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Saturday, October 3, 2009

Pet Relocation Scam

my husband and I almost got duped by this. a girl from facebook posted a picture of her bulldogs. my husband commented on it and then she started contacting my husband saying that she was going to give the puppies to him because she was going to London and she couldnt take care of them anymore. i asked him to ask her where she is from and she said she is from the US. he asked her why of all people, she would be giving it to him when they barely knew each other. after several messages, assuring that she really wants to send the puppies to him (she even mailed him photos of the puppies), she asked for details. i was reading their conversation and i was doubtful of the fact that she is from the US and London is nearer, and why would she ship the puppies to halfway round the world when she can give it away to her neighbors or friends.

she then asked for details, mailing address, phone nos., etc and he asked if he was going to pay for anything. she answered that it's only $100 for the shipping if there would be no personal caretaker for the puppies or $200 if he wants one.my husband said he can only afford $100. and she said it would be okay, and she would just put food in the puppies cages. she said that the courier would ship it direct to our doorstep and the shipper would be emailing us regarding the details and we have to pay first before we deliver. she was in a hurry to get the info and to log off since she said, she was off to book the flight for the puppies.

i was still in doubt about it so we waited for the email to come. i was more in doubt when i read from the email of the supposed carrier that the puppies would be coming from nigeria!!!! and the english was bad--- i thought it would not be possible that a company with bad grammar and with unprofessional english as this would exist. so i did dome googling and never found their website but only found articles and blogs on pet relocation scams. good thing we didn't get too excited about the puppies (which were sooo cute in their photos)

if forgot to mention that i had this gut feeling that it was too good to be true ( getting two bulldogs and paying for it for only $100) when i looked at the girl's profile in facebook. she had no other photo than herself- and no details too...to protect the person, i would only give her first name as shown in her Facebook profile- Sandra - just in case she is innocent.


here is the content of the email from intpet movers" intpetmovers@googlemail.com

INTERNATIONAL PETS DELIVERY AGENCY NIGERIA

INFORMATION ABOUT THE DELIVERY AND RELOCATION OF YOUR PUPPIES
We are professional pet movers responsible for the relocation of pets to their new families.When you contract with us, you are assigned a PERSONAL PET MOVE COUNCILOR who will work with you to arrange the fastest, most direct flight for your pets. We work with your relocation schedule to ensure as smooth a move as possible. We handle all of the following:

(1) Prearrange all necessary flights with major airline companies,ensuring a direct connection when possible.
(2)Make sure that all necessary shots are current and that all paperwork is in place.
(3) Pick up your pets at your airport.
Meet him at the destination airport and deliver him to your home. We wish to inform you that your puppies have been registered to be transported from NIGERIA,LAGOS , To your air port destination and to your information below.


Name: D
Address: --
Telephone number: ---
Country nearest airport: ---phillippines

DEAR CLIENT

WE ONLY DELIVER PUPPIES WHEN CHARGIES ARE BEEN PAID , IF YOU WANT US TO DELIVER YOUR PUPPIES YOU NEED TO PAY FOR THEIR FLIGHT TO YOUR LOCATION . YOU WILL HAVE TO PAY THE SUM OF $100 THROUGH WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER TO THE INFORMATION BELOW AS FAST AS POSSIBLE, SO THAT THE PUPPIES WILL BE SHIP WITH THE NEXT AVAILABLE FLIGHT.


Name.................... .....MR Obafunmi Adekunle
Address.....................129 Isolo,lagos,pmb 31026,NIGERIA
Country.....................Nigeria
Zip Code...........23401
Amount..................$100

EMAIL THE PAYMENT DETAILS TO US FOR CONFIRMATION ONCE THE PAYMENT HAS BEEN MADE AND AS SOON AS WE RECEIVE THE CONFIRMATION,THAT IS (YOU EMAILED TO US THE MTCN AND THE SENDER'S FULL NAMES ),THE FULL DELIVERY SCHEDULE WILL BE SENT TO YOU INCLUDING ALL NECESSARY INFORMATION REGARDING YOUR PUPPIES.

CALL US AT:+2348085818275

General Manager,
Henry Stonebreaker,
THANKS FOR YOUR COOPERATION,
Secretary,
Scarlet Stanstead.

AIR ANIMAL WORLDWIDE PET DELIVERY TEAM, WASHINGTON AIRPORT BRANCH UNITED STATES OF AMERICA .

Airport Contact Information

Tel............ . ...............branch +2348085818275/ (DIAL AS YOU SEE )
Airport Email............... intpet_movers@in.com