I received a call about my puppies tonight via an internet relay operator who said the party on the other end was deaf. The operator read me what they typed to her. They wanted to know if I had pups and would I email them some info on them. I did send them info, but it was just plain weird.
Has anyone had any scams like that or do you think it was legit?
Doesn't sound odd, sounds like a deaf person would like to get a puppy possibly. I took ASL in university, my prof used the relay service when she needed to get in contact, no biggie unless you make it one really.
Well, it was a scam. This is the reply I got back from the info that I sent them:
Hello, i will need 1 boy. At this point i want you to know that i can only make the payment through money order and check and i will like you to know that there will be an excess fund on the payment that will be issue to you by my client. and i want you to help mw send the excess fund through the western union money transfer to my shipping company that is comeing for the pick up of the (puppy ) at your location and i will compesate you with the sum of $200 for helping to send the excess fund to my shipping company so that they can make an arangerment in time on who they will come over for the pick up. plz do send me this info below so that i can forward it to my client that will issue the payment for you as soon as possble, this are the info below: FULL NAME.... ADDRESS... CITY.... STATE.... PHONE NUMBER:..... Thanks and hope to here back form you soon
That sounds legit to me. Deaf people can use a relay system free of charge to translate their TTY calls. This is their only way to communicate with the hearing world. (I was typing at the time the payment info was entered). That definetly does sound like a scam.
***Edited By: puppup on 11/27/2006 10:25:49 PM*** Reason: Another entry was posted just before mine (2 mins.) that clearify the posting.
wow it has to be a scam! I'm selling a washing machine and dryer and recieved a call from a man that wanted me to do the exact same thing. I think it is some kind of money laundering. ha ha since mine is for laundry it's kinda funny. but if you think about it if you go to your bank and deposit the money order then send them cash only your name is on lthe fake money order so yur bank will come after you not anyone else. They have your pup and your money.
My former step daughter is deaf and she calls me all the time and uses the tty service. The operator will ask you each time if you have ever gotten a call from this service and know how to answer. If you are not familiar with the service they will explain it to you.
As long as you are not fronting money or loosing money (on this sale, holding a pup) I wouldn't worry about it.
It sounds like a scammer is trying a new angle by pretending to be a deaf person and playing on your sympaties. Often they'll have some story about being stranded in another country or having recent surgery to try to fill in gaps in their stories that show up when you start asking questions. Using tty is perfectly normal for a deaf person but those shady payment and shipping deals are a standard for many scams.
We own an T.V. repair shop and also sell Television and I get these calls. They ask you to send televison and they will then pay by credit card. After they get Television so yes I believe it is a scam.
email them back and tell them that you will only go through a puppy escrow service. if they are legit, they wont have any objection to it. if they are not, they will supply you excuses why they can not go that route or they will just not contact you again. when looking for our frenchie, i came accross a couple of scammers. one said he had never heard of an escrow service and started quoting the bible. the other wanted me to contact the airport in cameroon to verify his authentity. he went from being in texas to cameroon within a couple of emails. lol
I had something similiar happen this summer. There was someone posing as deaf and called me using a relay service. I asked the relay person to get me the guys email so that I could get some info from him. I then Googled his email address and it popped up on a list of Nigerian scammers. I always opened his emails to see what he had to say, but only replied once to let him know that I knew that he was a scammer and he got very irritated. I've learned not to open their emails because after I told him that I had him figured out, the next email he sent launched a huge virus on my computer.
I had posted this topic before and didn't get any response, but I have had at least 3 of the internet relay calls. They never sound real serious because they don't ask personal things about the puppy like most potential buyers would. The last 2 calls I got were interrupted by an operator asking if I wished to continue the call because the person was under investigation for fraud. I have also had people call then if you try to call back to the number it's not the same person so they have stolen these numbers or something. The man that I talked to when I called back said someone had also called about a car for sale, but he didn't know anything about it. I have also received 2 of the fake cashiers checks for $2,00-4,000, but of course didn't hold a puppy or send one. I called the phone number listed on the checks and they verified that they weren't real. There are a lot of people out there doing crazy things to get people's money!
I've had numerous calls like this.. I was trained in ASL, and TTY machines..
The very first question to ask is where are they calling from... 99.9% of the time they are from Nigeria or such overseas places.. It's a scam. I've actually had someone call me from Ireland using this method wanting to buy tires I had advertised online geez!.. BTW these are internet relay calls and not TTY majority of the time.
Also I had one of these calls and the sprint operator interupted and told me that sprint has become aware that a large # of these calls are for scaming purposes and it is now their policy to warn people about them and then they ask if you wish to continue with the call.