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Graphic Design Phishing Scam - Joe

In a perfect world scammers wouldn't exist, but since they do I'm collecting all their messages out there for other designers.

First message:

Joe Covington Hello, my name is Joe Covington. I've just started my business and am looking for someone to build my website. If you work with new companies, please let me know and I will send you the job details ASAP. Thank you

I actually thought this was a real lead, the first message is a lot different than most scams...

My response:

Hi Joe,

Thank you for reaching out to me! Yes, I work with new companies. Let me know the details and I will give you an estimate. Do you have a logo?

Thank you!

Their response:

Thanks for your response, I have a business which I want to turn into a large business now located in the state and the company is based on exporting smaller products within the automotive niche like parts and tools. so i need the best of the best layout design for it. Can you handle that for me ?

So i need you to check out this site but i need something more perfect than this if possible ething more perfect than this if its possible 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 will be providing the images, logos and content for the site.

2 . I want the site up and running before the end of next two months.

3 . My budget is $4000 to 8000

4. I want the same number of pages with the example site I gave you to check excluding videos and blogs.

5. I want only English

6. I don't have a domain yet but i want the domain name as

7 . you will be updating the site for me.

Kindly get back to me with:

(1) Budget estimate

(2) Your name

(3) And would like to know if you are the owner ??


1. Ergonomic Car Seat Cushion ·

3. 2. Car Air Purifier ·

5. 3. Car Cleaning Glue ·

6. 4. Dashcam.

My red flag was "And would like to know if you are the owner ??" and "can you handle that for me?" All these spam messages seem to say that.

My response:

Why are you trying to scam me? It's not right.

Joe, get a life and stop scamming people.

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