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Weird e-mail!

heeler's rock!
May 9th, 2005, 12:04 PM
I posted Nova for adoption in the classified section of petfinder, and this guy sent me this e-mail! Don't worry, I'm gonna tell him where he can put his money, but for anyone else that may get a similar message, BE CAREFUL as it's obviously a fake. I wonder what would happen to poor Nova if I really believed this e-mail and shipped her to him!! :( The e-mail is below.


HELLO,
AM SHERER ,A US DOMICILE TO THE UK AMBASSADOR .I ACTUALLY SAW THE ADVERT OF YOUR PET FOR ADOPTION ON THE WEB AND AM GLAD TO INFORM YOU THAT AM SINCERELY INTERESTED IN THE ADOPTION .AT THE RISK OF SOUNDING RUDE I WILL BE GLAD TO KNOW THE LAST ASKING PRICE FOR ADOPTION .
PAYMENT WILL BE MADE WITH AN AMERICAN MONEY ORDER OR AN AMERICAN US CERTIFIED CASHIERS CHECK WITHDRAWN FROM MY BANK ACCOUNT . THE PAYMENT WILL BEAR THE COST OF PET PLUS SHIPPING WHICH INDICATES THAT THE PAYMENT WILL BE IN EXCESS AND THE EXCESS FUNDS WILL BE GRANTED TO THE SHIPPING COMPANY FOR THE SHIPPING COST..
AS REGARDS THE SHIPPING DONT BE BOTHERED I HAVE A RELIABLE SHIPPING COMPANY THAT ARE SPECIALISE IN SHIPPING PETS ACROSS THE COAST . MORESO A PROPER VET CHECK WILL TAKE PLACE INORDER TO ENSURE THAT THE PET IS IN A GOOD CONDITION . AM GUARANTEE THE PET A LOVELY HOME .FOR MORE ENQUIRY AS REGARD THE SHIPPING PLS CONTACT THE SHIPPING COMPANY AT [ shipping_merchant@outgun.com] I AWAIT YOUR REPONSE .THANKS FOR YOUR ANTICIPATION .
HIGHEST REGARD

Princesss04
May 9th, 2005, 12:30 PM
Umm yes that is weird. This is not a good thing. But the said part is there will be people that will fall for this all over the place and the animals will be the ones to suffer. :mad:

Lizzie
May 9th, 2005, 12:31 PM
This is a scam. The one good thing about some of the online ad posting sites is that with every message you receive from a potential buyer who clicked on your email from their site, you also receive a message identify this exact scam.

Sometimes it's a client, a country or an ambassador that wants your product. I can't remember exactly how it works as I've deleted my email outlining the scam, but somehow they end up with your money and your "item."

Stay far far away from anyone that emails suggesting you use a Western Union or other money wiring service.

levimh
May 9th, 2005, 12:43 PM
They seem to be really worried about the shipping aspect of the dog, then the dog itself. Do these people actually think that you would give this dog over to them?!

heeler's rock!
May 9th, 2005, 12:47 PM
Do these people actually think that you would give this dog over to them?!

It seems that way! Luckily, I would never ship Nova anywhere, let alone to some weird guy over an e-mail that I've never met, OVERSEAS!!! Could you imagine? Where would she go? Who would she end up with? I shudder to think about it!

I should have clarified too, Nova is my 1.5 yr old kitty, not puppy. :o

levimh
May 9th, 2005, 12:51 PM
Haha, oops. That makes the e-mail even creepier then!

Lizzie
May 9th, 2005, 03:51 PM
These scams sometimes don't even actually expect you to ship the item...they run off with money somehow before that happens....it's all very twisted. Just stay away from them!

Bearsmom
May 10th, 2005, 09:57 AM
This is commonly known as the Nigerian Scam...stay very well away and don't respond to e mails.