I want to report a Google My Business messenger scam attempt. On 04 of May 2022, I received a message from my Google My Business account. It was the first time someone was trying to contact me from there. I was delighted because I thought Google my Business profile was starting to pay off. However, the message I got was from someone pretending to be called Brito Wilber from Brunswick. I am sharing this with you so that it may help someone. If you receive a message from a so-called Brito Wilber or something similar to what you will read, be careful.
Content of our discussion.
Hello, I’m Brito Wilber I’ll like to know if you do offer web design services?
Hi Brito, Yes web do offer web design services. What type of website do you want to build? (e-commerce, corporate website or blog)
Good, I have business which i want to turn into large scale business now it located in Brunswick, GA and the company is based on importing and exporting of Salon Equipment such as Dryer, hair cream, Weave on, Hairdressing, Clippers, 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 it’s possible htpps://www.go-dove.com. I have a private consultant that has the text content and logo for the site. the site would only be information, so I need you to give them me an estimate
We can definitely help you with that. So, you already have all the content and we will focus only on the design?
- First of all, I want the same number of pages with the example site i gave you to check excluding videos and blogs.
- Secondly, I want only English language.
- Thirdly, I don’t have a domain yet but i want the domain name as L&S COMPANY ENTERPRISES.
- Then, you will be updating the site for me.
- And then, I will be proving the images, logos and content for the site.
- Also, I want the site up and running as soon as possible.
- And finally, Are you the owner of the company?
I want the site to be an informational website that people will see my product and comment, not purchase and the pages is just 500 pages and 500 product and i will be providing the content and the logo for my website ,kindly get back to me with the total cost and we can proceed And I want my budget to be within $5,000 to $10,000
Ok. Thanks for the extra information. I will come back to you with an estimate. For the 7th question, no, I am not the owner, but an employee. At what email should we send the estimate?
Thanks. A member of my team will reply to your request as soon as possible.
After preparing the estimate and sending it to My Brito (if that is his name), he immediately replies that he is ready to deposit without further questions. And then he continues.
i understand the content and logo 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.
The favor Is that I haven’t paid the private consultant that has the text content and the logo for my website he does not have ability to receive a check, and i can only make payment through my pay check Regarding this fact, I’ll send you a check of $7,500 and you will hold on to $2,500 for the deposit and you will help me to send the remaining $5,000 to my private consultant that has the text content and the logo for my website.
Sound like a scam, lol. Sorry, I don’t fall into that. Thanks for your time and talk to you some other time. Send an email with your company information, phone, and address. Then, we will continue with the conversation. But, I don’t do such type of transaction. You sound like a scam.
I don’t have the heart to scam
I could guest that it was a scam because most of the time, people reaching out from messenger would want to have a phone call before taking any decision. Moreover, he never replies to an email, probably for fear of displaying more information about his location.
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