Web Design Scam


Via SMS/Text

Caller Name: Joe Wilson

Spam Type: Scam

Last Updated: 1 month ago

Details for 17742805664

This number was a website design scam over text message. I initially received a message on my business line asking about website design services. Below is the initial text exchange:

The Text Exchange


Hi, do you still offer website services ?


Yes I do. Are you building a new site or do you already have one?


Thanks for your response
I’m Dr Wilson, I’ve a small scale business which I’m trying to expand and I need an informative website for it. Wilas farms is a growing small scale agricultural enterprise that’s involved in the importation and exportation of fresh agricultural products such as kola nut, Gacillia Nut and Cocoa. What’s your email so I send you the job description to you to review and get back to me with a proposal.


I just sent the description to your email, pls do confirm once you receive it.


I’ve received the email thank you. Also where are you located?




okay, I’ve that done


Ok great. I’ll reach out to you if I need any additional information. I want to give you as accurate of an estimate as possible.


Okay. Are you the owner of your company ?





The Followup Email

Below is a copy of the email message that was sent to me from [email protected]:

I need you to check out this site but I need something more perfect than this if it’s possible http://www.agroamerica.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. 
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 
3. I don’t have a domain yet but I want the domain name as Joefarms.net 
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 the end of next  month. 
7. My budget is $3000 to $6000  
Kindly get back to me with: 
(1) An estimate  
(2) Also do you own the company 
(3) Payment option   
Best Regards,
Joe. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.

Explanation of the Scam

There are plenty of red flags here to be confident it was a scam (a real doctor wouldn’t have such bad grammar etc…). I began doing some research to find out exactly how the scam works.

The key to this scam is the part of the email that says, “…i have a private project consultant, he has the text content and the logos for the site.”

After doing some research on the web, I found someone who actually already had all the details. Basically, if you follow up with the scammer, eventually they’ll have a very odd request. He’ll tell you that his project consultant doesn’t take credit cards and offers to pay you via credit card for what he owes you and the project consultant, and for you to send the difference to the consultant via check. If you do this, you’ll get a nice credit card payment which seems great, but then after your check to the project consultant clears the bank, you get hit with a fraud charge and the credit card payment you received gets reversed. This leaves you out whatever money you sent via a check and then they all just disappear on you.

The moral of the story is always make sure you have a client vetting process to ensure clients are legit – especially when it comes to cold clients that you don’t already know or haven’t been referred to by an existing client.

Did you receive a call from this number? Let us know in the comments below when and what the call was about so we can update the information here and help others know who called them.

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