It has been a recurring theme that people are getting emails with something along these lines.
We stronglly recommend that you update your phpBB forum to the latest secure version 3.0.8
For any assisstance please reply to us , we will be very happy to assisst you .
We are professional phpbb forums designers and developpers.We have a long experience in the field of designing new unique styles for your forum and installing different MODs which make the use of your forum easier than before.
we provide paid services , and it is a pleasure to tell you that our prices are the lowest among all service providers.
There have been multiple reports at phpbb.com that the individuals or organizations behind the messages above perform consistently sub-par work and refuse to issue refunds to unsatisfied customers.
Please remember some good practices when searching for a developer. Most of these apply when hiring any independent contractor.
Read the email
Many professional people will not make spelling mistakes, such as the above quoted emails, in their emails. It is unprofessional. I mean if the sender can't even spell correctly......
Run a Google search on the name of the individual or company. You can also search for the contact email address. This is a simple way of finding reviews or complaints by previous customers.
Ask for references
You should never be embarrassed to request references. Ask for a short list of websites that the person/organization has worked on. For larger projects or if you want to be thorough, ask for contact emails and ask the previous customers for their opinions on the contractor.
Don't pay up front
At least, not the entire cost of the project. Half before, half after is a good policy for reputable or recommended organizations. Never feel pressured to pay first.
Trust your instincts
Does the price sound realistic? Did this person contact you out of the blue?
Be careful when handing out credentials
Only give server access to people you trust. Create new accounts whenever possible and give them only the absolutely necessary permissions. Delete the accounts and change all passwords when the work is complete.
Please be careful when choosing someone to do installs, upgrades, etc. as there are many unscrupulous types out there.