"Hello My name is Richard Carson, 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."
Then an email that tells me, "I have a private project consultant, he has the text content and the logos for
the site. I will send you a credit card number to charge for the site"
It seemed kind of fishy that he didn't contact me through my website. In fact, as we started trading texts, it became clear that he'd never even looked at my site! This is one of those times that I really appreciate how easy it is to look up information on the web. I did a simple search 'Scams on Web Designers' and found results about this scam immediately. In fact, here was the wording in an email to another designer,
"I'm Kyle Roger, I am hearing impaired.I would love to 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."
Wow. "I will send you my credit card to charge for the sum of $3,450.00. You will deduct $250.00 as a deposit for the design of the website plus extra $200.00 as a tip for handling for me and you will send the remaining $3,000.00 to the project consultant that has the text content and the logo for my website (he needs this first) so once he receives the $3,000.00 he would send the text content and logo needed for my website to you."
Apparently, the scammer gives his credit card number to pay his consultant for the text content and logos for the site. He'll have me charge a credit card number he stole with a larger than needed charge, pay myself a 'tip' then have me send him the remaining money. Kind of like the 'Nigerian Prince" scam. Watch out!!!!