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Puppy Buyer

Bought a micro Chihuahua over the internet. Her name is Diana. She was to be shipped to me by Statewide Pet Express. She was to be delivered to me. But then came the money $1050.00 for pet insurance and then a special carrier $900.00. Next came the the shots she didn't have the 10 week and rabies shot. The breeder never explain any of this to me. No puppy but she is still up for sale. The breeder and the delivery company are said to be working together out of Maryland.

From Scammer

Hello, We are quite pleased with the love and care you are showing towards this lovely puppies..as mentioned in our earlier mail,we are not selling them but rather giving them out for adoption... this puppies are well trained puppies,they are playful with kids and other home pets...adding them to your home means adding joy So i am currently located in xxxxxxxxx you are free to come over and pick them up...but if you can not make it here then i can send them to you through a pet transportation agency that will cost 18000 Rupee for the two puppies...and it will cost you 10000 Rupee if you are taking one Either of them will be and excellent addition to your home This agency is fast,reliable and safes time..they will deliver your puppy right to you home address...this money will be used to buy the flight tickets of your puppy and therefore it will be paid directly to the agency...there is no adoption fee,all you will have to pay is the cost of transportation to your They will come along with all paper works,food menu and some toys they have no health problems Hope you send me pictures of them when you get them Waiting

From Scammer

Hello. Thanks for the interest that you have over my babies and i will like to assure you that you are going to love them so much. It will cost you $200 fior thier flight tickets only. Please let me know if thats ok by you. Thanks POINT TO THINK, fight per dog is 10K wont 2 tickets for 18K ,,,,,,, Cash On delivery is not acceptable. So be ware of this new style of dealings ....all pet lovers.

From Scammer

This scammer claimed to be in one city then claimed to be another:

Hiya, Thanks for getting back to me with an answer to my questions. The male is Victor and the female is Coco. these puppies are very playful and loves much attention and to be pampered,it is respectful,12 weeks old,vet checked,de wormed,micro chipped and has all vaccines up til date,playful and loves to take naps,comforted and walks around the house.We are in Adelaide, SA since you are far from our present location,i shall arrange for a home delivery using a nearby delivery agency in charge of pet transportation and which is closest to our home and you will just have to pay for the delivery of the puppies to your doorstep since we are more interested in a caring and loving home for the puppies than the money to be paid on it for its purchase.To arrange for the delivery,i will like to have your full contact details in this order; FULL NAMES........... HOUSE ADDRESS......... CITY............ POST CODE........... MOBILE NUMBER.......... LAND LINE NUMBER......... EMAIL ADDRESS........... AS soon as you provide me with the above details,i will quickly prepare the change of ownership documents and arrange for a home delivery to your door. you will be paying the sum of $400 for one & $750 for both puppies to the delivery agency directly and not me because we are in search of lovely homes ,so this money you will have to pay will be for the delivery of the puppies to your home ok.I will also send all paperwork including details of Current vaccinations, Veterinarian examination, Health certificate, Health guarantee, Pedigree, Travel crate ,Micro-Chipped (In case ever lost or stolen ) and all other health certificate at my disposal,their blankets and crate and some other things

From Puppy Buyer

I was trying to purchase a teacup Yorkie puppy and as each step went along they demanded more money before they would ship the puppy. I paid $450 for the puppy on August 10, 2015 via money gram as they insisted to Marshaun Roundtre (supposedly the breeder). The dog was in Minnesota. They allegedly took it and registered it to be flown to me through USA Worldwide Pets Delivery Agency/Minnesota Airlines. Just before flight time, they said I needed to pay $962 for insurance to fly the puppy but I would get it back when they delivered the puppy to my home. So, because I have wanted a little puppy exactly like the picture I saw, I sent the money, August 15th. All this done in haste so the puppy would make the next flight. I worried about the tiny puppy being stuck in a crate all this time. Then I was advised the puppy missed his flight anyway but would fly out the next day, August 16th. On Aug. 16th I receive another email that the puppy was on flight to So. Dakota and when it arrived there, they would email me with his exact direct flight info. I received the next email that the puppy was in So. Dakota however they needed $1500 because there was no “cities permit” and they could not put the puppy on the plane without my paying $1500 to take care of this issue. They also threatened me that if I didn’t pay for this permit, my dog would be left sitting at the airport and I could be dragged into court and charged with shipping an animal illegally across states. At this point I knew it was a scam.

From Puppy Buyer

(Sonia Ngadi) The scamer This person above tried to scam me last night.i almost fell for it till i said so cash on delivery she said no cash up front, thats when the bells started ringing.my husband and daughter both said dont do it mum,so to see if she was genuine i said i would get a courier to come to you in Inverness, Scotland, he will ave the £200 to give to you for the yorkie, that was it not heard from her since.so please be awear of this person SONIA NGADI She will do her best to scam you.this was the 1st message from her.Hello Thanks for your mail and your interest about my puppies . I have a male and a female available that am willing to give out . they are 12 weeks old,vet checked,registered , well trained and love the company of kids and other animals. they are very healthy ,litter trained and have all their complete documents. The reason why am giving out these puppy is because of my new job which barely gives me time to stay at home .Honestly i do fell sad to give these puppy away but i got no choice since my job is very important to us. All i really want for the puppies to move into a nice and caring home. I will love to ask you some few questions before giving out the puppy away. Have you ever raised a puppy before?

From Puppy Buyer

I am curious about your puppies as I am looking for a younger beagle as a companion for my 11-year old beagle. Do you have a female (girl)? How old are they? Do you have the parents?

From Scammer

Hi dear! It's good reading from you concerning my 2 Beautiful Full Breed Small Beagle Puppies (Lily and Leon). I am very happy for your interested you have towards the babies who are still available and i assure you that, they are going to make a wonderful companion to you and your family. Attached are some of their pictures. They are AKC Registered and up- 2- date on all shots and worming having a great temperament getting along well with kids and other house hold pets. They are potty and house trained already you will never regret adopting Them. They are all 11 weeks old and will be coming alongside all their papers.They are going to come with - Health certificate -Crate -One year health insurance -Playing toys -Food sample -Hand booklet to help you take good care of him Please i am going to ask you some questions and i will be very happy if you do answer them. How do you intend to take care of the babies, if you end up having them? Do you have any vet nearer your location? I will also like to know if you have ever had experience with this breed before ? How soon are you ready to take the puppies or puppy home ? What i am out for, is a home where they are going to be spoiled with love and care that is why i am asking all this questions. Hope you don't mine. I justly recently moved to Columbus , Ohio where am with my Mom at a specialized Cancer hospital. Dr. Joan Schiller Oncologist, Lung Cancer Specialist and its looking a the case. More so, i discovered that i can't keep up to three pets in my new apartment that is the major reason why my husband and I have decided to look for a new home for the babies. More so we had their mom for almost 3 years now. My heart is heavy to let them go but i guess i don't have a choose but to let them go. That is why i am looking for the best home possible for the puppies where they will have all the love,attention and affection they desire. And will take my time to choose them a worthy home. That is why we are willing to give them out to any location within the states. So i am willing to ship the puppies over to your location. I will be very glad if you can provide the answers to all my questions so we can have an idea about their new environment and family which will be taking our babies or baby. I await your response to our questions so we can know the next step to take in regards to the adoption process of the puppies or puppy.

A pudgy little, muscular dog with drop ears, black eyes, a square muzzle, thick legs and a black nose sitting down on an oval background that says Watch Out For Scam
From Scammer

Example of a recent scam we encountered: Sender was claiming to have Shiba inu pups and wanting to send them via courier. The names of the puppies in the sent pictures did not match the names in the email. We were willing to drive to meet in person and insisted on this, so that ended the correspondence. I saw the same name associated with Akitas in California and English bulldogs. Grammar was similar to many other scam breeders.

alan morgan
6:59 PM (16 hours ago)

to me
We are very happy to read again from you so soon. we are sure you are going to loves and spoil him with love ,cuddle , attention and provide him with all his needs. We need this puppy to go into a lovely and caring and a forever home. firstly let me tell you about him, He is vet checked and vaccinated and have all health records till date and all papers. So we are giving him to a good home and for ever home. He is very sensitive and possesses the following qualities:

-He is home Trained and Potty.
-He is does not bark a lot.
-He eat 2 times daily .
-He is socialized with kids and other household pets
-He is a portable baby.
-He is to be carried a lot and be spoiled.
-He loves to be kissed .
-He is gets angry when you shout at him, so don't do that.
He will be coming with all details of vaccination , de-wormed and microchip. we have made up our mind to let this baby into your home, and as you have promised us that the puppy will be well look after and you guys will keep us updated with monthly pictures so we can know how the puppy is doing with you .Since you guys are not so close to us , we shall use the Pet Delivery Courier and they will get the him delivered at your home address that you will provide to us again . Also we shall require all your details to do the change of ownership papers and arrange for the delivery as well, and the details are as follows:

* Your Names..........................
* Home Address........................
* Zip Code............................
* City......................
* Mobile Line............................
* Nearest Airport .......................

As soon as we have the details, we shall prepare the change of ownership papers before we do the delivery registration with the Courier. Do get back to us with the details so we can prepare the change of ownership papers and do the delivery registration with the Courier. please also note that it will cost you $400 for him including the delivery fee and you will be making the payment directly and upfront to the delivery agency so that they can activate Pride's flight ticket before proceeding with the delivery over to your home okay, So please if this is okay with you then just get back to us so that I can get the puppy register for your home today since it's going to take me just about 45 minutes to do that and you will get him first thing tomorrow morning okay.
Thanks and look to read from you soonest.

Kindest Regards!!

From Scammer

Hello
Thanks for the mail and the interest in my little babies. I still
have the babies available for loving home. Find attached photos
of male and female babies. These babies are current on all shots,
de-wormed, Microchipped, toilet and house trained. The babies have
great temperaments and will make a great addition to your family. My
babies are the most special babies you will find. I treat
them like royalty.
Each of these babies cost R 1800
questions if you do not mind.
1....Are you a breeder?.....
2......have you been keeping dogs
before or any order house pet ?...............
3...Do you have kids at home?.........
4...Are you going to keep them or give them to some one?......
5 How soon will you want to take birds?.....
6 .Where are you located??.........
7 Do you need both or one??

Awaiting your kind response.

From Scammer

Sir/Madam
This is to inform you that we want to buy your products for our schools and churches please send us now
the price list of your products and we give you the order quantity.
Thanks
Rev. Fr. WALUSIMBI PETER
Posiano Ngondwe Church, Primary and Secondary School
P O Box 321 Kampala Uganda East Africa
Tel/Fax 256 414 253560
10 MILES JINJA ROAD

Hello,This is the first e-mail I got for an ad on 2 Yorkies puppies: I thought I had better check the scammers files because many of these stories sound the same as this person. I almost fell for it, but, she could not decide what state she lived in so this gave me the first clue:

From Scammer

Thanks so much for your reply and for the assurance that Lucy will be spoiled
with lots of love, care and attention. I have one last thing to ask, will it be
possible for you to send me updates and pictures of you and Lucy once she
arrives your home? I will have her transported over to you with all health
papers, toys, feeding and care guide and everything she has since i will have no
use for them once the puppy arrive your home.

I am located in Mineral Wells, Texas as explained in my previous email so i will
fly her over to you from here. Transportation will not be a problem since my
puppies are both crate trained, healthy, vaccinated and will go into their new
homes with all health papers. I will also use a safe pet relocation agency that
has 39 years of animals transport and home delivery experience so i can
guarantee a %100 safe transportation and delivery to your home. The total amount
will be $220 if you want her to be transported over to your closest airport,
that way you will go and get her from there. But if you want him to be
transported over to your closest airport and delivered right at your home
address, it will cost the total sum of $230.

So please let me know which you prefer, pick up at your closest airport or home
delivery ?

From Scammer

2nd e-mail:

Hello,
Thanks so much for your reply and for the assurance that Lucy will be spoiled
with lots of love, care and attention. I have one last thing to ask, will it be
possible for you to send me updates and pictures of you and Lucy once she
arrives your home? I will have her transported over to you with all health
papers, toys, feeding and care guide and everything she has since i will have no
use for them once the puppy arrive your home.

I am located in Mineral Wells, Texas as explained in my previous email so i will
fly her over to you from here. Transportation will not be a problem since my
puppies are both crate trained, healthy, vaccinated and will go into their new
homes with all health papers. I will also use a safe pet relocation agency that
has 39 years of animals transport and home delivery experience so i can
guarantee a %100 safe transportation and delivery to your home. The total amount
will be $220 if you want her to be transported over to your closest airport,
that way you will go and get her from there. But if you want him to be
transported over to your closest airport and delivered right at your home
address, it will cost the total sum of $230.

So please let me know which you prefer, pick up at your closest airport or home
delivery ?

From Scammer

3rd email:

hello ,
Thanks for your mail and interest in my puppies. They are still
available and ready to get in to a new home .they are spectacular purebred
Registered with all shots, vaccines and vet records updated.Puppies are $220
each .I am giving them out for $220 because i will soon be moving into my new
apartment where pets are not allowed.I only want a home which can give them the
best of love care and attention.I do not intend making any profit out of them
since they are like my own kids.

In placing my babies up for adoption, 1 males (Luca) and 1 female (Lucy) , I'm
looking for reasonable, prudent and experienced person who can offer them
tenderness, nursery with lots of kisses and hugs love .This adorable, cute and
lovely puppies are 11 weeks old and would be perfect for you.He or she will be
the best playmate you have ever dream of.With this great personality and
temperament, good with children and other pets, is to steal Your soul.

They would come together with records and training, and all their A.K.C
registration papers attached to their package with lots of play toys.You have
nothing to worry about Feeding, because I also attach their hand book and the
menu of administration to its package OK. Promise me that they would shower with
lots of TLC. And I would not want my babies should end up in a shelter or
rescue., Feel free to mail me

If you are willing to do so, please e-mail me asap so that I would stop all
other contacts. If you have any more question to ask I will answer truthfully
and faithfully. I would like to ask you some few questions if you do not mind.

How soon do you need them ?
I am located in Mineral Wells, Texas
where are you located?
which of the puppies do you need?

I've been on the hunt for an Alaska Malamute since mid June. I found an ad on Craigslist that was posted locally in my city.

From Scammer

Hello
Thanks for the mail and your interest towards our Alaskan
Malamute puppy,Cherry is the female.she is still available to any
family prepare to provide them with enough care and love, where they
will be well spoiled with all their need. she are champion bloodline,
registered AKC, vet check,updated in all shots. Well-tamed and potty
trained, good associate of kids and other house hold pets also very
Energetic and eager to learn.She is intelligent, independent and
courageous. Quick to determine where she fits in a household's "pack."
Good companionship and friendly towards new people..
To begin we shall like to know more about you..

-Are you a breeder?
-Are you familiar Alaskan Malamute?
-Do you have kids?
-Do you have a Vet Doctor?
-How Old are You?
-What is your occupation?
-Give us a Brief Description about your Environment?
-Where exactly are you located?

Sorry for all this Questions (we mean not to offend you) but just
that we really need a loving and caring home for this puppy.What makes
us willing to give out the puppy up for adoption this is so because i
am sick and i do not have time to cater and take care of the puppy,so
I want you to take a look, make selection before we proceed in making
arrangements for you to meet these baby and probably take home one of
them.We are not out to make money from them since they where just like
our own children and has been our perfect companion,our main concern
is to give them the best they ever want.. all we will like to here
from you is to Promise us that you would shower them with lots of TLC
.And we would never like that our babies should end up in a shelter or
rescue.., feel free to mail us. If you are willing to get them, please
e-mail ASAP so that we shall stop all other contacts .If you have any
more questions to ask we will answer you truthfully and
faithfully...
Thanks

From Buyer

Hi! This is extremely late and I apologize. Do you happen to still have one left?
The answers to your questions.
I am 20 years old and live in McDonough and work at Racetrac. I am familiar with the breed and am definitely not a breeder. I have no kids and I live in a house near mcdonough square. I have a fence and a yard.

From Scammer

Hello,
We are impressed and happy you got back for the puppy and at this
moment we see you will provide all we need for the baby .Am presently
located in Orlando FL,but how ever i don't thing that is the problem
am going to make arrangement for you to get Cherry home,The puppy will
come with registration papers, vet certificate, a one year health
guarantee against puppy disease, started on potty training, a
pedigree, up-to-date shots, crate,puppy care package (this includes
food, training treats, a toy, and puppies pads)well socialized and
spoiled rotten. All shots and worming are up to date. we will equally
need some information from you to prepare the puppy for Home delivery
to your location OK .How ever, to proceed with this, you are requested
to email us with your full delivery information that we shall be using
to registered the female puppy for shipment to your address and this
details include,

Your Full names???
Your State????
Your City?????
Your House Address???
Phone # ?????
Closest Airport To you????
Zip Code????

So email us the following information we have asked from you.we
will use the information for the shipping o.k. As soon as we have
these, I will immediately work on the process and then go make
arrangements for the shipping with the next available flight to your
designated location. they have all their papers so it is not a Process.Upon
arrival,you will be called by the delivery agent to make sure you are
home so that he can hand over the baby to you in person. they will be
delivered to you at your home. So get back to us soon with all the
data required for the shipping so that we can start making all
necessary arrangements.

All you are requested to pay is $250 for Cherry
Money is to be used for the following;
$100= pets traveling crate
$150= To activate the flight ticket of the puppy
Giving a total of $250*

The puppy will be delivered at your door stairs so you don't have
to go and pick the up at the agency. Hope to read from you soonest
with the above details. Note: Please this details are very important
and will be highly needed from you as soon as possible. We shall copy
this detail out and take the puppy to the delivery company and
registered the puppy and also this are the same details we have to
replace in the puppy OWNERSHIP Documents to proof that you are the new
owner.
Thanks Waiting to read again from you as soon as you can
Best Regards
Amber

A red flag should have gone off because really? Alaskan Malamute for that cheap and she still hadn't sold it? I also couldn't find her ad on Craigslist anymore and now she suddenly moved to Florida? It hadn't even been a week.

From Buyer

Awesome! I'm actually in the process of moving, we will still have a yard and plenty of room, and won't have a solid address until mid october. Is that okay? I'm willing to pay an extra 50 for the inconvenience. I'm really excited to have the opportunity to take in such a bundle of joy.

Sincerely,
Brittany

From Scammer

It's okay if you only keep your promised and keep in touch with me to
be finding out how she is doing!

From Buyer

I talked it over recently with my mom and she was wondering if we could drive down to Orlando to retrieve Cherry. She thinks it would be a nice getaway for a day or so. Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,
Brittany

From Scammer

Hello Brittany,
It's okay by me that will be much better,so when would you be coming
to get her !

Best Regards
Amber

From Buyer

I'll talk it over with my mom tonight. :) With us driving down how much would it be for Cherry and her things?

- Brittany

From Scammer

It's okay and It would cost you just $200 for the adoption fee It
would cost you just $200 since you said you would be coming to get her
but if including shipping it would have cost you $300 for everything.

From Buyer

Cool. Cool. Okie doke. There's been a slight change in plans. Is October still ok?

From Scammer

It wouldn't be possible because i would be living to California on the
15 of this month and for ur information you are the one still keeping
me up till that time because of cherry.so look for a way to come and
get her before then!

From Buyer

Oh wow. I apologize for the inconvenience. For Cherry to be sent here, how would we go about doing that?

From Scammer

Okay,this how the precess go very simple,once i have your full details
address,i shall take cherry to the delivery agency for registration
for delivery to your home address,after i get her register the
delivery agency would contact you for notification and how you would
be making the payment to them before they proceed with the delivery
after making the payment to them,they shall call you and inform you on
when cherry would be deliver to you right at your doorstep just to
make sure you at home to receive cherry and sign the change of
ownership documents and receive her home.So i would be needing your
full details to enable me get her register at the delivery agency. and
this are the information below that i would be needing from you to
enable me get her register for delivery to you.
Your Full names???
Your State????
Your City?????
Your House Address???
Phone # ?????
Closest Airport To you????
Zip Code????

Once i have all the in formation i shall get Cherry register for
delivery to you right away in less that 5 hrs to you.

At this point I was pretty paranoid and so was my family.

From Buyer


My family is a bit paranoid that this may be a scam. They're saying it's too good to be true. I told them about how I'd be paying the delivery company and there isn't anything sketchy but they're still skeptical. Is there anything I can show them to prove that it isn't?

From Scammer

Attached to the mail you would find the a short video of cherry for
you to see that cherry .
I totally understand your skepticism but i can assure you that you
will be getting the puppy no matter what you already have in
mind.Also, i feel very bad when you say all this when i know you will
be getting the puppy home. Please don't let your feelings to make you
lost what you have planned to get for the past months. As i earlier
told you, i am a woman of my words and a Christian and i can never
think of ripping you out of your hard earn money in the name of fraud,
may God forbid me if plan to do this to a fellow human being like
myself, i will like to treat others just the way, i will like them to
treat me in return. So please don't be carried away by little things
that will not solve the problem and the stage which the puppy are.I
was not planning to make the puppy stay sad and i have been feeling
bad because i knew what next is for you to be skeptical but i can give
you more words and assurance that you will be getting the puppy s once
we settle everything up.So all needed now is your trust
and your full delivery address so that we can proceed asap ..

From Buyer

Ahh I wasn't trying to offend you if I did. I'll need to discuss with my dad as to what address to use. What delivery service are you going to use? What kind of payments do they accept? Thank you for the video. :) She's so cute I may explode.

In my fit of paranoia I searched every picture she had sent me and found the same ones on a reputable breeders website. I feel silly and dumb and I let myself be blinded by cute, fluffy animals. I also couldn't find her anywhere.