Scammers targeting people saying they found you through Houzz

Today I received two emails from someone asking for my painting services on Vancouver Island. They said they found me from Houzz and they were relocating back to Canada. 

(NOTE: I would never list my business with Houzz so that was the first red flag)

After researching keywords to the emails, to my suspicion this is without question a scam so to those thinking they may have some business coming from Houzz...  beware not to get sucked into this scam

Here are two emails I got. If you get an email like this... its a scam.

First email:

Message
                 Hi, 
I'm Kelly, i saw your profile on houzz, when i was going through professional
painter page, i need a painter to help me do some painting in my house.
Kindly get back to me Asap so as to give you the job details.
Thanks
Kelly Martins

Second email

Hi,

 
 Thanks for the response as i mentioned in my previous email i saw your profile when i was going through pages of professional painters. I need your service for some painting in my house. Have been in USA for 2 years on a work project but i'm done with it now. Im in the process of relocating back to Canada with my family and we should be back on  23rd May
 
House description:-     Single House
House Location:- Song Sparrow Way, Nanaimo, BC
 
Your job is to paint the inside of the house which includes the walls, ceilings, trim, frames and window frames) and we want everything to be done before our arrival on 23rd May.
We have already ordered for the paint to be used (ie same color, type, model and number) and everything has already been labeled for each room so all you need to do is to follow the label.
Below are the rooms details to be painted
 
Living Room: 13 x 18  
Bedroom I: 10 x 10
Bedroom II: 10 x 10
Dining Room: 11 x 11
Hallway: 10 x 3
Kitchen 10 x 13
 
The condition of the old paint in the rooms is still good we did the painting a month before we traveled so everything is like new no stain or damage.
Pls Note : The house is not accessible for now because we have the keys here with us and no one is there to show you around but you will surely have access into the house on the 27th April when my shipping agents delivers the paints and some other items to the house, so you can start your job same day, i will keep you posted about the delivery so you have nothing to worry about.
Based on the rooms details mentioned above i would like to know how much the painting will cost(total/estimate/deposit/retainer ) and if you accept certified check for payment. I would appreciate if you get back to me soonest because we really want things sorted asap as the date is fast approaching.
 
Thanks

Kelly Martins

 
 
 

Kelly Martins

CEO:  Ocean Holdings  

Call/Text: 956 410 0259

Seann Zhane

Sat, 02/08/2020 - 06:37

She was targeting us through Yellowpages used the same name and contact info though we are in London Ontario. Really like to thank you. 

Thanks:  Seann Zhane,  painterslondon.ca

Have you tried to call the number. I am just curious because I received 2 times same e mail. 

Last year I had similar case but different person 

Calling a scammer adds you to their "hot list". Scammers are not only after your money but they also sell your contact info to other scammers. Do not call. Ignore and delete is best.

I received the same email last Wednesday, it was in my junk folder which is a dead giveaway. Did a google search and found out about the scam so thanks for this. I did have a similar email a few years back, I went and actually checked out the house because something didn’t add up and sure enough, the house was for sale but I asked the real estate agent about the new owners and he said that it hasn’t even been sold yet

James - Miller…

Wed, 02/26/2020 - 02:33

It was funny as soon as I went to google "Ocean Holdings" google helped me out and sugested Oceans Holdings Kelly Martins....This is when I went from 99% sure it was a scam to 100%.  I have listed below a very similar email as well.

Hi,

 

 Thanks for the response as i mentioned in my previous email i saw your profile when i was going through pages of professional painters. I need your service for some painting in my house. Have been in USA for 2 years on a work project but i'm done with it now. Im in the process of relocating back to Canada with my family and we should be back on  23rd May

 

House description:-      Single House

House Location:-    

 

Your job is to paint the inside of the house which includes the walls, ceilings, trim, frames and window frames) and we want everything to be done before our arrival on 23rd May.

We have already ordered for the paint to be used (ie same color, brand and type) and everything has already been labeled for each room so all you need to do is to follow the label. Below are the rooms details to be painted

 

Living Room: 13 x 18  

Bedroom I: 10 x 10

Bedroom II: 10 x 10

Dining Room: 11 x 11

Hallway: 10 x 3

Kitchen 10 x 13

Height of each ceilings : 8ft

Stairs: NONE ( IT'S A BUNGALOW)

Doors Total: 5

Window Frames Total : 10

Door Frames total : 5

Brand Of Paints :

Ceilings : FLAT  

Baseboard in the rooms : NOT TO BE PAINTED

Closets :  NOT TO BE PAINTED

Current color and New color : BOTH ARE THE SAME COLOR & BRAND

 

The condition of the current paint in the rooms is still good we did the painting a month before we traveled so everything is like new no stain or damage.

Pls Note : The house is not accessible for now because we have the keys here with us and no one is there to show you around but you will surely have access into the house on the 27th April when my shipping agents delivers the paints and some other items to the house, so you can start your job same day, i will keep you posted about the delivery so you have nothing to worry about.

Based on the rooms details mentioned above i would like to know how much the painting will cost(total/estimate/deposit/retainer ) and if you accept certified check for payment. I would appreciate if you get back to me soonest because we really want things sorted asap as the date is fast approaching.

 

Thanks

Kelly Martins

 

Kelly Martins

CEO:  Ocean Holdings  

Call/Text: 956 410 0259

Email:  kellymartins234@outlook.com

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