So I wasted 10 min of my time which could have faired worse. So be forewarned.
Got an email through my web page requesting a quote for a survey and if I take credit cards. I responded back with the typical follow up, what kind of survey, address, purpose, etc. & that I have square pay app, so yeah, I can take credit cards (only done it once). He responds with a Request for a topographic and boundary survey for a specific address. I take 10 min to look up info on the property and look at the imagery in GIS.
I??ve done this enough to know not to spend too much time for tire kickers so I write a paragraph response with a quote to cover any contingencies that I can foresee. I told him if he is interested I would write a formal fee proposal and would require half down.
His response was to move forward and he would have a deposit for me.
….then, at the end of the email, ??but I will need a favor from you.?
At this point I can tell this ain??t right.
Sure enough, the next email, ??you can charge my credit card your deposit amount plus $3,700 so that you can send a check to my architect because he doesn??t take credit cards?
WOW! Just wow! I??ve heard of this scam before but not targeted at professional services.
what gets me is that not only is he trying to scam me out of $3700, but have me waste my professional efforts performing work on someone else??s property. That??s awfully bold.
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