Did you take a fake money order, cashers check, or regular check. What to do now? Read everything below to help catch these criminals. Many are not in the US and without your help there is little chance they can be caught.
The best thing you can do is file a report with the Secret Service. “Their website is listed at the bottom of this post.” They investigate and prosecute those that have participated in the making or knowing advancement of counterfeit currency including checks. Believe it or not this is their primary purpose. The protection of the president and other political figures only came after they were founded.
Other common schemes are to send too much money for the puppy and or shipping; and then request a refund on the difference. Usually the criminal requests to have it wired to them. Do not fall for this it is a multi-billion dollar scam. If it looks too good to be true it is.
What can you do to protect yourself? First never release a puppy unless you have either had the client fill out an adoption packet with at the least a vet reference in the town where the puppy will live and you verify the it is a real vet and they are qualified to own a pet, or meet the client in person. Never release a puppy until the check has cleared the bank. Tell them this before they come for a visit. This will weed out the fake buyers. If you decide to accept payment by check you should call the bank that issued the check to see one, if the check is real, and two if the account has the funds before you make the deposit. Again never release your puppy until your bank can provide to you in writing that the check was good and it cleared. That way you have recourse on the bank if weeks later they made the mistake of telling you in writing the check was good, of which you relied and released the puppy.
Use common sense and intuition. Why would a buyer send too much money, when have you ever done that? Most buyers try to get the price reduced. Common sense plays a role here and it is important to know the consequence if you do not follow your own “gut” feelings. Most banks give you provisional credit until the check clears, meaning it looks like you have the money but you really don't. If the check is defective and the check rejected you are 100% responsible for any funds the bank issued you. Meaning had you send a refund for the overpayment you must refund that money to your bank. Worldwide this type of scam costs consumers and banks billions of dollars.
Now file a report if you suspect a fraudulent check has been sent to you or you have already been taken. When filing a report you must have good evidence to help catch these criminals. When a check arrives and you think it is fake handle it as little as possible, place it in a clear sandwich baggie, and zip it up, this is good for preservation of fingerprints. In fact if someone is sending you a check try not to handle it at all and if it is for a larger amount then you know it is fake and have preserved the fingerprints. Let the secret service know you did not handle the check and anything contained in the envelope. Save the envelope and handle it as little as possible. There could be DNA where it is sealed this also needs to be sent to the Secret Service for evidence. Save all E-mail, phone records, and voice mail. Copy all of these items and send them with all other evidence to the Secret Service. Your phone company should be able to tell you how to forward your voice mail to your E-mail digitally. This will allow you can place it on a disk that will also be sent to the Secret Service. Voice, DNA, and E-mail records can also act as a fingerprint. Good luck and sell safe...
I am also a breeder and finishing my last year of law school. The advice above is not intended to be used for legal purposes. It is common sense and can be found on the US Secret Service Website "below where you may also file a complaint if you think you are a victim of this type of crime.”
Considering you are in law school one would think that you would be able to read and understand the forum rules which you agreed to..NO ADVERTISING. Simply pay for your ad if wish to display your web site.
Sorry... Be kind the post above is to help those being scammed and is not to advertise my business. The address is there in case anyone has trouble filing a complaint and needs some help. I am not advertising my site and in fact have four on this site that have been paid for...
Angelo, you should know you have scammed so many people including me. I only wish there was more out there about you before I got involved with your puppy purchasing policies. At least I received a dog I see all the postings where you took there money and never delivered. I would rather be out the initial amount of money than all the medical bills my sweet baby dog is accruing.