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Scam ReporterScam Tips Received
Anonymous
Fort Smith, AR, United States
2015-06-02 15:21:31
Overpayment Scam
Website DesignerEmail Attached
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Witney Wharf
Email Address:
   witneywharf@gmail.com
EMAIL SCAM TARGETING WEB DESIGNERS / GRAPHIC ARTISTS.
There are a couple of different approaches to their initial contact. One is a website proposal and the other is brief “project question and do you accept credit cards” …and you may or may not get the ‘hearing impaired’ pitch.

It’s an overpayment scam where the scammer pays more than he’s supposed to, as much as double or triple, then asks you to reimburse the difference. Since it can take weeks for his payment to clear your bank, in the meantime you’re sending payment for the difference, while his payment is being denied by all the banks it’s passed through, and now he has your money for the “overpayment”. His payment bounces, you get hit with fees, and at the worst, you could end up being investigated for being part of illegal activities!

HERE ARE THE NAMES on EMAIL S I HAVE RECENTLY RECEIVED BUT THERE ARE MANY MANY MORE.
WITNEY WHARF
EDDIE M. VAUGH
LEVERETT HARQUIN
FRANKLIN CAMPBELL
PAMELA KERRY
MARK COLE

Here is a link to a blog that has a lot more information.
http://www.alvalyn.com/email-scam-targets-web-designers/#comment-24793


EMAILS I HAVE PERSONALLY RECEIVED

WITNEY WHARF

FIRST EMAIL
On Feb 7, 2015, at 9:29 AM, witney wharf wrote:
Good Morning
I'm Witney,am hearing impaired.i would love to know if you can handle website design for a new company and also if you do you accept credit cards ?? kindly get back to me ASAP so i can send you the job details.

Regards
Witney Wharf
SECOND EMAIL
From: witney wharf [mailto:witneywharf@gmail.com]
Sent: Saturday, February 07, 2015 2:41 PM
Subject: Re: ATTN Website Design Needed!

Thanks for your swift response
Here is the job details
I have small scale business which i want to turn into large scale business now it located in TN and the company is based on importing and exporting of Agriculture 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 ?. so i need you to check out this site but i need something more perfect than this if its 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.
Note:
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 language
3. I don't have a domain yet but i want the domain name as topfarmproduce.com
4. you will be updating the site for me.
5. i will be proving the images, logos and content for the site.
6. i want the site up and running before ending of next month.
7. My budget is $4000 to $8000

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 ??

Text from Witney (exactly as received…grammar/punctuation)
“Hello, Is this Lea Taylor? this is Mrs.Witney Wharf. you sent me your cell via email.please I want to know your total estimate for the project,thanks”

EDDIE M. VAUGH
From: Eddie M. Vaugh [mailto:eddiev454@hotmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, June 02, 2015 12:53 PM
Subject: RE: Web Design Needed!

Yes that's from my colleague we work together so you can ignore another email and start communicating with me so we can proceed about the web design.
________________________________________
Subject: Re: Web Design Needed!
Date: Tue, 2 Jun 2015 12:50:52 -0500
To: eddiev454@hotmail.com
This is the same information I received from another website inquiry.

On Jun 2, 2015, at 12:49 PM, Eddie M. Vaugh wrote:
Thanks for your swift response

Here is the job details

I have small scale business which i want to turn into large scale business now it located in TN and the company is based on importing and exporting of Agriculture 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 ?. so i need you to check out this site but i need something more perfect than this if its 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.
Note:
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 language
3. I don't have a domain yet but i want the domain name as
premiumfarmproduce.com
4. you will be updating the site for me.
5. i will be proving the images, logos and content for the site.
6. i want the site up and running before ending of next month.
7. My budget is $4000 to $8000

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 ??


Regards
Eddie M. Vaugh

________________________________________
Date: Tue, 2 Jun 2015 10:56:18 -0500
Subject: RE: Web Design Needed!
To: eddiev454@hotmail.com
Good morning! Yes we can handle website design and we accept credit cards however there is an additional transaction fee.

From: Eddie M. Vaugh [mailto:eddiev454@hotmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, June 02, 2015 7:45 AM
Subject: Web Design Needed!

Good Day

I'm Eddie, I would love to know if you can handle website design for a new company and also if you do you accept credit cards ?? kindly get back to me ASAP so i can send you the job details.

Regards
Eddie M. Vaugh

LEVERETT HARQUIN
From: outlook_c86314241a05de74@outlook.com [mailto:outlook_c86314241a05de74@outlook.com] On Behalf Of Leverett Harquin
Sent: Friday, April 10, 2015 2:08 AM
Subject: WEBSITE INQUIRY
Hello Am Leverett Harquin, Am making an inquiry to know if you can handle website design for a small scale business and also if you do you accept credit cards ?? kindly get back to me ASAP so i can send you the job details.

Thanks
Leverett

FRANKLIN CAMPBELL
From: franklin campbell [mailto:franklincamp@outlook.com]
Sent: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 9:12 AM
To: adams.joel27@yahoo.com
Subject: website designer

Good Day,
I'm Franklin Campbell ,I will like to know if you can handle website design for a clothing shop and also if you do you accept credit cards ?? kindly get back to me ASAP so i can send you the job details.

Another one:
From: franklin campbell [mailto:franklincamp@outlook.com]
Sent: Tuesday, May 26, 2015 9:48 AM
To: adams.joel27@yahoo.com
Subject: website designer

Good Day,
I'm Franklin Campbell ,I will like to know if you can handle website design for a clothing shop and also if you do you accept credit cards ?? kindly get back to me ASAP so i can send you the job details.


MARK COLE
From: mark cole [mailto:mcole101@outlook.com]
Sent: Tuesday, April 28, 2015 4:39 AM
Subject: website design for a new company

Good Day, Am Mark Cole i am an hearing impaired.i wanna know if you can handle website design for a new company and also if you do you accept credit cards kindly get back to me with you requested so i can send you the job details. Thanks Mark.

PAMELA KERRY
From: Pamela Kerry [mailto:pkerry005@gmail.com]
Sent: Saturday, May 09, 2015 8:24 PM
To: info@whatifcreative.com
Subject: DESIGN

Good Day

I'm Kerry by Name and i would love to know if you can handle website design for a new company and also if you do you accept credit cards ?? kindly get back to me ASAP so i can send you the job details.

Regards
Kerry
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