I was contacted by an individual (Alabama) who told me he found me on Thumbtack and wanted a website. I was a big project (over 40 pages), with a framework of eight main pages. He asked that I make the website look like a mockup he sent, and that he needed it right away. I worked for two days on the main pages with the look that he wanted and prepared a proposal and sent it to him with the website build.
He was very excited and said to send the invoice for $5,000 right away, that he would pay the $2500 deposit immediately. While I was creating an invoice to send I got a text email with a request for a website. I replied with my email to send the details to.
I received the same email as I did for the aforementioned site requesting the same exact website to be built as well as the same mockup example from a California area code. I have sent a payment request from the first individual (Alabama) based on my conversion with Thumbtack and customer supports recommendations. TT also said they would contact the individual about payment. I contacted the first individual, and he texted me and indicated he was ready to proceed. He asked if I could get it to him in 4 weeks. I sent the website primary build, and he indicated that it "looks good." So, I'm moving forward cautiously, as this feels like a scam, although I'm not sure what the scammer could get out of it. I'm wondering if anyone else has been in a similar situation and can provide any insights. Thank you, James
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