The name he used was Nicolas Terry, but it’s possible to see Nicola Terry in his email. His. “company” is Nicole Gadget Collections.
He initially requested a logo design. I required a signature on the contract before moving forward with the project, and he filled it out online and sent it back to me for both contracts with no issues.
I was to be paid a retainer of $250 before the completion of the project. He stated, “I will be sending you a check for the payment; it’s the option of payment available to me at the moment.” He refused the option of doing a bank transfer through Square’s platform, which made no sense. I went along with it despite reservations.
I restated that I could not guarantee check payments and requested an ACH bank transfer. I was informed the next day that “Your payment for the branding fee. My partner, who is in charge of accounting, sent it out. There was a miscommunication on the payment when he forwarded the check details due to him rushing based on a business trip to Asia instead of separate payments; payment for the furniture supplier of our office, and yours…” It seemed to be an honest mistake.
I waited until the check arrived and noticed it got waterlogged. The pen leaked pink on the paper, but I didn’t know that was another sign. I waited until the funds loaded in my account before sending anything, thinking once the funds loaded that, the check cleared after all. I then went about sending a Zelle payment to the information he provided, and he was VERY persistent while asking for updates. I sent the excess funds by March 14, and on March 16, my bank showed a negative $1,950.06 balance.