Sunday, August 16, 2009

Pet Transport and Free Classified Ad FRAUD

There are many sites on the Internet which allow FREE classified ads. It is as simple as going to a site and placing an ad for anything for FREE. This creates a very unsafe environment for the public, ads can be placed without any back round check or screening. Pet shipping and Pet Transport companies along with the public have been dealing with the fallout from these "FREE" ad sites for years now. Sites like Kijiji.com, Craigslist.org and the like are really allowing this FRAUD to fester. Even when these sites are alerted of these fraudulent ads they seem to ignore the WARNINGS. Free puppy adoption and pet adoption SCAMS can be found on all of these FREE classified ad sites, they are easily found with a quick search, yet WARNINGS placed on these sites are quickly taken down by the administrators. It almost seems like they are encouraging this kind of thing. On this blog the ads to the right often are placed by Kijiji and they read like this "Adopt Pets for Free
Buy, Sell and Adopt Pets Free 100% Free Pet Classifieds at Kijiji " this is why this kind of FRAUD continues, again it almost seems like they encourage this kind of activity. We have taken many steps to try to protect the public from this criminal activity, until these sites step up and do a better job of policing their sites it is safe to say that this FRAUD will continue. If something does not sound on the "up and up" it most likely is not, any FREE ad offering pet adoption should be looked at as suspect. Any pet shipping service must be completely researched before you send money to anyone. Pure bred puppies, exotic birds baby monkeys etc... are expensive they are not given away for a couple of hundred dollars for the "shipping charges". As I always say "if it sounds to good too be true, it probably is".

35 comments:

Vanessa said...

I put an ad on Kijiji.com and a lady by the name of Selina Ramos, did something a little different she said she wanted my $100. pitbull but was hearing impaired and she will pay whatever the amount was....then she said she lived in Oklahoma...she UPS me a check for $1950. and said to cash it and take out what I needed and Western Union the rest to an address in Mississippi....the check was a company check from KY and the return address on the envelope was from NC...now at this time i was very concerned and googled the company name on the check and i was a legite company but the number was disco'd...i ripped up the check and cried and was so hurt and emailed her back asking 100 questions...now i get no reesponse from them.....

tiffy_x3 said...

Vanessa I need your help!!! I am currently going throught the same thing. I am selling Siberian Huskies and this selina ramos person e-mailed me saying the same thing. Everything is done and she said I would get the check by monday or tuesday. Im kinda scared, she asked for my imformation and now she has my name, address, telephone. If it wasn't for your blog ( I alway google the people who are buying my dogs) I don't know what I would've done. I really need your help though. I don't know what to do. Who is this person and what thoes she want?!?!? I'm scared. Can anyone help!?!?

sheltiegirl said...

I just received 2 e-mails from Selina Ramos in Oklahoma, telling me that she wanted my sheltie pup and would be sending me a cashier check. I had e-mailed her to say that someone else was interested but she still wanted to send a shipping company to my door to pick up the puppy. She claimed to be hearing impaired and wanted the dog for her 10 yr.old daughter. She painted a heartwarming story about how my puppy would be cared for and meanwhile it was just a scam. Thank-you so much for posting, I almost fell for it!

Brenda Trinka said...

10/07/2010 I had a rott puppy Champion Mom for sale 1,500.00. Selina sent me a check for 1,950.00and instructions for a refund to her shipping agent.
I emailed a complaint with FBI site is ic3.gov on scams. I have my case number back from them. I am to save that case file number all checks, all ups packages all emails. When they arrest her they need all your proof so she will get life in jail along with her friends. You must file all scams and save all connected to scam. If you rip it up, get it, tape it, save it. File a complaint.

Captivity and Bottlenose Dolphins: Why it is Wrong said...

The same lady (Selina Ramos) keeps saying she is interested in one of my pit bull puppies but keeps dragging it out and saying she will be sending me a money order for the amount and she will be having someone come to my door to pick up the puppy....I believe she is a scam. I received a FEDEX overnighted package with a check for $1,950 signed to me with the name Harvey Smith from the Methodist Hospital in Houston, TX. I called the hospital and they confirmed the check was a fraud. What a horrible person...I've been holding this puppy for her/him for 3 weeks when I could have been finding it a REAL home.....

christine said...

I am so very glad that I read these posts on Selina Ramos. I received an e-mail from Selina Ramos offering to buy one of my Standard Poodle puppies.

To the lady with the FBI case, please let me know if you can use any help to get this person, as she just e-mailed and we are still communicating. You can contact me at mbcts@comcast.net


This is her e-mail address
selinaramos77777@googlemail.com

I clicked on the details of the e-mail address and it came up that it was a google address out of Pennsylvania.

This is the e-mail message she sent me.

How is the pet doing today?I am glad to read back from you and many
thanks to your response and for the brief description about the petI
live in Oklahoma.I am gifted with one female child, she cherish pet a
lot and she spent most of her time with our neighbor's pet and i have
promised her a loving and adorable pet which happen to be your pet
because it's very lovely and adorable pet,so i will want you to
consider my family for the adoption.I am capable of any price.i really
love to have your pet to be part of my loving family because we don't
have any pet that we are rearing for now and our house was wood fence
about 10.87ft high and we have a very large yard where pet can play
and roam around comfortably if necessary. I can assure you a safety
and caring home for your adorable pet and i can as well assure you
that i will be sending you the pics of the lovely pet to you after he
gets down to our family so that you will know how caring we are for
pet because we are not a pet abuser.

As regard that shipping of the pet,i will take care of that because
i have a reliable and competent pet shipping company that will come to
your door step for the pick up of the pet after you might have receive
the payment,so you don't have to be bother about the shipping because
the shipping company will handle it with care,trust me...Attach is the
picture of me and my Daughter for you to view..I will be sending you a
money order for your payment and i will like to proceed to payment as
i will need you to provide me with your full payment information such
as:

Your full name to be written on the cashier check
Physical contact address
Your area zip code
Your Phone numbers for smooth communication

N:B.....Sorry to let you know that i am a deaf hearing
but,i will tell my husband to call you if necessary.Hope to hearing
back from you as soon a possible.

Best Regards.

Either way, I pray that you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!!!

ted said...

she must be on to you now because she just stopped e-mailing after I called "her" Dick Breath. but shit if anyone knows a good site to post a Blue Pit Bull pup let me know. i'm in southeast Iowa

Otis16keith said...

I recently received an inquiry about my cat on petfinder.com from a Mr. Yunus S. Duckwall who very much sounds like Selina Ramos.

This is his email address: yunusalisu2008@hotmail.com

This was the email message sent to me.

The first message:

Hello,
I saw your advert on pet finder and i am very interested in adopting your lovely pet to be part of my family.I will like you to send me their price so that i will know the exact one i needed.
Hope to read from you soon.

Thanks

Mr Yunus S Duckwall

and the second message:

How are you doing there today?I am glad to read back from you.I live in Gillette WY.I am gifted with one female child Tina, she cherish pet a lot and she spent most of her time with our neighbor's pet and i have promised her your pet ,so i will want you to consider my family for the adoption.I am capable for the price for the pet .i really love to have your pet to be part of my lovely family because i don't have pet that i am rearing for now and our house was wood fence about 10.87ft high and we have a very large yard where pet can play and roam around comfortably if necessary. I can assure you a safety and caring home for your adorable pet and i can as well assure you that i will be sending you the pics of the lovely pet to you after he gets down to our family so that you will know how caring we are for pet because we are not a pet abuser. As regard that shipping of the pet,i will take care of that because i have a reliable and competent pet shipping company that will come to your door step for the pick up of the pet after you might have receive the payment,so you don't have to be bother about the shipping because the shipping company will handle it with care,I will be sending you a Cashier check for your payment and i will like to proceed to payment as i will need you to provide me with your full payment information . Hope to hearing back from you as soon as possible.

For Payment, Get back with the below details

1- Name to be written on the certified check
2- Mailing address , No p.o.box
3- Phone Number
4- City
5- Zip Code
6- State

Regards From me and my family

Mr Yunus S Duckwall


*Do not do business with this person and always ask for references from a veterinarian or friend no matter how friendly they sound.

Courtney Schoenfeld said...

I got an email from Duckwall also. I knew it was a scam! I never replied because I'm adopting out cats for $25. I'm not shipping them anywhere, you know?

The Short Family said...

I have also received an e-mail from Yunus. I figured it was a scam and did not reply... all i have received are scams about my pet I am trying to rehome. Along with an e-mail from Sharron William.

Otis16keith said...

I am glad to see that my post has outed Duckwall for what he really is. However, replying to these people gets more information about them, and that is after all my goal, to stop them from taking people's money and warn the public. Everyone knows you found this site by typing Yunus S. Duckwall into Google. Thanks for the quick feed Google.

Sarah said...

Unbelievable! I recently got the same exact email from Yunus S Duckwall. What is the deal? Is he doing something horrible to these animals or just trying to get info to do identity thief. I'm so glad I googled his name. So sad!
Concerned Pet Lover

Carol said...

OMG! I am so ashamed I never thought. I also recieved email for pet from Duckwall. I was excited to hear so quickly that someone wanted him. Called my daughter in law to give her info. She Googled the name. Unbelievable! These people should be tracked down and prosecuted.

cynthia said...

Ok, so I put an add on ebayclassified.com and I recieved an emal from selinaramos7777 asking about adoption and that she saw it on kijiji.com. That's for Canada. I was super excited. I am selling Weimeraner puppies and she said she had a daughter and was deaf and everything else that I've read on all the comments. I have been emailing her for many days now. She also sent me pictures of the 3 of them. I'm sure they are fakes. She fedex the package overnight priority for 1850.00 and I was to pay 1400 to the shipping company. The shipping company emailed me saying they have done business before and had to have the money before they could pick him up. I was given a name and address to western union the money. The receiver's name is Jonathon Cruz and I have an address and all. I got the check and went to the bank and they wouldn't cash it because it was printed upside down. I emailed them, but haven't heard back yet. I told them if they wanted the puppy they could only western union me the money. No word yet.Thanks everyone.

Shelby said...

I got the EXACT same emails from them as well regarding my pitbull mix puppy. As well as another email from this Tracy, who's sentences and wording was very similar I was very skeptical of these people and told them we do not ship our pets out of the country (Canada), which is the truth. I had the feeling this was a scam so I googled the names and had the same reaction as everyone else.

Bonnie said...

I got two e-mails (both scammers for pet transport fees). One is from yunusalisu2008@hotmail.com named: Yunus S. Duckwall; the other a few weeks ago from a Michelle Lawson Michelle.lawson0001@yahoo.com. This is a great way to post some of these crooks. It is funny how they all use the same format and phrases in their e-mails. Mrs. Rickhein

new button said...

I posted an ad on Petfinder.com for my cats and I just got a response from yunusalisu2008@hotmail.com that said
Hello,
I saw your advert on pet finder and i am very interested in adopting your lovely pet to be part of my family.I will like you to send me their price so that i will know the exact one i needed.
Hope to read from you soon.

Thanks

Mr Yunus S Duckwall

I am so glad that I decided to google the email address! I found this site and see that it's a scammer. Does anyone know how to report this?

new button said...

Here's the follow up email I just received from this Yunus Duckwall:

     How are you doing there today?I am glad to read back from you.I live in Gillette WY.I am gifted with one female child Tina, she cherish pet a lot and she spent most of her time with our neighbor's pet and i have promised her your pet ,so i will want you to consider my family for the adoption.I am capable for the price for the pet .i really love to have your pet to be part of my lovely family because i don't have pet that i am rearing for now and our house was wood fence about 10.87ft high and we have a very large yard where pet can play and roam around comfortably if necessary. I can assure you a safety and caring home for your adorable pet and i can as well assure you that i will be sending you the pics of the lovely pet to you after he gets down to our family so that you will know how caring we are for pet because we are not a pet abuser. As regard that shipping of the pet,i will take care of that because i have a reliable and competent pet shipping company that will come to your door step for the pick up of the pet after you might have receive the payment,so you don't have to be bother about the shipping because the shipping company will handle it with care,I will be sending you a Cashier check for your payment and i will like to proceed to payment as i will need you to provide me with your full payment information .Hope to hearing back from you as soon as possible.

For Payment, Get back with the below details

1- Name to be written on the certified check
2- Mailing address , No p.o.box
3- Phone Number
4- City
5- Zip Code
6- State

Regards From me and my family

Yunus S Duckwall


Date: Mon, 21 Mar 2011 09:32:20 -0400
Subject: Re: Email about Eleanor Rigby
From: lclark79@gmail.com
To: yunusalisu2008@hotmail.com

Hi Yunus,
 Would you be able to tell me a little about yourself and your family? We want to make sure our pets find a home that would really fit them. Thank you.
 
Leigh Anne

On Mon, Mar 21, 2011 at 6:09 AM, Petfinder.com E-mail wrote:
Petfinder Classified Ads: you have received an email from: yunusalisu2008@hotmail.com.
 Hello,
     I saw your advert on pet  finder and i am very interested in adopting your lovely pet to be part of my family.I will like you to send me their price so that i will know the exact one i needed.
 Hope to read from you soon.

Thanks

Mr Yunus S Duckwall

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It looks like the same email all of you have received. Please be aware of this scammer!

MARILYN said...

Thank you for the info. It sounds pretty user friendly. I guess I’ll pick one up for fun. thank u

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Tisa said...

I have received Three emails regarding one of our pups who happens to be deaf. We used PetFinder.com thinking it would be safe. The first one I was excited to hear it was for his daughters birthday. She had fallen in love with the picture. Then the shipping questions began. They had a safe carrier to ship her to Oklahoma. My first thought was, WHY would you spend all that money on a $30 deaf dog? Then I the second one came. Same story but for his son. Almost word for word same response about the carrier. I then stopped answering them. Today I get one fromMr Yunus S Duckwall. Just the name sent up red flags! So I googled him and her I find this blog. I assume they have no interest in pup just a money scam?

justhary said...

I also received a message from Yunas Duckwall. Name alone I figured it was a scam. His message sounded alot like one I got from a Susan Canon, only she is in Nevada, the pet is for her daughters birthday last weekend, and her husband knows a pet shipping company. I told her I require references and that I will not ship. The more she wrote the more I figured scam. Who would pay for shipping of a pet from WI to NE sight unseen.
I also got a message from a courtney smith who says she lost her pet on the way vet. Hinkey.

Coldballs said...

I also have received a request to ship my "kitten" to Canada from CA. from Yunus. Same yard dimensions that are shown here, except in Vancouver Canada. It seemed strange, so starting doing research & found this blog, glad I did.

Wasn't planning to ship a cat to Canada & this site verifies my judgement.

Thank you,

Rod

joeydog said...

Thanks for alerting me about these creeps. I just want people to know they're still doing it.I got the following reply to my ad for a dog I"m trying to find a home for on Petfinder.

"Petfinder Classified Ads: you have received an email from: yunusalisu2008@hotmail.com.
Hello,
I saw your advert on pet finder and i am very interested in adopting your lovely pet to be part of my family.I will like you to send me their price so that i will know the exact one i needed.
Hope to read from you soon.

Thanks

Mr Yunus S Duckwall"

Un Guayaco en Nueva York said...

Received the same e-mail from yunusalisu2008@yahoo.com! beware!

Tabatha said...

I also received that exact email from Duckwall. Glad I found this webpage!! Thanks for keeping everyone posted!!

Clotho said...

I just received this one today.


How is the pet doing today?I am glad to read back from you.I live in Oklahoma.I am gifted with one female child, she cherish pet a lot and she spent most of her time with our neighbor's pet and i have promised her a loving and adorable pet which happen to be your pet because it's very lovely and adorable pet,so i will want you to consider my family for the adoption.I am capable of any price.i really love to have your pet to be part of my loving family because we don't have any pet that we are rearing for now and our house was wood fence about 10.87ft high and we have a very large yard where pet can play and roam around comfortably if necessary. I can assure you a safety and caring home for your adorable pet and i can as well assure you that i will be sending you the pics of the lovely pet to you after he gets down to our family so that you will know how caring we are for pet because we are not a pet abuser.







As regard that shipping of the pet,i will take care of that because i have a reliable and competent pet shipping company that will come to your door step for the pick up of the pet after you might have receive the payment,so you don't have to be bother about the shipping because the shipping company will handle it with care,trust me...Attach is the picture of me and my Daughter for you to view..I will be sending you a money order for your payment and i will like to proceed to payment as i will need you to provide me with your full payment information such as:




Your full name to be written on the cashier check

Physical contact address

Your area zip code

Your Phone numbers for smooth communication




N:B.....Sorry to let you know that i am a deaf hearing will tell my husband to call you if necessary.Hope to hearing back from you as soon a possible.




Best Regards
After reading through it, something just didn't seem right:
I was just rehoming a kitten for 10 dollars, someone can't find a kitten that needs a home on a local level?
We would not adopt out a kitty without meeting the family anyway.
These people are dispicable, but how can they be stopped?

Lynette Hogencamp said...

This woman just did this exact thing with me, I'm only trying to find a home for my sister's cat who suddenly died Wednesday from Leukemia. What does this woman what? What purpose? Now she has all of my information. How do I go about filing a complaint on her with the FBI

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crystal knight said...

this is the e-mail i got from
Selinaramos7777 @yahoo.com
(but my ad was about my dog MISSING not for sale!!!)
the e-m


I came across your advert on Craigslist.com about your adorable pet
for adoption and I'm willing to adopt your pet for my 10 years old
Daughter because she love pet so much and I'm a pet lover as well.i
will like to know if the pet is still available for sale and it
picture if available for more satisfaction..i wait your quick
response.

Thanks

Selina


is she crazy or dumb? b/c like i said my ad i posted on craigslist was for a missing dog

erika keener said...

OMG!!! This is crazy i have been trying to sell my great dane and i got this very same email that a few people have gotten from selina ramos. They actually made me feel like my animal belong with them she even sent a picture of her daughter. I ended up giving her my full name that i live in asheville nc and my zip code! Now i am worried that they even have that much information about me. Do i need to worry about that???

Brittany Daniel said...

selinaramos7777@googlemail.com just found my craigslist ad for me trying to re-home my Chilean Rose Hair Tarantula. It is obviously a scam. She did not once acknowledge the type of pet, or demonstrate to me how to properly care for it. Even asked for pictures.

609e6e92-477a-11e2-92b5-000bcdcb2996 said...

OMG!!! Thank you soooo much for posting all this about this Selina Ramos person. I have a dog Im trying to rehome, she is a rescued pup, and Ive recieved all the same emails from her. But the one difference I had is she offered to have her husband call me. But when I emailed back to say yes, please have him call, he was suddenly out of town. People are crazy stupid these days!!!! Has anyone actually sent their pet to them yet?? Why are they targeting helpless animals??

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Viridiana perez said...

did any of you talk to the people have any communication with them ... i think they may scam me