“I’m passionately European. My whole upbringing, my whole identification…I love the victory the EU stood for, peace in Europe, and I’m appalled by the insularity that is producing an act of economic self-harm beyond my comprehension.”


This little scam appears to have been running in the US for over three years. How long it’s been in the UK I don’t know, but the other day I received this email:

Hello My name is Sarah,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

This was followed up with:

Here is the job details
I have small scale business which i want to turn into large scale business now .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 .… 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.
I want the same number of pages with the example site i gave you to check excluding videos and blogs. I want only English language, I don’t have a domain yet but i want the domain name as, you will be updating the site for me. i will be proving the images, logos and content for the site. i want the site up and running before ending of next month.
My budget is £3000 to £6000
Kindly get back to me with:
(1) an estimate,  (2) And will like to know if you are the owner?

Checking out a few details on google immediately revealed it to be a credit card scam. It works like this: the person sends me his/her credit card number which I then run and proceed to send a chunk to the ‘private project consultant’ who is holding the content. The catch is the credit card is stolen, so by running it and sending money to someone I become a money launderer.

As they say, “If it looks too good to be true, it probably is.”