Pet Adoption Scam
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Those clever little scammers are constantly coming up with new ways to separate the gullible from their hard-earned dollars.
In the example discussed here, the scammer poses as an evangelist who needs to give away his beloved puppies because he has been transferred to the UK on a mission.
Thus, claims the message, he is looking for a "God-fearing" person to adopt the pups for free.
Of course, anybody foolish enough to express interest in the giveaway would become a prime target for identity theft and might also be tricked into sending money to the scammer.
Most likely, the scammer would request a goodly amount of personal information, ostensibly to check that the applicant could provide a suitable home for the animals. Over time, the scammer may well gain enough personal information to allow him to steal his victim's identity. The scammer would also be likely to invent a series of excuses, such as unexpected vet bills, transport fees or quarantine expenses, as to why the victim needed to send money to ensure delivery of the pups.
It hardly needs to be said that puppies described are nothing more than figments of this slimly scammer's imagination.
An example of the email:
MY NAMES ARE EVANGELIST JOHN LARRY FROM THE DENVER SEMINARY IN THE UNITED STATES. I AND MY DARLING WIFE WERE RECENTLY TRANSFERRED ON A HUMANITARIAN MISSION TO THE UNITED KINGDOM AND WE CAME ALONG WITH OUR BEAUTIFUL PUPPIES WHICH INCLUDES THE YORKIE, ENGLISH BULLDOG AND MALTESE BREED.CONTRARY TO WHAT WE EXPECTED,WE NOTICED THAT THE WEATHER OVER THERE IS TOO HARSE FOR THE PUPPIES.
DUE TO THIS SITUATION COUPLED WITH OUR NEW BUSY ASSIGNMENT,AND WE HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO TAKE GOOD CARE OF THEM THE WAY WE USED TO WHEN WE WERE IN THE UNITED STATES,THEREFORE, WE NEED A GOD FEARING PERSON TO ADOPT ONE OR MORE OF OUR BABIES BACK HOME TO THE UNITED STATES WHERE THEY WILL BE GIVEN LOTS OF TLC(TENDER LOVING CARE).THE PERSON WILL ADOPT OUR PUPS FOR FREE BUT WILL ONLY PAY FOR SHIPPING COST TO HIS NEAREST AIRPORT. WE ARE NOT AFTER MONEY BUT ARE VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THE PETS' WELFARE AND HEALTH CONDITIONS,THAT IS WHY WE ARE GIVING THEM AWAY FOR FREE.
IF YOU FEEL YOU ARE QUALIFIED TO DO THIS AND YOU HAVE A CLEAN AND COMFORTABLE HOME FOR THEM, THEN SEND A RESPONSE TO GOODS_WAREHOUSE2000@YAHOO.COM AND WE WILL EMAIL YOU PICTURES AND MORE INFORMATION ON THE PETS, NOTE THAT ALL THE PETS ARE VERY HEALTHY AND VET CHECKED.
I HOPE TO READ FROM YOU.
EVANGELIST JOHN LARRY.
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posted by Brett Christensen @ 1:50 PM,
- At February 20, 2008 8:15 AM, Another Pn'er said...
This is the second time I have received this email. Can you tell me if this is part of a hoax? I do not know this doctor.
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Subject: !!! ENGLISH BULLDOG & YORKIE AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION !!!
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The message is:
!!! ENGLISH BULLDOG & YORKIE AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION !!!
My name is Dr.Ashley S. Collins,I am a Consultant
Gynecologist Surgeon and Oncologist Doctor i work for
different prominent hospital and My late Grandma was a puppy
breeder, She died about 4 months ago and she left 2 Female
English Bulldog,2 Female Yorkshire Terrier and 1 Male behind
one of which recently had a litter 3 yorkie puppies,They are
so adorable,Due to my job as a medical doctor do not allow
me to take good care of these babies,I would have love to
take care of them myself but due to the nature of my job i
do hardly have time for my self,So i want to find them
caring & loving parent willing to adopt, if you interested
in having one of them, please contact me immediately,for
more details and information.
Dr.Ashley S. Collins