Trading standards warn of 'Cameroon Puppy Scam'

Dec 12, 2008 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Western Morning News

Cornwall Trading Standards is warning the public to be on the look-out for international fraudsters scamming people into parting with money for non-existent dogs and puppies - known as the 'Cameroon Puppy ...

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Amy

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I was dumb enough to be scammed into puttin g$400 toward a little puppy supposedly from an american working in cameroon who just got transfered to work for the World Health Organization. They convinced me to purchase the puppy for $120 (dumb on my part) and promised she would come with all of her papers and shots. Once she supposedly was booked for flight I recieved and itinerary and shortly after I got an email for AKC in Cameroon stating that her travel insurance expired and I would have to pay $763.00 I didn't have the money so the person name Jarrod Scragg who was "selling" me the puppy said I could pay $140 and he would pay the rest of the fully refundable fee. I then got another email the next day stating that my puppy was in France and due to sever weather conditions in the US would not be permitted to travel in the crate that she was originally shipped in so I would have to pay $422 fully refundable to rent the necessary thermal electronic crate. I payed $140 and Jarrod supposedly payed the rest. Of which I would return to him when I got her in the US. I called Air France the next day when I did not recieve her and they stated that their have been many scams related to puppy shipments from cameroon. I replyed to all of the ppl who had been emailing me and told them that I new they were lying. They then forwarded me and email from Pet Smart in Atlanta and stated that my puppy had made it to the US but was now being quarantened for a few days due to the bird flue... I looked this up on line and this happened in atlanta in 2007... I felt quite dumb...and figured I would share the situation with ppl to hopefully help someone else avoid being as DUMB as I was.
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Dumb is an understatement. How ignorant can you be? It was obvious from the very beginning it was a scam. Rule #1....don't buy animals from idiots that promise to "ship" the animal to you! Rule #2....do your research!!!!! Rule #3...if you don't have sence enough to figure out a scam, stay off the internet and have your parents explain it to you. I'm sure they raised you better than that but obviously you weren't listening!!!!!!!
Aliyah Grace

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Listen.. don't yell at her, she admitted she did something dumb, good grief. She posted it so others wouldn't do the same, so that when they did their research they would see her silly mistake. Guess what miss Yolanda, you aren't perfect either. You might be able to tell a scam but I am sure you have made silly mistakes in your lifetime. Give her a break.
Mark

United States

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Yolanda - Don't be so harsh. Amy won't be the first or last person to be scammed by those 'Cameroon' idiots. That's why there are sites like this to warn others of these types of scams. It's idiots like you who will cause other to think twice about warning others. Who wants to post a warning, if some bonehead decides to blame the poster for their mistake?
Michael

Long Beach, CA

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Feb 7, 2009
 
For most scam to work "GREED" has to be involved. There is nothing "FREE" in life.
Jessica

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Mar 16, 2009
 
Hi Amy,
I live in Wisconsin and the EXACT same thing happened to me when trying to purchase a yorkie puppy.I was trying to get her from a woman who lives in Cameroon. I feel dumb, and I just don't know how those people can be so heartless. I was heart broken, and out over $400. They were trying to get me to pay another $550, but that's when I learned it was a scam. Did you take any legal actions against them? I'm lost with what to do at this point.
jessakash

Canada

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Mar 22, 2009
 
many many people are being scammed many intelligent trusting people .
Not everyone knows about these puppy
scams if they did there would be no more scammers.
Let up Yolanda , it took a lot of guts to get on the internet and tell the world you make an mistake. Amy did this to HELP others so it wouldn't happen to them.
How did you find oout about puppy scams?????
Jen

Syracuse, NY

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Mar 22, 2009
 
and for all of you people on here looking for a cute puppy,they have cute animals at your local shelters.puppies included and there all set for you already spayed and neutered and had been checked by vets already.just looking for a good home.if yous want go to my url its myspace.com/shelteranimals or email me if any of yous have questions on how to adopt an animal from a shelter its pleasehelpanimals620@yahoo.com .just atleast look at my website and most of yous probily would change your mind about getting puppies through the internet or breeders.and atleast go to your local shelters and look at the doggies there i know yous would fall in love with them.
money amker

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i am scamer in cameroon.i want to let all the white men know that we will conti8nue to scam them until we will recover from the slave work our grand parents did ti them
angry victim

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money amker wrote:
i am scamer in cameroon.i want to let all the white men know that we will conti8nue to scam them until we will recover from the slave work our grand parents did ti them
You are an idiot!!! Its not our fault you scum, to what happened to your grand parents did as slaves. You will get caught and you will pay for everything you people have done to all the innocent people that had nothing to do with your grandparents. if you dont pay here on earth you will have a higher power to face.
angry victim

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money amker wrote:
i am scamer in cameroon.i want to let all the white men know that we will conti8nue to scam them until we will recover from the slave work our grand parents did ti them
Learn how to spell you idiot!!!!!!!!!!
Von1950

Henderson, NV

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Jun 2, 2009
 
I just wanted everyone to know I'm the biggest fool I just go scam from Cameroon puppies I really
it was all true until I a call from Airline askinf
for 450.00 when I first was ask for 80.00 I shipped than as ask to see 100.00 did that because
they were paying for everything els than I was told son has cancer than when I got the call today
son has died and they had to take care of that and
just left the puppies to be shipped that when I
had a feeling something was wrong.This was the first and last time I really beleive these it was
God this God that. Do not respond to luxmavel@yahoo.com lier lier
sharon

Ware Shoals, SC

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Jun 8, 2009
 
i was scammed for 911.00 for a pug puppy and supposivly they caught the guys and giving me a settlement but i cant belive it is true. what should i do
sharon

Ware Shoals, SC

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Jun 8, 2009
 
money amker wrote:
i am scamer in cameroon.i want to let all the white men know that we will conti8nue to scam them until we will recover from the slave work our grand parents did ti them
i am african american and i think what you are doing is sick and cruel. the only thing you are going to get out of it is trouble. i think you are wrong in what you are doing and this is not going to change what happend many many years ago. we just have to go on and be happy that we have a president that is going to do good for this world.
Wish4puppy

Wellington, New Zealand

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Jul 8, 2009
 
When I first answered some of these ads for cheap puppies, I got a bit suspicious, when I saw that they where coming from Cameroon. So I googled Cameroon and puppy, and OMG up came all these puppy scams, going back for years now.
As I was looking for a puppy for my daughter who is sick, I did not want to waste all my money on a puppy that would not come.
I emailed them back, and said, that I could not afford to pay for a puppy if it was a scam, as I was a single parent, with a sick child. They assurred me I would get my puppy, and my child would have her playmate.
I then suggested instead of using Western Union or Money gram as they suggested, using a escrow service. They would 100% get their money when I got my puppy and I agreed to pay the escrow service.

Guess what, I never heard back from them.

I am glad I took a minute to educate myself!
Bo Hut

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Jul 17, 2009
 
We have been scammed too now. I wish I would have read this before we sent $200 dollars for a Yorki. To Cameroon of course. Same thing happend to us, we paid for the puppy and then shortly after they responded about the inurance scam. We went to Western Union and asked their oppinion. Of course we were stupid to even think this was good. Then of course the guy we were buying from at romeo_brain01@yahoo.com, tried to swear on his life that he wasn't a scam artist. They tried sending us the dog thru France, and when I called them on it, they said we could get a direct flight into Phoenix. Ya right, we went there and of course no dog. Now he's tried to say we needed an electric crate too. I'm done with this idiot Dont be fulled either. Bo
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Hamilton, Canada

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Jul 30, 2009
 
yes I too was almost scammed! this was for a parrot on kijiji .In one hour i received numerous emails and a phone-call that the bird was already at the airport and send money! Report it to the B.B.B. I alerted it to kijiji and to the scammer that the jig was up-his reply was ---- you! and I messed with the wrong person -and he was a hacker!
So as the old saying goes-if its too good to be true-it probably is-buyer beware!
Preyed on by Cameroon
robb

Wentzville, MO

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Sep 2, 2009
 
ripped off on a leopard tortoise for 1000 told it was achristian tortoise sent to airport and then same cage\insurance\airline blurb makes me glad they have a new strain of aids virus
anon

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Never never buy a dog or animal over the internet. Never buy one unless you can SEE the place and the parents.
FeFe

AOL

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Sep 12, 2009
 
[hey i was scammed by the same thing i was also trying to get some yorkies and they told me i had to send $150 to the airport for the traveling crate then as soon as i sent that they sent the itineray saming what flight they were going to be on as soon as i got that they was soppose to be sent fron camooron to france then fron france to atlanta and fron atlanta to bama. Then i get a email from the france airpirt saying the puppies need insurance and i would have to pay $550 to get them to send them to the states. The man also said try to come up with as much monet as you can and what you don't send i can come up with the rest.I felt really stupid because i had to drive an hour and a half to go to the airport jst to hear that their wasn't any puppies and i didn't the email fronm the france airport until later on that night

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