if i can send the address. Thank you.

      Sure.

      Here is the address: 7106 Broad River Rd, Columbia, SC 29210, 4456sq ft. I wish to start by January 2020 and spend 12-14 months, I budgeted $500,000 to $1,000,000. I wish I can meet you but I’m with my wife who is recuperating in the teaching hospital and I’m always by her side confined her to a wheel chair, not too worry, I will be paying deposit before you start. How soon can I get a proposal?

      Oh we can start anytime…

      Thanks, I will like to you have a proposed plan send to my email: david243salome@pm.me my Full name is Garcia S. David, please confirm if you can handle the design and am sure I should be around before you done with the design, as soon as my wife is feeling better you should see me at your door step. My surveyor agent have all necessary document needed, i can confirm if his available to meet regarding survey of the property and any other document needed. I also want you to know that whatever document you need from me is going to be provided to you by my Quantity Surveyor Agent, i will be looking forward to have the total estimates of your cost and how much do you charge for retainer fees.

      The fees on a project like this will run around $18,000

      Okay that is not a problem, what payment merchant provider are you using, because my card won’t work on Square, PayPal, Venmo. Because they debit me twice before so I have to tell my bank to stop it from working on those merchant. Thank you

      Flagship is our provider.

      Okay I understand you, but can you setup with quickbooks to accept ACH, bank transfer and check online. It easy, safe, secure and it help your business in nearest future. Here is there website: https://quickbooks.intuit.com/payments/

      No, we are not interested in changing our payment program.

      Hello, David?
      Hey but David, let me share this… You’ll love this. My day job is as a special analysis operator for the Federal Bureau of Investigations for the state of South Carolina. My department works hand in hand with South Carolina state government and South Carolina Law Enforcement Detectives (SLED, SCE&G, and SCANA) and specializes in targeting fraud. You picked the wrong person to try your scam with, brother. Watch behind your back, we are watching! Boo! Now, FUCK OFF!

      I can only pay via quickbooks

      Did you not understand what I just told you?
      .

      Back to me: So this was a solicitation through HOUZZ.com where I advertise my home design and home building business. I’ve received one before but didn’t know what it was, and the guy never responded. Both requests for service were in areas where NO ONE would build anything but a gun proof shelter; Ever seen Live PD filmed in Columbia, SC? Yeah, both properties were in the area that is “glamorized” on Live PD for Columbia… it’s a special part of Columbia. SCANA was the now bankrupt electric power provider in town who owned SCE&G the power company so, that was my little twist just to make it sound juicy. I’m sure this fell on deaf ears. But I wanted to share and, sorry to the person I commented under, I didn’t see anywhere I could add a regular comment. Be safe, folks. Scams are everywhere.

      • Lyndsey Wright on August 23, 2019 at 10:42 am

        We got the same one except the guy is mute. Lol. Name changed too. What are the chances there are so many guys building houses with wives in teaching hospitals who are wheelchair bound out of state?

    • Jessica on August 30, 2019 at 10:25 pm

      Wow Augusta Green!

      I got that one again I wish I looked him up.
      I already wrote a proposal and everything.

  96. Emma Rose on July 7, 2019 at 9:21 am

    Just got an email in from willsonberry706@gmail.com, you have saved me here as I was going to reply but something about it felt dodgy! Thank you so much!

    • Jacqueline Lavin on April 16, 2020 at 6:28 pm

      Ditto! wilsonberry706@gmail.com Asked for a LinkedIn profile….. he said his website was under construction. ?? So I bowed out.But right from the get-go… WIlson Berry? Sounded fake.

    • Jed Primo-Morales on April 28, 2020 at 7:05 pm

      Looks like this person is making their rounds. I got that same e-mail as well. I appreciate this feed and thank you designers for keeping an eye out for one another.

      I think I got 3 of these within the last week or so asking for similar things.

  97. Evan on July 5, 2019 at 5:50 pm

    richarddavies073@gmail.com

    That is a email of one of these scammers performing this scam, beware! Came randomly out of no where.

  98. Joe Copley on June 30, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    I got one too, in June of 2019.

  99. Dana Scott on June 29, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    Thank you for this information. I’ve received a couple of these scam emails too.

  100. Dom on June 25, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    Here’s another one that seems like a scam

    Here is their number: 317-943-3322

    It is detailed; it’s a newly established company.

    The company is really based on sales of furniture such as Ottomans, Desk lamps, Sectional, Buffets & Sideboards, Counter & Bar Stools, Kitchen Cabinet, Sofa, Office Chair, Accent tables, King bench bed etc.

    The company name is VEEHAUS

    My Website Is Under Fabrication Which Would Be Registered Soon.

    The Full Text Content And All Images For The Catalog Will Be Submitted To You By The Project Consultant You’ll Just Handle The Layout.

    The Brochure Should Be 24 In Pages (Including Front And Back Cover) Because I Have Lot Information, Approved And Crosscheck Text And Images.

    The Size Of Brochure Should Be 8.5 X 11.5.

    VEEHAUS is a modern and stylish brand name

    VEEHAUS To Me Is A Metaphor To Illustrate Secure And Intimate Relationship.

    Using the German word for ‘haus’ gives this name a certain European flair, and suggests contemporary architectural excellence and interior style. The Vee- could of course reference the letter v, or to the v-shape so often found in buildings and architecture. Veehaus is short, modern and very, very cool.

    Whosoever Purchase Our Furniture Should Be Guarantee Of Relish And Convenience’ That’S What It Should Mean To My Customers.

    What Makes VEEHAUS Uniques To Customer/Location Is That There’S No Other Furniture Company Nearby Also It Name And Style.

    PURPOSE OF BUSINESS:
    The Purpose Of My Business Is To Bring Modern Furniture That Will Provide Pride For Everyone.

    WHO MY BUSINESS SERVES:
    My Customers And Others Who Are Willing To Patronize Our Company.

    WE HAVE AN INSPIRING PERSONALITY

    MY BRAND SHOULD REPRESENT “HIGH QUALITY OPTION”

    THE TONE OF THE BRAND SHOULD BE “FRIENDLY”.

    MY TARGETS AND MISSION:

    My mission is to serve consumers and industrial market segment with leading edge product that will satisfy their needs in functionality, comfort and style.

    My core values are Autonomy and Growth.

    Most of our customer will be from the age of 35 and I will like to target their income demographics.

    I want my company to be perceived as Professional, I want them to know that we offer best prices and there’s a discount for every product when you are buying more than 3 pieces.

    I would like to compete with other furniture company. My main competitor is IKEA, my favorite products is Accent Tables.

    For colors I would like Red, Orange and Brown (let me know what you think about that).

    In the next Decade I would like my company to be known worldwide.

    Important elements that I would like to stress are: Friendly, Modern, High Quality, Intimate, Secure, Convenient, Effective, Efficient, Value.

    For logo inspirations you can look at brands like America Signature Furniture, Crate&Barrel, West Elm or Williams Sonoma.

  101. Hannah on June 21, 2019 at 12:48 am

    I had this exact same message from gmarkwade@gmail.com for Veehaus. I figured it was likely a scam at the start but it was confirmed when the guy reveals he is “in hospital being treated for lung cancer” so can only pay via credit card. But of course!

  102. SC on June 19, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    WHat’s concerning though, is how did he get my number, and how did he know I’m a designer?

  103. Nicole on June 19, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    Here is the latest:

    Thanks for your responds, below is my project details,

    Here is the job details I have small scale business which i want to turn into large scale business now it located in Minnesota and the company is based on importing and exporting of Sport wears such as running jacket, jersey,dance wear,socks, boots etc for both adult youth ladies and girls so i need a best of the best layout design for it. Can you handle that for me ? The site would only be informational, so i need you to give me an estimate based on my want below, the estimate should include hosting and i have a private project consultant, he has the text content and the logos for the site.

    WHAT I WANT-

    I need a very simple informational website that shows the products that I sell.

    (4 main pages)

    HOME PAGE

    ABOUT US

    OUR PRODUCTS (gallery) – about 25 products for now and adding 5-10 new products every month. I want the product to be classified into 4 pages , which are

    Male : Adult and children , Female : Adult and children. so that the customers can get full details.

    CONTACT US – with a form to fill out so that they can get in contact with me.

    Domain Name i want- “greensportswears.com” or anything along that line.

    TIMELINE- this should go “live” in 3 months.

    Note:

    1. I want only English language

    2. You will be updating the site for me.

    3. I will be proving the images, logos and content for the site.

    4. I want the site up and running before ending of next two month.

    5. My budget is $1000 to $6000

    6. No shopping ability

    7. The site will be mobile friendly

    8. I don’t want sitemap

    9. I have 25 product to be on it.

    Kindly get back to me with:

    (1) an estimate

    (2) your cell phone number

    (3) And will like to know if you are the owner ??

    (4) Do you accept credit cards as payment

    Regards,

    halalx19@gmail.com

  104. Mike on June 18, 2019 at 10:42 pm

    I just got on of these too. Good thing I searched before doing anything. He texted me and said he found me on http://www.creativehotlist.com

    Mark Wade, gwademark@gmail.com, 317-943-3322

    ————————————————————————————–

    It is detailed; it’s a newly established company.

    The company is really based on sales of furniture such as Ottomans, Desk lamps, Sectional, Buffets & Sideboards, Counter & Bar Stools, Kitchen Cabinet, Sofa, Office Chair, Accent tables, King bench bed etc.

    The company name is VEEHAUS

    My Website Is Under Fabrication Which Would Be Registered Soon.

    The Full Text Content And All Images For The Catalog Will Be Submitted To You By The Project Consultant You’ll Just Handle The Layout.

    The Brochure Should Be 24 In Pages (Including Front And Back Cover) Because I Have Lot Information, Approved And Crosscheck Text And Images.

    The Size Of Brochure Should Be 8.5 X 11.5.

    VEEHAUS is a modern and stylish brand name

    VEEHAUS To Me Is A Metaphor To Illustrate Secure And Intimate Relationship.

    Using the German word for ‘haus’ gives this name a certain European flair, and suggests contemporary architectural excellence and interior style. The Vee- could of course reference the letter v, or to the v-shape so often found in buildings and architecture. Veehaus is short, modern and very, very cool.

    Whosoever Purchase Our Furniture Should Be Guarantee Of Relish And Convenience’ That’S What It Should Mean To My Customers.

    What Makes VEEHAUS Uniques To Customer/Location Is That There’S No Other Furniture Company Nearby Also It Name And Style.

    PURPOSE OF BUSINESS:
    The Purpose Of My Business Is To Bring Modern Furniture That Will Provide Pride For Everyone.

    WHO MY BUSINESS SERVES:
    My Customers And Others Who Are Willing To Patronize Our Company.

    WE HAVE AN INSPIRING PERSONALITY

    MY BRAND SHOULD REPRESENT “HIGH QUALITY OPTION”

    THE TONE OF THE BRAND SHOULD BE “FRIENDLY”.

    MY TARGETS AND MISSION:

    My mission is to serve consumers and industrial market segment with leading edge product that will satisfy their needs in functionality, comfort and style.

    My core values are Autonomy and Growth.

    Most of our customer will be from the age of 35 and I will like to target their income demographics.

    I want my company to be perceived as Professional, I want them to know that we offer best prices and there’s a discount for every product when you are buying more than 3 pieces.

    I would like to compete with other furniture company. My main competitor is IKEA, my favorite products is Accent Tables.

    For colors I would like Red, Orange and Brown (let me know what you think about that).

    In the next Decade I would like my company to be known worldwide.

    Important elements that I would like to stress are: Friendly, Modern, High Quality, Intimate, Secure, Convenient, Effective, Efficient, Value.

    For logo inspirations you can look at brands like America Signature Furniture, Crate&Barrel, West Elm or Williams Sonoma.

    • Lior on July 17, 2019 at 2:10 pm

      I’ve referred to this guy Mark Wade through another client I think on the exact same day, June 18th, 2019. We’ve been communicating via email and text. He sent me the exact same info. Something has been off since he never responded to direct questions about project specifics which I raised. He wanted to send me a down payment today and said he is in Maryland for medical purposes so could not send a check, only credit card. I suggested PayPal and he refused saying “my credit card company doesn’t remit it for payments due to some issues with my bank”. I’m really glad I found this thread, going to stop all communication with him right away. Is there any way to report these scammers to authorities?

      • Lior on July 17, 2019 at 2:14 pm

        oh, he also used a different phone number when contacting me – 508-928-7804

    • Tina Wagner on July 23, 2019 at 10:08 am

      Just received this same one for an 80-page Veehaus Catalog, language is similar. I first received a text and then stupidly gave them my email. Then the email asked me for my cell. That was what did not seem right. The the infor came across similar website not registered, Fabricator and same company name.

      • Jonathan on August 5, 2019 at 1:25 pm

        I got this exact same request from Alex Wenzel (alexwenzel15@gmail & alexwenzel65@aol) and 832-304-9582

        • HG on August 6, 2019 at 2:02 pm

          SAME – I got the exact request from Alex Wenzel at that contact info yesterday. He’s signed a proposal and sent as I was reading this thread, I wish there was a way to get him in actual trouble for this!

          • Scott Forester on August 20, 2019 at 10:10 pm

            SAME – Basically, the same story with the same business name.



  105. SMM on June 5, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    Got a text from this same guy. I asked for more info about his project. Received two follow up emails. See copy of first one below… Although the “ALL CAPS” was peculiar, I wasn’t immediately suspicious, until I tried to do some research on him and his company and found out about the SCAMS! I am so glad I delayed, primarily because I asked to meet via video conference call and he never responded to the timeslots that I provided…just sent additional info. I know now, that getting someone on video and/or in person will be my criteria.

    Willson Berry
    Wed, May 22, 8:37 PM

    Here are the details, it’s a newly established company.

    This company is really based on sales of furniture such as Kitchen Cabinet, Sofa, Office Chair, Accent tables, King bench bed etc.

    Ø Company Name: GREAT ELMS.
    Ø MY WEBSITE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION WHICH WOULD BE REGISTER VERY SOON.
    Ø I DON’T HAVE LOGO BUT NEED A CUSTOMIZED LOGO FROM YOU.
    Ø I COULD ONLY SUPPLY THE TEXT CONTENT AND PHOTO ALL ARE WITH THE PROJECT CONSULTANT YOU WILL JUST HANDLE THE LAYOUT.
    Ø I WANT THE PAGE OF THE BROCHURE TO BE 24 PAGES (INCLUDING FRONT AND BACK COVER) BECAUSE I HAVE LOT INFORMATION. THE TEXT AND THE PICTURE IS APPROVED AND CROSSCHECK.
    Ø THE SIZE OF BROCHURE SHOULD BE 8.5 X 11.5.
    Ø I WILL WANT YOU TO ADD OUR CORE VALUES, MISSION & VISION( I’LL SEND THEM TO YOU)

  106. Harold on May 2, 2019 at 7:45 am

    I got an Email yesterday from a Ben Chris, same scam. Wish I could put the money from the card in my account and then close the account.. Take from the scammer for once..

    Harold

  107. Richard Sykes on May 1, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    Got one today as well following a text message. Relevent scammer info is:

    Name: WILLSON BERRY
    Email: willsonberry706@gmail.com
    Phone number: 530.481.5609

    Richard
    ricallendesigns.com

    • Jess on May 7, 2019 at 3:10 pm

      I got the same thing! What are they hoping for?

      • amymasson on May 9, 2019 at 9:30 am

        They are hoping to “hire” you, have you charge their card and send them a check for the difference. They cash the check. Card gets reported stolen, and the bank takes their money back. You are out the cost for the charge AND the extra you sent back. They walk away with the difference.

  108. Erin McManus on April 18, 2019 at 12:56 pm

    Same!!! I knew it was a scam from the start but played along to see how far he would go. Initially got a text on 4/17 from Scott Simmeron (609)469-4664 saying “Hi, how are you? I’m sure you offer design service. Please let me know. Scott Simmerock.” After a few more texts, he emailed me the following for his brand guidelines:

    GREAT ELMS
    THIS NATURAL SOUNDING, ORGANIC NAME FEELS VERY ESTABLISHED AND EVOKES COMFORTING RELIABILITY, WITH REFERENCES TO GROWTH. IT COULD BE A REAL PLACE OR JUST IMAGINED HAVEN. POWERFUL AND POSITIVE

    WHAT IT SHOULD MEAN TO MY CUSTOMERS
    WHOSOEVER THAT BUY OUR FURNITURE SHOULD BE GUARANTEE OF ‘SATISFACTION AND CONVENIENCE’ THAT WHAT IT SHOULD MEAN TO MY CUSTOMERS.

    PURPOSE OF BUSINESS
    THE PURPOSE OF MY BUSINESS IS TO BRING MODERN FURNITURE THAT WILL PROVIDE SATISFACTION FOR EVERYONE.

    WHO MY BUSINESS SERVES
    MY CUSTOMERS AND OTHER THAT ARE WILLING TO PATRONIZE OUR COMPANY.

    WHAT MAKES MY COMPANY UNIQUE TO ITS CUSTOMERS
    WHATS MAKES GREAT ELMS UNIQUES TO CUSTOMER IS ITS NAME AND STYLE.

    OUR PERSONALITY
    WE HAVE AN EFFECTIVE PERSONALITY

    WHAT THE BRAND SHOULD REPRESENT
    MY BRAND SHOULD REPRESENT “HIGH QUALITY OPTION”

    BRAND TONE
    THE TONE OF THE BRAND SHOULD BE “FRIENDLY”.

    MY TARGETS AND MISSION.

    1) My mission is to serve consumers and industrial market segment with leading edge product that will satisfy their needs in functionality,comfort and style.

    2) My core values are Effectiveness and Efficiency.

    3) Most of our customer are from the age of 35 and I will like to target their income demographics.

    4) I want my company to be perceived as Professional, I want them to know that we offer best prices and there’s a discount for every product when you are buying more than 3 pieces.

    5) I would like to compete with other furniture company. My main competitor is IKEA, my favorite products is Accent Tables.

    6) For colors I would like Black and Teal ( let me know your suggestions)

    7) In the next Ten years I would like my company to be known worldwide.

    Important elements that I would like to stress are:
    Friendly
    Modern
    High Quality
    Intimate
    Secure
    Positive
    Convenient
    Effective
    Efficient
    Value
    For logo inspirations you can look at brands like Crate&Barrel, America Signature Furniture, or Williams Sonoma.

    • Mitzi on April 22, 2019 at 9:47 am

      Hey! I also got a text from the number (609) 469-4664 but he called himself Richard Aldrich. I searched the number before responding and saw this thread, so just blocked the number. Thanks!

  109. Whablam! Media on April 18, 2019 at 11:09 am

    I just received one from a Michael Hope. In a hospital receiving deaf disability treatments. My sister is deaf. She gets no required treatments for her condition. First flag. Secondly the speech was broken but I still asked what I could help with. He responded with a catalog and logo treatment. Second and Third flags considering I’ve seen this scam in various formats since 2014. His next response was angry when I told him I was 2 months out on my turn around and also I suspected this was scam. So yeah. Be on the lookout for a Michael Hope – email: Offiice23@gmail.com. Last transmission from him was this morning (4/18/19)

  110. D on April 17, 2019 at 6:49 pm

    Holy shit. This just happened to me. He just contacted me yesterday and red flags went up when he said he couldn’t take PayPal or Venmo. I work in-house and rarely take freelance work, so I was just curious and told him that I’d collect payment after all was done as to not get locked up quickly. I sent him a Quickbooks Invoice and he waiting until the next day to say “I got in touch with the consultant but I’m having few issues with him concerning our contract agreement.” To which I thought, uh what, who is this consultant and why do I care. His strange use of language in text was a clue that he’s not a native English speaker, but is pretending to do.

    Whenever I didn’t respond, he’d respond asking why. He told me he has lung cancer and was having financially problems due to the treatments. My father had lung cancer and I thought, Should you be even trying to start a business that needs design work if you’re in that condition… so yeah sketchy as fuck. Poor guy who’s actually named Scott Simmerok.

  111. James on April 11, 2019 at 2:35 pm

    Please report your interactions to Trenton Sheriffs office (609) 989-6111 or directly with the prosecutor. I just got off the phone and it seems like it was the first time they have heard about it. I’ve provided my info and the phone number he used to text and I feel if enough provide the same info and are in contact directly with their office it will shed a light on how bad it is and put pressure to find and stop his actions, please also reference Scott Simmerok or any other alias because I am sure this is all the same guy.. Please report this.

    • Amy Masson on April 11, 2019 at 2:39 pm

      This is a widespread scam, lots of people attempting it. I don’t think it’s all one guy just because I don’t think one person would have time to communicate with this many people at once.

  112. James on April 11, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    Thank you for sharing, I had the same contact today 4/11/2019 with Scott Simmerok. He texted me to say he was interested in design services and being vigilant I always google names to see the profile of the person requesting work. I appreciate this post and shedding light. His number was (609) 469-4664 and its the same New Jersey based scammer. Its a shame because there is actually a guy with his real name and he is a pastor, I could only imagine how that must be. This guy is the lowest level human on earth, I am glad this post put his actions to light and hopefully he gets arrested.

  113. nicole on April 8, 2019 at 12:35 pm

    Thank you for this post!!!!! I received a random text asking me if I offer design services? I asked who he was & how he received my info? “Paul’s” response was that he came across my profile on Creative Hotlist … hummm … interesting since I haven’t updated my credentials on that site in over 7 years!!??!! Another “flag” was he asked for my email but if he received my info like he claimed than he should have my email correct? I did give it too him since I have changed my email within the years. I can’t thank you’all enough for this post it saved me from this scam and so I want to share mine so everyone can be aware! Here’s what he sent just like all the other posts …

    FREELANCE PROJECT
    Paul William
    Sat, Apr 6, 3:47 PM (2 days ago)

    It is detailed; it’s a newly established company.

    The company is really based on sales of furniture such as Ottomans, Desk lamps, Sectional, Buffets & Sideboards, Counter & Bar Stools, Kitchen Cabinet, Sofa, Office Chair, Accent tables, King bench bed etc.

    • Company Name: LAMBENT DREAMS FURNITURE & HOME.
    • MY WEBSITE IS UNDER FABRICATION WHICH WOULD BE REGISTERED SOON.
    • I DON’T HAVE LOGO BUT NEED ONE MADE-TO-ORDER BY YOU.
    • THE FULL TEXT CONTENT AND ALL IMAGES FOR THE CATALOG WILL BE SUBMITTED TO YOU BY THE PROJECT CONSULTANT YOU’LL JUST HANDLE THE LAYOUT.
    • THE BROCHURE SHOULD BE 24 IN PAGES (INCLUDING FRONT AND BACK COVER) BECAUSE I HAVE LOT INFORMATION, APPROVED AND CROSSCHECK TEXT AND IMAGES.
    • THE SIZE OF BROCHURE SHOULD BE 8.5 X 11.5.

    LAMBENT DREAMS MEANING TO ME:
    LAMBENT DREAMS TO ME IS A METAPHOR TO ILLUSTRATE SECURE AND INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP.
    WHAT IT SHOULD MEAN TO MY CUSTOMERS WHOSOEVER PURCHASE OUR FURNITURE SHOULD BE GUARANTEE OF RELISH AND CONVENIENCE’ THAT’S WHAT IT SHOULD MEAN TO MY CUSTOMERS.
    WHAT MAKES MY COMPANY UNIQUE TO ITS CUSTOMERS WHAT MAKES LAMBERT DREAMS FURNITURE UNIQUES TO CUSTOMER/.LOCATION IS THAT THERE’S NO OTHER FURNITURE COMPANY NEARBY ALSO IT NAME AND STYLE.

    PURPOSE OF BUSINESS
    THE PURPOSE OF MY BUSINESS IS TO BRING MODERN FURNITURE THAT WILL PROVIDE PRIDE FOR EVERYONE.

    WHO MY BUSINESS SERVES
    MY CUSTOMERS AND OTHERS WHO ARE WILLING TO PATRONIZE OUR COMPANY.

    OUR PERSONALITY
    WE HAVE AN INSPIRING PERSONALITY
    WHAT THE BRAND SHOULD REPRESENT
    MY BRAND SHOULD REPRESENT “HIGH QUALITY OPTION”

    BRAND TONE
    THE TONE OF THE BRAND SHOULD BE “FRIENDLY”.

    MY TARGETS AND MISSION.
    1) My mission is to serve consumers and industrial market segment with leading edge product that will satisfy their needs in functionality, comfort and style.
    2) My core values are Autonomy and Growth.
    3) Most of our customer will be from the age of 35 and I will like to target their income demographics.
    4) I want my company to be perceived as Professional, I want them to know that we offer best prices and there’s a discount for every product when you are buying more than 3 pieces.
    5) I would like to compete with other furniture company. My main competitor is IKEA, my favorite products is Accent Tables.
    6) For colors I would like Red, Orange and Brown (let me know what you think about that).
    7) In the next Decade I would like my company to be known worldwide.

    Important elements that I would like to stress are:
    Friendly
    Modern
    High Quality
    Intimate
    Secure
    Convenient
    Effective
    Efficient
    Value

    For logo inspirations you can look at brands like America Signature Furniture, Crate&Barrel, West Elm or Williams Sonoma.

  114. Michael on March 28, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    Wish I had been as skeptical as my wife who immediately performed a more extensive google search than my own on this guy and found this chain. I wasted hours dealing with him and reading his company prospectus. I’m glad I didn’t spend any time or effort designing the logo.

    Same story. Scott Simmerok. Great Elms furniture company (657) 206-4892 simmerokscott@gmail.com He said he can only use QuickBooks, so I needed to set up a QuickBooks account (that he would pay for) and then invoice him for $1,000 before I get started on the project. I did that before my wife prevented this from going any further. I’m not sure how the scam goes. I invoiced him but closed the QuickBooks account before he had a chance to pay it.

    I can’t believe he has been using the exact same fake company name and alias for all these years. We never would have found this page if he changed the name of his supposed company and the name he goes by and phone number from time to time.

  115. Bhushan Parnerkar on March 26, 2019 at 9:34 am

    Hi Amy, Myself Bhushan Parnerkar and I am an owner of a web development company located in central India. we recently got similar inquiry and as looked suspicious I checked google and found your post. Thank you for posting this as it saved me from potential scam. after reading this I sent her (don’t who is that side but she were mailing with the name Maggie) this post link:)

  116. Elise on March 20, 2019 at 4:49 pm

    Thanks for this post! I got a text today that read strangely to me and googled the number before responding, and found this! Mine came from (657) 206-4892 and said, “Hi, how are you? I’m sure you offer design service. Please let me know.
    Scott Simmerok.”

  117. DJ on March 6, 2019 at 12:26 am

    I just got this one today….. ALSO said he can’t do Venmo, that I needed to set up a Quickbooks account so he could pay that way… through a credit card.

    ———–
    The company is really based on sales of furniture such as Ottomans, Desk lamps, Sectional, Buffets & Sideboards, Counter & Bar Stools, Kitchen Cabinet, Sofa, Office Chair, Accent tables, King bench bed etc.

    v Company Name: LAMBENT DREAMS FURNITURE & HOME.

    v MY WEBSITE IS UNDER FABRICATION WHICH WOULD BE REGISTERED SOON.

    v I DON’T HAVE LOGO BUT NEED ONE MADE-TO-ORDER BY YOU.

    v THE FULL TEXT CONTENT AND ALL IMAGES FOR THE CATALOG WILL BE SUBMITTED TO YOU BY THE PROJECT CONSULTANT YOU’LL JUST HANDLE THE LAYOUT.

    v THE BROCHURE SHOULD BE 24 IN PAGES (INCLUDING FRONT AND BACK COVER) BECAUSE I HAVE LOT INFORMATION, APPROVED AND CROSSCHECK TEXT AND IMAGES.

    v THE SIZE OF BROCHURE SHOULD BE 8.5 X 11.5.

    LAMBENT DREAMS MEANING TO ME:

    LAMBENT DREAMS TO ME IS A METAPHOR TO ILLUSTRATE SECURE AND INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP.

    WHAT IT SHOULD MEAN TO MY CUSTOMERS

    WHOSOEVER PURCHASE OUR FURNITURE SHOULD BE GUARANTEE OF RELISH AND CONVENIENCE’ THAT’S WHAT IT SHOULD MEAN TO MY CUSTOMERS.

    WHAT MAKES MY COMPANY UNIQUE TO ITS CUSTOMERS

    WHAT MAKES LAMBERT DREAMS FURNITURE UNIQUES TO CUSTOMER/.LOCATION IS THAT THERE’S NO OTHER FURNITURE COMPANY NEARBY ALSO IT NAME AND STYLE.

    PURPOSE OF BUSINESS

    THE PURPOSE OF MY BUSINESS IS TO BRING MODERN FURNITURE THAT WILL PROVIDE PRIDE FOR EVERYONE.

    WHO MY BUSINESS SERVES

    MY CUSTOMERS AND OTHERS WHO ARE WILLING TO PATRONIZE OUR COMPANY.

    OUR PERSONALITY

    WE HAVE AN INSPIRING PERSONALITY

    WHAT THE BRAND SHOULD REPRESENT

    MY BRAND SHOULD REPRESENT “HIGH QUALITY OPTION”

    BRAND TONE

    THE TONE OF THE BRAND SHOULD BE “FRIENDLY”.

    MY TARGETS AND MISSION.

    1) My mission is to serve consumers and industrial market segment with leading edge product that will satisfy their needs in functionality, comfort and style.

    2) My core values are Autonomy and Growth.

    3) Most of our customer will be from the age of 35 and I will like to target their income demographics.

    4) I want my company to be perceived as Professional, I want them to know that we offer best prices and there’s a discount for every product when you are buying more than 3 pieces.

    5) I would like to compete with other furniture company. My main competitor is IKEA, my favorite products is Accent Tables.

    6) For colors I would like Red, Orange and Brown (let me know what you think about that).

    7) In the next Decade I would like my company to be known worldwide.

    Important elements that I would like to stress are:

    Friendly

    Modern

    High Quality

    Intimate

    Secure

    Convenient

    Effective

    Efficient

    Value

    For logo inspirations you can look at brands like America Signature Furniture, Crate&Barrel, West Elm or Williams Sonoma.

  118. AJ on January 17, 2019 at 10:19 pm

    Still going on, i just recently have this guy

    i have small scale business which i want to turn into large scale business now it located in CA and the company is based on importing and exporting of Office Equipment such as Printer , Scanners,Laminating Machines and Dictation Machines 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 .https://avada.theme-fusion.com/classic-shop/… I have a graphic content creator that has the text content and logo for the site . the site would only
    be informational, so i need you to give me an estimate.

    I want the same number of pages 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 M.C.officeequipmentsales.com
    4. you will be updating the site for me.
    5. i will be proving the images, logos and content for the site.
    6. i want the site up and running before ending of next 3 month.
    7. My budget is $2000 to $5000
    8.give me your personal cell phone number
    9. Are you the Owner

  119. Kay on September 21, 2018 at 9:07 am

    We received various emails from marshajohn850@gmail.com and longspear002@gmail.com this week, below are the contents of their emails;

    ————————-

    Good Morning,

    How are you doing today?. Do you do website design?.

    Regards.
    Marsha John
    Marsha Sport Wear
    marshajohn850@gmail.com

    ———————–

    longspear002@gmail.com

    Greetings,

    I’m Long Robin Spear by name, am looking for someone who can build my new website, i will be providing the images, logos, content for the site and i want similar webpage just exactly like this sample http://artexproductions.com only English language and i want the same number of pages with the example site i provided excluding those content, so i need you to give me an estimate, your estimate should include hosting and i have a private project consultant, he has the text content and the logos for the site.

    Regards

    —————————–

    Hello,

    It was a pleasure getting a reply from you, as per our discussion earlier i will be providing the video, images, logos, content for the site, it’s a small scale business which i want to turn into large scale business, located in Teddington, United Kingdom and it’s 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 in handling my website design meanwhile you don’t have worry about my budget and am presently admitted at the Royal Marsden Hospital in Chelsea, London SW3 6JJ, UK was admitted during the weekend for an emergency skin cancer surgery but i want you to understand that i want the site up and running by mid October 2018 and the domain name as Spearsfarm.com if you can handle that and would only need Facebook and Twitter as the only social media platform. i’ll be responsible for the extra charges and you will also be updating the site for me, once in 2-3 months, you can sum up the total amount and i am willing to make a 50% down payment once you are ready so work can commence as soon as possible and would like to know if you accept credit cards for payment cause that’s the easiest and secured way for me to make payments while am here undergoing my treatment.

    Best Regards
    Long

    • Amy Masson on September 21, 2018 at 9:28 am

      It’s just crazy that this scam has been going around for so long. I wrote this blog post in 2015 and I’m still getting these emails!

  120. Bird Marketing on September 18, 2018 at 10:50 am

    We got one from the email garciaruben780@gmail.com

    • Sandra L'Designer on July 30, 2020 at 6:17 pm

      I just received an email from garciaruben780@gmail.com as well. I’m bummed. I thought it sounded too good to be true.

  121. Paul F Giles on September 18, 2018 at 8:06 am

    Also FYI you can report scams like this here: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/scam-emails

  122. Paul F Giles on September 18, 2018 at 7:58 am

    Just received a very similar sounding email…
    Thank you for the warning!
    Think I might send this on to Joe Lycett.

    First email was just:

    “Hello,

    Good Morning, How are you doing today?. Do you do Website Design?.

    Thanks,

    Marsha John

    Marsha Sport Wear
    marshajohn850@gmail.com

    Thanks for your responds, below is my project details.

    Here is the job details I have small scale business which i want to turn into large scale business now it located in Manchester and the company is based on importing and exporting of Sport wears such as running jacket, jersey,dance wear,socks, boots etc for both adult youth ladies and girls so i need a best of the best layout design for it. Can you handle that for me ? The site would only be informational, so i need you to give me an estimate based on my want below, the estimate should include hosting and i have a private project consultant, he has the text content and the logos for the site.

    WHAT I WANT-

    I need a very simple informational website that shows the products that I sell.

    (4 main pages)

    HOME PAGE

    ABOUT US

    OUR PRODUCTS (gallery) – about 25 products for now and adding 5-10 new products every month. I want the product to be classified into 4 pages , which are

    Male : Adult and chidren , Female : Adult and children. so that the customers can get full details.

    CONTACT US – with a form to fill out so that they can get in contact with me.

    Domain Name i want- “marshawearforsport.co.uk” or anything along that line.

    TIMELINE- this should go “live” in 3 months.

    Note:
    1. I want only English language

    2. You will be updating the site for me.

    3. I will be proving the images, logos and content for the site.

    4. I want the site up and running before ending of next two month.

    5. My budget is £1000 to £5000

    6. No shopping ability

    7. The site will be mobile friendly

    8. I don’t want sitemap

    9. I have 25 product to be on it.

    Kindly get back to me with:

    (1) an estimate

    (2) your cell phone number

    (3) And will like to know if you are the owner ??

    (4) Do you accept credit cards as payment ?

  123. Get Us Listed on September 7, 2018 at 12:15 am

    Glad I read this. Just dodged a bullet after reading it.

    Here is the email I just received today.

    ————————–

    Hello ,

    I have small scale business which I want to turn into a large-scale business now is located in MO 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? I need you to check out this site but I need something more perfect than this if its possible

    http://www.americasfarmers.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 best Hosting/Domain and the pages might vary from the site I gave you to check out and I have a private project consultant/expertise, he has the text content and the logos for the site.

    My Budget is $1,500 to $3,800

    I want you to find out this domain name for me http://www.greenerfarm.net

    You will be buying a better/preferable domain for me if my suggested domain is already taken, so it should be part of your estimate.

    I will send you more breakdown about numbers of pages and some more useful information in my next email if that will help your estimation perfectly.

    I am not the CEO of the company but I am hired to be in charge of it been a family Attorney for a client.

    Regards,

    Kevin

  124. Gareth ! on August 28, 2018 at 7:21 am

    Hey there guys !

    I have this morning had the scam tried on me from an initial message asking if i did web design to the following received mail

    Thanks for your responds, below is my project details

    Here is the job details I have small scale business which i want to turn into large scale business now it located in Manchester and the company is based on importing and exporting of Sport wears such as running jacket, jersey,dance wear,socks, boots etc for both adult youth ladies and girls so i need a best of the best layout design for it. Can you handle that for me ? The site would only be informational, so i need you to give me an estimate based on my want below, the estimate should include hosting and i have a private project consultant, he has the text content and the logos for the site.

    WHAT I WANT-

    I need a very simple informational website that shows the products that I sell.

    (4 main pages)

    HOME PAGE

    ABOUT US

    OUR PRODUCTS (gallery) – about 25 products for now and adding 5-10 new products every month. I want the product to be classified into 4 pages , which are

    Male : Adult and chidren , Female : Adult and children. so that the customers can get full details.

    CONTACT US – with a form to fill out so that they can get in contact with me.

    Domain Name i want- “marshasportwear.com” or anything along that line.

    TIMELINE- this should go “live” in 3 months.

    Note:

    1. I want only English language

    2. You will be updating the site for me.

    3. I will be proving the images, logos and content for the site.

    4. I want the site up and running before ending of next two month.

    5. My budget is £1000 to £5000

    6. No shopping ability

    7. The site will be mobile friendly

    8. I don’t want sitemap

    9. I have 25 product to be on it.

    Kindly get back to me with:

    (1) an estimate

    (2) your cell phone number

    (3) And will like to know if you are the owner ??

    (4) Do you accept credit cards as payment ?

    Regards,
    Marsha John
    Marsha Sport Wear
    Marshajohn850@gmail.com

    they do indeed want to scam you

    • Daniel Broadhurst on September 10, 2018 at 6:14 am

      I’ve just got this myself…

      Good Morning,

      How are you doing today?. Do you do Website Design?

      Regards,
      Marsha John
      Marsha Sport Wear
      Marshajohn850@gmail.com

      Time to play along and waste their time I think.

  125. Mack on June 20, 2018 at 10:33 pm

    Thank you. You saved me from getting spammed. This guy won’t accept paypal or square as payments and wanted me to setup a account on Stripe.com and said he will provide me with his card details so that I can charge. Thats when I found something is suspicious but still have a benefit of doubt to him

    His english was broken in emails and in the phone call but he was insisting me to use Stripe.com via text and surprisingly his english was very good in those texts. This is when i google this number 201 608 3534 and i landed here.

    Thank you Amy

    • Amy Masson on June 21, 2018 at 8:31 am

      I wrote this post in 2015, and yet these messages are still coming. They sometimes take a few different forms now. I’ve had one that said he was a doctor… “and do you take credit card as form of payment.”

      • Mack on June 21, 2018 at 9:26 pm

        This guy says he is now in hospital so won’t have time to frequently reply. He wants me to take care of his logo and design costs from some other company and later I can charge him.

        Lol. Surprisingly he is not hesitant to talk to us over the phone

  126. Elyssa on May 30, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    Thanks for sharing this! I’m a life coach and I got a similar message in my spam box. It was suspect, but it looked like it was from a legit email address, so I replied and didn’t hear anything back. Then, when I got a similar text to my google voice number, I decided to look into it and found your article! Thanks for shedding light on this!

  127. Lucas van Staden on May 26, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    I got one this week.

    The context is very much the same, however some additional content is added to make it more legit looking.

    The response email contained attached some basic wireframe designs, supposed to have come from the designer.

    They then wanted my proposal. Thereafter, the ‘can you take credit card, and can you pay my designer’s came in.

    Seems a bit more long winded to try and make it look more legit.

  128. Lucas on May 25, 2018 at 1:16 am

    I got one today, claiming from a furniture store.

    • Amy Masson on May 25, 2018 at 8:20 am

      I’ve also had one claiming to be a doctor. If they wanted to do this right, they’d stop with the “and do you accept credit cards as method of payment?”

    • Maeve on January 24, 2019 at 12:50 pm

      ME TOO! How do you stop them?

      I fell for sharing my cell # as it came to me from a third party recommendation! This one was from Robert Thompson claiming that he was starting GREAT ELMS furniture company. The all-caps and weird spacing / language made me feel strange, like “MY WEBSITE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION WHICH WOULD BE REGISTER VERY SOON” and “PHOTO ALL ARE WITH THE PROJECT CONSULTANT.” After sharing my #, he sent an immediate text saying he would send more information via email, as well as a “do get back to me with a quote.” Here’s the “more details” email:

      thompsonrobert641@gmail.com and (657)206-4892

      Here are more details.

      GREAT ELMS
      THIS NATURAL SOUNDING, ORGANIC NAME FEELS VERY ESTABLISHED AND EVOKES COMFORTING RELIABILITY, WITH REFERENCES TO GROWTH. IT COULD BE A REAL PLACE OR JUST IMAGINED HAVEN. POWERFUL AND POSITIVE

      WHAT IT SHOULD MEAN TO MY CUSTOMERS
      WHOSOEVER THAT BUY OUR FURNITURE SHOULD BE GUARANTEE OF ‘SATISFACTION AND CONVENIENCE’ THAT WHAT IT SHOULD MEAN TO MY CUSTOMERS.

      PURPOSE OF BUSINESS
      THE PURPOSE OF MY BUSINESS IS TO BRING MODERN FURNITURE THAT WILL PROVIDE SATISFACTION FOR EVERYONE.

      WHO MY BUSINESS SERVES
      MY CUSTOMERS AND OTHER THAT ARE WILLING TO PATRONIZE OUR COMPANY.

      WHAT MAKES MY COMPANY UNIQUE TO ITS CUSTOMERS
      WHATS MAKES GREAT ELMS UNIQUES TO CUSTOMER IS ITS NAME AND STYLE.

      OUR PERSONALITY
      WE HAVE AN EFFECTIVE PERSONALITY

      WHAT THE BRAND SHOULD REPRESENT
      MY BRAND SHOULD REPRESENT “HIGH QUALITY OPTION”

      BRAND TONE
      THE TONE OF THE BRAND SHOULD BE “FRIENDLY”.

      MY TARGETS AND MISSION.

      1) My mission is to serve consumers and industrial market segment with leading edge product that will satisfy their needs in functionality,comfort and style.

      2) My core values are Effectiveness and Efficiency.

      3) Most of our customer are from the age of 35 and I will like to target their income demographics.

      4) I want my company to be perceived as Professional, I want them to know that we offer best prices and there’s a discount for every product when you are buying more than 3 pieces.

      5) I would like to compete with other furniture company. My main competitor is IKEA, my favorite products is Accent Tables.

      6) For colors I would like Black, Orange and white( let me know what you think about that)

      7) In the next Ten years I would like my company to be known worldwide.

      Important elements that I would like to stress are:
      Friendly
      Modern
      High Quality
      Intimate
      Secure
      Positive
      Convenient
      Effective
      Efficient
      Value
      For logo inspirations you can look at brands like Crate&Barrel, America Signature Furniture, or Williams Sonoma

      • Mike on February 19, 2019 at 10:25 am

        Thanks for sharing this. I got this one today.

        • Amy Masson on February 20, 2019 at 6:56 am

          I feel like it comes in cycles. I won’t get them for a while and then they’ll start up again.

      • Xenobia on March 13, 2019 at 1:46 pm

        Got this one!

        I quoted him ONE MEEEEELION DOLLARS!
        🙂

      • matt loehrer on March 15, 2019 at 11:34 am

        I got this yesterday, I suspected fraud so thank you for posting this. I’m sorry I wasted 15 minutes of my life. I told him I could no longer work on the project because I’ve been arrested for fraud and I’m not sure the feds will let me work on my business from prison. Irony appears to be lost on him.

        He was going by Scott Simmerok, by the way. Said he found me on Behance, contacted me via text. What a POS.

        • Brynn on March 18, 2019 at 12:00 pm

          So glad I decided to google this “guys” phone number! Same exact scam. He did tell me he had issues with my contract and was diagnosed with lung cancer so he may not be able to pay my deposit right away – HUGE RED FLAG.

          Other red flags:
          – he was vague about how he found me
          – he asked me to set up quickbooks invoicing because he was having issues with Paypal
          – he constantly texted me instead of the typical email
          – he didn’t want to have a voice to voice phone call

          Alias: Scott Simmerok
          email: simmerokscott@gmail.com
          phone: (657)206-4892

          Project: Logo and catalog design

          Company name: Great Elms

          It’s a newly established company so I would need you to design a logo for the company. I would send you the brand details.

          The company is based on sales of furniture such as sofa, king bench bed, tables, office chairs, kitchen cabinets etc.

          The size of the catalog should be 8” X 5”.
          Pages: 24 including front and back cover.

          The full text content and all images for the catalog are approved. Images will be sent to you in high resolution. All images would be used as received, you won’t retouch any.

          Mission, value, vision should be added in the catalog. I’ll send that to you.

          For my website I don’t know if you can handle that but I’ll need the catalog and logo completed first so as for the website to be designed around those. If you can’t handle the website it’s not an issue I would find another designer for that.

          • alex on June 13, 2019 at 6:54 pm

            OMG I just got the same sort of email form Michael Hopes, asking for the same logo plus catalog 24 pages 8.5 by 11.



      • Nos on March 27, 2019 at 11:55 pm

        I just exposed him thanks to you guys!! SAME EMAIL!!
        his name was: Guan David‏
        guandavid666@gmail.com
        +1-530-4815609

      • Ben on April 7, 2019 at 12:09 am

        Holy Moly! Thank you guys for sharing (especially Maeve)! I knew something wasn’t right (which is why I’m here) -but I was going to send a proposal…

        It all started with this text: Hi, I’m Paul. I’ll like to know if you offer design services, do let me know. Thanks.

        …said he came across my profile on Creative Hotlist.

        Alias: Paul William (heloowilliam@gmail.com)
        Phone: (317) 943-3322

        Below are his “details for the job” -funny thing, besides the misspellings, it was the all caps that got me to dig a little deeper with Google 🙂

        It is detailed; it’s a newly established company.

        The company is really based on sales of furniture such as Ottomans, Desk lamps, Sectional, Buffets & Sideboards, Counter & Bar Stools, Kitchen Cabinet, Sofa, Office Chair, Accent tables, King bench bed etc.

        v Company Name: LAMBENT DREAMS FURNITURE & HOME.

        v MY WEBSITE IS UNDER FABRICATION WHICH WOULD BE REGISTERED SOON.

        v I DON’T HAVE LOGO BUT NEED ONE MADE-TO-ORDER BY YOU.

        v THE FULL TEXT CONTENT AND ALL IMAGES FOR THE CATALOG WILL BE SUBMITTED TO YOU BY THE PROJECT CONSULTANT YOU’LL JUST HANDLE THE LAYOUT.

        v THE BROCHURE SHOULD BE 24 IN PAGES (INCLUDING FRONT AND BACK COVER) BECAUSE I HAVE LOT INFORMATION, APPROVED AND CROSSCHECK TEXT AND IMAGES.

        v THE SIZE OF BROCHURE SHOULD BE 8.5 X 11.5.

        LAMBENT DREAMS MEANING TO ME:
        LAMBENT DREAMS TO ME IS A METAPHOR TO ILLUSTRATE SECURE AND INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP.

        WHAT IT SHOULD MEAN TO MY CUSTOMERS
        WHOSOEVER PURCHASE OUR FURNITURE SHOULD BE GUARANTEE OF RELISH AND CONVENIENCE’ THAT’S WHAT IT SHOULD MEAN TO MY CUSTOMERS.

        WHAT MAKES MY COMPANY UNIQUE TO ITS CUSTOMERS
        WHAT MAKES LAMBERT DREAMS FURNITURE UNIQUES TO CUSTOMER/.LOCATION IS THAT THERE’S NO OTHER FURNITURE COMPANY NEARBY ALSO IT NAME AND STYLE.

        PURPOSE OF BUSINESS
        THE PURPOSE OF MY BUSINESS IS TO BRING MODERN FURNITURE THAT WILL PROVIDE PRIDE FOR EVERYONE.

        WHO MY BUSINESS SERVES
        MY CUSTOMERS AND OTHERS WHO ARE WILLING TO PATRONIZE OUR COMPANY.

        OUR PERSONALITY
        WE HAVE AN INSPIRING PERSONALITY

        WHAT THE BRAND SHOULD REPRESENT
        MY BRAND SHOULD REPRESENT “HIGH QUALITY OPTION”

        BRAND TONE
        THE TONE OF THE BRAND SHOULD BE “FRIENDLY”.

        MY TARGETS AND MISSION.

        1) My mission is to serve consumers and industrial market segment with leading edge product that will satisfy their needs in functionality, comfort and style.

        2) My core values are Autonomy and Growth.

        3) Most of our customer will be from the age of 35 and I will like to target their income demographics.

        4) I want my company to be perceived as Professional, I want them to know that we offer best prices and there’s a discount for every product when you are buying more than 3 pieces.

        5) I would like to compete with other furniture company. My main competitor is IKEA, my favorite products is Accent Tables.

        6) For colors I would like Red, Orange and Brown (let me know what you think about that).

        7) In the next Decade I would like my company to be known worldwide.

        Important elements that I would like to stress are:
        Friendly
        Modern
        High Quality
        Intimate
        Secure
        Convenient
        Effective
        Efficient
        Value
        For logo inspirations you can look at brands like America Signature Furniture, Crate&Barrel, West Elm or Williams Sonoma.

        • Liam Strain on April 26, 2019 at 2:34 pm

          I just got this one, word for word, this week.

          • Lisa on April 30, 2019 at 6:48 pm

            JUST RECEIVED THIS TODAY… when I ask to set up a phone call he completely ignored me. MARK LOWERY is the name
            It is detailed; it’s a newly established company.

            The company is really based on sales of furniture such as Ottomans, Desk lamps, Sectional, Buffets & Sideboards, Counter & Bar Stools, Kitchen Cabinet, Sofa, Office Chair, Accent tables, King bench bed etc.

            v Company Name: LAMBENT DREAMS FURNITURE & HOME.

            v MY WEBSITE IS UNDER FABRICATION WHICH WOULD BE REGISTERED SOON.

            v I DON’T HAVE LOGO BUT NEED ONE MADE-TO-ORDER BY YOU.

            v THE FULL TEXT CONTENT AND ALL IMAGES FOR THE CATALOG WILL BE SUBMITTED TO YOU BY THE PROJECT CONSULTANT YOU’LL JUST HANDLE THE LAYOUT.

            v THE BROCHURE SHOULD BE 24 IN PAGES (INCLUDING FRONT AND BACK COVER) BECAUSE I HAVE LOT INFORMATION, APPROVED AND CROSSCHECK TEXT AND IMAGES.

            v THE SIZE OF BROCHURE SHOULD BE 8.5 X 11.5.

            LAMBENT DREAMS MEANING TO ME:
            LAMBENT DREAMS TO ME IS A METAPHOR TO ILLUSTRATE SECURE AND INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP.

            WHAT IT SHOULD MEAN TO MY CUSTOMERS
            WHOSOEVER PURCHASE OUR FURNITURE SHOULD BE GUARANTEE OF RELISH AND CONVENIENCE’ THAT’S WHAT IT SHOULD MEAN TO MY CUSTOMERS.

            WHAT MAKES MY COMPANY UNIQUE TO ITS CUSTOMERS
            WHAT MAKES LAMBERT DREAMS FURNITURE UNIQUES TO CUSTOMER/.LOCATION IS THAT THERE’S NO OTHER FURNITURE COMPANY NEARBY ALSO IT NAME AND STYLE.

            PURPOSE OF BUSINESS
            THE PURPOSE OF MY BUSINESS IS TO BRING MODERN FURNITURE THAT WILL PROVIDE PRIDE FOR EVERYONE.

            WHO MY BUSINESS SERVES
            MY CUSTOMERS AND OTHERS WHO ARE WILLING TO PATRONIZE OUR COMPANY.

            OUR PERSONALITY
            WE HAVE AN INSPIRING PERSONALITY

            WHAT THE BRAND SHOULD REPRESENT
            MY BRAND SHOULD REPRESENT “HIGH QUALITY OPTION”

            BRAND TONE
            THE TONE OF THE BRAND SHOULD BE “FRIENDLY”.

            MY TARGETS AND MISSION.

            1) My mission is to serve consumers and industrial market segment with leading edge product that will satisfy their needs in functionality, comfort and style.

            2) My core values are Autonomy and Growth.

            3) Most of our customer will be from the age of 35 and I will like to target their income demographics.

            4) I want my company to be perceived as Professional, I want them to know that we offer best prices and there’s a discount for every product when you are buying more than 3 pieces.

            5) I would like to compete with other furniture company. My main competitor is IKEA, my favorite products is Accent Tables.

            6) For colors I would like Red, Orange and Brown (let me know what you think about that).

            7) In the next Decade I would like my company to be known worldwide.

            Important elements that I would like to stress are:
            Friendly
            Modern
            High Quality
            Intimate
            Secure
            Convenient
            Effective
            Efficient
            Value
            For logo inspirations you can look at brands like America Signature Furniture, Crate&Barrel, West Elm or Williams Sonoma.



          • Beth Davis on June 19, 2019 at 10:10 am

            Got almost the same one. Mark Lowery. Phone # 317 943 3322 – said it was for Veehaus Furniture Company. More like Pee-Haus



  129. Jeff on May 17, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    Got one of these emails today. Thanks for posting!

    • Amy Masson on May 18, 2018 at 6:54 am

      I find that they stop for a while and then start up again. The most recent one I got claimed he was a doctor that needed a new website… and do I take credit cards?

  130. Ted Sneed on April 1, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    So glad that people are posting about this. I was just a few step away from starting to work on the site. There were many red flags, but this was my first freelance gig since I opened my business, not but a week after I received my business license.

    Here’s what I was sent after an initial email asking if I do website design.
    From: John Salazar

    Thanks for your responds, below is my project details

    Here is the job details I have small scale business which I want to turn into large scale business now it located in MN and the company is based on importing and exporting of Sport wears such as running jacket, jersey, dance wear, socks, boots etc. for both adult youth ladies and girls so I need a best of the best layout design for it. Can you handle that for me ? The site would only be informational, so I need you to give me an estimate based on my want below, the estimate should include hosting and I have a private project consultant, he has the text content and the logos for the site.

    WHAT I WANT-

    I need a very simple informational website that shows the products that I sell.

    (4 main pages)

    HOME PAGE

    ABOUT US

    OUR PRODUCTS (gallery) – about 25 products for now and adding 5-10 new products every month. I want the product to be classified into 4 pages , which are

    Male : Adult and children , Female : Adult and children. so that the customers can get full details.

    CONTACT US – with a form to fill out so that they can get in contact with me.

    Domain Name I want- “johnwearforsport.com” or anything along that line.

    TIMELINE- this should go “live” in 3 months.

    Note:

    1. I want only English language

    2. You will be updating the site for me.

    3. I will be proving the images, logos and content for the site.

    4. I want the site up and running before ending of next three month.

    5. My budget is $3000 to $6000

    6. No shopping ability

    7. The site will be mobile friendly

    8. I don’t want sitemap

    9. I have 25 product to be on it.

    Kindly get back to me with:

    (1) an estimate

    (2) your cell phone number

    (3) And will like to know if you are the owner ??

    (4) Do you accept credit cards as payment ?

    I stumble across your website and emailed you.

    Regards
    John Salazar

    And later I got his contact info to check to see if he was for real.

    Hello,

    1.) My registered business name ; John Sport Wear
    2.) Billing address : 150 University Ave, Saint Paul MN 55114
    3.) Phone number : 201 608 3534

    A few red flags I noticed:

    1. He does not mention specifically which website he found me on.
    2. The address is a hospital
    3. The phone number is a google voice number
    4. When I called him he had a very thick Asian accent (I think), but yet is named John Salazar.
    5. He wanted me to buy his domain name for him, thats the first thing any good business person locks down.

    I’m just glad someone mentioned this scam before I really got to work. Keep posting about this to save newbie like myself.
    Thank you everyone!

  131. Social Saxon on March 22, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    Got the same here just now! so still doing the rounds. Has dropped the hearing part and actually came in two parts …

    PART 1
    Hello, I’m George, i would like to know if you do web design….And if you do credit card as form of payment??I’m hoping on your quick response.

    PART 2
    Thanks for your swift response, i have small scale business which i want to turn into large scale business and the company is based on fashion training so i need a best of the best layout design for it and i need you to check out this site but i need something more perfect than this if its possible http://www.elle.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.

    Note:

    1. I want the same number of pages 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 http://www.fashiontrainfield.net

    4. You will be updating the site for me.

    5. I will be proving the images, logos and content for the site.

    6. I want the site up and running before ending of next month.

    7. My budget is around £2500 to £4500

    Kindly get back to me with an estimate.

    Sigh, wish they would just leave us designers alone 🙂

    • Amy Masson on March 22, 2018 at 2:26 pm

      This one is going to be around for a long time I believe. Luckily, many of us have caught on to it!

  132. Thais Aquino on December 8, 2017 at 3:53 am

    I’m web designer and I received these emails 2 days ago:

    Good morning
    I’m Angelina I wanna know if you can handle website design for a new company and also if you do you accept credit cards ??

    Regards
    Angelina

    ————————————————-

    Thanks for your response I have small scale business which i want to turn into large scale business now it located in city 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 . 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.
    Note:
    1. I want the same number of pages 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 http://www.premium-farm.me
    4. you will be updating the site for me.
    5. i will be proving the images, logos and content for the site.
    6. i want the site up and running before (30-01-2018)
    7. My budget is $4000 to $6000
    Kindly get back to me with:
    (1) An estimate
    (2) And will like to know if you are the owner ?
    (3) Your cellphone number so that we can have suitable text on phone

    Thanks

    ————————-

    Thank you for your article!

    That’s a same: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/email-scam-targeting-web-designers-zach-zurn/

  133. Melanie Torres on November 9, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    Uff thank goodness I found this and other blogs revealing the truth about these scammers. First E-mail I got from them was in August 2017 it read:

    Thanks for your swift response and l have small scale business which i want to turn into large scale business now it located in city 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.farmhopethrive.org/…. 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.

    Note:
    1. I want the same number of pages 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 abxijefarmproduce.org
    4. you will be updating the site for me.
    5. i will be proving the images, logos and content for the site.
    6. i want the site up and running before ending of next month.
    7. My budget is $4000 to $10000

    Kindly get back to me with:
    (1) an estimate
    (2) your cell phone number
    (3) And will like to know if you are the owner ??

    Thank you

    ——

    I felt it to be fishy and did not even bother replying after that. Never heard from them since then. However, 11/05/17 I got a text for web design request. I had replied to their initial inquiry only to get this(which triggered my memory to that email):

    Thanks for the message, I have a small scale business which I want to turn into a large scale business, now it located in Alaska and the company is based on importing and exporting of Agriculture products such as Kola Nut, Gacillia Nut and Cocoa so I need the best layout design for it. Would be pleased if you could, I will need you to check out this site but I need something more perfect than this site if its possible.http://www.agroamerica.com… the site would only be informational, so I need you to give an estimate based on the site I gave you and should include hosting and I want the same page as the site I give you, so check it out and I have a private project consultant, he has the text content and the logos for the site.
    ——————

    To me it sounds way too similar to the email wording even though the URLs are different and certain words have been changed/omitted. What do you all think? I have received advice to just keep going along and see if I get the same results you have but not sure if it would safe to do so.

    • Amy Masson on November 9, 2017 at 7:57 pm

      Oh yeah, that one’s a scam too. Ignore it. I even got contacted by the real Agro America because my first post had the same link in it and they were getting bad publicity because of the scammers using their name.

  134. shail on October 9, 2017 at 10:29 pm
    • Amy Masson on October 10, 2017 at 7:10 am

      I’m not surprised. I got a new one just this weekend.

  135. Isaac Eiland-Hall on September 18, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    Heyyy, just got this via text. The first text was a little different, but when I googled the long message – word for word the same, this was the second hit on Google (the first hit also identified it as a scam). So they’re still at it. Thanks for this post! It sounded like a scam.

    • Amy Masson on September 18, 2017 at 7:00 pm

      Yeah, they seem to have dropped the hearing impaired part.

  136. hsshsshss on September 17, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    Hello Everyone, Received this text today. 9/17/2017
    757-744-3580
    you Asap…
    Do you do web design?.
    I have a job for you, send me your email address and i will send you the job details.

    Email sent, kindly get back as soon as possible… thanks

    THIS WAS THE EMAIL=
    Here is the job details

    I have small scale business which I want to turn into large scale business now it located in ALPHARETTA, GA 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 CarGill.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 found you through internet search.

    Note:
    1. I want the same number of pages 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 bestproduces.farm
    4. you will be updating the site for me.
    5. I will be proving the images, logos and content for the site.
    6. I want the site up and running in a month time.
    7. My budget is $8,000 to $10,000

    I will like to know if you are the owner ? Kindly get back to me with an estimate.Hope to read from you…

    I told them I received the email and would promptly get back to them. After doing some research on the name to see if this is a real person I found this blog showing me it was a scam. Hope everyone else learns before they get taken advantage of.
    Sincerly
    Johnathan Woodward (Owner/CEO)
    HyperSonicSites.com
    Staff@HyperSonicSites.com
    http://www.HyperSonicSites.com

  137. Amber Dunn on September 13, 2017 at 1:37 am

    Got the text then the email proposal – glad this site was here – thanks! Helped me avoid this trap.

  138. Ali Baig on August 30, 2017 at 2:04 am

    Hi.
    Exactly the same email is what i got from someone ..
    I was not aware of such a scammer . Just say the post and the comments . And found out .
    Thank GOD ..
    YOU GUYS SAVED ME ..
    cHEERS

    • Amy Masson on August 30, 2017 at 7:18 am

      These go away and then come back. I hadn’t seen it for a while and then got one this week.

  139. rickgama on August 5, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    it is a scam and i started to fall in but one one word saved me, that word was garnicia nut.

  140. The Talawa on June 22, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    Thank you. I am happy I googled this message prior to sending a reply.

    My message had the exact body paragraph with a different name. Thanks for saving me from a potential scam.

  141. tsmidt on March 30, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    Thank you! It stopped me from pursuing it. It actually started with a text message where they said they were referred to me but did not want to tell me the person’s name because the person had died and it makes them cry. Then emailed me with the same information you show above about being hearing impaired, produce, etc.

    • Amy Masson on March 30, 2017 at 12:16 pm

      I feel like it goes in spurts, I’ll get a lot for a while and they’ll drop off for a while.

  142. Claire Emily Design on November 15, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    Thing is I don’t do websites, I do Illustrations and graphics and pattern design so I have no clue where they got my phone number to text me.

    • Amy Masson on November 16, 2016 at 1:20 pm

      How does anyone find you? Do you have a website? Are you listed on job boards? I’ve had these both via text and via email. It tends to go in spurts. I won’t have any for a while and then I’ll get ten in a week. Irritating.

  143. Amy Masson on November 3, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    For a while I was getting them frequently… even got one via text. Haven’t had one in a while though.

  144. Gris on November 3, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    Their bad spelling is a give away!! I just got their juicy proposal :/

  145. Karissa Skirmont on September 20, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    I got this and immediately Googled the message body, found it to be the same as yours. Didn’t bother even emailing them.

    Tina Simmons Website Design for a new Company Needed
    Hi,

    My name is Tina Simmons, I’m hearing impaired, 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 ASAP so i can send you the job details.

    Thanks,

    Tina Simmons
    Office Equipment by Simmons
    720-689-2574

    • Amy Masson on September 21, 2015 at 7:20 am

      These are really annoying, I’m getting them weekly now. I even got one via text message!

      • Edward on July 30, 2016 at 8:04 pm

        You are awesome, thanks for posting this. I dont have much spare time and to be wasting what little time I do have on people like this is just plain annoying. You saved me a lot of trouble. I hope others decide to google the email body. It sounded suspect right from the get go. They came to me through Yellow pages which is where I get a fair bit of my work so they almost got away with stealing my time. The spelling is bad and the way that they address people ie, Good Day and Good to read your reply.

      • Nikhil Ghorpade on August 27, 2018 at 4:08 pm

        Hello Amy,

        Thanks for posting it, this guy should be barred in Jail. I also got messages from same person and he mentions his below contact info.

        COOKSEY KELVIN
        Cooksey Sport Wear – Owner
        cksklvn@gmail.com
        612 460 0647

        • Molly on November 29, 2018 at 2:01 pm

          Thanks for posting your details. I got the same email and was about to start work. The contact info you posted came up on a google search for “Cooksey Kelvin Spam” and it’s the only reason I didn’t start work!

          • Amy Masson on November 29, 2018 at 2:47 pm

            So glad you didn’t get sucked into this scam!



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