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Free puppy scam

Discussion in 'The Attic' started by chayton, Nov 17, 2012.

    Nov 17, 2012
  1. chayton

    chayton aka LooHoo CAG PABnonaccred webmeister

    Occupation:
    Freelance Designer
    Location:
    Edmonton Canada
    Has anyone heard of this? I just got this weird spam mail that someone needs to give away 2 (a male and female) fully vet checked Yorkie puppies. I thought it was strange that someone would send a mail like that to strangers, so I did a quick Google search and sure enough, it's another Nigerian scam. It's not always Yorkies, sometimes it's different breeds of dogs. I guess this scam has been around for awhile, I've just never heard about it til now.

    I was reading that the scammers usually post ads online or send emails or whatever, sometimes they have pictures of a puppy or puppies, then when people contact them, the scammer says "You'll have to pay $200 to have them shipped to you" and the people send some money, then the scammer says they need another $100 for something and then another $100 for something else, and so on and so on. I was reading a couple people who had paid $500 - $1000 for dogs that didn't even exist.

    Makes me wonder WTF these people were thinking - you'd think that as soon as the scammer said, "I need you to wire money to NIGERIA" that would be enough to make them think twice about whether that puppy was even real.

    Also, every city and town I've ever been in has an SPCA or a pound or some sort of rescue organization where you can go adopt a pet. Although it's not free, it's probably still less than the cost of supposedly shipping an animal from Nigeria.
     
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  2. Nov 17, 2012
  3. Balthazar

    Balthazar The Governor

    Occupation:
    Leader
    Location:
    Woodbury
    lol those Nigerians.

    A couple of years ago I bought a new car and sold the old one online. 2 days later I received an email asking me if I'd be willing to ship the car oversea. "Buyer" offered to pay all fees upfront, fill all the paperwork and even pay $2,000 more for my (non-existing) trouble. Now that car had nothing special so I knew right away that it must have been a scam. I looked up online to try to find out what the scam was.

    Apparently they send you a check from a fake bank but with too much money on it (ie: base price for the car $8,000 + extra $2,000 "bonus" + another extra $3,000). So the victim receives a $13,000 check for a $8,000 car. That's of course followed by a very convincing phone call telling you that that their "secretary" has made a "grave mistake" and you have to cash the check and send them back the extra $3,000 via Western Union. They, of course, insist that you must do this immediately. :rolleyes:

    So the victim sends them $3,000 cash via Western Union and ends up with a bounced worthless check.

    They manage to come up with more elaborated scams all the time.
     
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  4. Nov 17, 2012
  5. chayton

    chayton aka LooHoo CAG PABnonaccred webmeister

    Occupation:
    Freelance Designer
    Location:
    Edmonton Canada
    sheesh....that kinda sounds like a variation one of those work-at-home jobs, "we need people to take orders in your country" things, where people send you cashiers checks, then you deposit them into your bank and send off half of it (minus your 'commission') via western union, and then you find out that the cashiers checks are all fake. Except with yours they'd also get your car!

    Man....it makes me want to turn the tables on these crooks, you know? I need to figure out a scam to scam the scammers!
     
  6. Nov 17, 2012
  7. Balthazar

    Balthazar The Governor

    Occupation:
    Leader
    Location:
    Woodbury
    No they wouldn't, they had no intention of getting that car. The scam is all about getting the $3,000 before the check bounce, everything else is smoke and mirrors.
     
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  8. Nov 17, 2012
  9. dandan

    dandan Seven day suspension for being a PITA webby PABinit

    Occupation:
    retail
    Location:
    bris-vegas
    My sister is into pugs and searched for pug puppies.

    Next thing you know she was getting mails from people saying they had to move countries and they would pay for moving the dogs to you etc etc. But you had to pay upfront and then be re-imbursed.

    It was a scam of course.

    Anything... or anyone asking for WEstern Union? BEWARE!!!!
     
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  10. Nov 17, 2012
  11. dandan

    dandan Seven day suspension for being a PITA webby PABinit

    Occupation:
    retail
    Location:
    bris-vegas
    If you want a dog? Have a look at your local shelter.... as said in a previous post I foster dogs via Peninsula Animal Aid here in Brisbane. They... the shelter... can use any donations to keep it running. They don't put animals down there and love them all till they find forever homes.
     
  12. Nov 17, 2012
  13. Nate

    Nate Ueber Meister CAG webmeister

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    Cyberspace
    A friend of mine was looking for a puppy and had a similar experience. The Puppy was advertised in the area he lives but when he contacted the person, he was told that the pups would need to be shipped. Needless to say, I told him NOT to go with it.

    Seems like a Virus, Once one Dufus does it. the trend continues.

    Nate
     
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  14. Nov 17, 2012
  15. skiny

    skiny Banned User - violation of <a href="http://www.cas

    Occupation:
    Doing everyone else's job.
    Location:
    Canada
    It's amazing how willing people are to send money to strangers.

    I sold a snow blower online a couple of years ago. I moved and didn't have a place to store it. Some guy answered the ad and said he couldn't pay the whole 500 right away. Our conversation was entirely by email. I said I'd hold it for him for a while and when he gets the money he can pay me.

    So he starts emailing me 100 dollar money transfers. One a week for 5 weeks. I never spoke to him on the phone or in person and he never seen the snow blower. All he had was my word via email that it was exactly as the picture showed and that it ran good.

    It's not the same as sending money out of the country but still, he was a trusting soul.

    By the way, he was lucky. It did look like brand new and when he got there I pushed the electric start and it started first turn. In the end he got a really good deal.
     
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  16. Nov 18, 2012
  17. chayton

    chayton aka LooHoo CAG PABnonaccred webmeister

    Occupation:
    Freelance Designer
    Location:
    Edmonton Canada
    Wow, that guy who bought your snowblower really was a trusting sort!

    The daughter of a friend of mine in Phoenix bought a car from the proverbial little old lady who only drove it to church on Sunday. The lady also gave her a folder where she'd kept receipts from any repairs or anything she'd had done to the car from the time she bought it. In the folder were all these invoices, attached to each one were credit card receipts - from back in the day when it printed out your whole CC number - as well as documents with her name, address, her signature, everything. There was even a photocopy of her drivers license. Fortunately for her, we aren't criminal types, but people should really be more careful.
     

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