This one is a sophisticated fraud. Be very alert, specially small business owners.
Someone posed as a genuine buyer of my business services. When I started communicating, he seems to be accepting my quote for what he needs. At last stage of communication, the fraudster introduces favor request that is fishy. When I investigated and provoked the person further, he vanishes.
The email person used is: email@example.com
The Name person used is Jack Williams
Below are all the details of my communication with the person. Start reading from bottom.
Your Business Closed or Bankrupt?
On 2018-10-20 16:05, c@ma———-es.com wrote:
It is not a normal practice to charge for someone else and forward the
money. It is mostly a fraud (even if you are a legitimate customer.)
and is illegal.
In case you want this to be done; I will need the current, complete
criminal record check of you and your project consultant before I can
say anything. After I receive that, I can speak to my legal adviser if
he suggests to do this kind of favor at all. And even if he says yes,
I will need legal clearances and exact matching credit card numbers
and names used for criminal record check before doing so. Not to
mention way too high hourly charges that will be charged to you.
Are you sure you want to go to such an hassle? Not worth from my side.
Reply me with the credit card picture, your ID picture, your cell
number (I have asked it 3rd time now) and I will see what I can do.
Hope you are a lawful customer 🙂
Also, surprisingly, the consultant who is charging so much for text
and logo has no arrangement to charge via credit cards!? Are you
really sticking with that consultant? Change the consultant! That is
what I will advice!
On 2018-10-20 14:53, Jack Williams wrote:
I am okay with the estimate and thank you so much for staying within
my budget, i really appreciate that. I will pay an upfront of $3,400
which is 50% of the total amount using my credit card so work can
commence ASAP. I understand the content for the site would be needed
for the job to commence. On the other hand i would need you to do me a
little favor because the consultant that would provide the contents
does not have facilities to charge payments for now and i am presently
receiving my hearing treatment at the hospital and the doctors say i
would go through surgical process soon. I want you to charge $8,750 on
my card then you take $3,400 as deposit payment for my web design plus
$100 for the stress this may cause you and the remain of $5,250 you
would send across to the project consultant to enable her forward the
text content and logos. Let me know how many percent surcharge it is
for credit card processing and the processing platform you use.
On Sat, Oct 20, 2018 at 11:12 AM <c@m—————s.com> wrote:
Wish you good luck in your business expansion plan. I saw the
example website (cargill). On the basis of the details you provided;
1. Estimate is:
$6800 one time payment, $37/- per month after one year for monthly
services of domain name, hosting, SSL and Emails. These services are
included for first year. We will need to transfer your domain
(thecosfood.com ) to us. (We will handle that with your
permission). main payment term: 50% payment at commencing; 25% at
first draft and balance 25% at delivery of the website.
2. Delivery of the website design will be 100% on your timeline. (by
the end of the next month). It will be complete custom design made
only for your business. And gladly, we will host your website on our
3. My cell is 780-231-7420 (Please don’t forget to send your cell
4. Website updating once complete: We will discuss monthly website
updating conditions after going live. It is too early to
anticipate/discuss updating requirements.
5. Yes, I am owner of the company directly responding to your email.
Let me know when you would like to start. Your plan deadline is
approaching fast so sooner we start working, sooner it will be for
the changes to happen that you may have in your mind and will
visualize after the first draft design of the website.
Thanks again for your business inquiry
Good luck with your business plan
https://marvelwebsites.com: Chander Diverse Businesses Ltd.
On 2018-10-19 23:55, Jack Williams wrote: Hi,
Sorry for the late response, I am not feeling too well so i’m taking
things slowly. I am glad to read back from you. My wife and I have
small scale business which we intend to turn into large scale, It is
located in Sarnia ON and it is based on importing and exporting of
Agriculture products such as Almond Nut, Hazel nut, Pistachio,
Gacillia Nut and Cashew nut so i need a good layout design for it.
you handle that for me ? So i need you to check out this site but i
need something similar if possible www.cargill.com  [1 ] the
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
and but we do not want more than 15-20 pages for the site as we want
it to only be informational and a Contact Us page. I have a project
consultant that is working on the text content and logos for the
We do not want Videos and blogs for the site
We want only English language
We don’t have a domain yet but i want the domain name as
thecosfood.com  [2 ]
You will be updating the site for me.
We want the site up and running by the end of next Month.
My budget is $3,000 to $10,000
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 of the company ?
On Fri, Oct 19, 2018 at 2:28 PM <c@m—————–s.com> wrote:
Thanks for your inquiry.
Yes I can handle that for you.
Please send your contact details for further discussion.
P.S. Sorry, your email landed in spam due to very less content so I
took time to respond.
On 2018-10-17 15:46, Jack Williams wrote: Hi, I need a website for
my business. Can you handle that for me?
Hi, I need a website for my business. Can you handle that for me?