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So this happened… the latest scam

 

So this happened… Remember the Nigerian Prince who wanted you to get the money from his account? Well apparently he grew up and got a business. Watch out for this latest scam. Skip to the last two messages if you’re short of time! xx

Leigh

>> On 03/12/2018 22:53, truesilver.co.uk wrote:
>>>> Name: XXXXX
>>>> Email: XXXXX
>>>> Phone:  XXXXX
>>>> Comments: Hello
>>>>
>>>> Good day and hope you\’re doing good, i would loved to ask if you handle website design for small scale business ?
>>>>
>>>> Thanks

 

>> On Tue, 4 Dec 2018 at 09:48, Truesilver Web Design & Marketing wrote:
>>>
>>> Hi XXXX
>>>
>>> Thanks so much for getting in touch.
>>>
>>> We do indeed. Our websites start from 80p per day and give you everything you need for a basic website.
>>>
>>> It would be great to have a chat about what you need – when would be a good time to call?
>>>
>>> Warm regards
>>>
>>> Leigh Frost
>>> truesilver
>>> Marketing & Web Design

 

>> On 04/12/2018 09:40, XXXXX wrote:
>>> Good morning
>>>
>>> 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 XXXXXX  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
>>>
>>> XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
>>>
>>> CONTACT US – with a form to fill out so that they can get in contact with me.
>>>
>>> Domain Name i want- XXXXXXXXXXXXX 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 £2500 to £7500
>>>
>>> 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,
>>>
>>> Thanks
>>>

 

> On Tue, 4 Dec 2018 at 16:14, Truesilver Web Design & Marketing wrote:
>>
>> Good afternoon!
>>
>> Always nice to talk to someone who knows that they want…
>>
>> We’ve done a lot of work with XXXX companies, though not importers so it should be an interesting project. We specialise in websites that are scaleable with your business, so there are a few options.
>>
>> I’ve attached our web packages list and here’s an explanation of which package is suitable depending on your goals. Managing content / uploading is separate as are images (if required)
>>
>> Happy to arrange a chat – I’m on XXXX . I’m in and out of meetings, but leave a message and I’ll call you straight back.
>>
>>
>> [[ Proposal removed for privacy ]]
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> I’m the owner of Truesilver Web Design & Marketing. We’ve been in business 14 years. I have a small team of marketing assistants, web developers and graphic designers as well as a PA and a bookkeeper, but clients always deal with me and I ensure that all work is completed to the highest standard.
>>
>> I’ve checked the domain you requested and XXXXX.co.uk is available, though you might also want XXXXX.co.uk as people may look for XXXX as well.
>>
>>
>> There’s a couple of points it would be good to talk about to check we’re understanding each other correctly:
>>
>> You’ve said you don’t want sitemap – do you mean a user sitemap or a Google sitemap? Both come free with our packages. The Google sitemap is important as that’s how Google indexes your content, helping you get found by new customers. But we can talk about that and we can possibly disable it if you particularly want to keep your content hidden.
>>
>> No shopping ability – totally understand that you don’t want people to buy on the site, still the ecommerce solution is a good way to manage the types of products you’re taking about. We can just take the prices off… again though we can talk about that.
>>
>> You seem to have quite a large budget for a non-ecommerce site – do let me know if there’s anything I’ve missed?
>>
>> Warm regards
>>
>> Leigh
>>

 

> On 04/12/2018 20:37, XXXXX wrote:
>> Hello
>>
>> Good day and thanks for the prompts responses.
>>
>> The cost really sounds good to me and i will like to move forward with the project so kindly get back to me as soon as possible so that i can proceed with the deposit payment using my credit card.
>>
>> Thanks
>>

 

 

On Wed, 5 Dec 2018 at 09:44, Truesilver Web Design & Marketing  wrote:
>
> Hi there
>
> I’ve just tried your number, sorry it is a little early in the morning still.
>
> No worries at all. I’ve got a meeting from 9am but will give you a call again a little after 12noon and see where we go from there. If there is a better time to call, or a mobile number, do let me know.
>
> If you can let me know which package you would like to go for and email me your full name and address I can get your account set up in advance.
>
> Warm regards
>
> Leigh

 

On 05/12/2018 11:39, XXXX  wrote:
> Good morning Leigh
>
> Thanks for getting back to me, i want you to understand that for now i will prefer communicating with you via email but of my current condition here in the hospital, I understand that the content text and logo would be needed so the work can get started immediately but could you please do me a little favor regarding the content text and logo.
>
> Also I want you to understand my current condition that I’m still in the hospital and in few days I will undergo my surgery the major reason why I need your help.
>
> The favor i need is that i will be making upfront deposit payment for the project and i want you to add the sum of £4,080.00 to the amount you will run on my card plus 3% Cc company charges. So when you receive the fund in your account, you will send the £4,080.00 to the project consultant that has the text content , imagery and the logo for my website.
>
> Once he receive the fund, he would send the imagery, content text and logo needed for my website to you immediately,I want work to start immediately and everything should work out fine.
>
> I want you to assist me with this because the project consultant are not set up for credit card and they don’t have any facilities to charge credit card and my current state of health does not allow me to go to the bank myself to make the deposit.
>
> I hope you understand me? Looking forward to hear back from you.
>
> Thanks
>
>

 

Hi (Apologies I still don’t have your first name)

So sorry to hear you’re in hospital. Good luck for the surgery.

We actually don’t need logos or text at this stage so you wouldn’t need to make the payment through us, you could wait until you were out of hospital.

Plus, I’m afraid taking payment on behalf of someone else would actually be in contravention of The Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds Regulations 2017 (SI 2017 No. 692) and leave us liable for prosecution.

I totally understand this probably means you need to find someone else for your project.

Do hope you manage to get things sorted.

Warm regards

Leigh

 

(Note from Leigh: I have so far had no further response from the scammer – which is a shame. I was almost hoping they would come back with something clever… lol)

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