419 scam - Pet seller scam
One variant of the advance fee fraud is where someone offers pets for sale and you are to send cash upfront, without ever receiving the pets. Never send money to strangers by Western Union or MoneyGram, because it's untraceable. Never buy pets from a foreign country, unless you're a professional importer.
The scammers first charge some price or "adoption fee", then they tell there are problems with the shipping. You may receive emails supposedly from the airline or a customs officer telling you the animals are stuck in quarantaine at some airport and will stay there until you pay another fee. It goes on and on, but the animals never arrive because they don't exist.
We've seen the pet seller scam mostly involving sellers in Cameroon but also in Nigeria and other West African countries. Whatever pictures they show you are just taken off the Internet.
The following emails are part of Advance Fee Scams. See our "419" fraud FAQ for more information on such scams.
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This one had been posted on Craigslist:
THANKS FOR THE MAIL IN REGARDS OF MY BABIES QUEEN AND KING, MY BABIES ARE 12 WEEKS OLD,VET CHECKED AND THEY WILL BE COMING WITH ALL THEIR PAPERS,PLAY TOYS,CLOTHS,FOOD MENU.AND THESE BABIES ARE USE TO KIDS AND OTHER PETS.QUEEN IS THE FEMALE AND KING IS THE MALE.ABOVE ALL MY BABIES ARE FREE FROM QUARANTINE.SO YOU WILL HAVE TO PROMISE ME THAT YOU WILL PROVIDE LOVE AND CARE FOR MY BABIES. THAT IS ALL I NEED FOR MY BABIES.SO IF YOU CAN PROVIDE A LOVING AND CARING HOME FOR MY BABIES THEN THAT WILL BE VERY FINE. I AM LOCATED IN VICTORIA CAMEROON.I ADOPTED THESE BABIES FROM A MAN IN THE UK CALLED DERICK YOU,AND I WILL LIKE TO ASK YOU THE FOLLOWING QUESTION IN REGARDS TO MY BABIES BEFORE I CAN GIVE THEM TO YOU.
-WILL YOU BE ABLE TO SPOIL MY BABIES??
-ARE YOU USE TO PETS??
-HAVE YOU EVER ADOPTED A PET(S) BEFORE??
-CAN YOU AFFORD THE ADOPTION FEE ($200.00)??
-ARE YOU LOCATED IN THE USA OR UK??
-WILL YOU SPEND MUCH TIME WITH THIS BABIES??
-WILL YOU SEND ME PICS AFTER YOU HAVE ADOPTED THEM??
-WILL YOU ADOPT BOTH OR JUST ONE??
SO YOU WILL HAVE TO GET BACK WITH THE ANSWERS TO THESE QUESTIONS AND I WILL LET YOU KNOW HOW YOU WILL HAVE THESE BABIES. AND I WILL SEND YOU PICTURES OF QUEEN AND KING.SO I WILL BE WAITING TO READ FROM YOU SOON.
Kelly White, Nigeria (email@example.com)
I am sorry the English bulldog babies have been adopted,hopefully i will be having a new litter by may next year,if you would be interested in adopting else where i could refer you to my old client who adopted the 2 Bulldogs (1 Male and 1 Female) from me 4 weeks ago he is a doctor and was formally with,International Federation Of Red Cross and Crescent Societies. Dallas Area Chapter,4800 Harry Hines Boulevard, Dallas,75234,TEXAS.
Part of their project is a joint initiative of International HIV/AIDS Alliance which is been sponsored by World Health Organisation(WHO) and World Bank.He is part of the NGO(Non Governmental Organisation)movement and have just been transfered to West Africa to head a Center in Nigeria.
Before leaving for Nigeria he adopted 2 English bulldog babies from me,but due to his work in Africa which has created less time for him to take good care of the puppies he has asked me to help him put the 2 adorable babies for adoption on the Yahoo Classifieds.
All you have to do is pay the cost of Adoption/shipping,the puppies are currently 14 weeks old and are Akc registered,with complete papers.He is presently in Nigeria with the puppies,contact him immediately if you are interested.You can reach him at th contact informatons below.
Full names:Doctor Kelly White
Address: 2800 king street,Lagos.Nigeria.
Zipe code: 23401
He will provide you with all the details of the puppies.Kindly tell him that the breeder whom he asked to help him put up an awareness as regard the adoption reffered you.
All the best
Joy Adams, Nigeria (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The following sample is extremely typical for the scam format:
Date: Thu, 10 Sep 2009 19:08:34 +0800 (SGT)
From: Rev Joy Adams
Subject: my puppies for adoption
I'm Joy,I and my husband are on a Christian
missionary work to west Africa and i came
along with our teacup Yorkshire terrier
babies.after a while, i notice that the
African weather is not good for the
puppies.i need someone to adopt both and
take care of them.they are akc
registered:teacup.home raised,vaccines &
health guaranteed.hope to hear from you
soon please send me your response. Rev Joy