Fellow design and development professionals, please answer a rhetorical question for me:
Are there really that many suckers working in our ranks?
Every month for the past year, I've received a project inquiry that begins with a seemingly reasonable introduction with poor grammar.
How are you doing today? my name is Joe Kelly I'm a retired Surgeon in the Army. Who Served in Iraq and Afghanistan, I read about your Web Design service on a business directory I would like to know if you can do Web Design for my new company and will you be able to get me an estimate? Also what to know if you accept all major type of credit card for payment? and also want you to get back to me so i give you my Website Design details Thanks i hope to hear from you soonest.
The details always vary slightly. But he or she always asks if I do web design and if I accept credit cards. After I respond with a simple "thank you for contacting me" message, the follow-up response is nearly verbatim to every other similar inquiry I've received.
Here is the job details
I have small scale business which i want to turn into large scale business now it located in TN and the company is based on Aviation Services such as Services for military and civil aviation, avionics sales, airport handling services 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. http://www.aviationservicesgroup.com.... 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.
1. I want the same number of pages with the example site i gave you to check excluding videos and blogs.
2. I want only English language
3. I don't have a domain yet but i want the domain name as aviexplore.com
4. you will be updating the site for me.
5. I will be proving the images, logos and content for the site.
6. I want the site up and running before ending of next month.
My budget is $5,000 to $7,500
Kindly get back to me with an estimate for the Web Design,
Your Full Name:
Types Of Credit Card You do Accept:
Your Cell Phone #:(so we can communicate via text message:
Best Regards, [insert name]
If you haven't been curious enough to pursue this "lead" at least once, let me tell you how this plays out. You'll say, "of course, we accept credit cards", then after trading a couple more insubstantial emails, you'll get the kicker. Your potential client will tell you they'd like to work with you (without answering any of your questions), then ask if you would kindly pay his/her "private project consultant" using your credit to get said "private project consultant" to "release the text content and logos" to you.
For the love of all that is right in the world, please tell me that you aren't falling for this shit?
Don't sell yourself short just to land a job. And don't be an idiot.