I just purchased a Yorkie from a lady who lives in Flordia, so I thought shipping would be no problem. But she told me that she is on a mission In NIGERIA (with her job @ UNICEF) with the little girl and she will ship her from there! Is this even possible? If it is, can anyone help me? I don't evenknow where to start.
Alisha...if you do a google search on "yorkie puppy scam"...you will find a few very similar sounding scams involving puppies having to be shipped from Nigeria, it's a common one. Unfortunately if you have already sent her the money...you are out your money and puppy.
Basset...I'm thinking she already sent her the money since she said "I just purchased a Yorkie from a lady who lives in Flordia"....Actually when I was reading some of the other forums today from people who had got scammed the same way, some of them were just unbelievable...like.. because of Hurricane Katrina the puppies were sent to Nigeria for safety...Really? No place a little closer than Nigeria? or safer for that matter?
You have been scammed. There will be no puppy and you can kiss your money goodbye, as well. This is what comes from buying dogs from people you never actually met, talked to (other than e-mail) or met. It is a dangerous and somewhat foolhardy thing to do. You have learned an expensive lesson.
Been there, done that, last week. total scam. i shoulda known better , but i was so excited that i was finally getting another Yorkie (mine passed on 2 years ago) she was really old :( anyways, she advertises right here in TerrifficPets. the only way i could afford her was to make payments. so now i am out just that much more money.
This scam is common even in other businesses. I'm a photographer, and I get emails all the time asking me to photograph a wedding in my area......but when it comes down to money, they want to send me 10K, have me take my fees out, then wire them the remainder to a family member in Nigeria to pay for the "wedding atire". Basically they want me to launder their money. I jsut delete anything like that.
So, it's sad that they are advertising puppies (tugging at peoples heart strings), then taking the money. I guess it proves that doing your homework is very important for more than one reason!
Sorry that you got scammed! Hope you didn't spend too much for the puppy!
not to say that you are wrong about your comment on meeting the breeder before adopting one of their babies, but I have had people from CA and other distant places that insisted on having one of our kittens and they never met us, but we didn't scam them, so it just depends on the breeder, imo. I personally screen everyone wanting to adopt one of our babies very well before I ever agree to allow them to adopt one of our babies. Some of my friends think I am a big pain in the butt, but I don't care these are my babies and I am making darn sure that they are going to a life long committed home that has enough money to properly care for them and if they work long hours someone who is able to care for the kitten while they are at work, period. I think when you are searching for a breeder that what you should look for is a breeder that is a pain in the butt, they should ask you tons of questions, they should be nosey, they should noticably, and genuinely care about their babies. If it feels like they are trying to sell you a peice of clothing get out immediately and look elsewhere, MONEY should not be their main concern and if it is you should not give them yours.
Sad, sad, sad. I wonder how these people can sleep at night. :( I found Sampson by going on a web site and asking there if anyone knew of a breeder in my state. I was fortunate to be pointed in the right direction. When I went to pick him up I met a couple walking a bichon frise down the street. LOL, I didn't have my bichon with me, but I put my car in reverse...lol, they thought I needed directions because I had out of state plates. The man said "where do you need directions to?" I laughed and said "Oh no,. I want to know how old your Bichon is!" They were really nice, we talked for a while and I found out they bought him through the internet and had him shipped in. So I guess it does work for some people, but just sending the deposit for Sampson with me only having a picture was scary to me, I can't even imagine what it would be like to pay for the dog in full plus shipping fees! YIKES!
I wounder if you can notify yahoo about ther! you do have her email address??
Isn't there some sort of agency on line that deals with this... It's fraud!!! Her email address has to be setup to an account.. there has to be a way of the authorities tracking her down. If its a fake email it will still lead to someone, or somone's computer!! NO??
I did something like this last week over the phone with a "free" trip i "won" ... so for a split second i thought it would be a fantastic idea to go to florida!! so i gave my info out over the phone then panicked, hung up mid sentance and called my credit card co. No sooner than 2min went by & my card was charged for what i had agreed to. LUCKILY my credit card called the Ramada and it was legit and took the charge off!!!... But i dont know what i was thinking.
As im typing this my cat just droped a dead bird on my stoop again!!! yuck this is getting out of control.
sorry for the jumpy letter. im all over the board today!