How I could have been scammed!

I got several emails and texts earlier this year that i never got around to engaging with, they sent me txts too. But this one was a different topic and i got curious so I started up the conversation: Note: I’m leaving out my replies.


Email 1:

> Hello
> I’m Kelvin 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 and also are you the owner of your facility???

Email 2:

Well i have a small clothing business for both male and female which i run here  in city am trying to expand the business and i want you to build an informational website for it for advertisement and to increase my sales i need you to checkout this site but i need something more perfect than this it is possible,  site would only be informational, so i need you to give me an estimate .the estimate should include hosting and i want the site to have not more than 8 pages since it is informational.i have a private project graphic designer ,he has the text content, images and the logos for the site.

1. I want only English language
2. I don’t have a domain yet but i want the domain name as or
3.You will be updating the site for me.
4. I will be proving the images,logos and content for the site.
5. I want the site up and running before ending of next month.
6. My budget is $2000 to $5000 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 ??
MY CELL PHONE NUMBER: 817) 890-2914

for selling i just want it informational please get back to me with an estimate and i can payment to get started thanks

Email 3:
Thanks for getting back to me,Well i only wanted an informational site,i  like the layout of the site that is why it was sent to you as sample,i will like to with the think that will be better as a domain name you can purchase that for me.I am not selling on the site yet that is why i want it informational for now.I have up to 50 items i want to upload on the site for now .i want the site updated monthly each time i have new designs i want to upload on the site.I will like the search engine optimization ,It will make it easier for people to get to my site my budget is for the website alone ,i will have my private project graphic designer forward the information you will be needing as soon as you come up with an estimate.i will like you to get back to me with your estimate so we can proceed.

get back to me with your quote.

Email 4:
Okay good  am okay with the cost of  $****  does that include processing  fee + tax and am ready to make down the payment Asap??
and also what type of merchant processor are you using for processing payment??

So can you also get back to me with your personal cell phone so i can text you and call you??

I was suspicious at the start, so i googled and found this blog post: that helped confirm what I suspected it was.

I’ll be posting about this blog and this scam attempt on me on my Facebook/Twitter/Linkedin/and blog.

Thanks again to Robert Bowick, iHenix!

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