I have spoken to you before about our previous dog **** who was found and
has succesfully been rehomed by yourselves. (many thanks, really
I now often keep an eye on the site to see if I can help any other owners
find their pets.
I have just noticed the pet scammers section on the site, and would like to
provide info on the experience I had as a result of a scam way before I
actually got a dog.
I had been looking for a siberian husky for over a year, but due to not
being able to drive back then and not having as much money, I was always
looking to see if there was any at a low price. Being young and niave, I
responded to an advert about a litter of siberian husky puppies.
Now the person seemed genuine, english was slightly poor as stated but I
guessed this was just due to poor email writting. Sent emails asking photos
They then said they lived in scotland and had just moved. I thought this
was strange but went along with it as the thought of getting a puppy went
into over drive.
He then said they would transport the puppy by air transport, and would
cost £150.00 for delivery and the puppy. The website was a link to a pet
transpot company which looked genuine enough, and the payment had to be
done through western union.
I had never used western union, but just went along with it thinking, I'm
getting a puppy.
Now, the interesting thing is, when I went to the post office, the woman
said this would be so much ££ in a currency I had never heard of. Yet again
being stupid, I just thought it was someone having a different currency
account. Now I realised it went to a diferent country!!
I then went home, specifically stayed off university to wait for this
'puppy' to arrive, constantly waiting and checking emails and nothing. I
had also spoke to the person on the phone who said the puppy will be there
Then after an hour or two, the guy emails again saying a further £350.00 is
needed due to insurance etc. This is when I thought, hang on...
He tried pulling at the heart strings of me by saying that the puppy will
stay in the airport pound until I pay and that he would be alone etc... But
i didn't fall for anymore.
I then rang the guy up, told him what I thought of him after discovering it
was a scam, and in the background I could hear vehicles which sounded like
in india (strange I know but there's that sound on the streets that you
I then contacted the Trading Standards agency, gave them all the
information I possibly could to try and stop this happening. (evidently I
never got my money back though)
Now some other things which after my experience I have learnt are:
1. The pictures used are often from google, and are of a professional
style. A puppy will never sit still that long in a real life home.
2. Check their address.. the address I was given turned out to be that of a
B&B in scotland
3. Never pay by western union
4. Currency or country is a great sign
5. Listen to their voice on the phone... do they sound like they originate
from outside the UK? I am not suggesting all non-UK residents are scammers
but its a great indicator!
6. Google the number... you will soon see they have 100s of different adds
7. Check the mobile number... they often do not follow the standard UK
format of 079 or 077
8. When dialling, does it take a while to connect? - this is the
9. Voicemail - is the voicemail different or is there no specific mobile
10. Is the same advert listed constantly on the site? - for example, go on
gumtree, search husky in UK and you will see exactly the same add lots of
times, but in different places.
11. Use well known sites such as preloved, pets4homes, etc they are
monitored regularly and never have scammers on.
and finally.... just buy locally, and from a good breeder. I had to wait
another 4 months but found someone round the corner.
Don't let your heart lead your head in a situation like this. It's
heartbreaking enough not to get a puppy but to loose alot of money makes it
Hope this helps. I don't have any emails or mobile numbers as this happened
over 2 years ago, but simply looking at gumtree provides all the