Greetings everyone! I am the owner of a marketing agency in Central New Jersey.
I've responded to two quote requests on Thumbtack for website design/development services. I've got contacted both times and the conversation leads to e-mail. Here comes the SCAM!!! The person you are e-mailing has a fake story about a company they have.
No matter how legit it sounds, just look for the keywords at the end. They will tell you that they want so and so project for $2,000 - $2,500 dollars on the Thumbtack request. At the end, they will say they have a private project consultant or a project manager who has "all the text and logos". Other key behaviors to look for: - they avoid providing a phone number, and when they do, it is from a completely different state than their Thumbtack account.
Example: 1st guy that contacted me claimed to have a cafe (Mingles Cafe) in New York but the number he gave me was from Wisconsin. It was a Google voice number. - They do not provide address. - They never answer all of your questions, and they will send repetitive responses - They say the only method of payment is QUICKBOOKS INVOICE or BANK TRANASFER.
Here is how the scam works: - They will insist to invoice them for double the price of the website, and claim that "YOU WILL HELP THEM PAY THEIR PRIVATE PROJECT CONSULTANT". This raised red flags for me, as I continuously refused to pay the private project consultant and the client continued to insist on it. I assume that if I did invoice them twice the amount, they would accept the payment but then withdraw it a few hours later and perhaps file some type of complaint that they were wrongfully invoiced - at this point, you have sent their "private project consultant" $2500 dollars of your own money which you may not be able to get back. SCAM SCAM SCAM!!!!
How to avoid it? Do not do business with anyone on Thumbtack unless you speak on the phone with them, and it is NOT a Google Voice number, and they sound normal and not like a quiet Nigerian somewhere who claims not to have time to speak. (I actually got the 1st one to talk to me on the phone, and he barely spoke English - was reluctant to provide any information). MARKETERS, ADVERTISERS, CREATIVE AGENCIES, FREELANCERS, ETC.
BEWARE!!! - A message from Virex Marketing
Product or Service Mentioned: Thumbtack Advertisement.
Reason of review: Bad quality.
Monetary Loss: $1.
Preferred solution: Let the company propose a solution.