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WARNING: The latest scam

  • 1.  WARNING: The latest scam

    Posted 03-16-2018 09:23
    I received the following email yesterday

    Good day,

    If you received this message earlier you can ignore because i had some technical issues with my email. I am in search of a home builder and was recommended to you by the home builders directory. I have a building project to start soon and also another building of mine needs renovation, Just waiting on the bank to finalize and grant my loan. Can you build out of your building design? I have a certain pattern and plan for the kind of home i might be interested in.

    I look forward to your reply.

    Thanks,

    Best Regards

    Thomas Harry

    This is actually about the 10th variant of this email that I have received in the last year.  The others were in gobbled English, which brought immediate concern to their legitimacy. When responding with trepidation to the first one, the sender immediately wanted to dropbox drawings to me for review. Then they said there was a problem with their account and asked to log on using my password to transfer the drawings to me.  The discussion obviously ended there, but later we heard that locking dropboxes and demanding money to unlock them is a real deal scam. When I think of the myriad project and philanthropic organizational information that I share back and forth in Dropbox, if it was removed or locked, it could be devastating.

    Peace, I hope things are well in the CRAN world.

    Fondly,

    David



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    David Andreozzi AIA
    Barrington RI
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  • 2.  RE: WARNING: The latest scam

    Posted 03-19-2018 17:50
    Here is the one I always get, to date from 6 hard of hearing potential clients who cannot spell foyer, I assume it has something to do with credit card fraud:

    Good-day,
    My name is Wendy Edwardo,I am hearing impaired that is the reason why contact you through via email,I will like to have a Design for Six Bed Rooms Bungalow All Suit with Two Living Rooms, foyal. master suite, playroom, kitchen, kitchenette, laundry room, and double Garage and will like access the Living from the Garage also have link with the Master Bed room ,If there is anything that can suite my taste which i am yet to included . Please Advice,Hope you accept credit Card as mode of payment for the Drawing , plan and Designs ,and i will appreciate if you can get back to me with the following details Estimate of Yours i will appreciate if you can get back to me with this Information Require from you

    Your full name... 

    Company Address... 

    Company Phone Number.. 

    Your Cellphone Number.. 

    what is your position in the Company:  

    I will be looking forward to hear from you any moment from now and also let me know the major credit card that you accept for payment as soon as possible . till i hear from you remain bless and a nice day

     

    Thanks

    Best Regards

    Wendy Edwardo



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    Aric Gitomer AIA
    Principal
    Aric Gitomer Architect LLC
    Morris Plains NJ
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  • 3.  RE: WARNING: The latest scam

    Posted 03-20-2018 17:34
    Similar message from a Mr. Tony Richard. I’ve received this inquiry a number of times over the course of the previous 7 months. I did probe to check the veracity of the opportunity and received additional information. See examples below.

    <My name is Tony Richard,I am hearing impaired that is the reason why contact you through via Email,I will like to have a Design for Six Bed Rooms two Story All Suit with Two Living Rooms, foyal. master suite, playroom, kitchen, kitchenette, laundry room, and 3 car Garage and will like access the Living from the Garage also have link with the Master Bed room ,If there is anything that can suite my taste which i am yet to included . Please Advice,Hope you accept credit Card as mode of payment for the Drawing , plan and Designs ,and i will appreciate if you can get back to me with the following details Estimate of Yours
    Mr Tony>>

    <
    I am delighted to have the opportunity to work with you on the design of your new home. The first step is to gather some information about your property and the general outline of your project needs. It would be very helpful to have the project address and a plat of survey. Also, please share your thoughts on project construction budget.

    With this information, I can work with you to prepare a development strategy and an outline to help you understand the process.

    Please forward this information to me at this address.>>

    <Thank for your reply ,To ans your Question ,My Home Address :# 4304 Wisteria Landing Cir Unit 102, Louisville, KY 40218 ,yes i own lot to build ,Here is the address Lot #2733 Stearman St,Poplar Grove, IL 61065 1 acre,I am estimating approximately 1 acre, Yes I want it to be to Single Story,I budgeted $1,500,000.00.I wish to start by September and spend 12-14 months ,6058 Square Feet Six Bedroom, with 2 living rooms per suite,2 living rooms in total.Foyer, Master suite, playroom, kitchen, kitchenette (small cooking area), laundry room and Garage. With access to the Living space from Garage (possibly a mudroom entry) Master bedroom can easily be connected to a mudroom as well so as my bungalow plan would you put 3-4 Bedrooms downstairs, and 2 Bedrooms up. Is that ok?I need you advice on this I wish to meet you one on one to have around table meeting but I'm presently out of state on a medical trip in India, but in the mean time i would like to make an initial deposit with my credit card to let you know that I'm serious about this project.Any Document you need from is going to provide to by my Quantity Survey Agent,I will be looking forward to have the total estimates of your cost and also let me know the major credit card that you accept for payment as soon as possible. till i hear from you remain bless and have a nice day,While wait to hear from you.
    Sincerely
    Tony>>

    <Thank you for your interest and your response. At this time, I an unable to provide services in Kentucky. You may be better served with a local architect.
    Thank you,>>

    <>

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    Mark Benner, AIA

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  • 4.  RE: WARNING: The latest scam

    Posted 03-21-2018 17:42
    I received this also, but didn't respond. I think I googled it and saw it was a scam.





  • 5.  RE: WARNING: The latest scam

    Posted 03-20-2018 18:13
    received similar email few weeks ago, different name, the text was the same.


    Best

    Henry

    H.B. Thompson Group LLC
    Henry B.Thompson AIA, NCARB, LEED BD+C
    Director Project Delivery

    H.B.Thompson Group LLC
    (732) 616-0336

    2 Andorra Terrace, Freehold, NJ 07728









  • 6.  RE: WARNING: The latest scam

    Posted 03-21-2018 18:00
    I received the same email at least twice.

    Sent from my iPhone




  • 7.  RE: WARNING: The latest scam

    Posted 03-19-2018 18:03
    I received the exact same email last week as well. As you say, prior such emails were such garbled language that there was no question of them being fake. This one was clearly written to the point that I actually read it a second time. For me, it was the references to home builders and being able to build my design that got it tossed in the trash. Even if legitimate, my guess is that they really weren't looking for an Architect.

    I wasn't sure what their angle was on the scam, but your information about Dropbox was a new one to me. I wouldn't give out login information like that, but can see that happening. Thanks for the warning!

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    Thomas Bank AIA
    Principal Architect
    Simply Stated Architecture, P.C.
    Lemoyne PA
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  • 8.  RE: WARNING: The latest scam

    Posted 03-19-2018 20:23
    Thanks for alerting us about this scam David. Crazy.

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    Founder and Publisher
    Business of Architecture

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  • 9.  RE: WARNING: The latest scam

    Posted 03-21-2018 07:35
    Thank you for the heads up on these. I haven't ever been approached like this yet only company financing sales pitches through my website form. 

    I guess I need to add a captcha security level to the form now. 



    Paul Setti

    __________________________
    Paul Setti & Associates
    843.813.2713
                                                

    Sent from my iPhone





  • 10.  RE: WARNING: The latest scam

    Posted 03-22-2018 18:14

    I too received a similar email in November and again in January, although the first was addressed to another architect's email address but arrived in my email....which of course made me suspicious.  The other architect dismissed the inquiry. I suspect that many were sent.

     

    "Tony Richard"  listed his home address as a $90k condo in Louisville, KY, but was not the legal owner of that unit.  He described his new property as a lot in Clear Spring, MD, which proved to be a lot with a value of only $39k. I asked "Tony" to send a copy of his deed, since he was not listed in the Maryland Land Records and the property he listed was sold in May 2017 to another individual and then listed as sold again in December and again in January.  I told him the property, in my opinion, was not appropriate for a $2m home in an area where the median home price was $250k.  I never heard from him again.

     

    The entire fiction, I suspect, was a fishing expedition for bank information, since he wanted to pay by credit card.

     

    Greg Wiedemann, AIA

    WIEDEMANN ARCHITECTS LLC