We wanted to share a spam scam phishing email, which came through our website’s contact form so that others do not get caught out and maybe give up personal data or worse, a credit card or send money.
Step 1 – Contact Form Filled Out
This came from a “Wilson Tandy” who asked, “Do you build web design for a new company.”
English and grammar are a little off but okay, we replied, asking for more information and a location.
Step 2 – Their Phishing Reply
And here came the quick reply, again with poor grammar and no answer to the location request:
Thanks for your email.
Let me brief about my company:
Wilson farms is a growing, small scale agricultural enterprise involved in the importation and exportation of fresh agricultural products such as Kola Nut, Gacillia Nut and Cocoa.
Here’s my project description below
I need you to check out this site but I need something more perfect than this if it’s possible www.agroamerica.com
I want it to be only be informational site
so i need you to give me an estimate based on the site i gave you to check out, the estimate should include hosting. I have a private project consultant, he has the text content and the logos for the site.
1. I want the same number of pages with the example site I gave you to check excluding videos and blogs.
2. I want just English language
3. I don’t have a domain yet but i want the domain name as WILSONFARMS.COM
4. You will be updating the site for me.
5. I have a project consultant that will be providing the images, logos and content for the site
6 My budget is $5000 to $8500
Kindly get back to me with:
(1) Total estimated cost
(2) Do you own the company
(3) Payment option
Now, in the past, we have seen spam requests with the “Kola Nut, Gacillia Nut and Cocoa” so our internal security flag was triggered.
Step 3 – Our Reply
“Where are you located? This site does not exist: http://www.agroamerica.com/. Please advise.”
Step 4 – Their Response
San Francisco, California.
Oh okay you can check out
FOSTERS FARMS OR BUNGE
Hmmm, it’s getting worse from his end.
Step 5 – Our Reply
Before we keep going and wasting time, I want to show you this (we linked to a similar post about this specific scam).
Let me know what you think…
Step 6 – Their Response
Am totally confused right now
We know. 🙂
Step 7 – Our Reply
I bet you are, “Wilson”.
We won’t be doing business with you.
Final Step 8 – Their Response
And we did not respond.
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We hope this helps others to not be duped by this type of email phishing scam. Be cynical, be aware, search to see if anyone else has reported similar.