Beware of Internet Puppy Scam

Talk Back: Post a comment on this article By Ken Amaro First Coast News JACKSONVILLE, FL -- Puppies are cute, adorable and bait in the latest Internet scam. Full Story
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“one foot over the line”

Since: Jul 07

cans a sh!tty m!ssery

#1 Feb 11, 2008
ha.... I was looking for a bulldog and came accross this same scam.... we knew it was a scam from the start.... the lady said all they wanted was a 300 plane ticket for the puppy and that the dog could be here in six hours from south africa...

what is the old addage....

If something is too good to be true, it probably is...

“3 words changed my life ”

Since: Nov 07

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#2 Feb 11, 2008
cletus ross wrote:
ha.... I was looking for a bulldog and came accross this same scam.... we knew it was a scam from the start.... the lady said all they wanted was a 300 plane ticket for the puppy and that the dog could be here in six hours from south africa...
what is the old addage....
If something is too good to be true, it probably is...
how many times does this type of scam have to be in the news before people stop falling for it! whether its puppies or cashing a check from another country and getting to keep some of the cash..etc..etc..
Klepto

Gainesville, FL

#3 Feb 11, 2008
I came across this same thing recently and just to go along with it I asked for proof that they were legit. I was forwarded some bogus looking website that had dogs from another site that i had seen. I think that the whole thing is a bit funny, of course not for the people that are actually getting scammed. Puppy Buying 101 - do it locally, see what is is in person that you are getting, and never ever pay something up front and not have a guarantee that you are getting exactly what it is you want. Like Cletus Rose said: If something is too good to be true, it probably is
homeowner 32210

United States

#4 Feb 11, 2008
I can tell you right from the start it was a scam just by reading the info. and when ever people want money up front its as scam very sad too cause people get caught up in these type of scams and don't realize it until its too late to get their money back in which they will never see and its hard to trace them ..
Angel

United States

#5 Feb 11, 2008
why would you buy from anyone from another country? then what if they have diseases? they have to corintened, however you spell it...

buy from the U.S.A, besides it keeps our costs down, it should anyway, lol..

In general, dont be fooled by the foreign idiots.

“Wake up America! ”

Since: Nov 07

Orange Park, Fl.

#6 Feb 11, 2008
A few month back, I was selling my old camera on Amazon and got an offer from a guy spuuosedly buying it for a friend in Nigeria. He even had his page set up with the Amazon logo on it. It too offered more money than the asking price (to cover overseas shipping costs). When I said that I would not ship until payment was received, I got an email, allegedly from Amazon, saying that they had and were holding an amount of money that was almost triple the asking price. This email had a number of mispellings and gramatic errors so I contacted Amazon for verification. They had no such transaction on file and cautioned me not to ship the camera. I never heard from the guy again, but I did file a report with the postal service and the FBI internet fraud division. These guys are really slick.
Nena

Minneapolis, MN

#7 Feb 11, 2008
This is soooo common sense. Why would you want to buy a puppy from another state or country and expect them to fly it there? They're not gonna do that, and It's not hard to figure out that all they're going to do is KEEP the money. Idiots....

“It's not about me.”

Since: Nov 07

Jacksonville

#8 Feb 11, 2008
What an idiot. Everybody knows those African puppies are crooks.

“Making You Want to Report Me ”

Since: Dec 07

Brooklyn, NY

#9 Feb 11, 2008
It amazes me how stupid people can be. They deserve to get their money taken.
Puppies

Jacksonville, FL

#10 Feb 11, 2008
I am selling puppies on a legit website puggle.org and got and email from a person saying they wanted to buy a puppy and would send there shipper to pick it up. they were going to send $2500 for a $800 dog and said the rest of the money we were to give to the shipper. He said he sent the money today. who can i contact to report him.
gageanimal

Goose Creek, SC

#11 Feb 11, 2008
My area of responsibility while I worked for the State Dept. was Africa...dam I would have loved a 6 hour flight!!

“one foot over the line”

Since: Jul 07

cans a sh!tty m!ssery

#12 Feb 11, 2008
gageanimal wrote:
My area of responsibility while I worked for the State Dept. was Africa...dam I would have loved a 6 hour flight!!
lol
A Child of God

United States

#13 Feb 11, 2008
Well, buyer beware, as always, but why not adopt a dog from Animal Care and Control? Those poor babies need homes and love just as much as a "pure breed" dog. Three of my six dogs are from there and they are the best, sweetest, most grateful dogs I own. There are just too many dogs being born, so please SPAY AND NEUTER your pets!

“one foot over the line”

Since: Jul 07

cans a sh!tty m!ssery

#14 Feb 11, 2008
I get sick from seeing all these roadside breeders here in jax.... I think the city should step up and do something about it.... license the breeders.... start ticketing the people selling them on the roadside, hell get the IRS involved in the tax evasion angle of it.... it needs to stop. now everyone and their brother are breeders
Jose Cuervo

Jacksonville, FL

#15 Feb 11, 2008
Eese theese what is called a "hot dog"?
Andy B

United States

#16 Feb 28, 2008
I almost got sucked into this too- and you're right- if it sounds to good to be true, it probably is. This guys gave me a line about working for some International organization that works with wildlife in Cameroon, Africa. The price was $242 for shipping- even sent cute pictures of all the dogs! His name is Patrick Tramage is the email was ptramage@yahoo.com so don't fall for it! I caught myself before I separated with any money.

“one foot over the line”

Since: Jul 07

cans a sh!tty m!ssery

#17 Feb 28, 2008
Andy B wrote:
I almost got sucked into this too- and you're right- if it sounds to good to be true, it probably is. This guys gave me a line about working for some International organization that works with wildlife in Cameroon, Africa. The price was $242 for shipping- even sent cute pictures of all the dogs! His name is Patrick Tramage is the email was ptramage@yahoo.com so don't fall for it! I caught myself before I separated with any money.
yup, exact same!!! dont remember the name but same
Pat D

Raleigh, NC

#18 Apr 3, 2008
Watch out for this one too"cathy cole" <adoptionplace@gmail.com >. The story got worse and worse the more I talked to her (if a her). She claims to have english bulldogs, teacup yorkies and a parrot. They are all deaf so no phone and they can not even spell. Probably not American either. The address she gave me is right next door to a homeless shelter. Nice, give them internet access to steal money from people!!!
NH Fools

Milford, NH

#19 Apr 23, 2008
Pat D wrote:
Watch out for this one too"cathy cole" <adoptionplace@gmail.com >. The story got worse and worse the more I talked to her (if a her). She claims to have english bulldogs, teacup yorkies and a parrot. They are all deaf so no phone and they can not even spell. Probably not American either. The address she gave me is right next door to a homeless shelter. Nice, give them internet access to steal money from people!!!
We almost fell for it also. If it wasn't for the horrible english or the Western union payment, yelling scam!! Those pictures looked like show dogs for the price of homeless ones. I'm glad for the internet and Date-line teaching me about scams. Good job helping us confirm it.
Im a Bozo

Tobyhanna, PA

#20 May 8, 2008
We got an email from ptramage@yahoo.com too..offering free english bulldog puppies..coming from cameroon..for some dumb reason we never suspected anything until after we sent $125 of the $242 they wanted..Then after he/she was reported to the fbi, I found a fraud website that had some of the same pictures that were emailed to us....Talking about wanting to kick yourself..Now this supposed airline is still emailing us. Today was an email saying that afafa keliv paid $2275.00. Which was for accomodation and insurance and that they want our full address and I told them that I wasn't falling for it and sending any of our personal information. But what else can we do? It was probably two weeks since our last message prior to todays, so it seems even more fishy and we thought that they had finally left us alone after they were reported to the fbi and everything...Please help!

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