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Ghagendorf private msg quote post Address this user
Fortunately a colleague tipped me off that this might be a scam. This is the 3rd email from different email addresses requesting drone services. As you can see, they will not talk by phone and will eventually ask for a credit card number so they can pay you for services. It's a scam. Beware.

This is one of the emails that I received.....

Due to my hearing impaired i can only be reach through email and text...The lot is at Thanks for your reply, I will like you to take an Aerial photograph of thewhole site including the cardinal directions at 200 and 400 feet for an architecture and landscape use because the images will be used to provide an actual budget for the construction and also I will like you to get back with me on how much it will cost me for you to do a video-graphic site inspection for 22 days because there's going to be a fast track construction on the site as soon as the blueprint is provided by the architect so I will be needing a drone especially for site inspection afterward and i will like to secure my space with you. Get back to me with the of Aerial Photo Estimate or Drones.. I should have been there in person to do this inspections but I'm in the hospital at the moment recuperating from covid-19( don't panic I’m getting better lol ).Please get back to me with the figures as soon as possible so we can get the ball rolling. In other words the breakdown is as follows: 10 still images: Top down 200 and 400 ft Look West 200 and 400 ft Look East 200 and 400 ft Look North 200 and 400 ft Look South 200 and 400 ft and a short video of the site from the top.As soon as we're done with this within a week, the second week the blueprint will be out then we shall proceed with the construction and you will be needed on site for 22 days, overhead drone recording the site for inspection and monitoring. And of course a final image and short video when the project is complete,



Here's The lot is at,5902 Indigo St, Houston, TX 77074 like to make a half down deposit with credit now..it would be a straight consecutive 22 days excluding Sundays. And yes you'd be required to be on site taking overhead video shot and some ground shoot for the inspection. Am also looking for the project to start on the 9th of Novemeber.You’re to make yourself available with the drone for 1 hours daily we might not spend up to that sometimes .I’ll be available from 9am -5pm daily .Keep me posted when coming in I will like you to get back to me with the estimated cost so we can proceed accordingly.Hoping to hearback from you so we can get the ball rolling..
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Temecula, California
Thalore private msg quote post Address this user
I've seen similar emails. It's definitely a scam. My question is though, what is the full scam? Like how are they benefiting from sending us on site to these locations?
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briangreul private msg quote post Address this user
The first tipoff is the bad English. "I will like to...." Nobody writes that way or speaks that way. That is something specific to an African dialect and a hallmark of all such scams.


Generally, the way this works is they use a stolen credit card or fake cashiers check and ask for money back or a refund, etc. Something along the lines of "I only have a $10K cashiers check. I owe you $2500 but I'll give you an extra $500 if you cash it for me and give me the rest back." Yea that's really they will steal $10K from you and piss off your bank.

Some variations of this involve a product that can be dumped for cash. The general theme is they are looking to get cash. Photography is just a distraction to get you excited so you ignore the details and play along.

What they clearly don't know is that a 22 day progress aerial job is rare and unusual.

The drone business is what we should all endeavor to never let the Matterport space become. It's a bunch of "get rich quick" folks trying to make a $ and competing to work for ¢'s instead.
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DouglasMeyers private msg quote post Address this user
I have had two contacts like this... Beware...
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lilnitsch private msg quote post Address this user
I had posted on a similar deal back in July. When, I finally got a property address out of the scammer, I reached out to the actual listing agent just to let him know that his listing was being used. Plus side, I got two jobs from him this summer.


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lilnitsch private msg quote post Address this user
@Thalore

They are after banking information to "Get you paid"
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homefrontphoto private msg quote post Address this user
I'm also in Houston and the guy tried to tell me he had Covid-19 and couldn't go to the site to manage it. I kept pressing him for details and when he finally gave me the address I drove to the site and there was no house being built there.

Started out with:
Hi,are you available for an aerial photograph? And do you accept a credit card as a method of payment ?Get back to me . Best regards Chris Terrell

Then responded with:
Thanks for your reply, I will like you to take an aerial photograph of the whole site including the cardinal directions at 200 and 400 feet for an architecture and landscape use because the images will be used to provide an actual budget for the construction and also I will like you to get back with me on how much it will cost me for you to do a video-graphic site inspection for 20 days because there's going to be a fast-track construction on the site as soon as the blueprint is provided by the architect so I will be needing a drone especially for site inspection afterward and i will like to secure my space with you. I should have been there in person to do these inspections but I'm in the hospital at the moment recuperating from covid-19(don't panic I’m getting better lol).Please get back to me with the figures as soon as possible so we can get the ball rolling.

Seems like the same scam. I was suspicious from the getgo and when he wouldn't accept Stripe or Square it just confirmed it for me.
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rko1 private msg quote post Address this user
I have been contacted more than a few times, family photos to real estate, always mentions credit card, and English is broken. Everytime, but credit card is the tipoff, and most have an out-of-town phone number. I never respond. Everyone beware, and be safe...
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DanSmigrod private msg quote post Address this user

Scam email received Monday, 7 June 2021

@Ghagendorf

Seven months after your post about the drone scam, I received the SAME scam email:

On June 7, 2021 at 11:25:41 AM, chris juels (chrisjuels222@outlook.com) wrote:

Thanks for your reply,.. I'm hearing impaired due to my services in the US military that's why i prefer here or texting ..I will like you to take an aerial photograph of the whole site including the cardinal directions at 100 and 200 feet for an architecture and landscape use because the images will be used to provide an actual budget for the construction and also I will like you to get back with me on how much it will cost me for you to do a video-graphic site inspection for 20 days because there's going to be a fast-track construction on the site as soon as the blueprint is provided by the architect so I will be needing a drone especially for site inspection afterward and i will like to secure my space with you. I should have been there in person to do this inspections but I'm in the hospital at the moment due to my flue sickness ( don't panic I’m getting better lol ).Please get back to me with the figures as soon as possible so we can get the ball rolling. In other words the breakdown is as follows: 10 still images: Top down 200 and 400 ft Look West 200 and 400 ft Look East 100 and 200 ft Look North 100 and 200 ft Look South 100 and 200 ft and a short video of the site from the top. As soon as we're done with this within a week, the second week the blueprint will be out then we shall proceed with the construction and you will be needed on site for 20 days, overhead drone recording the site for inspection and monitoring. And of course a final image and short video when the project is complete...

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Ugh!

Dan
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Houston, TX
Ghagendorf private msg quote post Address this user
😡😡😡😡
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DanSmigrod private msg quote post Address this user
@Ghagendorf

Nice that you posted this scam seven months ago. I remembered so I didn't get caught up in it!

Dan
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lilnitsch private msg quote post Address this user
Well the scammer is at least using a few different names


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Wingman private msg quote post Address this user
You are "lucky" it seems to be distributed in USA/Canada only. I have never received anything like this. Just regular bitcoin scammers with dozens of thousands on "my" account and scammers offering me millions :-)
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