My name is Patricia Filomeno, I own a boutique marketing firm in Tampa Florida called Ink Graphics and one of the services we provide our clients is web development. Last month we received an email from a prospective client that came to us from Google.

This is the e-mail we got.

“Amy Gilbert <tobbyweedy112254@gmail.com>
Good Day !!!
This is Amy Gilbert, i should have called you but i’m sorry i can’t because i hear impaired, And i would like to know if you can handle Website Design for a new company ? And i also need to know if you do accept Credit Cards / Paycheck as form/mode of payment? I hope to hear from you soon.
Best Regards,
Amy Gilbert”

We immediately did what we always do with a prospective client, we googled their e-mail address and name and found nothing.

We corresponded with this individual for a while. They basically wanted to pay us a larger amount of money via credit card and were asking us for a “little favor”, to send money to their consultant via money order as a way of helping them.

Here are a few tips when dealing with prospective clients that come to you from an internet search:
1.- ALWAYS google their e-mail address and name
2.- Do not give them your address or too much information about your business
3.- When something does not feel right consult with a business partner or friend
4.- Money never comes easy. Always beware and do your research

Photo by Stuart Miles.  | http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/

We want to thank all of our ‪I Love US 19 FL community businesses that came out to support our October Business Social. Special thanks to Glory Days Grill for being such gracious hosts, Roadrunner Digital for sharing with us their wonderful LED truck and Ink Graphics for all of the creative marketing and design.

Event Photos:

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Thank you Glory Days for a great experience:

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Glory Days Grill®: 34200 US Hwy 19 N, Palm Harbor, FL 34684

View our last event at Tacos Flacos

Thank you to our supporters:

Ink Graphics

Branding, Web & Print
Ink Graphics is an innovative marketing firm based in Florida that caters to businesses of all types and sizes looking to establish its brand, re-tool an old look, or refresh its current advertising and marketing campaigns. We specialize in creative marketing services including: logo design, custom web development, corporate identity, social media marketing, professional photography and print media designall reinforced with highly effective marketing strategies.
Learn more: www.inkgraphicsonline.com


Roadrunner Digital

Digital Billboards have brought advertising to a whole new level. With the latest eye-catching LED technology, LED billboards have opened up a whole new level for the outdoor advertising industry. With their lightweight design, high level of durability, and long lifetimes LED billboards now allow billboards to go mobile! So instead of people driving past the billboards… the billboards actually drive past the people.

Digital Entertainment and Advertising
http://rrdig.com/


The #BeautifulBag Project”

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The Beautiful Bag project was created with the objective to bring awareness to The 2nd Basemen and to raise funds to provide financial assistance to families affected by breast cancer.

The mission of The 2nd Basemen, Inc., a registered charity, is to provide short-term financial assistance to families affected by breast cancer. “We pick up where insurance leaves off and help bridge the financial gap of household expenses.”
For more information on the The 2nd Basemen please visit: www.the2ndbasemen.org

“We will have this beautiful bag at each one of our events and every time someone makes a donation to The 2nd Basemen they get to sign the bag. Once the bag is completely filled with signatures we will auction it off donating 80% of the proceeds to this wonderful charity.”

To learn more about this organization, visit www.the2ndbasemen.org

We want to thank all of our ‪I Love US 19 FL community businesses that came out to support our September Business Social. Special thanks to Knowgamo Photography for being in charge of taking photos at the event, Ink Graphics for all of the creative marketing and design and of course Tacos Flacos & Cantina for being such a gracious host.

We hope that you join us at our October business social, YES we will be back next month…. Details coming soon…

Event Photos

Thank you Gamo Robles from Knowgamo Photography for photographing our event

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I Love US 19 FL Business Social at Tacos Flacos & Cantina, Mexican Food
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I Love US 19 FL Business Social at Tacos Flacos & Cantina, Mexican Food
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I Love US 19 FL Business Social at Tacos Flacos & Cantina, Mexican Food

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The #BeautifulBag Project”

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The Beautiful Bag project was created with the objective to bring awareness to The 2nd Basemen and to raise funds to provide financial assistance to families affected by breast cancer.

The mission of The 2nd Basemen, Inc., a registered charity, is to provide short-term financial assistance to families affected by breast cancer. “We pick up where insurance leaves off and help bridge the financial gap of household expenses.”
For more information on the The 2nd Basemen please visit: www.the2ndbasemen.org

“We will have this beautiful bag at each one of our events and every time someone makes a donation to The 2nd Basemen they get to sign the bag. Once the bag is completely filled with signatures we will auction it off donating 80% of the proceeds to this wonderful charity.”

To learn more about this organization, visit www.the2ndbasemen.org

Thank you to our sponsors:

Knowgamo Photography

“Photography is more than a passion, it’s an obsession, almost an addiction.”
– Gamo Robles
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Learn more: www.knowgamophotography.com
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Ink Graphics

Ink Graphics is an innovative marketing firm based in Florida that caters to businesses of all types and sizes looking to establish its brand, re-tool an old look, or refresh its current advertising and marketing campaigns. We specialize in creative marketing services including: logo design, custom web development, corporate identity, social media marketing, professional photography and print media designall reinforced with highly effective marketing strategies.
Learn more: www.inkgraphicsonline.com


Thank You Tacos Flacos & Cantina for Hosting our Event

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One of the most surprising things when looking at small businesses is how so many of them do not have a website.

“Your website is an important part of your business. Make sure you treat it as such.”

Here are the 3 most important reasons why you need a professional website:

(According to Entrepreneur.com)

1. To be found online. Nowadays customers research online before driving to the business. You need to have a presence on the web so that customers, potential employees, business partners and perhaps even investors can quickly and easily find out more about your business and the products or services you have to offer.

2. For your small business to be taken seriously. If you have a business, you should have a website. Period. No question. Without a doubt.. That being said, it’s not enough that you just have a website. You must have a professional-looking site if you want to be taken seriously.

2. It saves you money. The cost of getting your website up and running can be as low as $720 (according to Ink Graphics), once it’s up and running, a website for a small business generally costs about $15 a month. Compared with the cost of a magazine ad, when you consider the potential market you can reach with a website, it is a very cost effective way to promote your business.

My name is Patricia Filomeno, owner of Ink Graphics a local full service marketing firm and founder of I Love US 19 FL.
My passion besides my businesses is to paint. I do this as a way of relaxation and have been a part of numerous art shows. One of my proudest moments as an artist was when I was chosen as the featured artist for The Florida Orchestra’s 2014 Holiday Pops CD.

A few weeks back I received an email from an individual named “jonathan dilley” who seemed interested in purchasing one of my paintings, “Paz”, an american flag that represents peace and freedom with a vintage feel to it.

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Here is how the conversation with “Jonathan Dilley” went as quoted from my e-mail account:

jonathan dilley <jonathandilley911@gmail.com>
Hello, I would like to purchase your Art work,Please get back to me with what you can offer,hope to read from you.Thanks
Patricia Filomeno <artist@patriciafilomeno.com>
Hi Jonathan,
Thank you for your nice email. Which art piece are you interested on? http://patriciafilomeno.com/
jonathan dilley – Jul 1
The America Flag
Patricia Filomeno – Jul 2
That one is called “Paz” represents peace, freedom and has a vintage feel to it. It is $890
jonathan dilley – Jul 2
Okay,and including the shipping price to my florida address,you can send me ur details to put a check into mail so it can be ship soon,thanks
Patricia Filomeno – Jul 2
Shipping and handling is $50.
Total price would be $940. I am attaching the invoice on this email
send it to: *Address*
Let me know when that is on the way and I will ship the payment as soon as I receive payment. Thank you
jonathan dilley – Jul 5
Hello Patricia,
Sorry for getting back to you lately,is been a busy week due to the holiday,and hope you have a nice one too.the check for the paint will be put in the mail come these week,and i will get back to you once is been sent,Happy 4th of July..Have nice day
jonathan dilley – Jul 10
Hello, Patricia, Please let me know when you got the check mail for the art work,so we can go ahead with the shipping to my address
Patricia Filomeno – Jul 11
Thank you Jonathan,
I am traveling through Europe this week and will be back home on the 22nd. I will send the painting as soon as I get back.
Thank you!
jonathan dilley – Jul 11
Hello can i talk to you on phone before you leave?and i will be happy if you can handle the painting before you leave,meanwhile you did not notify me about the payment you got,i hope all is well. J.P
Patricia Filomeno – Jul 13
Hi Jonathan.
Unfortunately I left before getting the check so was not able to arrange shipping.
I will be back on the 22nd. I am sure I will find the check on my mailbox and will mail the painting then.
I hope you have a great week and will speak with you soon.
Thank you
Patricia Filomeno – Jul 23
Hi Jonathan
I am back home now but i did not receive the check.
Where did you send it to?
jonathan dilley – Jul 23
The check was sent to your address,and delivered in ur mail box.
Patricia Filomeno – Jul 23
how much was the check for?
jonathan dilley – Jul 23
You can go to the post office and get it,and i will let you know what the amount is,thanks
Patricia Filomeno – Jul 23
I got one check for $3250 but from a company called Idealliance Inc. Is this your company?
jonathan dilley – Jul 23
Yes thats is it,there was a mixup with the check sent to you,can we please talk on phone about this?thanks’

As you can see there was time and effort spent into this “sale”. I proceeded to call the number he provided and went through his voicemail. A few minutes later he called me back.

I did my research on this guy. I found a phony Facebook account under his email address and when I searched on Google nothing came up. I also noticed that when I called the number he provided it was a Google number which was suspicious. My father said to be careful, that there is a scam going around where they send you a check for a bigger amount that they are supposed to and ask you to just send them the difference back because they do not want to wait so much time for the new check to get to you.

When I called “Jonathan” he had a heavy foreign accent and said to go ahead and cash the check and send him the difference when I mail the painting to him. I proceeded to tell him that I knew that this was a scam and that I would not be sending him any painting or money back.

As an artist, I feel proud when someone spends their money on something I created and I understand that a lot of artists would believe this to be true and they will not only be robbed of their money but they will loose one of their precious pieces of art.

Photos from check I received along with the UPS Priority Mail Package are below.
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Today we visited with Connie Davis, President and CEO of the Palm Harbor Chamber of Commerce. We spoke with her about the many benefits the Chamber provides to its members and to the community…. helping all in the Palm Harbor area to succeed. They help enrich part of our “I Love US 19” community…
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A little bit more about our Palm Harbor Chamber

Located in the heart of historic downtown Palm Harbor, the Palm Harbor Chamber is active in developing the entire community economically. They also serve as a link with local, state, and federal government. In July of 2001, they formed a partnership with the Palm Harbor Library and Pinellas County Economic Development to assist all the businesses in the greater Palm Harbor area. They host many events to promote business and the community. For membership information and/or a calendar of events, please feel free to visit their site:
http://palmharborcc.org/
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Patricia Filomeno, owner of Ink Graphics and founder of I Love US 19 FL
Connie Davis, President and CEO of The Palm Harbor Chamber of Commerce
Kelli Snow, Chairman of the Board for The Palm Harbor Chamber of Commerce


Photos of our Day at The Chamber


Connie Davis, President and CEO of The Palm Harbor Chamber of Commerce


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Meet Kelli Snow, Chairman of the Board for The Palm Harbor Chamber of Commerce

Meet Lia, administrative assistant for The Palm Harbor Chamber of Commerce

Meet Angelo, Tampa Bay’s Master Tailor since 1970!

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We met this charming Italian business owner at our last Road Trip. He has been in business since 1970, and it took us years to know about his business. He is located at 31960 US 19 N. Palm Harbor, FL 34684, his phone number is 727-282-5688
Next time you need to fix up a suit or get a dress to fit just right give him a call or stop by to see him…

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