Since the hubs and I moved back to the states a few months ago, we have really wanted to adopt a dog, a Weimaraner in particular. These dogs fit our lifestyle for so many reasons that I won’t go into all of them now, but a few of the reasons that I like them are that they are big, intimidating, and very territorial. If someone breaks into my house, I want my dog to do more than just bark and actually do some damage. If the size alone doesn’t scare him away, the deep bark might, and if that doesn’t work, a 95 pound dog running after them and actually biting them should. These are not violent dogs, but when they see that their owner is in harm, they are very protective.
Anyway, the last dog that we had was a rescue Weimaraner, and it was a wonderful dog. It died of old age last year unfortunately. I started looking online for weims in our local shelters recently. No luck there with what we were looking for. So, then the search expanded to the internet classifieds. I found one this Saturday, and I was very excited as the price was far below what full blooded weims are sold for (Red Flag #1). This was the ad that I found on PetStew.com:
I clicked on the “read more,” and this add in the Yakima,WA times came up:
I quickly emailed this off:
thanks for your interest in adopting my puppies they are one male and two female
(Chris,Nina and sally ) 12weeks old updated in all their shots, vet checked AKC register
and also good with kids they love to give kisses and also like playing in the gardens before
I proceed I will like to ask you some questions
-Are you a breeder?
-Do you have kids?
-Are use to puppies?
-Are you sure that you are going to take care of any of my babies?
-Gift me a Brief Description about your Environment?
-Do you have a vet doctor?
-Were exactly are you located?
-Can I have your phone number to reach you?
As you have already seen in the ad, i am giving out them for
adoption since they were owned and taken care of by my wife who
your full name?
your house address?
your post/zip code?
mobile and land line number?
your email address?
in order to drop off the puppies as soon as possible at the delivery agency so that delivery can be done to your home Be reminded that these puppies are for free since puppies are like children and not meant to be sold and all you will have to do is to pay for the shipping fee which is $250 for one puppy including delivery and $500 for two puppies this money will be paid directly to the delivery agency company which will deliver the puppies to your home. My prayer is that you love and care for these puppies just as my wife and i did and we will be always grateful with you if you should.Do let me know i live at SOMERSET KY 42501.as soon as you get
back to me i will send you more picks the puppies will come with.
Worming to date
Insured for 6 weeks
and training aides
And his response including random pics with none that I asked for with my name in them:
since i am located in Kentucky KY and you are far way from me so we are to use a pets shipping company to get the puppy ship over to your home. and you are going to pay $250 for one puppy including shipping to the shipping company before they can proceed shipping of the puppy to your house so if that is OK by you then i will need your full shipping details in other to register the puppy at the shipping company. OK these are the details i will need from you now
Mobile and Land Line Numbers
so these are the details i will need to change the owner ship papers from my names to your names then register the puppy for a home delivery to your home OK the puppies will be shipped from Kentucky KY to your location they will be coming with Leaving
home,Vet Checked,1st Vaccination, AKC registered Pedigree ,Worming to date, Flea
Treatment, Insured for 6 weeks ,Puppy pack: Wet food, Dry food Treats, Toy sand
training aides, Puppy booklet .the delivery is going to take about 8-9hours time depending on how fast you make the payment and also she does not bark a lot, she only barks when she sees a stranger:if you will like the both puppies the delivery fee will
be $500.yes i will cover the vet check and shots.i am given them our because we are very very busy due to the nature of our job,and we don’t want them to stay alone at home that is why we are looking to give the puppy out for a pets lover.i will be using the
Then, I got this in my email (sorry a lot of it was cut off):
Did you notice that the people are completely different than who I was supposedly conversing with via email?
Not long after I got this email, an individual called me who had a thick (I think African) accent (please don’t send me anti-discrimination emails, 1/2 my family has a thick latin accent). He said that he was from the shipping company and wanted to make sure I knew where an Western Union was. I told him that I wasn’t interested anymore and hung up the phone. I was pissed, but what good was me yelling at him over the phone? He was a poor excuse for a human being for doing this to honest people, and one person (the person he was trying to scam) probably wasn’t going to make a difference.
The scary thing is: this whole thing is a scam. Thank goodness, we didn’t fall for it, and I don’t want any of you to either. That is why I’m posting this on my website. I don’t know what else to do other than posting this info on fraud watch forums, and writing about it on my blog. I really HATE people that prey on others’ good intentions. I wanted new dogs really badly, and I made excuses for the bad vibes that I was feeling (and that my husband was also probably feeling).
Never ignore your bad vibes! We get them for a reason!!
According to petfind.com if you do want to purchase or adopt a pet online, here are some ways to protect yourself:
I’m so angry over this. Even though I didn’t lose any money, I feel violated. I really hope these scammers burn in hell (if there is one). And the piece of S^&* guy stole pictures of other legit weims to use as his own. If this was even a guy, I have no idea.
Have any of you been scammed? Or have been close?