Warning to all creatives

Please spread this WARNING to anyone who does creative freelance work, or language translation!

I received an email from an “Adam Johnson”, asking for a Web site quote. The email was poorly written, but gave Florida and London addresses for his business. I asked how he found us but he would not say.

His company is supposedly “Adam Farms & Co.” an import/export company of cocoa. It seemed a bit dodgy but I played along for a while and sent them an estimate. After a week or so I received another email stating that a check had been mailed but that their accountant had issued it for a larger amount than intended. They requested that I deposit the check and send them the balance. Well, that prompted me to do some research. The first few links on Google said “SCAMS!” Fortunately I was suspicious and did not deposit their checks (they sent several). I knew that the bank would hold me liable for any bad checks deposited to my account.

Always research ALL potential clients. Do not accept any checks written upfront for 100% of a project you haven’t even started.

Pass the word along. If a job seems strange, pass it up. I got out of this one just in the nick of time!

By | 2017-02-11T00:00:21+00:00 April 12th, 2013|Categories: News|0 Comments

About the Author:

Jack Jackson is a freelance PowerPoint designer who specializes in PowerPoint presentation design and motion graphics. As principal at Square Peg Graphics (SPG), he has produced pitch decks for emerging companies such as expHand Inc., JetStream Inc. and All Clear Diagnostics Inc. http://spgraf.com