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Scammers Targeting Graphic Companies so BEWARE!

All graphic design companies beware of scammers attacking your business. These scammers are trying to get you sucked into doing a job for them and then turning around and getting you to pay thousands of dollars. I was recently attacked by a scammer that was looking for website design work. I understood what he was trying to do very quickly, but I wanted to entertain the scam in order to give my fellow colleagues some well need information to keep you safe.

Watch Out for This Email

The first thing they will do is send an email that seems well enough trying to get you to respond back to them about getting a quote for a website design proposal.

Good morning,
How are you doing an hope your weekend was awesome,I wanna know if you can handle website design for a new company and also if you do you accept credit cards?

Abundant Blessing
Josh

From hereI was in meetings all day and did not get back to my house until later in the day when I received a phone call from a (347) area code. This seemed odd since most of my work comes from San Antonio as a (210) area code. It was Josh from the email which made it seem even more legit since I was speaking with an actual human being. The phone call was short and it was extremely hard to understand what he was saying. He wanted me to get the proposal over to him ASAP and if we could just text instead of calling which to I agreed.

The Proposal

I sent the proposal over to Josh in the morning outlining the details of the website, cost and timeline for him and his company members to look over. I got a notice back within 10 minutes saying the price was good. If someone agrees to a contract this fast with no push back on price you either charged way too less or the client is scamming you. He also sent stipulations on how to make the payments which is when the scam showed through.

Hello Friedel,
Thanks for your response, I am okay with the estimate everything sound good and i’m ready to make payment now with my credit card, I understand the content for this site would be needed so work can start asap but i will need a Little favor from you and the favor is that I will send you my credit card to charge for the sum of $7,100.00 plus 3% Cc company charges, You will deduct $3,000.00 for the design of the website plus extra $100.00 as a tip for handling perfect work for me and you will send the remaining $4,000.00 to the project consultant that has the text content and the logo for my website so once he receive the $4,000.00 he would send the text content and logo needed for my website to you so work can start asap,Sending of funds would be after money clears into your account, So you ready for my card # now ? or will you send me an invoice to make the payment ? what type of card merchant do you to process payment ?Kindly get back to me so we can proceed with payment asap.

Regards
Josh

Once this message was sent it was obvious to me that it was a SCAM, but I wanted to see for everyone in this same predicament that may not have seen this as a scam what to do.

Always use a third party payment system!

I asked him I could not do that but I could set-up a PayPal account that we could use to start the contract with and complete at the end of the project. He gave the excuse that PayPal always charges him double when doing payments and if we could just do it this once it would help him out. Make sure to always stick to your guns and never do anything you are not comfortable with because most of the time your gut is correct. He then proceeded to text me constently about using a system called Vantiv

I checked out the reviews on this website which were horrible and full of scam reviews. Always check on reviews before using a system you yet to use on a normal basis. Always be aware of anyone trying to push you into something quickly and harassing you to make a quick decision. Most scammers are looking for easy targets and unfortunately that is typically designers that are in need of money. Please be careful and really look into anyone you are signing a contract with today or tomorrow.

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  • Sharon Belknap
    December 4, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    Hello, I was sent a text today with the same request you described. The project was for Christian t-shirt logo designs. That’s when I knew it was a scam. I asked how he found my name, my work and he never replied. When the ‘favor’ came up I blocked his number.

    I’m grateful you posted here! Thank you for getting the word out!

    • admin
      December 5, 2018 at 6:56 am

      Hey Sharon,

      Thank you for commenting. I know too many hard working people that get attacked on these types of projects and all we can do is speak to our friends in the community to shut down these scams. Thank you again!

      • Jennymarie
        November 13, 2019 at 7:18 pm

        I literally found this while googling “Our Furniture Are Guarantee Of beauty, comfort And Convenience’ That’s What It Should Mean To My Customers.” because I thought this potential client that asked for a catalogue / branding package was a scammer . This just happened! He’s now using the moniker Jeff Tweed.

        I thought he was a scam because he reminded me of the Christian tee shirt guy who also tried to scam me 3 years ago!

        • Denice
          February 22, 2020 at 12:13 pm

          I just got him too he wanted a catalog and a logo this is terrifying. He contacted me through my Christian magazine that I design. Going by Richard Gray

        • Jesse
          March 1, 2020 at 9:43 pm

          Was the company name Abornlyf? I just got contacted by someone who in the brief I requested from them used that EXACT same wording, and yes, it is also for a furniture company. I gave him options of also accepting Zelle and Venmo but they said they do not use those and wanted me to set up an invoice for them using QuickBooks, Clover ect. So that I can charge their credit card.

          Starting getting the vibe it was also a scam at this point, wasn’t too alarmed about the CreativeHotlist part as I had back when I just graduated college made an account on there and completely forgot about it till now..

      • Preeti Nayee
        February 17, 2020 at 10:47 am

        HI Ian, you’re a good man. Thanks for warning us. I got a similar email today. I Googled the company HROWE FURNITURE and saw your post about Scam Alert. Scary to know that so many other designers have also been targeted in a similar way.

        Greetings,My name is Douglas , I would like to know if you can handle Brochure and Logo Design for my company and What’s the mode of payment do you accept??
        Kindly get back to me ASAP so i can send you the job details.
        Douglas Paul Jr
        (331) 256-2546

        I was foolish enough to reply. Then it said….

        Dear Preeti,
        Thank’s. I want you to know that this is the first time I will be doing a Logo design so I can only give you little details then you can decide on designs but I want the color to consist of Black and Gold with an image of an ancient chair. I want a very mature and presentable design and my budget for this project is $2000-3000 For the Brochure, I want a double folded A4 size brochure with 8 pages and I can only supply the text content and photos but all are with my project consultant but the logo and brochure will be designed by you and the due date for the project is 25th Of April, 2020.

        COMPANY NAME: HROWE FURNITURE
        This company is really based on Importing & Exporting of Furniture: Kitchen Cabinet, Sofa, Office Chair etc.

        HERE ARE THE DETAILS AND PROCEDURE OF THE JOB:
        1) Company Name: HROWE FURNITURE
        2) MY WEBSITE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION WHICH WOULD BE REGISTER VERY SOON
        3) I DON’T HAVE LOGO BUT NEED A CUSTOMIZED LOGO FROM YOU
        4) I COULD ONLY SUPPLY THE TEXT CONTENT AND PHOTO ALL ARE WITH MY PROJECT CONSULTANT BUT THE ARTWORK WILL BE DESIGNED BY YOU
        5) I WANT THE BROCHURE TO BE TRI-FOLD IT WILL BE FRONT & BACK THE TEXT AND THE PICTURE IS APPROVED AND CROSSCHECK
        6) THE SIZE OF BROCHURE IS 8.5 X 11.

        That all i can provide from my means and i hope you understand what i listed above i need more perfect Job. If you can handle this for me you will be my permanent graphics designer and i will meet you in person after this design is done, due to my trip to get some stuff for my company.

        Also i will be needing a favor from you. So you can start working on it ?

        Thats all i can provide from my end and i hope you understand what i listed above i need a more perfect Job.

        Kindly let me know the total cost of the Brochure and Logo Design if it’ll cost more than I budgeted.

        NOTE: My website is still under construction and will be completed soon.
        I would be very happy if the favor is highly considered.

        Kindly get back to me so we can proceed with payment asap
        While waiting to hear from remain blessed and Saved.
        Thanks
        Douglas Paul Jr
        (331) 256-2546

    • Matthew
      March 30, 2019 at 1:12 am

      I literally just got this message tonight. Lol. Christian logo t shirts designs. It’s pretty easy to tell a scam when they just dump the entire project on you and never mention cost. Also, the grammar is a dead giveaway.

    • Lien
      April 23, 2019 at 1:44 pm

      I recieved the same text message this time it was BLACK DIAMOND FURNITURE.

      From John Max – johnmax0809139@gmail.com

      Here are the details, it’s a newly establishment.
      This company is really based on sales of furniture such as Kitchen Cabinet,
      Sofa, Office Chair, Accent tables, King bench bed etc.
      1) Company Name: BLACK DIAMOND FURNITURE.
      2) MY WEBSITE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION WHICH WOULD BE REGISTER VERY SOON.
      3) I DON’T HAVE LOGO BUT NEED A CUSTOMIZED LOGO FROM YOU.
      4) I COULD ONLY SUPPLY THE TEXT CONTENT AND PHOTO ALL ARE WITH THE
      PROJECT CONSULTANT YOU WILL JUST HANDLE THE LAYOUT.
      5) I WANT THE PAGE OF THE BROCHURE TO BE 24 PAGES (INCLUDING FRONT AND
      BACK COVER) BECAUSE I HAVE LOT INFORMATION. THE TEXT AND THE PICTURE IS
      APPROVED AND CROSSCHECK.
      6) THE SIZE OF BROCHURE SHOULD BE 8.5 X 11.5.
      7) I WILL WANT YOU TO ADD OUR CORE VALUES, MISSION & VISION( I’LL SEND
      THEM TO YOU

      • Stephanie
        June 19, 2019 at 2:56 pm

        I got this exact email almost word for word about a month ago, except his company was for suits. Same thing with the consultant, images crosschecked, phone call that you can’t understand, then the no PayPal has to be CC. I realized what was going on a little late but nothing bad happened thankfully. Now I’m working on a similar situation that is almost certainly another scam. I just don’t know exactly what they’re after?? They obviously won’t pay and it doesn’t seem like they’re in it for free art…but what’s the scam exactly…? Trying to get your info? Running up stolen cards? Does any one know?

      • Joe
        June 22, 2019 at 3:46 pm

        I just got this email word for word but for Premier Furniture. williamsmith00077@gmail.com. I’ve requested a final delivery address for a more exact quote, but he seems to keep pretending I’m not asking for it. Whoever they are they HAVE changed the size to he more standard 8.5 x 11. Thank you for this thread.

        • Jonathan Porcasi
          July 17, 2019 at 8:57 am

          This same guy emailed me from @protonmail.com. Thank you for sharing this-saved me a lot of time and headache. I had my suspicions so I googled his email. He originally reached out to me in a text message, which I found extremely odd.

        • Judi Hewett
          July 21, 2019 at 9:48 am

          I just got this EXACT same guy williamsmith0007@gmail contacted me yesterday about a logo and a 24 pages catalog. Asked for a quote and wanted to give me $4000 above what I was asking for to pay his CONSULTANT because he couldn’t do it. Claimed he was going in for lung cancer surgery. It seemed too good to be true and I was uncomfortable. Googled graphic designer scam and found this.

          Thank you for proving that my gut was right.

        • ANN DOUGLAS
          September 13, 2019 at 5:58 pm

          i got that same one!!!!! im so mad because i created an account with processing payment they was trying to get me on

        • eric
          September 16, 2019 at 8:19 pm

          I had the same “william smith” contact me for a generic brochure design. he ignored my requests to provide us with details about his project requirements, and kept asking for an estimate and wanted to know if we can accept credit cards. I would say it’s safe to assume he’s a scammer. At the very least, he’s not the type of client we would want to work for.

        • TAR BEATY
          February 4, 2020 at 1:07 pm

          I just got this email today, from William Smith in my text messaging program… with this number 949-667-6943. I called the number and I asked for William Smith and a man with a thick accent answered and I said… “I see the same request to other designers for a brochure, and new logo needed for his new company “Premier Furniture””… he denied my findings and said he was legit, in his original text, he sent a few examples of tri-fold brochures and competitor logos.

          I have been in business since 1974 and have never received and unsolicited request for a quote for my services like this. WATCH OUT!

      • Oscar Navarro
        June 26, 2019 at 10:48 am

        I just got hit with a very similar email.

        email is from “leroya400@gmail.com”
        Name given is Leroy Allen

        Company name: Ashglade Furniture&Home

        It’s a newly established company so I would need you to design a logo for the company. I would send you the brand details.

        The company is based on sales of furniture such as sofa, king bench bed, tables, office chairs, kitchen cabinets etc.

        The size of the catalog should be 8” X 5”.

        Pages: 26 including front and back cover.

        The full text content and all images for the catalog are approved. Images will be sent to you in high resolution. All images would be used as received, you won’t retouch any.

        Mission, value, vision should be added in the catalog. I’ll send that to you.

        For my website I don’t know if you can handle that but I’ll need the catalog and logo completed first so as for the website to be designed around those. If you can’t handle the website it’s not an issue I would find another designer for that.

        • Kristina
          July 2, 2019 at 2:41 pm

          Literally got this exact email word for word!!!!

        • Kasia
          July 3, 2019 at 6:19 am

          Hi Oscar!
          I have got exactly the same email from Leroy Allen yesterday. Can anyone confirm that this is the scam?

          • Adam Garlinger
            July 5, 2019 at 7:30 pm

            Just got an email from Leroy Allen and a strange text yesterday.

        • Renee
          July 10, 2019 at 2:38 pm

          So happy I decided to google the company before wasting time and energy on a quote. I was all excited but it seemed odd and too good to be true. His name was Stephen Gary, but their exact email. I don’t get what the scam is and how they would make money on this?

          • Hi@watergraphics.com
            December 7, 2019 at 2:47 pm

            Here’s the scam, they overpay you ( asking you to send money to a project manager, or a vendor etc. ) It’s a time/gamble using virtual banking as there really is no money. when you give send back money you are actually out that money . If you don’t want to believe this is a scam. When they over pay you just keep that money and tell them that you will not pay their selected contractors anything from the funds the provided And then wait 90 days to ensure imoney actually clears which it will not.

        • Kirstie
          July 13, 2019 at 9:36 am

          JUST got this same email. And last year, similar request from a different “furniture company”. I had provided a proposal then never heard from him again. Thank God for y’all!!!

        • Scott DuBar
          October 24, 2019 at 11:18 am

          I got the EXACT same email from a guy calling himself David Timothy and his company name is supposedly Mavverick.

        • Matthew T Vitari
          October 25, 2019 at 10:19 am

          Company name: Mavverick.com

          It’s a newly established company so I would need you to design a logo for the company. I would send you the brand details.

          The company is based on sales of furniture such as sofa, king bench bed, tables, office chairs, kitchen cabinets etc.

          The size of the catalog should be 8” X 5”.

          Pages: 34 including front and back cover.

          The full text content and all images for the catalog are approved. Images will be sent to you in high resolution. All images would be used as received, you won’t retouch any.

          Mission, value, vision should be added in the catalog. I’ll send that to you.

          For my website I don’t know if you can handle that but I’ll need the catalog and logo completed first so as for the website to be designed around those. If you can’t handle the website it’s not an issue I would find another designer for that.

          **I’ll be sending more info shortly so you can have a better idea of my brand , I’ll include mission,targets ,Colors , brand info etc. So we can proceed from there

          Here are more details.

          Mavverick.com

          A calm and natural business name

          This name has a reassuring, relaxed feel – possibly because of its roots in nature. The ash is a common and popular tree and a glade is an opening in a forest – so it’s an evocative and entirely natural combination. Mavverick is also valued as a quality timber as its grain is straight and its wood is tough.

          What it should mean to my customers

          Consumers should be guarantee of ‘satisfaction, long lasting products and convenience’ .
          purpose of business the purpose of my business is to bring modern furniture that will provide satisfaction for everyone.

          Who my business serves
          my customers and other that are willing to patronize our company.

          What makes my company unique to its customers
          whats makes Mavverick to customer is its name.

          our personality
          we have an effective personality

          what the brand should represent
          my brand should represent “high quality option”

          brand tone
          the tone of the brand should be “friendly”.

          my targets and mission.

          1) my mission is to serve consumers and industrial market segment with leading edge product that will satisfy their needs in functionality,comfort and style.

          2) my core values are effectiveness and efficiency.

          3) most of our customer are from the age of 35 and I will like to target their income demographics.

          4) i want my company to be perceived as professional, i want them to know that we offer best prices and there’s a discount for every product when you are buying more than 3 pieces.

          5) i would like to compete with other furniture company but my main competitor West Elm.

          6) for colors i would like black and yellow if possible brown.( let me know your suggestions)

          7) In the next 10-20 years I would likemtp become a world brand.

          important elements that i would like to stress are:

          friendly

          modern

          high quality

          intimate

          secure

          positive

          convenient

          effective

          efficient

          value

          for logo inspirations you can look at brands like crate&barrel, america signature furniture, or williams sonoma.

          **I sent you more details, let me know your thoughts once you review. Also do get back to me with a quote so we can proceed. Okay?

          So I should assume this is fake then?

        • Matthew T Vitari
          October 25, 2019 at 10:29 am

          word for word same email except it was mavveick.com but they had a senence about ash glade trees.

          • Pooh
            November 11, 2019 at 1:16 pm

            LOL. What’s wrong with the senence about ash glade trees? They’re almost extinct, you know? Ha ha ha.

            We have received several emails The latest was on 11/5/19. All the warning signs are all duly noted from everyone on this feed. I’m glad we’re all sharing. I feel bad for anyone who fell victim to this. Here are more names to add to this chain. I’m sure the scammers reading this won’t be re-using these again?

            Paul Huffman ghuffmanpaul@gmail.com
            Kelvin Holand kelvinholand@yahoo.com

      • Ho Chan
        July 6, 2019 at 12:11 am

        Oh man I got a furniture one last week!
        —-
        Okay i was checking online for a Logo design and looked into your website and your work as been very impressive so i choose you for the job.

        So, i want you to know that this is the first time I will be doing a Logo design so I can only give you little details then you can decide on designs but I want the color to consist of Black and Gold with an image of an ancient chair. I want a very mature and presentable design and my budget for this project is $2000.

        For the Brochure, I want a double folded A4 size brochure with 8 pages and I can only supply the text content and photos but, all are with my project consultant but the logo and brochure will be designed by you and the due date for the project is 5th of Aug 2019.

        The company name is S.Dildy FURNITURE INC and is based on importing and exporting of furnitures.

        Thats all i can provide from my end and i hope you understand what i listed above i need a more perfect Job.

        Kindly let me know the total cost of the Brochure and Logo Design if it’ll cost more than I budgeted.

        NOTE: My website is still under construction and will be completed soon.

        I would be very happy to hear from you on time.

        Thank you
        —-
        Got suspicious when he couldn’t use PayPal and the overuse of ASAP so I started researching scams.

        • James G
          July 10, 2019 at 9:35 pm

          Thanks so much for this post! I just got the same email word for word yesterday and was about to sign up for Quickbooks to get the project started.

          Something just didn’t feel right because none of my other clients ever have an issue with paying using either Paypal, Venmo nor Square. I did one last Google search for the company and found this page.

        • Neal
          July 19, 2019 at 6:02 am

          Just got this one too, but the furniture company was JoBay furniture, from someone calling himself John Bay. Got suspicious when he didn’t answer several times where we has from and what his phone number was.

        • Tricia
          July 22, 2019 at 2:57 pm

          This guy is making the rounds. Just got this exact email! Thanks for posting!

        • Jason C
          July 24, 2019 at 6:19 pm

          This is the exact email I just got today!

          Came from a New York IP address with the name “Steven Dildy”.

        • Dave
          August 6, 2019 at 9:48 pm

          I got this exact same email and we went back and forth a bit. I was actually in the process of writing up a contract, so OH BOY am I glad I googled that company name.

          Kicking myself for not going with my gut earlier: weird grammar mistakes, vague details, and the kicker: A4 paper in the US.

          At least he didn’t much out of me other than a bit of wasted time. Thanks for the heads up.

        • J
          August 12, 2019 at 3:16 pm

          I got this one too, for September 27th 2019

        • Ronda Taylor
          August 22, 2019 at 5:26 pm

          Damn. Just received this exact same email as above. The only difference was the name: Simon David Robins and company is SD Robins Furniture Inc. The same type of business requesting the exact same services for a logo and brochure.

          Something didn’t feel right. So glad I Googled “design project scams,” and found this site to confirm my suspicions.

        • Ceilidh McGinn-Villas
          September 24, 2019 at 9:44 am

          COMPANY NAME:
          HROWE FURNITURE:
          This company is really based on Importing & Exporting of Furniture: Kitchen Cabinet, Sofa, Office Chair etc.

          HERE ARE THE DETAILS AND PROCEDURE OF THE JOB:
          1) Company Name: HROWE FURNITURE
          2) MY WEBSITE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION WHICH WOULD BE REGISTER VERY SOON
          3) I DON’T HAVE LOGO BUT NEED A CUSTOMIZED LOGO FROM YOU
          4) I COULD ONLY SUPPLY THE TEXT CONTENT AND PHOTO ALL ARE WITH MY PROJECT CONSULTANT BUT THE ARTWORK WILL BE DESIGNED BY YOU
          5) I WANT THE BROCHURE TO BE TRI-FOLD IT WILL BE FRONT & BACK THE TEXT AND THE PICTURE IS APPROVED AND CROSSCHECK
          6) THE SIZE OF BROCHURE IS 8.5 X 11.

          That all i can provide from my means and i hope you understand what i listed above i need more perfect Job. If you can handle this for me you will be my permanent graphics designer and i will meet you in person after this design is done, due to my trip to get some stuff for my company.

        • Dave Meredith
          September 26, 2019 at 1:18 pm

          I just got this email from stepen fisher its word for word

        • Stephanie
          October 3, 2019 at 10:05 am

          I just got the exact same scam except I was offered $3,000. I immediately felt this was a scam and found this site. Thank you so much for sharing and saving us all time and money.

        • Lisa Lawrence
          October 17, 2019 at 4:00 pm

          I received the same scam email from Luke Bickel and two phone numbers used were 815.556.9014 and 908.386.3244

        • Daniel Nicholson
          March 4, 2020 at 6:16 pm

          I did too! The ancient chair logo and brochure. Ha ha. W.Kenneth FUrniture Inc. EXACT same verbiage. Darn it. I could have used the project. Lol.

        • Keeta
          March 9, 2020 at 12:08 pm

          This is the one I got from 2 different names.

      • ROD
        July 24, 2019 at 7:46 pm

        I hoping that I can get my first time client in freelance. But Im disappointed and thankful for this post.

        From: johnmax0809139@gmail.com

        Here are the details, it’s a newly established company.

        This company is really based on sales of furniture such as Kitchen Cabinet, Sofa, Office Chair, Accent tables, King bench bed etc.

        1) Company Name: BLACK DIAMOND FURNITURE.

        2) MY WEBSITE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION WHICH WOULD BE REGISTER VERY SOON.

        3) I DON’T HAVE LOGO BUT NEED A CUSTOMIZED LOGO FROM YOU.

        4) I COULD ONLY SUPPLY THE TEXT CONTENT AND PHOTO ALL ARE WITH THE PROJECT CONSULTANT YOU WILL JUST HANDLE THE LAYOUT.

        5) I WANT THE PAGE OF THE BROCHURE TO BE 24 PAGES (INCLUDING FRONT AND BACK COVER) BECAUSE I HAVE LOT INFORMATION. THE TEXT AND THE PICTURE IS APPROVED AND CROSSCHECK.

        6) THE SIZE OF BROCHURE SHOULD BE 8.5 X 11.5.

        7) I WILL WANT YOU TO ADD OUR CORE VALUES, MISSION & VISION( I’LL SEND THEM TO YOU)

      • Erin
        August 3, 2019 at 12:53 pm

        Same here, this is the 3rd time being contacted… is there anything we can do to report this, anything other than blocking these numbers?

      • Caro
        September 11, 2019 at 10:42 pm

        Yep! Same kinda of email i got.
        Bad bad.

        I got tipped off cause i kept asking who gave them my name and they wouldnt respond to that part.

      • K Hardy
        October 20, 2019 at 3:44 pm

        I got the same email from “Luke Bickel” for a furniture company. Googled a sentence or two and this blog popped up.

      • Pen
        December 1, 2019 at 4:47 am

        I received a similar very brief email from Markdpurvis38@gmail.com for a furniture company…

        I replied by asking for details and received the following email this time from joshhyness1111@gmail.com

        “Thanks for your swift response, i was checking online for a Logo design and looked into your website and your work as been very impressive so i choose you for the job.

        So, i want you to know that this is the first time I will be doing a Logo design so I can only give you little details then you can decide on designs but I want the color to consist of Black and Gold with an image of an ancient chair. I want a very mature and presentable design and my budget for this project is $2000 to $4000

        For the Brochure, I want a double folded A4 size brochure with 10 pages and I can only supply the text content and photos but, all are with my project consultant but the logo and brochure will be designed by you and the due date for the project is 5th Jan 2020.

        The company name is DP FURNITURE INC and is based on importing and exporting of furnitures.

        Thats all i can provide from my end and i hope you understand what i listed above i need a more perfect Job.

        Kindly let me know the total cost of the Brochure and Logo Design if it’ll cost more than I budgeted.

        NOTE: My website is still under construction and will be completed soon.

        I would be very happy to hear from you on time. “

      • Miranda
        December 16, 2019 at 9:07 pm

        I just received this exact email, only updated for dove spring furniture from a Drew James.

      • eabuford@gmail.com
        December 29, 2019 at 11:01 am

        I got this recently, exact wording, from Collins Powell. What a loser.

      • Kat Labate Wright
        January 12, 2020 at 1:03 pm

        There is another one going around right now from the moniker Francis Mike, different furniture company name but everything else is word for word. It seemed scammy but I was putting the person through the ringer with questions. I’ll report the email address now and block it. I am grateful for this feed!

      • Tom Sapp
        January 13, 2020 at 5:15 pm

        Just got the same email from Richard Green (and also Green Richard) wale20030@gmail.com. Same exact wording. His “new furniture company” was called Living Wood. 24 page brochure, 8.5×11.5, exact verbiage about the custom logo and adding mission, values.

        Appreciate the heads up!

      • Dawn Archambeault
        January 17, 2020 at 1:19 pm

        I just got this EXACT email but the company name was BLESSINGS FURNITURE INC
        The requestor was Mark Weiss and told me hew was hearing impaired so he couldn’t talk on the phone.

        When they ask about accepting credit cards I tell them:
        I ONLY accept AMEX Black
        Tears of Unicorns
        First Born Children
        Kaiju Blood
        And Bank Checks

      • Tyler
        January 23, 2020 at 9:39 am

        Just got the same context from a Robert Devid. (robertdevid003@gmail.com)

        The way he dodged certain questions, the fact he kept responding in under a minute, having to drag information out of him, and the weird email prompted me to check if anyone else had a similar email. Glad I checked.

        word for word asking for a logo and catalog for a Company he hasn’t registered yet called “Living Wood Furniture & Home”.

        website under construction but will be registered soon, etc. High-balled the quote and he didn’t balk at it, kept responding within a minute without question. Same context/proposal as the above mentioned “Black Diamond Furniture” scam.

        After the quote and telling him repeatedly if he was ok with only making payment through Paypal (as he kept ignoring that question throughout our email conversation) he responded, “As am currently in Delaware for medical purposes I’ll be making a 50% down payment with my card, hope you got a merchant for that?”

        Replied back by declining the job. Thank you for this info!

      • BeWarned
        February 7, 2020 at 10:40 am

        Same exact email and approach just received (first week of Feb, 2020). ALL CAPS, typos and pushing for me to set up a merchant account through QuickBooks to accept CC payment.

        Name was: Charlie Wayne (charlieewayne@gmail.com) and he also claimed to be in the hospital in one state, but was from another state… which was different from the state of his phone number: 240-493-9767 (MD).

        I provided estimates and even got him on the phone, where I realized with his heavy accent that he was definitely NOT Charlie Wayne. I pressed him to validate who he and his company were and he wouldn’t. He then backed off the CC payment push and offered to pay by check.

        Found the exact same SCAM here as well (word for word):
        https://www.reddit.com/r/Scams/comments/bf71od/phishing_scam_targeting_graphic_designers/

        He’s now blocked.

      • Christina King
        February 11, 2020 at 3:14 pm

        Wow- I literally just received this email word for word from “Spring Dove Furniture” and Thomas Drew. Thanks for the heads up.

    • Kelly OConnor
      August 3, 2019 at 12:38 pm

      So happy I googled Craigslist Furniture scam. Same kind of email. Proposal and parameters of project was filled with typos and illegible English. Asked if he was foreign. He said he was in hospital with lung cancer.
      He insisted on paying upfront with Quickbooks?

    • Joe
      August 12, 2019 at 8:33 pm

      I get calls and email from this same person onna regular basis. When I remind him that I remember him he hangs up immediately.

    • Juny
      January 16, 2020 at 6:01 pm

      This happened to me too!! His name was Jeff Tweed and it was a very similar story, only that he said he couldn’t use the cash app since his bank limited him in using it/restricted it

      Then he also said he was in Delaware for medical purposes.. BEWARE!

      The # scammer contacted me on was (401) 753-2622

  • Dianna Pilkenton’s
    December 6, 2018 at 7:41 pm

    Hi there, I have been harassed like this recently from someone calling themselves Paul Salvatore. He asked me to design a catalog but I needed to help him pay his agent. When I started telling him I wasn’t comfortable with what he was asking for he started texting me saying he has cancer and I should be a better person. Then when I stopped replying, he tried emailing me again with the name Charles Green pretending to be someone else.

    • admin
      December 7, 2018 at 6:45 am

      Hey Dianna,

      Thank you for speaking out about this subject. The only way to change these scammers is to keep letting more people know about this, so no one else is scammed from here on out.

      Thank you,

  • adam
    February 21, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    Also look for “Paul Garland” from Warren MI who is currently attempting to scam me using a website/logo request for a clothing store. His request is nearly verbatim of that in the article.

    • admin
      February 21, 2019 at 6:44 pm

      Hey Adam,

      Thank you for the response and giving more identifiers to these scammers. They use several different names and products but the messaging is always the same. Thank you and stay safe out there with these scammers today.

  • Trisharoo
    February 27, 2019 at 12:50 pm

    I got a VERY SIMILAR e-mail from a client who went by “John Wright” with a furniture store called Lambent Dreams Furniture. He needed a logo and a 24 page catalog. He did send me some logos he liked, and it seemed very believable. I gave him a price, and within 10 minutes he accepted. I told him I needed the payment through Paypal and he said it wasn’t “doable”. I then asked where he found my information for design (I used the excuse that I was trying to pinpoint my most effective branch of advertising), and he said he found my profile on Creative Hotlist. I have never heard of that, never used it, and my information is NOT on there – I looked thoroughly, multiple times.
    You guys, if it seems too good to be true, it usually is. Always trust your gut.

    • admin
      March 6, 2019 at 7:17 pm

      Very true Trisharoo it is always good to trust your gut. Sorry for this but I am glad you caught it early. The best way that we can help each other is to be open to these events and warn other designers.

    • Leigh-Anne
      May 28, 2019 at 4:35 pm

      Ha! I received the same email from a “client” name Mark Lowery (supposedly), and his company called “Lambent Dreams Furniture.” He ALSO needed a logo and a 24-page catalog. It seemed very convincing. He wrote:

      AMBIENT DREAMS MEANING TO ME:
      LAMBENT DREAMS TO ME IS A METAPHOR TO ILLUSTRATE SECURE AND INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP.

      WHAT IT SHOULD MEAN TO MY CUSTOMERS
      WHOSOEVER PURCHASE OUR FURNITURE SHOULD BE GUARANTEE OF RELISH AND CONVENIENCE’ THAT’S WHAT IT SHOULD MEAN TO MY CUSTOMERS.

      WHAT MAKES MY COMPANY UNIQUE TO ITS CUSTOMERS
      WHAT MAKES LAMBERT DREAMS FURNITURE UNIQUES TO CUSTOMER/.LOCATION IS THAT THERE’S NO OTHER FURNITURE COMPANY NEARBY ALSO IT NAME AND STYLE.

      PURPOSE OF BUSINESS
      THE PURPOSE OF MY BUSINESS IS TO BRING MODERN FURNITURE THAT WILL PROVIDE PRIDE FOR EVERYONE.

      WHO MY BUSINESS SERVES
      MY CUSTOMERS AND OTHERS WHO ARE WILLING TO PATRONIZE OUR COMPANY.

      OUR PERSONALITY
      WE HAVE AN INSPIRING PERSONALITY

      WHAT THE BRAND SHOULD REPRESENT
      MY BRAND SHOULD REPRESENT “HIGH-QUALITY OPTION”

      BRAND TONE
      THE TONE OF THE BRAND SHOULD BE “FRIENDLY”.

      MY TARGETS AND MISSION.

      1) My mission is to serve consumers and industrial market segment with a leading-edge product that will satisfy their needs in functionality, comfort, and style.

      2) My core values are Autonomy and Growth.

      3) Most of our customer will be from the age of 35 and I will like to target their income demographics.

      4) I want my company to be perceived as Professional, I want them to know that we offer the best prices and there’s a discount for every product when you are buying more than 3 pieces.

      5) I would like to compete with other furniture company. My main competitor is IKEA, my favorite products are Accent Tables.

      6) For colors, I would like Red, Orange, and Brown (let me know what you think about that).

      7) In the next Decade, I would like my company to be known worldwide.

      Important elements that I would like to stress are:
      Friendly
      Modern
      High Quality
      Intimate
      Secure
      Convenient
      Effective
      Efficient
      Value
      For logo inspirations, you can look at brands like America Signature Furniture, Crate&Barrel, West Elm or Williams Sonoma.

      After I got an approval for continuing to work on his projects, I sent him a 50% down payment invoice via Paypal. Then, he texted me that he cannot use PayPal because his credit card won’t allow it. Then he asked me if I have a merchant service. I told him no. So, he proceeded to give me several merchant service sites. Most of them asked me for the legal business name, federal tax #, etc. Then, I found out one of the merchant services has three years contract and pay them monthly. I didn’t agree with it.

      After he approved on using the SquareUp.com, he texted me…

      “I just got in touch with the project consultant a few mins back but I’m having a little issue with him concerning our contract agreement, I’d signed the agreement to make cash or bank deposit to him for his payment but due to my present condition I was diagnosed with lung cancer and will undergo a surgery soon so I’m limited and I won’t be able to do that. Kindly send me an invoice of $3,994 in which $394 will be your upfront payment for the job and $3500 you will help me forward to the project consultant so he can release the raw files for the catalog to you. You can keep $100 for yourself. Once I make the payment and you have funds in your possession then you can help me forward to him. I will balance upon job completion.Thanks.“

      I got suspicious. Then, his credit card declined.

      I’m so glad that I found this after my aquatint leads me to the Reddit site, and there was a link that took me to here! Thank God!

  • M
    March 12, 2019 at 7:31 pm

    I am in contact right now with Scott Simmerok. Very similar structure to the deal. He wants a logo and catalogue, but it’s quite alright if I can’t do the website too, he’ll get someone else for that. He was also vague about how he heard about me – just that I came up in a search. He hopes I had a great night, and is literally chasing me. He agreed to my terms right away, without much detail. I high-balled him thinking he would just refuse, and the enthusiastic way in which he texts me is just not like a client ready to hand over a big chunk of cash, know what I mean?
    Thanks to this thread, I just emailed him to let him know that I use PayPal for my transactions, and that I don’t open files from people I don’t know. At least I am glad to think that he is not an ax-murderer, just a scammer? I have to admit, that this seasoned New Yorker almost fell for this one…

    • admin
      March 12, 2019 at 10:10 pm

      You are doing everything corectly. Just make sure you are telling them you can only use a third party money system like paypal. Typically once you cant budge on how to get paid then they go away. And always get money before starting any project. Remember that is money that is in your bank account not money that sits in a holding location for you to only retrieve once the project is complete. Thank you for reading and replying.

    • Brenda
      April 9, 2019 at 11:51 am

      I got a text message from Scott Simmerok. Same deal with the catalogue and logo for a furniture company names Great Elms. After accepting my inflated proposal he texted a story about getting diagnosed with Lung Cancer and that he wanted me to send him an invoice using Intuit Quickbooks but to set up saying I would charge a certain amount then refunding him $3500 but that it would balance out at the end. He even sent out a a word doc with fake company information. Good thing I didn’t actually start working on it!

      • Brenda
        April 25, 2019 at 3:16 pm

        I got THE EXACT same email as Brenda & M April 15th, 2019. I realized quickly it sounded too good to be true. He was equally vague as to how he found me. He said he was searching for a Graphic Designer and came across this name and he was based out of California. There is no way in hell a designer in California is going to find little old me on the east coast by doing a search. I told him I was traveling and would touch base upon my return. He texted me last night wondering why he hadn’t heard from me. I told him I returned last night and I would reach out today. Before I decided to dive into the quoting process, I felt uneasy doing business with a stranger I haven’t spoke to. So I entered in Scott Simmerok into LinkedIn and evidently there is a man with a profile that said that he is using his name to scam graphic designers. So I googled his name and this was the first article that popped up. I am so relieved I didn’t put in any thought, effort or time as we all know time is valuable. I hope nobody falls for this obvious scam.

    • Nel
      July 9, 2019 at 2:16 pm

      I just received a very similar email from “Stephen Gary”, requesting to design a logo and catalog for his “newly established furniture company”. He said it’s Ok if I don’t handle web design, he can find someone else to do it. I’ve been seeing a lot of scam lately, including fraudulent job postings on LinkedIn, etc… Frustrating. Thanks for posting, this should help avoid falling into scammer’s traps.

  • Xenobia
    March 13, 2019 at 12:01 pm

    Hooray! I got the logo/catalog one as well!
    Weird how he never asked to even see a design portfolio…

    I think I will email him back with a 20k quote and a link to this article! <3

    • admin
      March 15, 2019 at 8:23 am

      Hey Xenobia,

      I love this response! I don’t want to assume anything, but I think they will be fine with that price without any questions hahaha. Thank you for the response and the love to the site.

  • SlickArts
    March 24, 2019 at 4:14 pm

    Got this random text last night, “Hi, this is Sam I’ll like to know if I got the right contact to a graphic designer. Kindly let me know.” I responded that I could help and then he sent this email, “Here are the details, it’s a newly establishment.
    This company is really based on sales of furniture such as Kitchen Cabinet,
    Sofa, Office Chair, Accent tables, King bench bed etc.
    1) Company Name: BLACK DIAMOND FURNITURE.
    2) MY WEBSITE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION WHICH WOULD BE REGISTER VERY SOON.
    3) I DON’T HAVE LOGO BUT NEED A CUSTOMIZED LOGO FROM YOU.
    4) I COULD ONLY SUPPLY THE TEXT CONTENT AND PHOTO ALL ARE WITH THE
    PROJECT CONSULTANT YOU WILL JUST HANDLE THE LAYOUT.
    5) I WANT THE PAGE OF THE BROCHURE TO BE 24 PAGES (INCLUDING FRONT AND
    BACK COVER) BECAUSE I HAVE LOT INFORMATION. THE TEXT AND THE PICTURE IS
    APPROVED AND CROSSCHECK.
    6) THE SIZE OF BROCHURE SHOULD BE 8.5 X 11.5.
    7) I WILL WANT YOU TO ADD OUR CORE VALUES, MISSION & VISION( I’LL SEND
    THEM TO YOU”

    – Thanks to everyone on this thread for helping me weed out the scam! Glad I did a little research!!

    • admin
      March 24, 2019 at 4:59 pm

      Thank you for the response so many people will be able to read these comments and be able to avoid these types of scams!

  • Simon
    March 25, 2019 at 8:43 pm

    I too got a random text message asking if I offer design services. Said he came across my profile on Creative Hotlist and need a brochure/catalog and logo design. His name this time is Paul Richard with Lambent Dreams Furniture & Home.

    I asked him to email me the details, this was his response:

    It is detailed; it’s a newly established company.

    The company is really based on sales of furniture such as Ottomans, Desk lamps, Sectional, Buffets & Sideboards, Counter & Bar Stools, Kitchen Cabinet, Sofa, Office Chair, Accent tables, King bench bed etc.

    v Company Name: LAMBENT DREAMS FURNITURE & HOME.

    v MY WEBSITE IS UNDER FABRICATION WHICH WOULD BE REGISTERED SOON.

    v I DON’T HAVE LOGO BUT NEED ONE MADE-TO-ORDER BY YOU.

    v THE FULL TEXT CONTENT AND ALL IMAGES FOR THE CATALOG WILL BE SUBMITTED TO YOU BY THE PROJECT CONSULTANT YOU’LL JUST HANDLE THE LAYOUT.

    v THE BROCHURE SHOULD BE 24 IN PAGES (INCLUDING FRONT AND BACK COVER) BECAUSE I HAVE LOT INFORMATION, APPROVED AND CROSSCHECK TEXT AND IMAGES.

    v THE SIZE OF BROCHURE SHOULD BE 8.5 X 11.5.

    LAMBENT DREAMS MEANING TO ME:
    LAMBENT DREAMS TO ME IS A METAPHOR TO ILLUSTRATE SECURE AND INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP.

    WHAT IT SHOULD MEAN TO MY CUSTOMERS
    WHOSOEVER PURCHASE OUR FURNITURE SHOULD BE GUARANTEE OF RELISH AND CONVENIENCE’ THAT’S WHAT IT SHOULD MEAN TO MY CUSTOMERS.

    WHAT MAKES MY COMPANY UNIQUE TO ITS CUSTOMERS
    WHAT MAKES LAMBERT DREAMS FURNITURE UNIQUES TO CUSTOMER/.LOCATION IS THAT THERE’S NO OTHER FURNITURE COMPANY NEARBY ALSO IT NAME AND STYLE.

    PURPOSE OF BUSINESS
    THE PURPOSE OF MY BUSINESS IS TO BRING MODERN FURNITURE THAT WILL PROVIDE PRIDE FOR EVERYONE.

    WHO MY BUSINESS SERVES
    MY CUSTOMERS AND OTHERS WHO ARE WILLING TO PATRONIZE OUR COMPANY.

    OUR PERSONALITY
    WE HAVE AN INSPIRING PERSONALITY

    WHAT THE BRAND SHOULD REPRESENT
    MY BRAND SHOULD REPRESENT “HIGH QUALITY OPTION”

    BRAND TONE
    THE TONE OF THE BRAND SHOULD BE “FRIENDLY”.

    MY TARGETS AND MISSION.

    1) My mission is to serve consumers and industrial market segment with leading edge product that will satisfy their needs in functionality, comfort and style.

    2) My core values are Autonomy and Growth.

    3) Most of our customer will be from the age of 35 and I will like to target their income demographics.

    4) I want my company to be perceived as Professional, I want them to know that we offer best prices and there’s a discount for every product when you are buying more than 3 pieces.

    5) I would like to compete with other furniture company. My main competitor is IKEA, my favorite products is Accent Tables.

    6) For colors I would like Red, Orange and Brown (let me know what you think about that).

    7) In the next Decade I would like my company to be known worldwide.

    Important elements that I would like to stress are:
    Friendly
    Modern
    High Quality
    Intimate
    Secure
    Convenient
    Effective
    Efficient
    Value
    For logo inspirations you can look at brands like America Signature Furniture, Crate&Barrel, West Elm or Williams Sonoma.

    • Yohanes
      March 27, 2019 at 7:01 pm

      …Picking up the story from where Simon Left.

      This time our folk hero is in Delaware for medical purposes. But no worries, for he will be making the 50% of the initial deposit using his card to get the project started (plenty of time before the next month deadline).

      Mr. Paul Richard “hopes” I have a merchant to submit the invoice.

      …Actually I do. It’s called “PayPal”, a leading worldwide online payment system.

      But oh no! Mr. Richard can’t use PayPal. The “delays and disagreements” of transaction scares him. How will I receive the money?…

      It didn’t take long for Mr. Richard, also known “quick feet”, to come up with an alternative. Mr. Feet suggested I go to the bank and request for a card reader (Clover Go) and sign up for the 30 day free trial of QuickBooks (how thoughtful). Perhaps, I’ll reconsider it when I go back to Chipotle to work the line as a cashier.

      Good heavens, would you look at the time. Unfortunately, that’s all the time I have for now folks. Please stay tuned as the story develops from our next visitor….

    • Tammy
      April 4, 2019 at 9:20 pm

      Wow. My request from yesterday was extremely similar to Simon’s. This time, it was for a bespoke line of men’s suits. Unfortunately, this one was the THIRD scam I’ve had in the past year, but I didn’t recognize it at first since it was the most detailed and made no mention of credit card or illness, and he even agreed to have a phone meeting. It wasn’t until the meeting that I became suspicious. His accent was hard to understand (but then again, so is the accent of my Asian tailor, so it made sense) and he didn’t have any questions about the project-just about accepting the deposit in 2 installments. A couple hours after the call, he sent me a string of texts telling me he was in the hospital recovering from a procedure and asked about what payment processor I used, ” My question is what is your payment link powered with ? Trying to know this because my credit card company does not remit payment through pay pal, cashapp, venmo, etc.” Ugggggh. What’s most frustrating to me is that I wasted several hours looking at his inspiration sites and developing a detailed proposal.

      Here are the details on James Howard, the entrepreneurial suit man for “Homage Bespoke”. Hope it helps others avoid this maddening situation!

      FYI: You can report email scams to ic3.gov and send texts to 7726.

      …………………………………………………

      Here are the details, it’s a newly established company.This company is really based on making bespoke Tailoring expert all kinds of men suit.

      # Company Name: HOMAGE BESPOKE

      # I COULD ONLY SUPPLY THE TEXT CONTENT AND PHOTO ALL ARE WITH THE PROJECT CONSULTANT YOU WILL JUST HANDLE THE LAYOUT.

      # I DON’T HAVE LOGO BUT NEED A CUSTOMIZED LOGO FROM YOU.

      # THE SIZE OF CATALOG SHOULD BE 8.5” x 11

      # I WANT THE PAGE OF THE CATALOG TO BE 28 PAGES (INCLUDING FRONT AND BACK COVER) BECAUSE I HAVE LOT INFORMATION. THE TEXT AND THE PICTURE IS APPROVED AND CROSSCHECK.

      # MY WEBSITE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION WHICH WOULD BE REGISTER VERY SOON.

      Below are our core values , vision and mission i want you to add it to the catalog.

      HOMAGE BESPOKE MEANING TO ME
      HOMAGE BESPOKE TO ME IS A SUIT MADE OUT OF LOVE AND ADMIRATION FOR BESPOKE TAILORING

      WHAT IT SHOULD MEAN TO MY CUSTOMERS
      WHOSOEVER THAT BUY OUR SUIT SHOULD BE GUARANTEE OF ‘SATISFACTION AND CONVENIENCE’ THAT WHAT IT SHOULD MEAN TO MY CUSTOMERS.

      PURPOSE OF BUSINESS

      WHO MY BUSINESS SERVES
      MY CUSTOMERS AND OTHER THAT ARE WILLING TO PATRONIZE OUR BRAND.

      WHAT MAKES MY COMPANY UNIQUE TO ITS CUSTOMERS
      WHATS MAKES HOMAGE BESPOKE UNIQUES TO CUSTOMER/.LOCATION IS THAT THERE NO OTHER BESPOKE TAILORING COMPANY NEARBY ALSO ITS NAME AND STYLE.

      OUR PERSONALITY
      WE HAVE AN EFFECTIVE DELIVERY

      WHAT THE BRAND SHOULD REPRESENT
      MY BRAND SHOULD REPRESENT “QUALITY BESPOKE SUIT AT UNBEATABLE DISCOUNT ”

      BRAND TONE
      THE TONE OF THE BRAND SHOULD BE “FRIENDLY”.

      MY TARGETS AND MISSION.

      1) My mission is to be able to serve consumers at a flexible price leading edge product that will satisfy their needs in functionality,comfort and style.

      2) My core values are Effectiveness and Efficiency.

      3) Most of our customer are from the age of 28 and I will like to target their income demographics.

      4) I want my company to be perceived as Professional, I want them to know that we offer best prices and there’s a discount for every product when you are making more than 5 pieces of suit.

      5) My favorite is the suit is the pointed lapel style .

      6) For colors I would like Brown, Green and white( let me know what you think about that)

      7) In the next fifteen years I would like my company to be known worldwide.

      Important elements that I would like to concentrate are:
      Flexibility ,Modern ,High Quality,Intimate,Secure,Convenient,Friendly,Efficient,Value.

      For logo inspirations you can look at brands like 1701 Bespoke , H&H Bespoke, D&B Tailors.

    • B
      April 5, 2019 at 11:03 am

      OMG I just receive EXACTLY the same email from “John Wright”, but the rest is exactly the same, he said same things about Pay Pal, he asked me to sign in for Quickbooks 30 days free trial or clover, I did quickooks, but I got another plan direct from a quickbooks formal agent, the same one I had to cancel one hour later because thanks God I read this site when I was looking for more info about “Lambent dreams home and furniture” since this guy was very suspicious to me. He did accept my quote 3 seconds later after been sent, and he was more worry to “pay me soon” than the project aspects…. I wish real clients were like that! LOL, thanks God I was alert on time with this info, Thank you guys!, hope my comment helps someone else too!

    • Leo - Sunken Realm Design Company
      April 25, 2019 at 12:31 pm

      Got this exact same email from Paul William of Lambent Dreams Furniture & Home, actual email is heloowilliam@gmail.com, can’t even spell hello correctly. *sigh*

      I’m replying to him to pretty much piss off and to not bother me again. No point in me trying to submit a quote. Thanks so much for putting up this post and allowing us all to share these scams.

      I got another one a little while back for a Web Design project for a company called ElitXclusive Wears – fancy American name this time was Roland Fortune, I actually took that one a little further until he wanted me to pay his consultant and keep $100 for my troubles.

      Like previously mentioned, you’d think they’d check their grammar and spelling when trying to scam people. Anyways, thanks again for this post and to everyone sharing their stories.

    • Danielle P Smallwood
      October 10, 2019 at 2:04 pm

      This is the same info I got. He is texting me right now. Not willing to pay via PayPal. Oakweh is the company. Everything else is the same. Thank you for confirming. His email andrewhistro@gmail.com

    • Josh Lehman
      November 5, 2019 at 5:00 pm

      I’ve been in negotiations for the past 2 weeks with a Paul Richard but something in my gut felt off. So glad I found this thread.

      His original email to me:

      Here’s what I’m looking to have done.

      it’s a newly established company.

      The company is really based on sales of furniture such as Ottomans, Desk lamps, Sectional, Buffets & Sideboards, Counter & Bar Stools, Kitchen Cabinet, Sofa, Office Chair, Accent tables, King bench bed, etc.

      The company name is “Adornium”

      My Website Is Under Fabrication Which Would Be Registered Soon.

      The Full-Text Content And All Images For The Catalog Will Be Submitted To You By The Project Consultant You’ll Just Handle The Layout.

      The Brochure Should Be 44 Pages (Including Front And Back Cover) Because I Have Lot Information, Approved And Crosscheck Text And Images.

      The Size Of Brochure Should Be 8.5 x 11..

      Adornium is a modern and stylish brand name

      Adornium meaning, from adorn – to make more beautiful or attractive.

      Tag line ” Adding comfort to your home”

      Our Furniture Are Guarantee Of beauty, comfort And Convenience’ That’s What It Should Mean To My Customers.

      What Makes Adornium Uniques to customer is just the name. Classic yet modern with feeling of luxury.

      PURPOSE OF BUSINESS: The purpose of my business is to bring modern furniture that will provide beauty and comfort for everyone.

      WHO MY BUSINESS SERVES: My customers and others who are willing to patronize Adornium.

      I am thinking “Corporate Friendly” as an overall look for the logo. Too much so-called classiness
      will give the impression that Adornium and products are not easily attainable and perhaps too
      expensive.

      MISSION: To serve consumers and industrial market segment with a leading-edge product that will satisfy their needs in functionality, comfort, and style.

      CORE VALUES: Our custumers are our values. We put them first in evrything we do.

      TARGETS;
      Our main customer will be from the age of 27-29 and I will like to target their income demographics. ( I would say a younger demographic with an eye for style, and available dollars to purchase nice stuff)

      I want my company to be perceived as Professional, I want them to know that we offer the best prices.

      For colors, I would like Teal and Brown (let me know what you think about that).

      In the Next Decade, I would like my company to be known worldwide for now it’s the USA only.

      Main Competitors are: Alexandro Furniture & Mattress
      and Direct Home Furniture.

      Important elements that I would like to stress are Beauty and Glamour, Friendly, Modern, High Quality.

      For logo inspirations, you can look at brands like America Signature Furniture, Crate&Barrel, West Elm or Williams Sonoma.

      • Major Dobbins
        November 19, 2019 at 11:06 am

        Received this today and I nearly feel for it. One quick google search. Wow, people are really pathetic.

        • Deborah Burke
          January 20, 2020 at 9:31 pm

          Wow I think the same person just reached out to me. He said his name was Curtis Ryan from “adornwood” sounds familiar. I am just starting out and got excited then concerned when I was not able to find anything. I know the phone number is out of New Jersey. I just messaged to see how he found me and have yet to hear back. I am thinking same type or sadly same person.

  • nicole
    April 8, 2019 at 11:33 am

    Thank you for this post!!!!! I received a random text asking me if I offer design services? I asked who he was & how he received my info? “Paul’s” response was that he came across my profile on Creative Hotlist … hummm … interesting since I haven’t updated my credentials on that site in over 7 years!!??!! Another “flag” was he asked for my email but if he received my info like he claimed than he should have my email correct? I did give it too him since I have changed my email within the years. I can’t thank you’all enough for this post it saved me from this scam and so I want to share mine so everyone can be aware! Here’s what he sent just like all the other posts …

    FREELANCE PROJECT
    Paul William
    Sat, Apr 6, 3:47 PM (2 days ago)

    It is detailed; it’s a newly established company.

    The company is really based on sales of furniture such as Ottomans, Desk lamps, Sectional, Buffets & Sideboards, Counter & Bar Stools, Kitchen Cabinet, Sofa, Office Chair, Accent tables, King bench bed etc.

    • Company Name: LAMBENT DREAMS FURNITURE & HOME.
    • MY WEBSITE IS UNDER FABRICATION WHICH WOULD BE REGISTERED SOON.
    • I DON’T HAVE LOGO BUT NEED ONE MADE-TO-ORDER BY YOU.
    • THE FULL TEXT CONTENT AND ALL IMAGES FOR THE CATALOG WILL BE SUBMITTED TO YOU BY THE PROJECT CONSULTANT YOU’LL JUST HANDLE THE LAYOUT.
    • THE BROCHURE SHOULD BE 24 IN PAGES (INCLUDING FRONT AND BACK COVER) BECAUSE I HAVE LOT INFORMATION, APPROVED AND CROSSCHECK TEXT AND IMAGES.
    • THE SIZE OF BROCHURE SHOULD BE 8.5 X 11.5.

    LAMBENT DREAMS MEANING TO ME:

    LAMBENT DREAMS TO ME IS A METAPHOR TO ILLUSTRATE SECURE AND INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP.
    WHAT IT SHOULD MEAN TO MY CUSTOMERS WHOSOEVER PURCHASE OUR FURNITURE SHOULD BE GUARANTEE OF RELISH AND CONVENIENCE’ THAT’S WHAT IT SHOULD MEAN TO MY CUSTOMERS.
    WHAT MAKES MY COMPANY UNIQUE TO ITS CUSTOMERS WHAT MAKES LAMBERT DREAMS FURNITURE UNIQUES TO CUSTOMER/.LOCATION IS THAT THERE’S NO OTHER FURNITURE COMPANY NEARBY ALSO IT NAME AND STYLE.

    PURPOSE OF BUSINESS
    THE PURPOSE OF MY BUSINESS IS TO BRING MODERN FURNITURE THAT WILL PROVIDE PRIDE FOR EVERYONE.

    WHO MY BUSINESS SERVES
    MY CUSTOMERS AND OTHERS WHO ARE WILLING TO PATRONIZE OUR COMPANY.

    OUR PERSONALITY
    WE HAVE AN INSPIRING PERSONALITY
    WHAT THE BRAND SHOULD REPRESENT
    MY BRAND SHOULD REPRESENT “HIGH QUALITY OPTION”

    BRAND TONE
    THE TONE OF THE BRAND SHOULD BE “FRIENDLY”.

    MY TARGETS AND MISSION.
    1) My mission is to serve consumers and industrial market segment with leading edge product that will satisfy their needs in functionality, comfort and style.
    2) My core values are Autonomy and Growth.
    3) Most of our customer will be from the age of 35 and I will like to target their income demographics.
    4) I want my company to be perceived as Professional, I want them to know that we offer best prices and there’s a discount for every product when you are buying more than 3 pieces.
    5) I would like to compete with other furniture company. My main competitor is IKEA, my favorite products is Accent Tables.
    6) For colors I would like Red, Orange and Brown (let me know what you think about that).
    7) In the next Decade I would like my company to be known worldwide.

    Important elements that I would like to stress are:
    Friendly
    Modern
    High Quality
    Intimate
    Secure
    Convenient
    Effective
    Efficient
    Value

    For logo inspirations you can look at brands like America Signature Furniture, Crate&Barrel, West Elm or Williams Sonoma.

  • nicole
    April 8, 2019 at 11:34 am

    Thank you for this post!!!!! I received a random text asking me if I offer design services? I asked who he was & how he received my info? “Paul’s” response was that he came across my profile on Creative Hotlist … hummm … interesting since I haven’t updated my credentials on that site in over 7 years!!??!! Another “flag” was he asked for my email but if he received my info like he claimed than he should have my email correct? I did give it too him since I have changed my email within the years. I can’t thank you’all enough for this post it saved me from this scam and so I want to share mine so everyone can be aware! Here’s what he sent just like all the other posts …

    FREELANCE PROJECT
    Paul William
    Sat, Apr 6, 3:47 PM (2 days ago)

    It is detailed; it’s a newly established company.

    The company is really based on sales of furniture such as Ottomans, Desk lamps, Sectional, Buffets & Sideboards, Counter & Bar Stools, Kitchen Cabinet, Sofa, Office Chair, Accent tables, King bench bed etc.

    • Company Name: LAMBENT DREAMS FURNITURE & HOME.
    • MY WEBSITE IS UNDER FABRICATION WHICH WOULD BE REGISTERED SOON.
    • I DON’T HAVE LOGO BUT NEED ONE MADE-TO-ORDER BY YOU.
    • THE FULL TEXT CONTENT AND ALL IMAGES FOR THE CATALOG WILL BE SUBMITTED TO YOU BY THE PROJECT CONSULTANT YOU’LL JUST HANDLE THE LAYOUT.
    • THE BROCHURE SHOULD BE 24 IN PAGES (INCLUDING FRONT AND BACK COVER) BECAUSE I HAVE LOT INFORMATION, APPROVED AND CROSSCHECK TEXT AND IMAGES.
    • THE SIZE OF BROCHURE SHOULD BE 8.5 X 11.5.

    LAMBENT DREAMS MEANING TO ME:
    LAMBENT DREAMS TO ME IS A METAPHOR TO ILLUSTRATE SECURE AND INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP.
    WHAT IT SHOULD MEAN TO MY CUSTOMERS WHOSOEVER PURCHASE OUR FURNITURE SHOULD BE GUARANTEE OF RELISH AND CONVENIENCE’ THAT’S WHAT IT SHOULD MEAN TO MY CUSTOMERS.
    WHAT MAKES MY COMPANY UNIQUE TO ITS CUSTOMERS WHAT MAKES LAMBERT DREAMS FURNITURE UNIQUES TO CUSTOMER/.LOCATION IS THAT THERE’S NO OTHER FURNITURE COMPANY NEARBY ALSO IT NAME AND STYLE.

    PURPOSE OF BUSINESS
    THE PURPOSE OF MY BUSINESS IS TO BRING MODERN FURNITURE THAT WILL PROVIDE PRIDE FOR EVERYONE.

    WHO MY BUSINESS SERVES
    MY CUSTOMERS AND OTHERS WHO ARE WILLING TO PATRONIZE OUR COMPANY.

    OUR PERSONALITY
    WE HAVE AN INSPIRING PERSONALITY
    WHAT THE BRAND SHOULD REPRESENT
    MY BRAND SHOULD REPRESENT “HIGH QUALITY OPTION”

    BRAND TONE
    THE TONE OF THE BRAND SHOULD BE “FRIENDLY”.

    MY TARGETS AND MISSION.
    1) My mission is to serve consumers and industrial market segment with leading edge product that will satisfy their needs in functionality, comfort and style.
    2) My core values are Autonomy and Growth.
    3) Most of our customer will be from the age of 35 and I will like to target their income demographics.
    4) I want my company to be perceived as Professional, I want them to know that we offer best prices and there’s a discount for every product when you are buying more than 3 pieces.
    5) I would like to compete with other furniture company. My main competitor is IKEA, my favorite products is Accent Tables.
    6) For colors I would like Red, Orange and Brown (let me know what you think about that).
    7) In the next Decade I would like my company to be known worldwide.

    Important elements that I would like to stress are:
    Friendly
    Modern
    High Quality
    Intimate
    Secure
    Convenient
    Effective
    Efficient
    Value

    For logo inspirations you can look at brands like America Signature Furniture, Crate&Barrel, West Elm or Williams Sonoma.

    • Brian
      April 16, 2019 at 10:41 am

      Wow, I got the same thing sent to me by a “James Smith.” His company was “Sunlight Furniture & Home.” I told him that I have Venmo or Paypal. He said that he needs to do a payment through Quickbooks. Long story short, they flagged the transaction as fraud and it doesn’t look like the funds will transfer.

  • Kofa Boyah
    April 18, 2019 at 4:56 pm

    Wow.

    I cannot believe this almost got me. Sco.tt Simmerok. Literally verbatim. I did wonder how he found meDF as he had my personal text number (that’s not on my business card).

    I even stayed by late last night to work on the proposal, which I overshot but he was very cool with the number. Didn’t budge

    Even gave the same story about not being able to accept PayPal.

    For shits and giggles, I googled his name and found this.

    Thank God. If this took up anymore of my time I’d be super pissed.

  • Jennifer
    April 25, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    I just got the text and emails from Paul Richard, pretty much the same spiel he’s given to all on here. Glad I found this site because I started looking up scams since I thought he sounded a little fishy and I got that gut feeling he was a scammer. He kept asking me to set up an account with Clover Go, which I didn’t. He also asked me to invoice through Quickbooks, which I already have an account so I sent him an invoice. Haven’t heard back from him since! I blocked his phone number and email.

  • Cary A
    April 30, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Same story Kofa. I just had this happen to me the last few days under the name of “Scott Simmerock”, email address – simmerokscott@gmail.com, phone number (657)206-4892. Finally didn’t all add up with PayPal and use of QuickBooks and not sending me all the details on the project. So, I started looking him up, as I should have days ago, and I found this article. Thank you all very much. Super grateful for this and watching out for each other.

  • Katie
    May 1, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    Received this pretty much verbatim. Came today from a Rahman Bello. SUPER sneaky because he actually used a previous client of mine saying they were good friends. So he/she is getting smarter. email address was jn7272292@gmail.com

    Sounds great, thank you! Here are the details, it’s a newly established company.Kindly text me back on my number so we can discuss better.

    This company is really based on sales of furniture such as Kitchen Cabinet, Sofa, Office Chair, Accent tables, King bench bed etc.

    Ø Company Name: LIVING STONE FURNITURE & HOME.

    Ø MY WEBSITE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION WHICH WOULD BE REGISTER VERY SOON.

    Ø I DON’T HAVE LOGO BUT NEED A CUSTOMIZED LOGO FROM YOU.

    Ø I COULD ONLY SUPPLY THE TEXT CONTENT AND PHOTO ALL ARE WITH THE PROJECT CONSULTANT YOU WILL JUST HANDLE THE LAYOUT.

    Ø I WANT THE PAGE OF THE BROCHURE TO BE 24 PAGES (INCLUDING FRONT AND BACK COVER) BECAUSE I HAVE LOT INFORMATION. THE TEXT AND THE PICTURE IS APPROVED AND CROSSCHECK.

    Ø THE SIZE OF BROCHURE SHOULD BE 8.5 X 11.5.

    Ø I WILL WANT YOU TO ADD OUR CORE VALUES, MISSION & VISION( I’LL SEND THEM TO YOU)

    I will be sending you more info for the job Which includes my target mission and color theme etc. With that you have a better Idea of my brand. Do get back to me with your thoughts Once you review

    • Sahara
      January 14, 2020 at 11:10 am

      I just got the same email but with a different name. The person who emailed me was Carl Duquette and the email used was carlduquette189@gmail.com.

  • Saints
    May 3, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    i had same i got strange email from person “name Dennis Waugh email address denniswaugh007@gmail.com wanted me to create him catalog and logo design, the he says,
    My budget is between $1500-$2000.
    Here are the details, this company is really based on making bespoke Tailoring expert all kinds of men suit. Do drop your cellphone number for better conversation.

    # Company Name: MARVELOUS BRIDAL COUTURE

    # I COULD ONLY SUPPLY THE TEXT CONTENT AND PHOTO ALL ARE WITH THE PROJECT CONSULTANT YOU WILL JUST HANDLE THE LAYOUT.

    # I DON’T HAVE LOGO BUT NEED A CUSTOMIZED LOGO FROM YOU.

    # THE SIZE OF CATALOG SHOULD BE 8.5 X 11

    # I WANT THE PAGE OF THE CATALOG TO BE 28 PAGES (INCLUDING FRONT AND BACK COVER) BECAUSE I HAVE A LOT OF INFORMATION. THE TEXT AND THE PICTURE IS APPROVED AND CROSSCHECK.

    # MY WEBSITE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION WHICH WOULD BE REGISTER VERY SOON.

    # I WILL WANT YOU TO ADD OUR CORE VISION , VALUE & MISSION ( I’LL FORWARD THEM TO YOU)

    • WHITE RABBIT
      May 4, 2019 at 12:29 am

      I received the same email as Saints, Marvelous Bridal Couture. I sent him a invoice of 8k and he was fine with but wanted me to send another invoice of 10k so I can pay 2k to his consultant to release the raw files, lol. Such bullshit! I told him I couldn’t do that and I get a email about him dying of lung cancer, smh. I would love to meet this guy…

  • Anonymous
    May 4, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    Received 5/4/2019
    From: wyattmason019@gmail.com:

    SUNLIGHT MEANING TO ME:
    SUNLIGHT TO ME IS A METAPHOR TO ILLUSTRATE SECURE AND INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP.

    WHAT IT SHOULD MEAN TO MY CUSTOMERS
    WHOSOEVER THAT BUY OUR FURNITURE SHOULD BE GUARANTEE OF ‘SATISFACTION AND CONVENIENCE’ THAT WHAT IT SHOULD MEAN TO MY CUSTOMERS.

    PURPOSE OF BUSINESS
    THE PURPOSE OF MY BUSINESS IS TO BRING MODERN FURNITURE THAT WILL PROVIDE SATISFACTION FOR EVERYONE.

    WHO MY BUSINESS SERVES
    MY CUSTOMERS AND OTHER THAT ARE WILLING TO PATRONIZE OUR COMPANY.

    WHAT MAKES MY COMPANY UNIQUE TO ITS CUSTOMERS
    WHATS MAKES LIVING STONE FURNITURE UNIQUES TO CUSTOMER/.LOCATION IS THAT THERE NO OTHER FURNITURE COMPANY NEARBY ALSO ITS NAME AND STYLE.

    OUR PERSONALITY
    WE HAVE AN EFFECTIVE PERSONALITY

    WHAT THE BRAND SHOULD REPRESENT
    MY BRAND SHOULD REPRESENT “HIGH QUALITY OPTION”

    BRAND TONE
    THE TONE OF THE BRAND SHOULD BE “FRIENDLY”.

    MY TARGETS AND MISSION.

    1) My mission is to be serve consumers and industrial market segment with leading edge product that will satisfy their needs in functionality,comfort and style.

    2) My core values are Effectiveness and Efficiency.

    3) Most of our customer are from the age of 35 and I will like to target their income demographics.

    4) I want my company to be perceived as Professional, I want them to know that we offer best prices and there’s a discount for every product when you are buying more than 3 pieces.

    5) I would like to compete with other furniture company. My main competitor is IKEA, my favorite products is Accent Tables.

    6) For colors I would like Black, Orange and white( let me know what you think about that)

    7) In the next Ten years I would like my company to be known worldwide.

    Important elements that I would like to stress are:
    Friendly
    Modern
    High Quality
    Intimate
    Secure
    Convenient
    Effective
    Efficient
    Value
    For logo inspirations you can look at brands like Crate&Barrel, America Signature Furniture, West Elm or Williams Sonoma

    • Brian Vermeire
      May 10, 2019 at 5:23 pm

      I just got the same thing for Black Diamond Furniture! I talked to a guy named “James” who could barely speak a word of English… also I heard other people who were talking in the background which sounded like I was talking to a person in a boiler room. That’s when the red flags started going off in my head. Then I found this thread!!!!

  • Concerned Designer
    May 19, 2019 at 12:10 am

    Received similar text message. Asked who referred them so I may thank that person. Told them my fees and asked for some additional information as this sounded “fishy”.

    His text reply…

    “kindly find attached samples of logo and brochure, the color code are black and red and get back to me with the total cost cause the full text and image of this project is coming from the project consultant.”

    And he emailed this response…

    Note: Phone number of text was 570-435-1563

    From: william smith
    Date: Sat, May 18, 2019, 5:19 AM
    Subject: Brochures design

    I have a new establish company i need a designer

    Company Name: PREMIER FURNITURE.
    This company is really based on Importing & Exporting of Furniture: Kitchen Cabinet, Sofa, Office Chair etc.

    HERE ARE THE DETAILS AND PROCEDURE OF THE JOB:

    1) Company Name: PREMIER FURNITURE

    2) MY WEBSITE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION WHICH WOULD BE REGISTER

    VERY SOON

    3) I DON’T HAVE LOGO BUT NEED A CUSTOMIZED LOGO FROM YOU

    4) I COULD ONLY SUPPLY THE TEXT CONTENT AND PHOTO ALL ARE

    WITH MY PROJECT CONSULTANT BUT THE ARTWORK WILL BE DESIGNED BY

    YOU

    5) I WANT THE BROCHURE TO BE TRI-FOLD IT WILL BE FRONT &

    BACK THE TEXT AND THE PICTURE IS APPROVED AND CROSSCHECK

    6) THE SIZE OF BROCHURE IS 8.5 X 11.

    That all i can provide from my means and i hope you understand what i listed above i need more perfect Job. If you can handle this for me you will be my permanent graphics designer and i will meet you in person after this design is done, due to my trip to get some stuff for my company.

    I would be very happy to hear from you on time.
    Thank you.
    I will be needing 2500pcs

    Thank you for all he information on this topic. Extremely valuable Intel.

    • JM
      June 20, 2019 at 11:48 am

      I got this message, almost verbatim a couple days ago. A couple details changed but very similar. Thank you for posting so we can all Identify this as a scam and thanks to the original poster for detailing this scam!

  • Debbie Stratton
    May 22, 2019 at 1:03 pm

    I’ve been getting emails and texts too with this same scam. Now I ignore them but it’s frustrating.

  • Mark Stroface
    June 16, 2019 at 11:40 pm

    Same for me. The person that contacted me went by the name “Russell Cobb”. Name of this “furniture company” is: Oakwey.

    here are more details.
    OAKWEY.
    A fundamentally strong 6-letter brand name.

    The Oak tree is classic and evocative for a reason – it’s large and long living and and its wood is hard, strong and attractively grained. It’s these qualities that makes oak a classic, valuable construction material and it has been used for centuries in house building, furniture making and shipbuilding. This business name is also attractive and incredibly strong in branding terms; it’s short and confident, and its re-spelling of the familiar ‘way’ to ‘wey’ makes for a distinctive and memorable name.

    What it should mean to my customers
    Consumers should be guarantee of ‘satisfaction, long lasting products and convenience’ .

    purpose of business
    the purpose of my business is to bring modern furniture that will provide satisfaction for everyone.

    Who my business serves
    my customers and other that are willing to patronize our company.

    What makes my company unique to its customers
    whats makes OAKWEY uniques to customer is its name and style.

    our personality
    we have an effective personality

    what the brand should represent
    my brand should represent “high quality option”

    brand tone
    the tone of the brand should be “friendly”.

    my targets and mission.

    1) my mission is to serve consumers and industrial market segment with leading edge product that will satisfy their needs in functionality,comfort and style.

    2) my core values are effectiveness and efficiency.

    3) most of our customer are from the age of 35 and I will like to target their income demographics.

    4) i want my company to be perceived as professional, i want them to know that we offer best prices and there’s a discount for every product when you are buying more than 3 pieces.

    5) i would like to compete with other furniture company. my main competitor is ikea, my favorite products is accent tables.

    6) for colors i would like black and teal. If possible brown.( let me know your suggestions)

    7) in the next 10 years I will love to be a worldwide brand.

    important elements that i would like to stress are:
    friendly
    modern
    high quality
    intimate
    secure
    positive
    convenient
    effective
    efficient
    value
    for logo inspirations you can look at brands like crate&barrel, america signature furniture, or williams sonoma.

    • Adam Garlinger
      December 20, 2019 at 8:25 am

      Holy crap I got the same one, but from a Larry Jacko. I thought the language looked from a non native English speaker or from an old person.

  • Femme Artiste
    June 19, 2019 at 10:28 am

    I got some of these scam texts today!

    1) The person gave their first name only and asked if this was the contact number of a graphic designer. (I forgot the name already and I freaked out and deleted the texts—even though I should have blocked the number first 😳)

    2) Suspicious, but willing to check a little further, I asked in my reply, “Name” who? From where? And yes, you have contacted a graphic designer.

    3) At that point they said the stuff similar to that I’ve seen others mention on the internet (these aren’t the EXACT words, but conveys the meaning): I got your name from CreativeHotList. I’m based in Michigan, but am in Delaware for medical reasons. I need a logo and catalog, are those in your wheelhouse?

    4) Yes, they are! (I replied)

    5) Send me your email address and I’ll send you the creative brief. NOW I’m super suspicious.

    First I thought, “what harm would it do to send my info@ email address,” but then I decided I’d better check the internet first. I’m glad I did. I DID NOT give my email address and now know this has happened to others!

    I DO have a profile on CreativeHotList, but had never been contacted like this before. In fact, I’ve never, ever had anyone come to me that said they got my info from CreativeHotList. Plus, I prefer to check things out before making what could turn out to be a pain in the butt mistake!

  • Charles
    June 21, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    I had to laugh when I came across this posting. You’re providing a great service and I’m happy to be added to your mailing list…

    “Christopher” IMs me this morning:

    3155440963:
    Hello how are you doing today? My name is Christopher do you still offer graphics design service?

    icj design:
    • Hi Christopher and thanks for reaching out. I do still offer those services and others. Let’s talk and see how I may be able to help. What’s a good time to call you?

    3155440963:
    File Transfer: 123_1.jpg
    Okay I will call you in few hours time I will be needing you to design brochures for my new restaurant business for my Grand Opening coming up on the 31st of August my budget for this is $7,000 I have a private project consultant, he has the text content, logo, pictures, menu items, description with other documents for the brochures the brochure size will be 8-Panel Double Fold (“8.5” x “11”) and I will like to know the estimated cost for the design ?
    See Attachment Image on the type of Brochure I want

    icj design:
    • Sounds good.

    3155440963:
    how much will that cost also can you handle the printing of the brochures for me as well if yes? what is the Estimated cost for 1500 printed brochures?

    icj design:
    • Printing costs can vary greatly. Are you in New York?
    • Have we met before or how did you find me? I don’t advertise so I’m always excited when a previous client has shared my info because they were pleased with work I did for them.
    • I have printers I like to deal with but they’re local. 1,500 menus?
    • I will need to speak with you

    He calls:
    I’m taking over my father’s restaurant. (In my head: You just told me it’s a new restaurant in your IM)
    He just moved here to start a new life… (Sounds good enough… I guess)
    He wants 1,500 34”x11” brochures…
    1. (In other places, they call menus “brochures” … I guess)
    2. (34”x11” f/b of restaurant food items? … Sounds like Cheesecake Factory, I guess)
    Now he adds a website to the desire. He wants me to send him an email to check out the site he likes.
    I asked him to just send me another text with a link to the website he liked. (sounded a little frustrated by that)
    Someone walks in and he rushes off the phone… (just bizarre call)

    I followed my gut and sent a nice little fib…

    • Hey Chris… I’m going to pass on this great opportunity. I prefer to work in person on something like this. If you’re in NY, there are thousands of design students/freelancers who can help you locally. Cheers!

    I have clients all over the country and never let distance get in the way of creativity.

    I hope this helps someone avoid getting scammed.

  • Oscar
    June 26, 2019 at 10:45 am

    Thanks so much for posting this. This is happening to me right now except they are asking for a 26 page catalog not a website. My gut was telling me this was a scam but after reading your post and seeing they used alot of the same language i know now that it is.

  • Kevin Jackson
    July 9, 2019 at 3:16 pm

    Thanks for the info, I just got this today from Leroy Allen
    Company name: Ashglade Furniture&Home

    It’s a newly established company so I would need you to design a logo for the company. I would send you the brand details.

    The company is based on sales of furniture such as sofa, king bench bed, tables, office chairs, kitchen cabinets etc.

    The size of the catalog should be 8” X 5”.

    Pages: 26 including front and back cover.

    The full text content and all images for the catalog are approved. Images will be sent to you in high resolution. All images would be used as received, you won’t retouch any.

    Mission, value, vision should be added in the catalog. I’ll send that to you.

    For my website I don’t know if you can handle that but I’ll need the catalog and logo completed first so as for the website to be designed around those. If you can’t handle the website it’s not an issue I would find another designer for that.

    ***I’ll be sending more info shortly so you can have a better idea of my brand , I’ll include mission,targets ,colors , brand info etc. So we can proceed from there.

  • Filip Yip
    July 10, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    leroya400@gmail.com has also contacted me for the past few days. Sometimes it’s really hard to screen out who the real prospects are. Glad that i found your site. Wasted only time on proposal and estimate.

  • Hal Miller
    July 20, 2019 at 5:56 pm

    Been chatting with this/these design scammers over the past few days. You can read below, the first exchange from John Bay/Jobay Furniture , and the second piece of b.s. from Stephen Gary/Ashglade .

    Spoke with Ashglade guy over Google hangouts today, and he kept pushing for me using Quickbooks or Square for payment. And of course he’s in DE this weekend for “health reasons,” haha! I told him I’d get back to him on Monday with a statement of work for the logo design, and then the same for the catalog once his “consultant” sent me the product images.

    Would appreciate suggestions for the best way to shut these jokers down.
    Thanks.

    – Hal
    Ritual Design, Brooklyn, NY

    – Here’s the John Bay/JoBay Furniture scam:

    Thanks. I want you to know that this is the first time I will be doing a Logo design so I can only give you little details then you can decide on designs but I want the color to consist of Black and Gold with an image of an ancient chair. I want a very mature and presentable design and my budget for this project is $2000-3000 i saw your ads through online i was checking online for a Logo design and peoples comment concerning your work as been very impressive so i choose you for the job.
    For the Brochure, I want a double folded A4 size brochure with 8 pages and I can only supply the text content and photos but all are with my project consultant but the logo and brochure will be designed by you and the due date for the project is 23rd of August 2019.The company name is JOBAY FURNITURE INC and is based on importing and exporting of furnitures.
    Thats all i can provide from my end and i hope you understand what i listed above i need a more perfect Job.Kindly let me know the total cost of the Brochure and Logo Design if it’ll cost more than I budgeted.
    NOTE: My website is still under construction and will be completed soon.

    HERE ARE THE DETAILS AND PROCEDURE OF THE JOB:
    1) Company Name: JOBAY FURNITURE
    2) MY WEBSITE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION WHICH WOULD BE REGISTER VERY SOON
    3) I DON’T HAVE LOGO BUT NEED A CUSTOMIZED LOGO FROM YOU
    4) I COULD ONLY SUPPLY THE TEXT CONTENT AND PHOTO ALL ARE
    WITH MY PROJECT CONSULTANT BUT THE ARTWORK WILL BE DESIGNED BY YOU

    That all i can provide from my means and i hope you understand what i listed above i need more perfect Job. If you can handle this for me you will be my permanent graphics designer and i will meet you in person after this design is done, due to my trip to get some stuff for my company.

    I would be very happy to hear from you on time.

    Thank you
    Ceo/President
    JOBAY FURNITURE
    Sent from iCloud
    ++++++++++++++++++

    And here’s Stephen Gary/Ashglade’s scam:

    Company name: Ashglade Furniture&Home

    It’s a newly established company so I would need you to design a logo for the company. I would send you the brand details.

    The company is based on sales of furniture such as sofa, king bench bed, tables, office chairs, kitchen cabinets etc.

    The size of the catalog should be 8” X 5”.

    Pages: 26 including front and back cover.

    The full text content and all images for the catalog are approved. Images will be sent to you in high resolution. All images would be used as received, you won’t retouch any.

    Mission, value, vision should be added in the catalog. I’ll send that to you.

    For my website I don’t know if you can handle that but I’ll need the catalog and logo completed first so as for the website to be designed around those. If you can’t handle the website it’s not an issue I would find another designer for that.

    ***I’ll be sending more info shortly so you can have a better idea of my brand , I’ll include mission,targets ,colors , brand info etc. So we can proceed from there.

    — And his second detail email:

    Here are more details.

    ASHGLADE.

    A calm and natural business name

    This name has a reassuring, relaxed feel – possibly because of its roots in nature. The ash is a common and popular tree and a glade is an opening in a forest – so it’s an evocative and entirely natural combination. Ash is also valued as a quality timber as its grain is straight and its wood is tough.

    What it should mean to my customers

    Consumers should be guarantee of ‘satisfaction, long lasting products and convenience’ .

    purpose of business

    the purpose of my business is to bring modern furniture that will provide satisfaction for everyone.

    Who my business serves

    my customers and other that are willing to patronize our company.

    What makes my company unique to its customers

    whats makes ASHGLADE uniques to customer is its name.

    our personality

    we have an effective personality

    what the brand should represent

    my brand should represent “high quality option”

    brand tone

    the tone of the brand should be “friendly”.

    my targets and mission.

    1) my mission is to serve consumers and industrial market segment with leading edge product that will satisfy their needs in functionality,comfort and style.

    2) my core values are effectiveness and efficiency.

    3) most of our customer are from the age of 35 and I will like to target their income demographics.

    4) i want my company to be perceived as professional, i want them to know that we offer best prices and there’s a discount for every product when you are buying more than 3 pieces.

    5) i would like to compete with other furniture company but my main competitor West Elm.

    6) for colors i would like black and teal if possible brown.( let me know your suggestions)

    7) In the next 10-20 years I would likemtp become a world brand.

    important elements that i would like to stress are:

    friendly
    modern
    high quality
    intimate
    secure
    positive
    convenient
    effective
    efficient
    value

    for logo inspirations you can look at brands like crate&barrel, america signature furniture, or williams sonoma.

    ***I sent you more details, let me know your thoughts once you review. Also do get back to me with a quote so we can proceed. Okay?”

  • Noah
    July 22, 2019 at 10:44 am

    Add an other to the list:

    stevendildyeric@gmail.com

    I’m not going to bother responding, probably just block the email.

    Full email follows below:

    “Hello Noah,

    Okay i was checking online for a Logo design and looked into your page and your resume as been very impressive so i choose you for the job.

    Also, i want you to know that this is the first time I will be doing a Logo design so I can only give you little details then you can decide on designs but I want the color to consist of Black and Gold with an image of an ancient chair. I want a very mature and presentable design and my budget for this project is $2000.

    For the Brochure, I want a double folded A4 size brochure with 8 pages and I can only supply the text content and photos but, all are with my project consultant but the logo and brochure will be designed by you and the due date for the project is 23rd of Sep 2019.

    The company name is S.Dildy FURNITURE INC and is based on importing and exporting of furnitures.

    Thats all i can provide from my end and i hope you understand what i listed above i need a more perfect Job.

    Kindly let me know the total cost of the Brochure and Logo Design if it’ll cost more than I budgeted.

    NOTE: My website is still under construction and will be completed soon.

    I would be very happy to hear from you on time.”

    • Veronica
      October 9, 2019 at 10:35 pm

      Wow. Thank you for posting. I just got the same email. Glad I googled his company first. Here is the email:

      “Thanks, i want you to know that this is the first time I will be doing a Logo design so I can only give you little details then you can decide on designs but I want the color to consist of Black and Gold with an image of an ancient chair. I want a very mature and presentable design and my budget for this project is $2000.

      For the Brochure, I want a double folded A4 size brochure with 8 pages and I can only supply the text content and photos but, all are with my project consultant but the logo and brochure will be designed by you and the due date for the project is 6th of Dec 2019.

      The company name is S.Dildy FURNITURE INC and is based on importing and exporting of furnitures.

      Thats all i can provide from my end and i hope you understand what i listed above i need a more perfect Job.

      Kindly let me know the total cost of the Brochure and Logo Design if it’ll cost more than I budgeted.

      NOTE: My website is still under construction and will be completed soon.

      I would be very happy to hear from you on time.

      Thank you”

  • Jose Mmedina
    July 24, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    Wow! this just happen to me. He was vague about how he found me. I’m so glad I found this blog. This is the mesage I got form a Robert Richard:

    Here  are the details, it’s a newly established company.  Do drop your cellphone number so we can discuss better.

    This company is really based on sales of furniture such as Kitchen Cabinet, Sofa, Office Chair, Accent tables, King bench bed etc.

    1)     Company Name: LIVING STONE FURNITURE & HOME.

    2)     MY WEBSITE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION WHICH WOULD BE REGISTER VERY SOON.

    3)     I DON’T HAVE LOGO BUT NEED A CUSTOMIZED LOGO FROM YOU.

    4)     I COULD ONLY SUPPLY THE TEXT CONTENT AND PHOTO ALL ARE WITH THE PROJECT CONSULTANT YOU WILL JUST HANDLE THE LAYOUT.

    5)     I WANT THE PAGE OF THE BROCHURE TO BE 24 PAGES (INCLUDING FRONT AND BACK COVER) BECAUSE I HAVE LOT INFORMATION. THE TEXT AND THE PICTURE IS APPROVED AND CROSSCHECK.

    6)     THE SIZE OF BROCHURE SHOULD BE 8.5 X 11.5.

    7)     I WILL WANT YOU TO ADD OUR CORE VALUES, MISSION & VISION( I’LL SEND THEM TO YOU)

  • Vibs
    July 25, 2019 at 10:11 am

    Ohh So glad I found this thread. This is the exact same content I got and insisting on signing up for Intuit instead of PayPal. At the very next day I got another message with the same text asking the same things designed logo and catalog by some other person.
    Well that’s what hit me to search online for this scam.
    Not sure what the idea behind all this .. people have loads of free time. I wonder they are all frustrated designers themselves who know exactly what usually a designer would want.

    Be safe people!!!

  • Kelly OConnor
    August 3, 2019 at 12:44 pm

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    Luke Bickel was the sender

    Here are more details.

    WOOD FURNITURE AND HOME MEANING TO ME:
    WOOD FURNITURE AND HOME TO ME IS A METAPHOR TO ILLUSTRATE SECURE AND INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP.

    WHAT IT SHOULD MEAN TO MY CUSTOMERS
    WHOSOEVER THAT BUY OUR FURNITURE SHOULD BE GUARANTEE OF ‘SATISFACTION AND CONVENIENCE’ THAT WHAT IT SHOULD MEAN TO MY CUSTOMERS.

    PURPOSE OF BUSINESS
    THE PURPOSE OF MY BUSINESS IS TO BRING MODERN FURNITURE THAT WILL PROVIDE SATISFACTION FOR EVERYONE.

    WHO MY BUSINESS SERVES
    MY CUSTOMERS AND OTHER THAT ARE WILLING TO PATRONIZE OUR COMPANY.

    WHAT MAKES MY COMPANY UNIQUE TO ITS CUSTOMERS
    WHATS MAKES LIVING STONE FURNITURE UNIQUES TO CUSTOMER/.LOCATION IS THAT THERE NO OTHER FURNITURE COMPANY NEARBY ALSO ITS NAME AND STYLE.

    OUR PERSONALITY
    WE HAVE AN EFFECTIVE PERSONALITY

    WHAT THE BRAND SHOULD REPRESENT
    MY BRAND SHOULD REPRESENT “HIGH QUALITY OPTION”

    BRAND TONE
    THE TONE OF THE BRAND SHOULD BE “FRIENDLY”.

    MY TARGETS AND MISSION.

    1) My mission is to be serve consumers and industrial market segment with leading edge product that will satisfy their needs in functionality,comfort and style.

    2) My core values are Effectiveness and Efficiency.

    3) Most of our customer are from the age of 35 and I will like to target their income demographics.

    4) I want my company to be perceived as Professional, I want them to know that we offer best prices and there’s a discount for every product when you are buying more than 3 pieces.

    5) I would like to compete with other furniture company. My main competitor is IKEA, my favorite products is Accent Tables.

    6) For colors I would like Black, Orange and white( let me know what you think about that)

    7) In the next Ten years I would like my company to be known worldwide.

    Important elements that I would like to stress are:
    Friendly
    Modern
    High Quality
    Intimate
    Secure
    Convenient
    Effective
    Efficient
    Value
    For logo inspirations you can look at brands like Crate&Barrel, America Signature Furniture, West Elm or Williams Sonoma .
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    On Wed, 31 Jul 2019 at 16:44, Luke Bickel wrote:
    Here are the details, it’s a newly established company. Do drop you cell phone number so we can discuss more better.

    This company is really based on sales of furniture such as Kitchen Cabinet, Sofa, Office Chair, Accent tables, King bench bed etc.

    Ø Company Name: WOOD FURNITURE & HOME.

    Ø MY WEBSITE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION WHICH WOULD BE REGISTER VERY SOON.

    Ø I DON’T HAVE LOGO BUT NEED A CUSTOMIZED LOGO FROM YOU.

    Ø I COULD ONLY SUPPLY THE TEXT CONTENT AND PHOTO ALL ARE WITH THE PROJECT CONSULTANT YOU WILL JUST HANDLE THE LAYOUT.

    I WANT THE PAGE OF TH E BROCHURE TO BE 24 PAGES (INCLUDING FRONT AND BACK COVER) BECAUSE I HAVE LOT INFORMATION. THE TEXT AND THE PICTURE IS APPROVED AND CROSSCHECK.

    THE SIZE OF BROCHURE SHOULD BE 8.5 X 11.5.

    WILL WANT YOU TO ADD OUR CORE VALUES, MISSION & VISION( I’LL SEND THEM TO YOU)

    • megan
      October 25, 2019 at 2:40 pm

      Had the exact same experience with ‘Luke Bickel’ this past week. lukebickel01@gmail.com The first inquiry was weird, but it kept escalating in weirdness as we talked through details of the project. 24 page catalog, front and back, Project Consultant will share the photos, copy, etc. The emails are almost word for word! My gut was reacting and I happened to type his name and business name “Wood Furniture and Home” into google and this was the first thing that came up. :/

  • KacyChicago
    August 3, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    So happy I decided to Google this person’s email address, I knew it was a scam the minute the email arrived after a few text message exchanges. He contacted me via phone text first, so that’s the part that irritates me the most, knowing they have my number (And now my business email address!) I asked him twice who referred me, which is a requirement for my services, since most of my business has come from word of mouth, and he didn’t give me an answer. I hate scammers.

    Thanks for this thread! I don’t have to waste any time responding to his email and will block him on my phone.

  • Tim Sumer
    August 6, 2019 at 12:56 pm

    Wow thankfully I found this thread. I received the same exact email about wanting a logo and brochure made for black diamond furniture company. I thought it was odd that he texted my business line without contacting me through my website first. They must be scraping all web desiginer, graphic designers, etc who list a phone number and then sending mass text messages. The guy calls himself ” john max ” and his email is johnmax0809139@gmail.com and using the phone number 252-508-9716 to text.

    I am going to copy and paste the email messages he sent me below so it helps out other’s who may be searching for if these kinds of messages are legit or not.

    Here are the emails:

    ****************************************

    This company is really based on sales of furniture such as Kitchen Cabinet, Sofa, Office Chair, Accent tables, King bench bed etc.

    1) Company Name: BLACK DIAMOND FURNITURE.

    2) MY WEBSITE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION WHICH WOULD BE REGISTER VERY SOON.

    3) I DON’T HAVE LOGO BUT NEED A CUSTOMIZED LOGO FROM YOU.

    4) I COULD ONLY SUPPLY THE TEXT CONTENT AND PHOTO ALL ARE WITH THE PROJECT CONSULTANT YOU WILL JUST HANDLE THE LAYOUT.

    5) I WANT THE PAGE OF THE BROCHURE TO BE 24 PAGES (INCLUDING FRONT AND BACK COVER) BECAUSE I HAVE LOT INFORMATION. THE TEXT AND THE PICTURE IS APPROVED AND CROSSCHECK.

    6) THE SIZE OF BROCHURE SHOULD BE 8.5 X 11.5.

    7) I WILL WANT YOU TO ADD OUR CORE VALUES, MISSION & VISION( I’LL SEND THEM TO YOU)

    here are more details.

    BLACK DIAMOND MEANING TO ME
    BLACK DIAMOND TO ME IS A METAHPHOR TO ILLUSTRATE SECURE AND INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP.

    WHAT IT SHOULD MEAN TO MY CUSTOMERS
    WHOSOEVER THAT BUY OUR FURNITURE SHOULD BE GUARANTEE OF ‘SATISFACTION AND CONVENIENCE’ THAT WHAT IT SHOULD MEAN TO MY CUSTOMERS.

    PURPOSE OF BUSINESS
    THE PURPOSE OF MY BUSSINESS IS TO BRING MODERN FURNITURE THAT WILL PROVIDE SATISFACTION FOR EVERYONE.

    WHO MY BUSINESS SERVES
    MY CUSTOMERS AND OTHER THAT ARE WILLING TO PATRONIZE OUR COMPANY.

    WHAT MAKES MY COMPANY UNIQUE TO ITS CUSTOMERS
    WHATS MAKES BLACK DIAMOND FURNITURE UNIQUES TO CUSTOMER/.LOCATION IS THAT THERE NO OTHER FURNITURE COMPANY NEARBY ALSO ITS NAME AND STYLE.

    OUR PERSONALITY
    WE HAVE AN EFFECTIVE PERSONALITY

    WHAT THE BRAND SHOULD REPRESENT
    MY BRAND SHOULD REPRESENT “HIGH QUALITY OPTION”

    BRAND TONE
    THE TONE OF THE BRAND SHOULD BE “FRIENDLY”.

    MY TARGETS AND MISSION.

    1) My mission is to be serve consumers and industrial market segment with leading edge product that will satisfy their needs in functionality,comfort and style.

    2) My core values are Effectiveness and Efficiency.

    3) Most of our customer are from the age of 35 and I will like to target their income demographics.

    4) I want my company to be perceived as Professional, I want them to know that we offer best prices and there’s a discount for every product when you are buying more than 3 pieces.

    5) I would like to compete with other furniture company. My main competitor is IKEA, my favorite products is Accent Tables.

    6) For colors I would like Black, Orange and white( let me know what you think about that)

    7) In the next Ten years I would like my company to be known worldwide.

    8) Other thing I would like you to know about my company is Our Vision( to be the furniture company of first choice.) and Quality Policy ( our policy is to continually provide goods and services that conform to the best standards and surpass customers’ expectation at a price that represents value.)

    ****************************************************************

    Hopefully no one else falls for this guy’s bs or wastes any time or resources on it.

  • Patty Kevershan
    August 9, 2019 at 9:51 pm

    Sounds like the scammers use the web also. Almost word for word…
    This is my guy….
    On Aug 8, 2019, at 7:44 PM, ROWE HENRY W wrote:

    COMPANY NAME:
    HROWE FURNITURE:
    This company is really based on Importing & Exporting of Furniture: Kitchen Cabinet, Sofa, Office Chair etc.

    HERE ARE THE DETAILS AND PROCEDURE OF THE JOB:
    1) Company Name: HROWE FURNITURE
    2) MY WEBSITE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION WHICH WOULD BE REGISTER VERY SOON
    3) I DON’T HAVE LOGO BUT NEED A CUSTOMIZED LOGO FROM YOU
    4) I COULD ONLY SUPPLY THE TEXT CONTENT AND PHOTO ALL ARE WITH MY PROJECT CONSULTANT BUT THE ARTWORK WILL BE DESIGNED BY YOU
    5) I WANT THE BROCHURE TO BE TRI-FOLD IT WILL BE FRONT & BACK THE TEXT AND THE PICTURE IS APPROVED AND CROSSCHECK
    6) THE SIZE OF BROCHURE IS 8.5 X 11.

    That all i can provide from my means and i hope you understand what i listed above i need more perfect Job. If you can handle this for me you will be my permanent graphics designer and i will meet you in person after this design is done, due to my trip to get some stuff for my company.

    I got tied up with the doctor right now, will keep you posted once payment is made. I’m trying to reach the consultant so he can release the raw files ( full text content and images) for the catalog, I’ll keep you posted once I touch base with him.

    I got in touch with the consultant but I’m having a little issue with him regarding our contract agreement, I’d signed the agreement to make cash or bank deposit to him for his payment but due to my present condition I’m limited as I was diagnosed with lung cancer and will undergo a surgery soon so I won’t be able to do that. kindly send a new invoice for $5,500 in which $1,250 will be as upfront payment for your service , $250 will be as cc% charges with a tip for yourself and you will forward $4000 to the project consultant account info once the funds hits your account so he can release the raw files (full text content and images)for the catalog .I’ll balance upon job completion. Thanks .

    Thanks for your post! Patty

    • Jon Santos
      August 19, 2019 at 1:45 pm

      I just got the same email from HROWE! THanks for the heads up on this..

    • Rachel
      September 19, 2019 at 9:55 am

      I got the same from HROWE!! Thanks for the heads up!

  • Susan
    August 15, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    I am currently texting and emailing with an individual who is wanting a catalog and logo. Same language as others have reported. I have been stringing him along for three weeks now! He can’t use PayPal of course, wants me to set up quickbooks. I just keep texting every couple of days, keep him interested. The more time he wastes on me the less time he is scamming someone else. Also I reported his email and number and scam to the federal trade commission a government agency. I doubt they can stop him though. I even told him I trusted him and started the work without a deposit lol.

  • Brandi G.
    August 17, 2019 at 6:29 am

    I received a suspicious email as well from
    Morgan Townsend..

    morgantownsend1909@gmail.com> wrote:
    How are you doing? I would like to know if you are available for logo design services and if you do accept credit card as form of payment. Don’t know much about logo designs, so I can only give you detailed information of what is needed for the. So with your creativity you should be able to come up with a design then you can also decide on colors that fit the design. I need you to make 5 LOGO’s writing ” Happy Foundation” in the logo( One final version to be selected) and 5 designs for the TAGLINE writing “Because every child deserves to smile”( One final version to be selected) , Making 10 Logo designs.

    The design is to be printed on a T-Shirt for both front and back I need you to include a sunlight smiley or a Moon with a smile to make the Logos look more different. Also we will be launching the logo design in our new website.

    Regards,
    Morgan Townsend

  • Abigail Swigert
    August 18, 2019 at 8:16 am

    Apparently we need to add stephenfisher198777@gmail.com to the list.
    He emailed me looking for logo and brochure design and when I asked where he was referred from, he didn’t answer. He said

    “Thanks for your response. My company name is SFISHER FURNITURE INC, and it’s based on importing and exporting of furnitures. I also want you to know that this is the first time I will be doing a Logo design so I can only give you little details then you can decide on designs but I want the color to consist of Black and Gold with an image of an ancient chair. I want a very mature and presentable design. So let me know if we could both work……. More so, can you handle both the brochure and Logo designs for me?Thanks

    I actually don’t have a specific timeline, all I want is a quality and a job well done, and I hope you’d do all of that for me.”

    I could tell something was fishy when I first got an email from him, but I couldn’t think of how it could be a scam so I went ahead and replied, happy I found this thread though.

    • Ryan Bell
      December 2, 2019 at 11:33 am

      I received a text from Jonathan Sabin who says he is the CEO of a new company SFISHER FURNITURE INC which is into exporting and importing furniture’s … So glad I found this post! I replied but have now blocked him.

      To be fair, if he had said he was Art Vandelay from Vandelay Industries, I would have jumped on it…

  • Marilyn
    August 27, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    One thing about scammers – they super NOT creative as it seems they copy and paste the same crap over and over with little change LOL.

    Have gotten this same BS “furniture company” email twice in the last month, almost word for word from what was posted above. One was from a “Nicholas Sinatra” and then from “Todd Soard”. Glad I sensed something was up from the get-go and didn’t waste time on this…I looked it up when I got “Sinatra’s” email and found this site. Thanks for posting it for others to hopefully same them some time and annoyance. As for these idiot wanna-be scammers may they have eternal diarrhea.

  • Diana
    September 3, 2019 at 12:50 pm

    Thank you for this article! I literally got a message this morning and immediately started to get suspicious since I never get random solicitations for design work:

    russellshane0022@gmail.com

    “Hello, I’m Russell Shane and I’ll like to know if you can handle Brochure and Logo Design for my company.

    Kindly get back to me so I can send you the details in full.

    Thank you”

    **
    When I asked for further details, the follow up text of the email matches EXACTLY what some of the commenters received, almost word-for-word in some cases:

    “Thanks, I want you to know that this is the first time I will be doing a Logo design so I can only give you little details then you can decide on designs but I want the color to consist of Black and Gold with an image of an ancient chair. I want a very mature and presentable design and my budget for this project is $2000.

    For the brochure, I want a double folded A4 size brochure with 8 pages and I can only supply the text content and photos but, all are with my project consultant but the logo and brochure will be designed by you and the due date for the project is 4th of Nov 2019.

    The company name is R.Gallaner FURNITURE INC and is based on importing and exporting of furnitures. That is all I can provide from my end and i hope you understand what i listed above i need a more perfect Job.

    Kindly let me know the total cost of the Brochure and Logo Design if it’ll cost more than I budgeted.

    NOTE: My website is still under construction and will be completed soon.

    I would be very happy to hear from you on time.

    Thank you”

    **
    Safe to say, I will NOT be working with “Russell Shane” or his “project consultant”.

  • Leslie
    September 5, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    Here we are in September and more of the same! I just got this for HROWE FURNITURE from henry w rowe at henrywrowe0@gmail.com. Almost exactly the same course of events and email content. I’m just waiting for them to drop the “I’m sick in the hospital and really need this right now.”

    I got one of these last November from one “Nancy Piely” at nancypiely@outlook.com

    Hello My name is Nancy,Am hearing impaired that why i email you i would love to know if you can handle website design for a new company and also do you accept credit card for payment? kindly get back to me as soon as possible.So what is price does your Typical budget start from?So i can send you the job details. Regards

    —–

    I replied with a bunch of clarifying questions and rough estimates for basic web design.

    They replied:

    Thanks for your response, i am okay with the estimate and i wanna proceed so i will be depositing $1000 using credit card so work can commence ASAP, i understand the content for this site would be needed so as for the job to commence so regarding the content i will need a Little favor from you and the reason i need this favor from you is because the consultant does not have the facility to charge credit cards and i also am presently in the hospital for surgery so i will be glad if you can help me out with this favor,The favor i need from you is. i would give you my card info’s to charge for $4100. so $1000 would be a deposit payment for my website design and the remaining $3000 you would help me send it to the project consultant that has the text content and the logo for my website so once he has the $3000 he would send the text content and logo needed for my website to you also the funds would be sent to him via cash deposit into his account, sending of funds would be after funds clears into your account and also $100 tip for you stress hope you understand me clearly and i will be looking forward to read back from you.Thanks

    —–

    I replied “I am unable to do this. Please feel free to contact me after your surgery”

    They replied:

    Actually i should have paid the project consultant myself but at the moment i am out of cash due to my sickness and it was disclose to me by my doctor that i had cancer of the lung and that is while i am asking you for this favor and beside the project consultant don’t have a credit card facility ,so that is why i asked for your assistance ,so i will be happy if you can help me with that and i will want you to go ahead and charge the project consultant fee along with the web design Deposit ,so i will like you to get back to me when you have done that ,so that i can give you the project consultant info to send their fee to today ,so i look forward in hearing back from you soon .

    —-

    At this point I blocked the email address.

    • Joni Lawrence
      September 20, 2019 at 11:10 am

      Just got this same one. He finally did provide a phone number after a few requests. When my husband called, he answered with the name of Aaron, not Henry, so he hung up. Called him back and told him we reported him to the police and he is going to get deported!

  • Michael Fischer
    September 6, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    I have been emailing with Jeff Tweed for a day or two. Very similar script about designing a 44 page catalog for newly established company “VEEHAUS”.
    I guess my first instincts were correct.

  • Kevin
    September 6, 2019 at 9:15 pm

    These f___ers tried bleeding me four months ago. They could not provide me with a mailing address, and expected me to give over my bank account info so they could allegedly send me a deposit… Obviously they just wanted my bank account number… I told them I do not do business electronically. So they then tried to get me to purchase the Quicken banking software, probably so they could attempt to electronically suck my account dry. I played along and pretended to attempt to download the software, but no luck… Finally I told them, “Look, just send me a check or money order or we can consider our business concluded…” I never heard from them again… Until today. A different scammer (at least I THINK it’s a different scammer) is trying the same shit. So I am playing the same game with him. This should be fun. Trouble is, I don’t have time to be scammed by c_cks_ckers like these. Can we please find a way to tell them to f_ck off?

  • Kevin O'Connor
    September 6, 2019 at 9:26 pm

    Apparently, we can also add rowehenry@outlook.com to the list of sh__bag scammers.

  • Hugo Kisima
    September 11, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    I just got hrowe@outlook.com with his furniture company. The exact text as above, no need to repost here.

  • Kevin
    September 12, 2019 at 7:10 am

    I received the HROWE Furniture one shown above, and have been stringing the bastard along for about two weeks now… He eventually realized I was on to him and stopped responding to me. I just keep emailing him asking when payment of deposit will be coming to me… If you want to spam up his email system, his email address is rowehenry@outlook.com.

    • Joni Lawrence
      September 20, 2019 at 11:39 am

      Great idea – I just signed him up for 30 newsletter twice a week from healthline!

  • Amy
    September 18, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    Hrowe Furniture emailed me Sept 18 from HROWEW@outlook.com.

    They want a logo of an “ancient chair” and an 8 page trifold.

  • Yaniv Zahavi
    September 18, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    I’m actually playing with this spammer now going back and forth with them for fun. I have been getting these regularly for over 2 years now. The format is just about the same every time just different type of business. You would think they would change their template by now but nope.

    For this one it was for a brochure, this is what the first reply usually looks like:

    COMPANY NAME:
    HROWE FURNITURE:
    This company is really based on Importing & Exporting of Furniture: Kitchen Cabinet, Sofa, Office Chair etc.

    HERE ARE THE DETAILS AND PROCEDURE OF THE JOB:
    1) Company Name: HROWE FURNITURE
    2) MY WEBSITE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION WHICH WOULD BE REGISTER VERY SOON
    3) I DON’T HAVE LOGO BUT NEED A CUSTOMIZED LOGO FROM YOU
    4) I COULD ONLY SUPPLY THE TEXT CONTENT AND PHOTO ALL ARE WITH MY PROJECT CONSULTANT BUT THE ARTWORK WILL BE DESIGNED BY YOU
    5) I WANT THE BROCHURE TO BE TRI-FOLD IT WILL BE FRONT & BACK THE TEXT AND THE PICTURE IS APPROVED AND CROSSCHECK
    6) THE SIZE OF BROCHURE IS 8.5 X 11.

    That all i can provide from my means and i hope you understand what i listed above i need more perfect Job. If you can handle this for me you will be my permanent graphics designer and i will meet you in person after this design is done, due to my trip to get some stuff for my company.

    • Kique Moran
      October 3, 2019 at 11:36 am

      Uh, so I am clearly an idiot and a perfect prey for this scam. I’ve been going back and forth with Henry Rowe, and hes been sending me money to send to his “project consultant”. The thing is that I’m not spending any of my own money to do this, and hes paying me on top of it.

      So like, what do I do? Hes paying me through quickbooks, and I’m actually getting money through this?? What is the goal here and how do I get out of this/what is my best move?

      This is definitely a learning experience for me, I’ll be googling clients from now on. Fuck I feel like a dumbass. But also if anyone knows what to do from here I’d love to hear some advice.

  • Amber
    September 24, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    I got an email from philipmarcus019@gmail.com

    Here are the details, it’s a newly established company. Do drop your cell phone number so we can discuss better.
    This company is really based on sales of furniture such as Kitchen Cabinet, Sofa, Office Chair, Accent tables, King bench bed etc.
    Ø Company Name : DREAMS HOME FURNITURE.
    Ø MY WEBSITE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION WHICH WOULD BE REGISTER VERY SOON.
    Ø I DON’T HAVE LOGO BUT NEED A CUSTOMIZED LOGO FROM YOU.
    Ø I COULD ONLY SUPPLY THE TEXT CONTENT AND PHOTO ALL ARE WITH THE PROJECT CONSULTANT YOU WILL JUST HANDLE THE LAYOUT.
    Ø I WANT THE PAGE OF TH E BROCHURE TO BE 24 PAGES (INCLUDING FRONT AND BACK COVER) BECAUSE I HAVE LOT INFORMATION. THE TEXT AND THE PICTURE IS APPROVED AND CROSSCHECK.
    Ø THE SIZE OF BROCHURE SHOULD BE 8.5 X 11.5.
    Ø I WILL WANT YOU TO ADD OUR CORE VALUES, MISSION & VISION( I’LL SEND THEM TO YOU

    Received by text messages etc. I blocked his number and reported the email as spam.

  • Melissa
    October 2, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    Just got an email like this as well. This time google listed his name as Maxwell Smith (wale20020@gmail.com) for Livingwood Furniture & Home, but he introduced himself as Richard. Stupid me thought that was weird, but wrote it off as maybe a business partner using the main email or something.

    Spent days responding back and forth, didn’t notice any flags with his choppy English, but when he asked for me to send money to his consultant because he has lung cancer and needs to have surgery was where I started to question the legitimacy, adding to the fact he never really answered my question on design clarification. I mean who would trust thousands of dollars to a stranger over the internet?

    I’m an illustrator who dabbles in Graphic Design, so while I have background in logo/brochure design, it was very minimal, so I was super excited to have someone reach out and thought it was a great opportunity, so was kinda bummed and pissed this turned out to be a scam, but proud of myself for catching it.

    Thank you for this thread, so glad to have some confirmation that it was a scam. I had tracked the IP address and saw that not only did it keep jumping around, but many reviewed the IP stating several different scams, not just this one tailored for Design work.

    Played with the guy a bit, checking off all the scam boxes described in this thread, saying how I needed to switch my payment to PayPal because my previous form of payment was “noted to be used by scammers” and how “those people are horrible and it’s so hard to trust people these days lol”, him immediately saying that’s no good and I should use Quickbooks instead. Responded for him to screw off and blocked him.

  • Patrick Hasburgh
    October 4, 2019 at 4:06 pm

    Thanks for this!
    Got an email from Phil asking for about graphic design work. Google searched his email address and this feed came right up. Thanks!

  • Danielle P Smallwood
    October 10, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    I knew it was too good to be true a new client already knew what they wanted lol.

    andrewhistro@gmail.com
    Here are the details.
    Company name: Oakwey

    It’s a newly established company so I would need you to design a logo for the company. I would send you the brand details.

    The company is based on sales of furniture such as sofa, king bench bed, tables, office chairs, kitchen cabinets etc.

    The size of the catalog should be 8” X 5”.
    Pages: 28 including front and back cover.

    The full text content and all images for the catalog are approved. Images will be sent to you in high resolution. All images would be used as received, you won’t retouch any.

    Mission, value, vision should be added in the catalog. I’ll send that to you.

    For my website I don’t know if you can handle that but I’ll need the catalog and logo completed first so as for the website to be designed around those. If you can’t handle the website it’s not an issue I would find another designer for that.

  • Scott
    October 14, 2019 at 11:04 am

    Just got one from S.Dildy FURNITURE INC. It read word-for-word like the other ones people listed.

    Unreal. I was just about to put a proposal together, but thought I would do a quick search (which I usually do, at least to get mailing address info, etc).

    So glad I stumbled on this page.

  • Bo Lane
    October 17, 2019 at 1:09 pm

    Just got an email from “Russell Shane” (russellshane0022@gmail.com). This message was sent to the contact form on my website “Hello! I’ll like to know if you can handle Brochure and Logo Design for my company. Kindly get back to me so i can send you the details in full. Thank you.”

    Scam.

  • Russ Holliday
    October 21, 2019 at 5:47 pm

    Soooo glad that I found this post. Received a similar message from a guy named Jacob. This is my second time that someone tried this but in a different way. Not fooled either time. I know how real business people discuss projects and this isn’t it.

    Company Name: Jay Trumpy Furniture
    Email he provided: jacobtrump606@gmail.com
    Area Code: 909

    Message: I want you to know that this is the first time I will be doing a logo design so I can only give you little details then you can decide on designs but I want the color to consist of Black and Gold with an image of an ancient chair. I want a very mature and presentable design and my budget is $2000-3000. For the brochure, I want a double sided A4 size brochure with 8 pages and I can only supply text content and photos but all are with my project consultant but the logo and brochure will be designed by you and the due date for the project is 7th of December 2019.

    His response after I asked how he found out about me: Okay I was checking online for a logo design and peoples comment concerning your work has been very impressive so I choose you for the job.

    He then gave me almost the exact same description stating “this company is really based on importing and exporting furniture: kitchen cabinet, sofa, office chair, etc.”

    Thanks for sharing everyone!

    • Michael
      November 2, 2019 at 1:27 pm

      Thanks Russ, just posted here, and your post helped me avoid Mr. Jacob Trump! I was suspicious, and so was doing due diligence before any more engagement with this person.

      I’ve now reported him to BBB Scam tracker at this URL: https://www.bbb.org/scamtracker/us/reportscam

      Scam avoided!

  • Nicole
    October 22, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    Grateful for this post! Got the same scam email (verbatim) from “Roy James” of “Spring Dove Furniture” this evening. So glad that I googled & found this article! Thanks for doing this community service that benefited a new freelancer!

  • Abby
    October 25, 2019 at 11:10 am

    A couple months ago I got the HROWE furniture email, like a few other people have posted. I haven’t seen J&F FURNITURE INC one on this thread yet but I got an text from a Joel Frank, I am sure it is a scam because it has the exact same language as the HROWE email. After reading all of these, I have already blocked him and hope that I can help anyone else who gets a text/email from him or someone else in the “company”.

  • Bidkart Malespin
    November 1, 2019 at 6:54 pm

    Just got the same email also. But its by a Robert Richard and the company name was Living Stone Furniture & Homes. Red Flag when up when I saw the first email asking if he contact a graphic Designer.. Why would you contact someone for work with out knowing if they actual do the work that you are looking for. Plus, I haven’t had a design info out there since I converted strictly to Illustration work 6 years ago. So was surprise that someone found me as a designer. But I ask for more information since I was curious. Then I received the same information as everyone else has posted here. As soon as I got the name of the company I went to google search and found this site. Thank you for posted and be safe out there. The scammer are targeting everyone. My mother and my mother-in-law just got target by phone acting as there utility company and that they where behind on there bills to pay asap. They weren’t and that threw the red flag right away…lol..

  • Krystle
    November 2, 2019 at 11:31 am

    Omg I got the same thing!! He said his name is Joel Frank and he has an antique furniture business that needed an A4 folded brochure and a logo with images of “ancient furniture” LOL! I gave him my number and he texted me from a Georgia area code. (My ad was posted in Minnesota) I knew something was up when he said his budget was $2,000-$3,000 without me asking.

  • Michael
    November 2, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    Jacob from “Jay Trumpy Furniture” just reached out to me this week. All sounded legit, except for one thing – he named the budget in his text to me. With that, I had caution in my spirit. So, I did a name registration search – nothing. That’s when I found this post, and Russ Holiday’s post above. I received the exact same message by email from this guy.

    His cell is 909-258-4120 and he used the following email addresses:
    trujacob42@gmail.com (another flag, btw – don’t you have an email address for your business?)
    jacobtrump606@gmail.com

  • Robert Doets
    November 4, 2019 at 9:06 am

    Got one just now from Ronnie Kinsey.

    “Thanks, I’ve received the estimate and would like to provide you more details about the project so you can get a better understanding of the project.

    Like I said earlier, this is the first time I will be doing a Logo design so I can only give you little details then you can decide on designs but I want the color to consist of Black and Gold with an image of any ancient antique. I want a very mature and presentable design and my budget for this project is $2000.

    For the Brochure, I want a double folded A4 size brochure with 8 pages and I can only supply the text content and photos but all are with my project consultant but the logo and brochure will be designed by you and the due date for the project is 18th of February 2020.

    The company name is Ronnies Antiques and is based on importing and exporting of antiques.

    Thats all i can provide from my end and i hope you understand what i listed above i need a more perfect Job.

    Kindly let me know if the estimate is still valid after understanding the little details I provided.

    NOTE: My website is still under construction and will be completed soon.

    I would be very happy to hear from you on time.

    Thank you.”

    Not sure how to proceed with this scammer now. Should I just stop communicating with him? Report his email address somewhere?

  • Michelle Robertson
    November 4, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    I’ve gotten two of these scams this year, but I saw through it pretty early on. Some of the wording is the same exact thing and the same names as stated in the comments above. Right now I am “entertaining” one of them with silliness. If they want to waste my time…I’ll do the same! HAHAHAHA

  • AV
    November 5, 2019 at 8:55 am

    Hello guys!

    Seems I “joined the club” 🙂 received scam letter from mentioned here wale20020@gmail.com Green Richard, and the similar letter with the similar text from williammrichard777@gmail.com. The text is:

    “Here are the details, it’s a newly established company. Do drop your cellphone number so we can discuss better.

    This company is really based on sales of furniture such as Kitchen Cabinet, Sofa, Office Chair, Accent tables, King bench bed etc.

    Ø Company Name: LIVING WOOD FURNITURE & HOME.

    Ø MY WEBSITE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION WHICH WOULD BE REGISTER VERY SOON.

    Ø I DON’T HAVE LOGO BUT NEED A CUSTOMIZED LOGO FROM YOU.

    Ø I COULD ONLY SUPPLY THE TEXT CONTENT AND PHOTO ALL ARE WITH THE PROJECT CONSULTANT YOU WILL JUST HANDLE THE LAYOUT.

    Ø I WANT THE PAGE OF THE BROCHURE TO BE 24 PAGES (INCLUDING FRONT AND BACK COVER) BECAUSE I HAVE LOT INFORMATION. THE TEXT AND THE PICTURE IS APPROVED AND CROSSCHECK.

    Ø THE SIZE OF BROCHURE SHOULD BE 8.5 X 11.5.”

    and the second letter from williammrichard777@gmail.com almost the similar:

    “Here are the details, it’s a newly established company. Do drop your cellphone number so we can discuss better.

    This company is really based on sales of furniture such as Kitchen Cabinet, Sofa, Office Chair, Accent tables, King bench bed etc.

    Ø Company Name: RHINE WOOD FURNITURE & HOME.

    Ø MY WEBSITE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION WHICH WOULD BE REGISTER VERY SOON.

    Ø I DON’T HAVE LOGO BUT NEED A CUSTOMIZED LOGO FROM YOU.

    Ø I COULD ONLY SUPPLY THE TEXT CONTENT AND PHOTO ALL ARE WITH THE PROJECT CONSULTANT YOU WILL JUST HANDLE THE LAYOUT.

    Ø I WANT THE PAGE OF THE BROCHURE TO BE 24 PAGES (INCLUDING FRONT AND BACK COVER) BECAUSE I HAVE LOT INFORMATION. THE TEXT AND THE PICTURE IS APPROVED AND CROSSCHECK.

    Ø THE SIZE OF BROCHURE SHOULD BE 8.5 X 11.5.

    Ø I WILL WANT YOU TO ADD OUR CORE VALUES, MISSION & VISION( I’LL SEND THEM TO YOU)”

  • Jennifer MYERS
    November 8, 2019 at 12:33 pm

    Just got a Jay Trumpy email very similar to Russ Holiday’s from October 21st. It started with texts and moved to a phone conversation where it was very difficult to understand. I couldn’t understand how he found my business even asking twice. I immediately had a gut feeling this was a waste of my time, but you hate to turn away business so I wasted an hour of my life trying to communicate and provide him a quote that was immediately accepted. I said I’d start work following a deposit and information from his consultant. The reply:
    I got in touch with the consultant but I’m having a little issue with him regarding our contract agreement, I’d signed the agreement to make cash or bank deposit to him for his payment but due to my present condition I’m limited as I was diagnosed with lung cancer and will undergo a surgery soon so I won’t be able to do that. kindly send a new invoice for $5,550 in which $1,300 will be as upfront payment for your service , $250 will be as cc% charges with a tip for yourself and you will forward $4000 to the project consultant account info once the funds hits your account so he can release the raw files (full text content and images)for the catalog .I’ll balance upon job completion.
    TOTAL SCAM!
    Different details than above; his phone was a 906 area code (Michigan, although he said he was in Southern California). His email was jacobtrump@protonmail.com. Protonmail is an encrypted emailed service from Switzerland.

    I may as well through out if some dude named Joe Hale calls, he isn’t trying to steal your money, just your design work. I wasted some time with him a few months ago.

  • Steve McKinnis
    November 8, 2019 at 2:26 pm

    I got this too from the number 906-205-4449 – and follow up email which was all red flag and odd. Jacob of Trump/TRUMPY furniture. I pretty much thought it was a scam as soon as I got the messages on my phone. That’s the way it is right now. All scam. Anyway…

    this was the email

    Jacob Trump
    Nov 6, 2019, 9:52 PM (2 days ago)

    to Stevemckinnis

    COMPANY NAME:
    JAY_TRUMPY FURNITURE:
    This company is really based on Importing & Exporting of Furniture: Kitchen Cabinet, Sofa, Office Chair etc.

    HERE ARE THE DETAILS AND PROCEDURE OF THE JOB:
    1) Company Name: JAY_TRUMPY FURNITURE
    2) MY WEBSITE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION WHICH WOULD BE REGISTER VERY SOON
    3) I DON’T HAVE LOGO BUT NEED A CUSTOMIZED LOGO FROM YOU
    4) I COULD ONLY SUPPLY THE TEXT CONTENT AND PHOTO ALL ARE WITH MY PROJECT CONSULTANT BUT THE ARTWORK WILL BE DESIGNED BY YOU
    5) I WANT THE BROCHURE TO BE TRI-FOLD IT WILL BE FRONT & BACK THE TEXT AND THE PICTURE IS APPROVED AND CROSSCHECK
    6) THE SIZE OF BROCHURE IS 8.5 X 11.

    That all i can provide from my means and i hope you understand what i listed above i need more perfect Job. If you can handle this for me you will be my permanent graphics designer and i will meet you in person after this design is done, due to my trip to get some stuff for my company.

  • Heidi H Mitrushi
    November 8, 2019 at 9:51 pm

    I got one too! Here it is:

    stephen clark
    1:55 PM (8 hours ago)
    to me

    Here are the details.

    Company name: Oakwey

    It’s a newly established company so I would need you to design a logo for the company. I would send you the brand details.

    The company is based on sales of furniture such as sofa, king bench bed, tables, office chairs, kitchen cabinets etc.

    The size of the catalog should be 8” X 5”.

    Pages: 28 including front and back cover.

    The full text content and all images for the catalog are approved. Images will be sent to you in high resolution. All images would be used as received, you won’t retouch any.

    Mission, value, vision should be added in the catalog. I’ll send that to you.

    For my website I don’t know if you can handle that but I’ll need the catalog and logo completed first so as for the website to be designed around those. If you can’t handle the website it’s not an issue I would find another designer for that.

  • claudia arkush
    November 11, 2019 at 11:25 am

    I got several scam requests for design services, one from Tyler Alexandra (tylerxandra@gmail.com) asking me to design a logo and catalog for furniture company. She/he even had established branding info all in place. After I asked for more info about herself and company which she disregarded I got suspicious. I asked to be paid by check and a signed service agreement. She tried to pay right away to my company credit card account. When I said I don’t have a cc account set up for my business she started talking about Quickbook Intuit still not answering my initial questions. VERY scammy sounding and I stopped responding and have not heard back.

  • I'M TOO BUSY FOR THIS CRAP
    November 19, 2019 at 11:36 am

    Got the same song and dance – scammer actually signed the services agreement before I realized it was a scam. Email was from allisoncarey08@gmail.com with a phone number of 313-279-7213. That is a valid number. I spoke to the person by phone when they started coming up with excuses to pay the retainer deposit and asked that I setup quickbooks too. I don’t play around when it comes to my money! When I called, the man who answered the phone had a very thick middle eastern accent with extremely broken English and took 3 tries to pronounce his own name – and still got it wrong! After about 20 seconds of non-sense, I just hung up and blocked them. Address on contract was for a non-existent apartment in Chicago, but the IP address was for New Jersey. Allison Carey was the name that was given for Mavverick.com – a furniture upstart wanting new branding and a digital catalog.

    • NOPE!
      January 17, 2020 at 1:17 pm

      Same thing just happened to me. Same name, same phone number, same email address, same bogus project, same quickbooks BS!

  • mjohnston
    November 19, 2019 at 12:53 pm

    Thanks for the thread.
    I got a request for a logo and catalog for a furniture company.
    the email is what was odd to me was its a Gmail account with numbers in it and that they don’t have a website registered yet.

  • martha
    November 19, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    Jeffrey Tweed
    jeffrey.tweed01@gmail.com
    weird email.

    Okay good. As for payment, I’m presently in Delaware for medical purposes I will pay with my card. You got a merchant set up for that?

    I am glad I found this thread, I asked for a pay pal payment he went away

  • Stefanie
    November 20, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    Thanks for this article, and all the comments. I just got hit with this scam from joemike7890@gmail.com for a logo and catalog. He sent me this:

    Here are the details, it’s a newly established company. Do drop your cellphone number so we can discuss better.

    This company is really based on sales of furniture such as Kitchen Cabinet, Sofa, Office Chair, Accent tables, King bench bed etc.

    Ø Company Name: FAITHFUL & CARE FURNITURE.

    Ø MY WEBSITE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION WHICH WOULD BE REGISTER VERY SOON.

    Ø I DON’T HAVE LOGO BUT NEED A CUSTOMIZED LOGO FROM YOU.

    Ø I COULD ONLY SUPPLY THE TEXT CONTENT AND PHOTO ALL ARE WITH THE PROJECT CONSULTANT YOU WILL JUST HANDLE THE LAYOUT.

    Ø I WANT THE PAGE OF THE BROCHURE TO BE 24 PAGES (INCLUDING FRONT AND BACK COVER) BECAUSE I HAVE LOT INFORMATION. THE TEXT AND THE PICTURE IS APPROVED AND CROSSCHECK.

    Ø THE SIZE OF BROCHURE SHOULD BE 8.5 X 11.5

    Here are more details.

    FAITHFUL & CARE MEANING TO ME.
    FAITHFUL & CARE TO ME IS A METAPHOR TO ILLUSTRATE SECURE AND INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP.

    WHAT IT SHOULD MEAN TO MY CUSTOMERS
    WHOSOEVER THAT BUY OUR FURNITURE SHOULD BE GUARANTEE OF ‘SATISFACTION AND CONVENIENCE’ THAT WHAT IT SHOULD MEAN TO MY CUSTOMERS.

    PURPOSE OF BUSINESS
    THE PURPOSE OF MY BUSINESS IS TO BRING MODERN FURNITURE THAT WILL PROVIDE SATISFACTION FOR EVERYONE.

    WHO MY BUSINESS SERVES
    MY CUSTOMERS AND OTHER THAT ARE WILLING TO PATRONIZE OUR COMPANY.

    WHAT MAKES MY COMPANY UNIQUE TO ITS CUSTOMERS
    WHATS MAKES FAITHFUL & CARE FURNITURE UNIQUES TO CUSTOMER/.LOCATION IS THAT THERE NO OTHER FURNITURE COMPANY NEARBY ALSO ITS NAME AND STYLE.

    OUR PERSONALITY
    WE HAVE AN EFFECTIVE PERSONALITY

    WHAT THE BRAND SHOULD REPRESENT
    MY BRAND SHOULD REPRESENT “HIGH QUALITY OPTION”

    BRAND TONE
    THE TONE OF THE BRAND SHOULD BE “FRIENDLY”.

    MY TARGETS AND MISSION.

    1) My mission is to be serve consumers and industrial market segment with leading edge product that will satisfy their needs in functionality,comfort and style.
    2) My core values are Effectiveness and Efficiency.
    3) Most of our customer are from the age of 35 and I will like to target their income demographics.
    4) I want my company to be perceived as Professional, I want them to know that we offer best prices and there’s a discount for every product when you are buying more than 3 pieces.
    5) I would like to compete with other furniture company. My main competitor is IKEA, my favorite products is Accent Tables.
    6) For colors I would like Black, Blue and white( I’ll like you to mix the color perfectly to your own very best option as a professional.
    7) In the next Ten years I would like my company to be known worldwide.
    8)I want the logo to be text based with a little icon, I want it to be friendly, elegant and simple.

    Important elements that I would like to stress are:
    Friendly
    Modern
    High Quality
    Intimate
    Secure
    Convenient
    Effective
    Efficient
    Value
    For logo inspirations you can look at brands like Crate&Barrel, America Signature Furniture, West Elm or Williams Sonoma.

    ————————————

    I exchanged emails, texts, and even got on the phone with him, and asked who had given him a referral, because most of my clients are word of mouth, and he said he found me in a directory. LOL. I’m not in a directory (well I guess unless you count Google). He had a heavily accented voice, and seemed to be very confused when I started talking very quickly about how I would be proceeding. He emphasized that I would only be designing the layout and that his project manager would provide me with the photos and text and told me to come up with a quote and proposal, and asked when I would be able to provide him with that. He didn’t say anything about his “business”. I said I could come up with something tomorrow or Friday, and he said Friday at the latest. The whole thing felt fishy so I googled “graphic designer scam” and here we are! LOL what a fun day.

    • Amy Ramirez
      January 7, 2020 at 6:10 pm

      Just got an email from joemike7890@gmail.com also! Googled it for some reason and saw this. Thank you all!!

  • AV
    November 27, 2019 at 11:53 am

    Hello guys!

    Again this Richard, with e-mail robertrichard199331@gmail.com, and again a furniture company, stay aware!

    Here are the details, it’s a newly established company. Do drop your cellphone number so we can discuss better.

    This company is really based on sales of furniture such as Kitchen Cabinet, Sofa, Office Chair, Accent tables, King bench bed etc.

    1) Company Name: LIVING STONE FURNITURE & HOME.

    2) MY WEBSITE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION WHICH WOULD BE REGISTER VERY SOON.

    3) I DON’T HAVE LOGO BUT NEED A CUSTOMIZED LOGO FROM YOU.

    4) I COULD ONLY SUPPLY THE TEXT CONTENT AND PHOTO ALL ARE WITH THE PROJECT CONSULTANT YOU WILL JUST HANDLE THE LAYOUT.

    5) I WANT THE PAGE OF THE BROCHURE TO BE 24 PAGES (INCLUDING FRONT AND BACK COVER) BECAUSE I HAVE LOT INFORMATION. THE TEXT AND THE PICTURE IS APPROVED AND CROSSCHECK.

    6) THE SIZE OF BROCHURE SHOULD BE 8.5 X 11.5.

    7) I WILL WANT YOU TO ADD OUR CORE VALUES, MISSION & VISION( I’LL SEND THEM TO YOU)

  • Kris
    December 2, 2019 at 6:31 pm

    December 2019 and this scam is still going on. I dealt with an “Aaron Hurley” and he wanted logo and catalog work for his new furniture company, “Adornium.” Oh, and he threw in a bit about having lung cancer, too. Email aaronhurley47@gmail.com and phone # 805-244-6598. And now I’m bummed because I let him know I was on to him and now I wish I’d string him along as long as possible.

    • Nat
      December 16, 2019 at 10:08 pm

      Hey Kris, I’m dealing with the same guy, or at least same email right now. Is there someplace to report the email and phone number to? It sucks because I really needed the work and it did get my hopes up. He did actually have a good New Furniture business name which was close to the one he gave you… Adornwood I saw that the .com of that site was available and picked it up for $1, for whatever that’s worth. Lol I put up his number and email on the site and want to add a disclaimer about the scam as a joke… what do you think?

      • Brandon
        January 13, 2020 at 6:59 pm

        Also dealing with Aaron Hurley with email aaron.hurley147@gmail.com and phone number 401-753-2622. Using same company “Adornwood”, needing catalog and logo design. Felt something was fishy but thanks to this thread, I know this is a scam.

      • Meghan
        January 24, 2020 at 1:09 pm

        Hi to you both,

        It sounds like “Aaron” is still at it. I was contacted via email recently about designing a catalog and doing a complete rebranding for “Adornwood”. Searching for Adornwood brought up this site. I think you should still do the Adornwood info (maybe not the phone number though) online. Though he could just as easily change the name…

        I have dealt with scammers in the past wanting catalog work while I was freelancing too. Generally, they want it done too quickly and for a lot of $$$ and that makes me very suspicious. He has asked for my number and I’m stringing him along a bit. Here’s the entire message he sent me:

        (Typos and odd punctuation included:)

        Hi, Here’s what I’m looking to have done.

        it’s a newly established company so I’ll be needing brand Visuals (i.e Logo & brand guidelines)

        The company is really based on sales of furniture such as Ottomans, Desk lamps, Sectional,

        Buffets & Sideboards, Counter & Bar Stools, Kitchen Cabinet, Sofa, Office Chair, Accent tables, King bench bed, etc.

        The company name is “Adornewood” Online & Retail.

        My Website Is Under Fabrication Which Would Be Registered Soon.

        The Full-Text Content And All Images For The Catalog Will Be Submitted To You By The Project Consultant You’ll Just Handle The Layout.

        The Catalog Should Be 44 Pages (Including Front And Back Cover) Because I Have Lot Information, Approved And Crosscheck Text And Images.

        The Size Of the catalog should Be 8.5 x 22. I would be needing just the digital version. You will be in charge of the catalog update.
        I need a’ flipping book’ version.

        See below are few samples

        Links to West Elm and IKEA and a link to fliphtml…

        I’ll want you to add to my mission, value, vision, etc to the catalog, I’ll have it sent to you.

        Do drop your cell number so we can discuss better.

      • Mason Sleeth
        January 31, 2020 at 10:41 pm

        Hey so i just ran into the same guy and he actually sent me the payment but i just found out that if i send to his “consultant” that he will revoke the payment and then ill lose thousands of my own money. So what should i do at this point ?

      • Gavin de Lint
        February 3, 2020 at 6:09 am

        Nat & Kris, I just dealt with Adornwood, too. Thankfully my scamdar went off and after a quick google I found this post. Nat, it couldn’t hurt to post on Adornwood that this is a scam. I did try looking it up, as well as the name/alias ( Curtis Bryan) and his e-mail address ( curtisanthony303@gmail.com ) and phone # ( 1-313-279-7213 ).

        You could even just re-direct adornwood.com to this post.

    • Christopher Tammar
      January 24, 2020 at 2:29 pm

      this just happened to me too! Damn you Aaron.

      im so glad i googled this.

    • Mason Sleeth
      January 31, 2020 at 10:42 pm

      Hey so i just ran into the same guy and he actually sent me the payment but i just found out that if i send to his “consultant” that he will revoke the payment and then ill lose thousands of my own money. So what should i do at this point ?

  • Brandon
    December 4, 2019 at 10:10 am

    I got one today from trujacob42@gmail.com for a company called Time-Less Furniture. Phone number 323-287-5889. Thanks a Google search that lead me to your web page, I blocked this guy immediately.

  • Keith Robertson
    December 9, 2019 at 11:24 am

    I’ve received a text message from a Jacob this morning saying he has a $3k budget for some graphic design work for a company called timeless furniture . I asked him to email me… looked up his email and was lead here lal I’m guessing he’s a scammer BEWARE!

  • Melanie
    December 11, 2019 at 9:59 am

    Thank you so much for this post. I JUST had this happen and just googled “scamming a graphic designer” and this popped up. I already knew in my gut something was off but then the email that came today confirmed it. It’s just disappointing and makes me so mad that I wasted over an hour of my time corresponding with this douche. Not to mention happy to have my next month’s income secured as we all know this job is only as good as the next client through the door. I will list the two emails below just in case.

    1st Email:
    Thanks for getting in touch. I would like you to review the details and get back to me with any question you may have.

    Here is the project details, well i have a small clothing business for both male and female which i run here in Nebraska, now am trying to expand the business and i want you to build an informational website for it for advertisement, drive traffic to my physical location, and to increase my sales rate..

    so i need you to check out this site but i need something more perfect than this if it’s possible https://www.paolita.co.uk/ the 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 5 pages ,since it is informational. I have a private project consultant, he has the text content, images and the logos for the site.

    Note:

    1. I want only English language
    2. I don’t have a domain yet but i want the domain name as Jnoblewears.com
    3. You will be updating the site for me.
    4. I will be providing 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 $4000

    Thanks,
    James

    **So after I wrote a proposal/quote and he approved the quote I then told him he’d also have to sign the contract and make the 50% deposit as is customary. Then I get this email…

    2nd Email:
    That sounds good. I just signed the contract now. Here’s what I need from you, I’m ready to make payment now with my credit card, I understand the content for this site would be needed so the project can begin asap. I am going to need you to send an invoice for the sum of $4025 plus 3% Cc company charges, you will deduct $925 as deposit for your service and you will send $3000 to the project consultant that has the text content and the logo for my website via cash deposit to his account, so once he receives the money, he would send the text content and logo needed for my website to you so you can commence asap, you can have the remaining $100 as tip for helping with the consultant’s fee. Sending of funds would be after money clears into your account and you will be charging my card for your balance upon completion. I need your help because the consultant doesn’t have facilities to bill credit cards at the moment and the project has to begin on time so we can meet the proposed deadline plus my present situation won’t allow me to other options. Kindly bear with me. I Look forward to your favorable reply.

    Thanks,
    James

    • Philip Cash
      January 16, 2020 at 11:43 pm

      David Timothy from Adornwood Furniture just today. I had a strange feeling just from the initial text. He hasn’t even asked to email me info yet but I decided to do some internet research and came across this post. He has already used that name in someone else’s reply above.

  • John Wayne Williamson
    December 21, 2019 at 12:57 am

    this scam is still active. now from gdavidtimothy@gmail.com wanting website, catalog, and logo for Mavverick furniture. They’ve upped their game and were convincing up to the point of the “favor” because he “now has cancer”.

    Anyone need a good logo? https://snipboard.io/C1YyoB.jpg

    Separately, fwiw, the ‘strategic partner’ at the right of the footer below, the email label and its link have the U and A transposed, vs. the website link – so those contact emails wont ever reach Zahra Cruzan.

  • Madtoe
    January 7, 2020 at 11:52 pm

    On Jan 7, 2020, at 5:20 PM, Janet Green wrote:

    Thanks for your prompt response . Here are the details, it’s a newly established company. Do drop your cellphone number so we can discuss better.

    This company is really based on sales of furniture such as Kitchen Cabinet, Sofa, Office Chair, Accent tables, King bench bed etc.

    Ø Company Name: LIVING WOOD FURNITURE & HOME.

    Ø MY WEBSITE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION WHICH WOULD BE REGISTER VERY SOON.

    Ø I DON’T HAVE LOGO BUT NEED A CUSTOMIZED LOGO FROM YOU.

    Ø I COULD ONLY SUPPLY THE TEXT CONTENT AND PHOTO ALL ARE WITH THE PROJECT CONSULTANT YOU WILL JUST HANDLE THE LAYOUT.

    Ø I WANT THE PAGE OF THE BROCHURE TO BE 24 PAGES (INCLUDING FRONT AND BACK COVER) BECAUSE I HAVE LOT INFORMATION. THE TEXT AND THE PICTURE IS APPROVED AND CROSSCHECK.

    Ø THE SIZE OF BROCHURE SHOULD BE 8.5 X 11.5.

    Thanks

  • Sam B
    January 8, 2020 at 11:18 am

    You can add donaldchris525@gmail.com / RHINE WOOD FURNITURE & HOME to the scammers list of names. I’m glad I came across this site!

  • Tess
    January 13, 2020 at 3:32 pm

    Add to the list: Simon from Todda Furniture who needs and 8.5 x 11 double-sided brochure – quantity 10K –

  • 90s Native
    January 16, 2020 at 11:38 pm

    I got one from David Timothy from Adornwood Furniture. “David Timothy” is making rounds.

  • Anoni
    January 20, 2020 at 11:46 am

    schrismill987@gmail.com

    Shawn Chris > He is also looking for the designer who can do a simple logo for $200.

    This is a scam too, don’t get fooled easily.

  • Sarah
    January 23, 2020 at 9:49 am

    Same email word for word. Another scam. Thank you for this info!

    Company name: Living Wood Furniture & Home
    Name: Robert Devid
    Email: robertdevid003@gmail.com

    Was asking for Logo and Catalog, kept replying under a minute, same context as everyone here is reporting.

  • Jenny Gray
    January 25, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    He’s now going by Aaron Hurley, aaron.hurley147@gmail.com. AdornWood is the name of fake company. Thanks for publishing this I think I just lost time luckily.

  • Richard
    January 28, 2020 at 2:30 pm

    Thanks so much for posting. Just got a series of texts using exactly the same scam. The guy identified himself as Robert Paul. I doubt he’ll use that name again, but FWIW, the email addresses he used were robertpaul485@gmail.com and josselin09@nmagazinec.com. (That domain, btw, is private.)

  • Bernardo
    January 29, 2020 at 8:30 pm

    Currently in an exchange with a similar scammer going by the name Megan. The company is Adornwood and they sell furniture. Funny thing is, I received an almost identical request a few months back for Adornium, which I cut short.

    I asked Megan what’s the connection with Adornium, but she replied with more info on the project. Then I said this was too similar to a request I got from a Paul Wade and screen grabbed the previous email with nearly identical language (a couple of sentences were in a different order and there were some minor edits). She responded asking for my estimate and how much I wanted upfront, claiming she’d pay with her credit card. I just sent a ridiculous estimate with stupid terms, waiting for the favor to drop in.

  • Andrew Fowler
    January 30, 2020 at 8:53 pm

    Today I got an email where the guy asked if I was doing graphic design I replied yes assuming he got my information off of my website and thought nothing of it. I was super excited because of my financial hardships right now and he sent me his budget and agreed to my pricing. Later he texted me about being in the hospital which I naturally replied sorry to hear but he wanted to get started anyway using “Quickbook Merchants” because he wouldn’t use PayPal due to his “banking issue”. I thought that was weird but decided to move forward everything was fine, invoiced him, and awaited payment and then my girlfriend said he sounded suspicious so I google his company and here I am. He contacted me in regards to “SPRING DOVE FURNITURE”

    “Here are the details, it’s a newly established company.

    This company is really based on sales of furniture such as Kitchen Cabinet, Sofa, Office Chair, Accent tables, King bench bed etc.

    1) Company Name: SPRING DOVE FURNITURE.

    2) MY WEBSITE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION WHICH WOULD BE REGISTER VERY SOON.

    3) I DON’T HAVE LOGO BUT NEED A CUSTOMIZED LOGO FROM YOU.

    4) I COULD ONLY SUPPLY THE TEXT CONTENT AND PHOTO ALL ARE WITH THE PROJECT CONSULTANT YOU WILL JUST HANDLE THE LAYOUT.

    5) I WANT THE PAGE OF THE BROCHURE TO BE 24 PAGES (INCLUDING FRONT AND BACK COVER) BECAUSE I HAVE LOT INFORMATION. THE TEXT AND THE PICTURE IS APPROVED AND CROSSCHECKED.

    6) THE SIZE OF BROCHURE SHOULD BE 8.5 X 11.5.

    7) I WILL WANT YOU TO ADD OUR CORE VALUES, MISSION & VISION( I’LL SEND THEM TO YOU”

    Thanks for this article! Saved me a bunch of headache from moving forward!

  • Charlotte
    February 1, 2020 at 10:54 am

    I’m really glad I decided to google this. I got the almost the exact same email as many people on this thread. The name he gave was Conti Buffet for Spring Dove Furniture.

    Here are the details, it’s a newly established company.

    This company is really based on sales of furniture such as Kitchen Cabinet, Sofa, Office Chair, Accent tables, King bench bed etc.

    1) Company Name: SPRING DOVE FURNITURE.

    2) MY WEBSITE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION WHICH WOULD BE REGISTER VERY SOON.

    3) I DON’T HAVE LOGO BUT NEED A CUSTOMIZED LOGO FROM YOU.

    4) I COULD ONLY SUPPLY THE TEXT CONTENT AND PHOTO ALL ARE WITH THE PROJECT CONSULTANT YOU WILL JUST HANDLE THE LAYOUT.

    5) I WANT THE PAGE OF THE BROCHURE TO BE 24 PAGES (INCLUDING FRONT AND BACK COVER) BECAUSE I HAVE LOT INFORMATION. THE TEXT AND THE PICTURE IS APPROVED AND CROSSCHECKED.

    6) THE SIZE OF BROCHURE SHOULD BE 8.5 X 11.5.

    7) I WILL WANT YOU TO ADD OUR CORE VALUES, MISSION & VISION( I’LL SEND THEM TO YO

    I’ll be posting this on my social media to alert other designer colleges and friends for sure.

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    February 2, 2020 at 6:10 pm

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  • Waldo Pacheco
    February 3, 2020 at 2:01 pm

    So I’m the most recent scamee on Aaron’s hit list. He has asked me for a Logo for Adornwood Furniture and of course the catalog as well. I have him hooked into believing that he has me fooled and he is going to give me his credit card #. How do we scam this guy back?

  • Aleks
    February 3, 2020 at 2:12 pm

    This scam is still alive and well – today I received a text from an Allison 1.864.832.7432 and a follow-up email about a new furniture company (as per all the samples above) for Adorn Wood. In the same email, the business name was spelled differently in various places (not a good sign) and nearly every word was capitalized. I wonder if anyone has followed through in any way to get this scam shut down? In my case, the surprising thing is the South Carolina ‘client’ looking for design services all the way in Canada 🙂 Thanks for posting everyone, so that others don’t waste their time or get ripped off!

  • Amber
    February 4, 2020 at 7:41 am

    I received an email like this from Daniella Johnson / daniellajohnson453@gmail.com

    First Email:
    “I’m Daniella Johnson, I will like to make an inquiry if you can handle Brochure and Logo Design for my personal company? Kindly get back to me so I can send you more details regarding the full scope of the project. Thanks.”

    And I replied (for funzies), and the second email read:

    “Thanks. I only have little details then you can decide on designs but I want the color to consist of Black and Gold with an image of an ancient chair. I want a very mature and presentable design and my budget for this project is $1,000-1,500.

    For the Brochure, I want a double folded A4 size brochure with 8 pages and I can only supply the text content and photos but all are with my project consultant but the logo and brochure will be designed by you and the due date for the project is 25th of February 2020. The company name is DANIELLA’S FURNITURE INC and is based on importing and exporting of furniture.

    That is all i can provide from my end and I need a more perfect Job. Kindly let me know the total cost of the Brochure and Logo Design if it will cost more than I budgeted.

    HERE ARE THE DETAILS AND PROCEDURE OF THE JOB:

    1) Company Name: DANIELLA’ FURNITURE INC

    2) MY WEBSITE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION WHICH WOULD BE REGISTER VERY SOON

    3) I DON’T HAVE LOGO BUT NEED A CUSTOMIZED LOGO FROM YOU

    4) I COULD ONLY SUPPLY THE TEXT CONTENT AND PHOTO AND ALL ARE WITH MY PROJECT CONSULTANT, BUT THE ARTWORK WILL BE DESIGNED BY YOU

    I will be glad if you can handle this for me and I will meet you in person after this design is done.”

  • Dylan Phillips
    February 4, 2020 at 3:05 pm

    As of Feb. 2020 aaronhurley47@gmail.com is still at it. We just received the same request everyone here listed. Luckily we saw the red flags early and dropped him before we invested too much time. Thanks to everyone here for sharing the word.

  • A
    February 4, 2020 at 10:46 pm

    Using name David Wilson and same stuff as above but needs a digital catalog and logo.

  • Michael Dion
    February 5, 2020 at 8:46 pm

    Also apparently going by the name Josh Romine using rominejosh443@gmail.com.

  • Carmen Tiffany
    February 6, 2020 at 7:02 pm

    I got this from “Living Wood Furniture and Home:

    Here are the details, it’s a newly established company. Do drop your cellphone number so we can discuss better.

    This company is really based on sales of furniture such as Kitchen Cabinet, Sofa, Office Chair, Accent tables, King bench bed etc.

    Ø Company Name: LIVING WOOD FURNITURE & HOME.

    Ø MY WEBSITE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION WHICH WOULD BE REGISTER VERY SOON.

    Ø I DON’T HAVE LOGO BUT NEED A CUSTOMIZED LOGO FROM YOU.

    Ø I COULD ONLY SUPPLY THE TEXT CONTENT AND PHOTO ALL ARE WITH THE PROJECT CONSULTANT YOU WILL JUST HANDLE THE LAYOUT.

    Ø I WANT THE PAGE OF THE CATALOG TO BE 24 PAGES (INCLUDING FRONT AND BACK COVER) BECAUSE I HAVE LOT INFORMATION. THE TEXT AND THE PICTURE IS APPROVED AND CROSSCHECK.

    Ø THE SIZE OF BROCHURE SHOULD BE 8.5 X 11.5.

    Best Regards
    Carl

  • Mark Hinson
    February 9, 2020 at 2:45 pm

    The same scam happened to me. It ended when I refused his payment scheme. At the outset he suggested using Quickbooks. He was trying to take me for $10k. Going by the name Dave Kesell. 832-899-4213. His fake project I gave him an estimate for was a furniture catalog called Adornwood. He wanted a pdf catalog and a website to display the catalog. Glad I didn’t get taken and good to contribute to this forum. Thank you for it. I found 3 other blogs and news stories with the same scam but with a few different cases reported.

  • Allison
    February 10, 2020 at 2:42 pm

    Thank you for this thread! Spent time corresponding with ‘Collins Powell’ at collinspowell175@gmail.com. Logo and brochure for his furniture company. Really wanted me to set up some kind of quickbooks merchant thing. Whole thing was super fishy from the beginning- wouldn’t answer my questions and then was in the hospital when it was time for our phone appointment to discuss the project.

  • Brooke Curran
    February 10, 2020 at 5:41 pm

    New scammer 2/10/2020
    John Shaffer
    Email: johnshaffer407@gmail.com
    JOHN’S FURNITURE INC
    Wanted a A4 brochure and logo by March 29, 2020. His “website” is under construction.

  • Katie McNabb
    February 13, 2020 at 4:15 pm

    Yep just got this same one too! Exact emails as a few of you posted.

    Coming from gabrielduke231@gmail.com

    Watch out!!! These people need lives!

  • Dhanya
    February 15, 2020 at 2:30 am

    Good Day, my name is Noah ,i wanna know if you can handle website design for a new company and also if you do you accept credit cards ??

    I got first email like above .

    When I responded yes . Below is 2nd email

    Thanks for your swift response and i have small scale business which i want to turn into large scale business now 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 http://www.onesbestinfarmproduce.net

    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 $20,000 to $34,000

    Kindly get back to me with an estimate

    Thanks

  • Brenda Molina
    February 25, 2020 at 9:28 am

    I just received a similar email!

    I kind of knew it was a scam. They start off stating their name is Owen Cole but end the email with Louis Dewitt.

    email: louisdewittinc@gmail.com

    So I greet them with both names to entertain this and to make sure. They reply:
    ///
    Hello good morning ,Thanks. I only have little details then you can decide on designs but I want the color to consist of Black and Gold with an image of an ancient chair. I want a very mature and presentable design and my budget for this project is $2,000-3,000.

    For the Brochure, I want a double folded A4 size brochure with 8 pages and I can only supply the text content and photos but all are with my project consultant but the logo and brochure will be designed by you and the due date for the project is 31st of March 2020. The company name is LOUISDEWITT FURNITURE INC and is based on importing and exporting of furniture.

    That is all i can provide from my end and I need a more perfect Job. Kindly let me know the total cost of the Brochure and Logo Design if it will cost more than I budgeted.

    HERE ARE THE DETAILS AND PROCEDURE OF THE JOB:

    1) Company Name: LOUISDEWITT FURNITURE INC

    2) MY WEBSITE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION WHICH WOULD BE REGISTER VERY SOON

    3) I DON’T HAVE LOGO BUT NEED A CUSTOMIZED LOGO FROM YOU

    4) I COULD ONLY SUPPLY THE TEXT CONTENT AND PHOTO AND ALL ARE WITH MY PROJECT CONSULTANT, BUT THE ARTWORK WILL BE DESIGNED BY YOU

    I will be glad if you can handle this for me and I will meet you in person after this design is done.

    Thank you.
    Cheers
    ///

  • Brandice Gallegos
    March 6, 2020 at 12:39 pm

    SO GLAD i LOOKED THIS UP!!!!!!!!!! It seems way too good to be true. Asking for John’s Furniture Inc. This is what he wrote me:

    john shaffer
    Mon, Mar 2, 12:39 PM (4 days ago)
    to me

    Thanks. I only have little details then you can decide on designs but I want the color to consist of Black and Gold with an image of an ancient chair. I want a very mature and presentable design and my budget for this project is $2,000-3,000.

    For the Brochure, I want a double folded A4 size brochure with 8 pages and I can only supply the text content and photos but all are with my project consultant but the logo and brochure will be designed by you and the due date for the project is 29th of April 2020. The company name is JOHN’S FURNITURE INC and is based on importing and exporting of furniture.

    That is all i can provide from my end and I need a more perfect Job. Kindly let me know the total cost of the Brochure and Logo Design if it will cost more than I budgeted.

    HERE ARE THE DETAILS AND PROCEDURE OF THE JOB:

    1) Company Name: JOHH S’ FURNITURE INC

    2) MY WEBSITE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION WHICH WOULD BE REGISTER VERY SOON

    3) I DON’T HAVE LOGO BUT NEED A CUSTOMIZED LOGO FROM YOU

    4) I COULD ONLY SUPPLY THE TEXT CONTENT AND PHOTO AND ALL ARE WITH MY PROJECT CONSULTANT, BUT THE ARTWORK WILL BE DESIGNED BY YOU

    I will be glad if you can handle this for me and I will meet you in person after this design is done.

    Thank you.

    He is asking me to use a 3rd party merch for payment, he said his card won’t work through PayPal or Square. That immediately triggered a red flag for me. So just in case anyone else gets this name and customer info. He even signed a design contract!!

  • Keeta
    March 9, 2020 at 11:41 am

    Wow! I’ve been hit twice. One is insisting I sign up for quickbooks. Both sent almost identical emails.

    Thanks. I only have little details then you can decide on designs but I want the color to consist of Black and Gold with an image of an ancient chair. I want a very mature and presentable design and my budget for this project is $2,000-3,000.

    For the Brochure, I want a double folded A4 size brochure with 8 pages and I can only supply the text content and photos but all are with my project consultant but the logo and brochure will be designed by you and the due date for the project is 5th of April 2020. The company name is JOHN’S FURNITURE INC and is based on importing and exporting of furniture.

    That is all i can provide from my end and I need a more perfect Job. Kindly let me know the total cost of the Brochure and Logo Design if it will cost more than I budgeted.

    HERE ARE THE DETAILS AND PROCEDURE OF THE JOB:

    1) Company Name: JOHH S’ FURNITURE INC

    2) MY WEBSITE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION WHICH WOULD BE REGISTER VERY SOON

    3) I DON’T HAVE LOGO BUT NEED A CUSTOMIZED LOGO FROM YOU

    4) I COULD ONLY SUPPLY THE TEXT CONTENT AND PHOTO AND ALL ARE WITH MY PROJECT CONSULTANT, BUT THE ARTWORK WILL BE DESIGNED BY YOU

    I will be glad if you can handle this for me and I will meet you in person after this design is done.

  • Miles Abernethy
    March 9, 2020 at 9:05 pm

    Yep. Just got it too. Rhine Wood Furniture & Home. All requests ditto. When I pushed back my mystery contact, Lucas Bryson, ended up in a hospital in Maryland getting surgery for lung cancer anS unable to send a check. It’s a amazing how Lucas’ English got worse as we went along.