Thanks for responding, @Meckell . As I mentioned in the post, I can't click "report" as this was sent outside of Thumbtack. All the identifying data you ask for was already within the transcript I included in the post...but I see that was edited out by Thumbtack! I'll send the private info you requested. You said : I want to look into this further and make sure we get you taken care of. To be clear, I'm not asking for Thumbtack to take care of me here. As I said in the post, I offered the information for others. To me it was obviously a scam and I only proceeded to inform others.
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As a service to you, the community, I engaged an obvious scammer, just to get info to report it. I would also submit a TT suspicious activity report, but as this came in on my phone outside of Thumbtack, there's no "Report" button. I'll leave this here.
I'm a computer doctor, and right away I recognized this as a scam from earlier experience.
Here are some highlights (saved the whole transcript):
Hello , how are you doing today, i will like to know if you are available for laptop repair... I got your contact on Thumbtack thanks.
Joshua R. Fried: Sure! Thanks for reaching out. I'm located in NYC.
Thanks so much for the reply I currently have 25 pieces of Lenovo laptops 💻 which has windows 7 on each laptop I want to upgrade them to windows 10 each... what’s the total cost for the job? In located in NYC Also I’m Randal Hock
Joshua R. Fried: Ok how do you want to work it?.................
.................. Good your estimate sounds good and i will like you to know i am presently in the hospital recovery from Lung cancer I hope you accept credit cards?...............
........... Thanks so much, i am also willing to proceed with the payment but i will need a little favor from you .Thanks
Joshua R. Fried: OK
Actually something came up this morning Am having a little issue with the initial owner of the store where because when I bought the laptops I only paid 85 percent for the laptops but due to the situation on ground now am out of cash and she does not have the facility to take credit card for me to balance her..
Joshua R. Fried: Ok
: So I will give you my card to charge for the sum of $7000 plus the extra 3% credit card charges and when the money clears in your account you would deduct the sum of $2000 deposit for your service and you take $150 for tips because of the stress you will be taking true and the tax fee and you we help me to send the remaining $4850 to the ex owner of the store hope my message is clear to you...........................
[Yeah, it was clear alright]
.......................... Ok good I will like you to send me an invoice of $7000 to my mail now at
I bailed shortly after, saying I'd get back in touch when ready.
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