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Discussion on: The "Build me a website" scam

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Mike Healy

I've had this before. In my case they wanted me to do development, but they had a designer in mind to help with part of the project. The "client" was traveling and wanted me to help liaise with the designer they appointed.

From what I understand the angle was that they'd pay me with stolen credit card information, I'd "get paid", and then pay the portion owed to the designer for their part of the project.

The credit card transaction would be reported as fraud and refunded by the processor, leaving me out of pocket for the money paid to the designer.

I didn't fall for it, but it seems to be a somewhat common scam.

The red flags were that they had very little interest in the details of their project EXCEPT for finding out if I accepted CC payments. That was almost the only detail that mattered to them.

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Tim Ryan Author

Thanks Mike - I see now! They mentioned a designer in the first or second email, and that they would be providing some of the assets, images, etc. So this makes perfect sense.