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We have received a number of emails now with the subject “WEBSITE DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT NEEDED”. The email looks like a regular inquiry for web design services. However, once we replied back, the story keeps getting complicated.
Here’s the email we received: “Hello I am Lucas wollmann and i am hearing impaired i need to know if you can handle website design for a new company and i also need to know if you accept credit cards as form of payment ? i have small scale business which i want to turn into large scale business now and the company is based on importing and exporting of Agricultural 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?”
We responded to this email, to tell them we do render web development services and that we invoice via PayPal, allowing our customers to use all major credit cards. Immediately, get a response back, that the credit card he uses doesn’t work with PayPal.
After a few emails back and forth in the next couple of hours, he agrees on paying via PayPal, but…there is a but… He is in the hospital, and so he can’t pay the graphic designer so he will send us more money than decided on so that we can send the rest of it to his graphic designer. Red flags all over … We stopped communication with this individual. After two weeks we get another email with the exact same words but a different name. And 2 weeks after, yet another one with a different name.
The purpose for this blog post, is to warn all web design companies and freelancers of this scam. Hope we helped.