Thursday, April 1, 2010
Pet Shipping Adoption Scam Goes International
It is becoming less of an issue here in the USA, not to say that it is not still happening, but at least we have seen a huge decrease in the numbers of Americans getting ripped off by these criminals. Again, this SCAM is still being used here in the USA, it just is not working as well as before. Places like France, London, and Spain are a completely different story. In the past six months we have seen a huge increase in these puppy and pet adoption SCAMS abroad, France, London,Spain as well as other places throughout the world, are now the popular target for these common criminals. They are using language as a new weapon in their criminal arsenal. They actually use legitimate companies real contact information, this helps these crooks in two ways... one way is they see a real website that looks real and legitimate because it is! And the second.. When the unsuspecting victim gets the actual real cost for the delivery of a Pet, they quickly jump at the idea of sending the crook $300.00 for the delivery fee, because a real transport would be $2,000.00 or so. Also,by targeting people who speak French, or Spanish, they are able to fool them easily, these criminals act like they are with a legitimate company, but when the French or Spanish speaking people call, they are not able to communicate because the companies they are using are all based in the USA and all speak English. It is the same old thing, people falling for this SCAM over and over. Remember..all of these crooks are from Africa, regardless of the language they use in their emails, they are all African! Cameroon is the #1 location for these criminals. Never, ever, send money to someone you do not know, EVER. Also never use Western Union or Money Gram to pay for a pet adoption, EVER. Just because people claim to be on the up and up, good Christians, and claim to be missionaries etc... does not mean that they are, their goal is to steal your money! Remember regardless of where these crooks claim to be based out of, THEY ARE ALL IN AFRICA! Please continue to spread the word about this common SCAM! As always if it sounds to good too be true, IT IS!