Internet Pet Scams – Don’t be a victim!

Internet pet scams - don't be a victim!

You’re looking for a purebred dog or cat, bird or monkey, slider or pet pig. You surf the Internet and answer a classified ad or post one of your own looking for a puppy, kitten or other animal. You get an email back stating that someone has the perfect puppy or kitten waiting for you. How do you know that the offer is not one of the Internet pet scams?

The sellers send pictures and say that, for a very small amount of money, they will ship your pet to your door. An agent from a (supposed) transport agency will be handling the shipping of your pet. Or they detail a problem than have which causes them to give up their pet to a good home. They ask personal emails about how you can care for the pet. They are very convincing.

All you have to do to get your pet is to wire the funds via Western Union, purchase a cash card or use some other non-refundable service to them. Oftentimes, the destination of the funds is Cameroon, Africa; however, it can be anywhere. The internet pet scammers then send you an authentic looking transfer of ownership as well as shipping documents with airline information on it, which is really cut and pasted artwork with logos and pictures stolen from other airline and transport websites without their permission.

A day or so later, they inform you that your pet is in an airport someplace and needs either another crate (air-conditioned or pressurized) or another vaccination or pet insurance or medical attention. They will tell you that you will be held personally liable if you do not wire more money. If you send more money, they come up with another excuse why your pet cannot be delivered. They threaten that you will be held personally liable if you do not pay.

In reality, there is no pet, and you have been caught up in one of a number of Internet pet scams. Chances of getting your money back are very slim. Hundreds of people just like you have sent thousands of dollars to Cameroon and other countries in hopes of getting an adorable pet they see in a picture. There are many warning signs. More information here.


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Internet Pet Scams – Don’t be a victim! — 115 Comments

  1. I found someone on Facebook giving away two persian kittens. we started talking and she seemed convincing. She posted in the LA area section and it turned out she lived in WY. I agreed to pay 128$ so that a shipping service can send one of the kittens to me. The companies name is ROYAL PET TRAVEL. I paid through western union to cameroon and claimed id have my kitten on monday. That didnt happened. they said i needed to pay pet insurance that was redundable. So i paid another 88$ now. Claimed to send her tuesday after i paid and again nothing happened. Now they claim that i need to pay 55$ a permit to drive her to my location. at this point i have provided no more money and have sent several emails to the so called compamy with no response. The so called pet owner wont stop messaging me claiming shes worried for the kitten. Am i doing the right thing and labeling this as a scam? The Kitten owner wont even provide me with any identification of herself. no does the company. please advise

  2. We are sorry that this happened to you. It has happened to many other people as well. These scammers are very clever at disguising themselves. Unfortunately, there is little we can do as they are based in Africa. You can report the details to ic3.gov. They will threaten you a while. Just delete their emails and they will go away.
    Jason

  3. I wish i had founf this site literally a day ago. yesterday I paid this people 100 dollars, they tricked me into “buying” them a french bulldog. I’m really angry about this. I can’t even talk to my parents about it because the money was mine and it was my responsability, I already blocked the person doing this, I really want to know if they can do something bad to me, now that htey have my email adress and my name. please answer me, I’m really scared. I can’t believe this happened to me.

  4. Ana – this is a scam. Do not send any money to these people. Google “Cameroon pet scam” for details.
    Susan

  5. I almost fall! But i have doubts because the pets supposed are in California they called me from colorado and want the money in cameron, also there is no website with the name they said, Animals international transportation, the name of the contact person was Andy Cole, they sent me a lot of pictures of the puppies, so i started research and found this, i did not send the money but they have my information. where can we report that? i have the emails they sent me and the phone number they called me

  6. This is totally unacceptable. I added her on FB because she wanted to talk and deal with the price. I ask her, where’s she from? she said, indonesia, then i asked which part? she couldnt say!!! then fine… where’s the puppy now? Thailand… i asked, where were they born? thailand… i thought she wrote down an email to me that the puppy was in Subang jaya… so i guess i was just naive to just accept the fact. Then i asked about the other buyers, she said from HK and SG. Fine… i asked more pictures.. she said, that no more pictures because the camera that she has is not good… I really suspect her at this point as if you sent me a nice picture, you surely have more pictures… then it confirms my feeling as well.

    Cut it short, At first she wanted to have 1000RM and after the deal, she agreed to get 500RM.I said i cant pay more. I suspected when she said, how much can you afford? so that’s when i thought that it doesnt make sense. She must have spent a lot of money to the puppies. Then when i got a feeling that something is not right, i tried to google and found this forum and this confirms my feeling. Then, what i did was block her, report to google and facebook.

    Hope this helps and any comment about this, i will try to reply.

    My advice to you all, dont try to send money by western union or anything.. see and search first….

  7. shit! I just got cheated!
    OMG! first they person name Choi Sarah Yeng (from Thailand)find me on facebook through my Email (I had send her an Email and ask for a yorksire terrier,she let me contact her on facebook, then she add me,and send me aninbox message).
    afterdeal with her, she said the puppy will come to me after pay only forthe transmit fee.
    Firstly paid RM1000 (ringgit Malaysia ) after the transmit company contact me.pay through western union to Thailand.
    Then they tell me to pay insurance fee RM 6000++.I argue with Sarah.we deal with I pay only RM 500 (to Cameroon).and she will help me on the balance.I though we settled all.
    After this, I receive an Email. they said the I have to pay for electron crate. it cost me RM1000.I am mad. I told Sarah and the transmit agent. I want to cancel all process. you know what, Sarah said the puppy (Cindy) is now belong to me. (the transmit agent send me a adoption form to sign.I signed.) they got my info, name, phone number,address, they ask there info for the transmit process.the agent told me if I cancel the process the puppy will become abandon,I am the one abandon it.because I am its owner. And Sarah said she will ask for lawyers to Sue me if I cancel it. I scare I’ll be Sue so after discuss again with Sarah, she assure therewill be no more payment to be pay, then I said I will pay RM200 to the agent (to Cameroon also.)
    Then the agent contact me,they said because I no pay for feeding fee,the puppy now is sick.I have to pay for injection,they had bring it to animal hospital. I also pay for it but I know I been cheated this time.because she said she will find her lawyer to Sue me for cancel and abandon the dog.at the last I told her, dont ask for any payment after I give her this money and keep away from me.I wont ask for other thing again. just stop asking money.
    the woman,Sarah told me:
    -she is old and weak
    -she promised everything
    -she promised with her child in her stomach
    -she is not working,and also her husband.
    -she have a son who is a lawyer,in USA.
    -she say she is poor
    she tell many thing.
    I just disappointed because there is no puppy coming and my whole family is really Happy and welcome the puppy.
    the transmit company use the name of a really exist transmit company name_shiply transfer company (I GOOGLE it.)
    the company address Sarah give me is a Shell petrol station! (I used GOOGLE map to find it) but she said the agency is about there only.
    then I GOOGLE the phone number given by the agent, it is a frozen chicken/food company in Thailand!
    after all, then I only try to GOOGLE on will I be sue for abandoned a dog at there,and I found this !now I confirm I been cheated!
    if anyone want to know more about them please told me, I am willing to share all their info!
    +66955423339. this is the number of person that called me because of I wrongly filled his first name and last name.
    this is their payment address :
    NAME:……………………………..Njockachem Sammy George 

    COUNTRY:………………………………THAILAND

    POSTAL CODE:…………………….10240 

    STATE:………………………………..BANGKOK

    ADDRESS:…………………………………….14 Ramkhamhaeng 42 Rd,Bangkapi 

    QUESTION:…………………………WHO?

    ANSWER:………………………….CINDY.

    AMOUNT:……………………………. RM 1000

    this is the payment address in Cameroon:

    NAME:……………………………..NTUI SAMSON MBIOKANG

    COUNTRY:………………………………CAMEROON

    POSTAL CODE:…………………….00237

    STATE:………………………………..LIMBE

    ADDRESS:…………………………………….MILE 4 LIMBE 

    QUESTION:…………………………WHO?

    ANSWER:………………………….CINDY.

    this is ChoiSarah yeng facebook account
    https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100007131938531
    Email address the agent using: petsinsurance.info@lycos.com

    Sarah attract people with the dog with pure breed look for adoption, come with Akc, had full injection, health dog,and also free to give you a air conditioned crate, food sample, toy.
    And the agent will let you to really make payment by telling you that all payment for insurance,electronic crate,fee in animal hospital is refundable!

    PLEASE DO TELL ME IF YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE. I CAN ALSO LET YOU SEE THE DOG’S PHOTO.

    PLEASE SHARE OUT THIS, THIS IS WHAT REALLY HAPPENED ON ME.

    PLEASE DONT BE THE NEXT.

  8. Hi, they contacted me again, they said that they need more money, the number of the phone is + 23771627747

  9. Sophie – we are so sorry to hear of the scam. We have been monitoring this problem for years and these people are very clever. But they always ask for the money to be wired and so there is no recourse. You can Report them to ic3.gov.
    Phil

  10. Hi, they lie to me today i pay the money in western union, i both toys and i was so happy for my baby Monkey, now they dont answer and i saw this menssage, i cant belive this im so so sad, really.. i m so sad,,…

    Name of the people that semd me mail: HUSAAN FATANI
    Agency travel: MY PET TRAVEL

    they send me menssage last few days, then i give my details, and then send me the number of the flight reserve, ID code, and wherever, and the details for the transaction

    JIGHO LOUIS DASI
    CAMEROON
    VICTORIA,LIMBE
    DOWN BEACH LIMBE
    ZIP CODE 00237

    PLEASE I DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO… IM really sad… i was waiting my baby monkey and now this… i both toys today, i was so happy… i cant belive it, my heart is brocken,,, how people can do this? how?

    thanks and dont trust …

  11. Incident Reference #140330-000099
    Summary: IT”S TIME WESTERN UNION HAVE TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT ! DONT IGNORE IT BECAUSE I…
    Date Created: 03/30/2014 03:49 AM
    Last Updated: 03/30/2014 03:49 AM
    Status: Unresolved
    Tracking Number (MTCN):
    Date of Transaction:

    Discussion History
    Customer By Web Form 03/30/2014 03:49 AM
    IT”S TIME WESTERN UNION HAVE TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT ! DONT IGNORE IT BECAUSE IT”S NOT YOUR BUSINESS!
    This guy is an African tried to cheat on people. Please inform people and put down all the post from another regions even in Belgium, it’s a pet scam and I’ve experienced. They are now appear in Belgium !
    I have sent an amount of money to this guy and they required me to send him first 1000 CZK which is about 50$ and then secondly they required 6800 CZK which is some kind of insurance, because i wanted to buy a dog from them. the money is transferred by WESTERN UNION, I was cheated by this way. Even if Western Union’s staffs knew it very well, he didn’t warn me until I reported it. please help me. They came from some European websites and actually from Cameroon.
    Not only animals, pet but also many other things.

    Their emails are : [link removed] and [link removed]
    Many people suffered from this, please try to catch them and prevent them from doing wrong to other people, i believe police can help, that’s the function of the police, don’t let people from your country suffered from frauds from African countries and delete all the low quality websites. I reported but no policemen here cares about that. It makes me disappointed, however, I believe there is still good policemen. Please protect our people !!! I Before it’s too late!

    The content of the email is something like :

    NAME ………. PIERRE MFORMOH MBONG
    COUNTRY ……………. CAMEROON
    CITY ……………. DOUALA
    ZIPCODE …………………………..00237
    TELEPHONE NUMBER ………… 00237 95 80 77 63
    ADDRESS ……………….. AVE KENNEDY
    TEST QUESTION : FOR WHO?
    ANSWER : HILL
    Be careful of this scam / fraud from African countries! INFORM PEOPLE TO AVOID

  12. The stories are frequently sad to engage you to feel sorry for them. Kijiji is full of scammers. Best to get your puppy from a known breeder that you can speak with over the phone or a rescue organization.
    Phil

  13. i put an add on Kijiji looking for a puppy. she told me this sob story about her daughter dying in a car crash 1 week after receiving the puppy and she needed someone else to take it. she lived in Calgary and needed to use western union and uship to send the puppy to me. her email was kerrylily@gmail.com

  14. I just got scammed by someone saying’m living in Côte d’Ivoire in Abidjan, I had to receive a GIFT of 2,730,000 euro I sent him two terms are western union one of 6,900 euros for folders and other mandates in total I have lost more than 15,000 euros and that help me to recover my money is a police inspector Mr. Benoit HERVIER interpol, in collaboration with the French police: here is his address if you find yourself in such cases do not hesitate to contact him once and you’ll have the total satisfaction that you would have liked:

    service-interpol.mondial@laposte.net / service.interpol.mondial@yandex.com / cellule-interpol-mondial@outlook.fr

  15. Mrs gloriana avendano almost got me today on her scam.I become cautious and uneasy when the attached IRS and Philhealth ID’s she provided from , somehow were obsolete and does’nt fit in Singapore.
    Thanks I saw this post before I become one of the victim.

  16. Thank you for the post. Mrs Ma. Grace Gloriana Avendano almost got me too.
    She had the exact the same story sent to me.But this time offering 2 GSD.

  17. Why couldn’t western union have a list of postal codes of all known scams for their employees so they can inform anyone sending money to these scamers that is a known scam. That just may put some of them out of business. These scamers hide their scams on legitimate sites. We have to stay one step ahead of them.

  18. SCAMMER: GLORIANA MA. GRACE FATIMA AVENDANO FROM SINGAPORE — A.K.A GLORIANA GRACE

    i was looking for a German shepherd in a classified add,and i found one from the user name “gina46”
    then we had a conversation telling me that her puppies are for adoption. then she will instruct you to send the airline ticket payment to CAMEROON. she even gave me this website (http://movepetlines.tk/) that my name is already registered and the puppy is ready to be delivered.Then the next morning the pet carrier informed that i have to pay 20,000 php for the insurance. i found this very suspicious so i decided to do a research only to find out that it is a scam.

    i found this blog from MIKI posted on March 20, 2013 at 9:34 AM. thanks a lot!

  19. Me and my family were just scammed as of yesterday. I tried telling my family it was a scam. The more emails that came through, the more they believed it was not. I am sickened to now that have received our money and we are not getting the new puppy we hoped for!!!! Yes everyone Cameroon is a SCAM!!!!! I’m not sure what we can do about it. I do have emails for the lady who “has the puppies”. I also have her phone number in which she was texting us back and forth about the puppy. PLEASE DO NOT FALL FOR THE SCAMS!!! Mrs. Carolina is a SCAM!! There is NO Pomeranian puppy!!!!!!!!!

  20. Mrs. Gloriana Avendano almost got me too. She even sent me a BIR photo of her. Tsk. Pity! Thank God I researched and saw this! Waaaa!

  21. if i didnt pay anything i wont get punishment right.?

    Note:
    Many jurisdictions around the world have enacted statutes which forbid cruelty to some animals (PETS) but these vary by country and in some cases by the use or practice.
    In Singapore, cruelty to animals is a criminal offense and one may be fined or jailed for it for up to five years. On February 15, 1911, the Authority incharge of the Protection of Animals act on behalf of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (R.S.P.C.A.). The maximum punishment was 6 months of “hard labour ” with a fine of 8000.00 U.s.d
    Aggression against Cats, Dogs, and People. In Cruelty to Animals and Interpersonal Violence: Readings in Research and Applications.. Press Release, 159-167. Jail Term 25Years in Prison
    The said insurance Certificate is Re-fundable upon arrival of the MALTESE PUPPIES.

    If the insurance certificate is not provided within 24hours, we shall place the Puppies under PET ABUSE AND ABANDONING, which is punishable by law according to the rules above.

  22. hi, tis is my situation now.firstly i do not noe it is a pet scam..n they put their location at kl n selangor n price there write ( FREE ) i tot tat his/her’s dog was born many puppies but they do not wan to sell… so when i saw it i send 4 /5 msg to those who are putting free n stay at kl n selangor so i can go n take a look wif tat pups…
    tis is the pet scam KERRYLILY .. she hv facebook n she told me tat she is malay… her profile pic is ( 2 gal ..1 got wearing tudong n 1 didnt hv ) i think she is copy ppl pic…when i view her profile i a bit doubt ) n 1 more thing i douth tat y those who i send to them to askin whether they wan to send their puppy to others, n they reply the email is almost the same juc the story change , name change, n all the mail is very long n long… same length!!
    at tat time i hv a bit guard against tis malay gal ( KERRYLILY )

    but she was clever say many thing…
    sp we chat at fb n email like bestfren…
    i oso aski her y malay can adopt puppy but she didnt answer me n say others thing….
    i feel weird again..
    ———————————————————————————————————————————
    >> Date: Mon, 22 Apr 2013 06:14:32 +0100
    >> Subject: Re: Adorable Tea-Cup Maltese
    >> From: kerrylily2013@gmail.com
    >> To: my name
    >>
    >> Hello,
    >> My name is kerry.
    >> I am actually a mother of Luis(my lovely late 14 years old son) ,he
    >> passed away last two weeks in a car accident with my lovely husband.
    >> I have weep until i do not know what else to do but to move along with
    >> life.
    >>
    >> Actually i have 2 Maltese puppies (male / female) my
    >> husband bought for my late son some months ago.
    >> They are now grown but my humble son whom i love so much just passed
    >> away and i am also disable due to the accident of which i am on a
    >> wheel chair ,so i really need a good home for the puppies.
    >> I really do not have the strength and means to take care of the puppies.
    >> Note: that I’m not selling this puppies, but
    >> offering for adoption. I want the best for the puppies, so
    >> in search of a pet lovely and caring home.
    >> Please can you tell me more about yourself?
    >> If interested, hoping to read from you.
    >> Thanks.
    ——————————————————————–
    after i send all the information , the pet scam pattern come again…

    Thanks for the love, you have for my puppies.
    I have a very busy schedule with my Doctor at the
    moment,so i truly need a lovely home for the puppies.

    The present situation is that, you are located a little far away from
    me, but i can send you the puppies, via a pets delivery agency, and you
    pay for the delivery cost.
    From my inquires, the delivery cost from Thailand, to your home address
    for the puppies is RM850 and RM450 for one of the puppy.
    The puppies will be delivered, directly at your home address.
    The data, i will need from you are:

    The puppies will be delivered, with all vet check certificate,pedigree
    papers, microchip and all other necessary documents.

    —————————————————————————

    im tellin tat i do not wan ord cos i tot her is stay at shah alam…
    she keep email me so i jux think tat she is reli pity…

    she say – she located at thailand with critical situation tat she found herself n being referred to a doctor tat can easily can make her to b release from the wheel chair so she hope tat can find someone can adopt her pups..
    n oneday she wil bck kl n c her pups….
    she keep ask me to send all my delivery info to her n to proceed woth the registration…n i tel her tat i didnt want to pay any fee…
    she said n keep said – pls u jux need pay the delivery charge cost n nothin else…y ar u trin to do tis to a widow women??

    i ignore her many times … after she say she pay half then i pay half…
    i oso ignore..at the end she ask me pay RM100 ( western union )
    then i accept…

    after all register paper come out , send all the detail to me… like very real…
    i feel happy when show it….i think tats is done…jux wait for the pup…
    THE story coming again …..
    tis msg is after i go n pay the delivery change than the pet scam send mail to me….need wat insurance fee $&@$&@$@@$@@…. rm2000…
    i tot KERRY dunno so i told her… she act like ( huh,,,,! insurance change……….) n ask me to send mail to her….after tat she keep n keep askin me go n pay ASAP…. i jux told her i dunt hv much money ….n she ask me to borrow with someone n do not tel them tis kind of thing bcos they wont borrow me the money…. she keep askin me go n borrow it…
    after while i jux tel her i juc borrow rm100 n i hv rm300 in my acc… i ord try my best … i cant make it ord…
    she say tat she wan to discuss wif her laywer, n her laywer juc can borrow her rm1000 oly…another half need i go n pay ….she keep askin n askin … n tat time i oso didnt hv transport so jux told her tat tomorrow can?
    she mad n say i wont let my pups alone at agency there… its so pity u noe…
    oso keep sayin tat….
    i get mad tooooooo…… cos she keep forced me….i say tat if u wan me to pay u should wait til tomorrow otherwise u pay full payment by urself n i wil refund bck the money when the pups reach here..
    she sudden calm down n say OK.. tomorrow mux go n pay early…we ead the chat…
    i thinkin tat is a wrong way n weird… hv many no logical thing ….
    so i start to find the web… i saw many tis kind of case .. i feel nervous in the moment…
    hv to tks gods tat let me find it b4 i transfer the rm1000 to them……

    all the thing i comfirm tat is pet scam..
    n i write msg to her through the FB private msg….
    i tell her if tat u wan me take care ur pups or u worry about them u jux pay full payment on it, if the ppl tat refund to me i wil western union to u bck.. u can bliv me cos u hv my information …n tis is the good experience u giv me.. tks
    ————————–
    tis morning , she said-

    please i am very worried about what you are trying to say
    you should go through the delivery agency information and they said their webpage is under auditing due to too much fraud so they want to audit their webpage
    why are you looking at the webpage of other people??
    please just stay focus and do what they ask you to do

    please as i earlier said they are people that are trying to use thier webpage as they explain to me
    that is why they are auditing thier webpage
    so do not worry
    so jsut go and make the payment and do not get worry about what is happening
    but be worried about the pups at the agency
    they are humans try and know that we have to treat them with much love an care.
    —————-
    i google there n copy tat FAKE WORLDWIDE ANIMAL TRANSPORT CAMAROON..
    tat all ppl write the comment n the example..
    i tols her tat the story the steps all same wif u….

    she said –
    please that is not me
    i think we do not need tp be scare anymore
    because the pups are on pending delivery
    so why you being scare…
    it can b refund to u, do not worry…
    please i do not have like i caould have paid
    becasue i was not happy seing my pups sleeping at the delivery agency
    AS I SAID IF I HAD ALL THE MONEY I WILL PAY
    BECAUSE I DO HAVE SO MUCH AFFECTION FOR THE PUPS
    please lets put our head together as one and try to do something good for ourself rather looking at other peoples problems
    you know i have only RM100
    please try all your possible best and borrow to complete the amount that you told me that you had
    please we are creating an everlasting relationship
    so jsut try and make me happy
    please just trust them and go and make the payment
    you will enjoy thier services
    the lawyer can only come into place if the pups are death and not trying to settle issues like this
    hv u gone to go n make the payment
    i wil die with heart attack
    pls they ar at the agency
    but you should know that there are so many fraud going on aroung the world
    but why are you relating this message to me

    Im askin she asj her lawyer to settle the agency…BUT…
    she said –
    he has refuse saying that he can charge you for pet abandonmen
    he caid he has carryon all the paper works and you do want to abandon the pups
    pls u jus makin me to b annoyed
    OK
    i was just pleading with my lawyer for him not to take any legal action
    my lawyer is trying to file in a letter convocation to the headquater of worldwide animal transport
    so their lawyers can face this problem for pet abandonmen
    i have being pleading on your behave that you are going to make the payment but you do not seems to understand.
    he said you will be taken to court as stated by the insurance department
    so he said your local police will get incontact with you
    PLEASE MY LAWYER IS ONLY INSISTING THAT
    HE DO HAVE ALL YOU INFORMATION YOU CANNOT RUN
    he wants to persue you to court
    just go and make the payment because they are saying they do want to forward all you delivery information to thier headquater in UNITED STATE OF AMERICA
    were u wil b judge for pet abandonment .
    please thy are very angry with you because they explain to you clearly that they do not keep pets at the agency but you are delaying them.
    they explain to u tat due to the much fraud
    people trying to use thier website in doing manything they have decided to place thier web page for under auditing
    they said they have already send your full delivery information to thier headquarter

    so they said they have given you less than an hour to go and make the payment like they will contact your local police and you will be held and taken to court
    i think you saw the jail terms and the fine in the insurance mail that they send to you
    please just go and make the payment since they have given you an hour.

    ———
    im start to scare tat …
    i ask her giv me noe the malaysia agency office num…

    then she said tat-
    they do assign pet councelors world wide so they have someone that carry the pups from thailand to malaysia
    so they have persons that travel from one place to the other in depositing pets
    so once rexie and lilly will commence thier flight there will be a particular person that will take them from thailand to malaysia assign by the agency to go deliver the pups

    please you need to know that the more the delay the you will start receiving calls from the headquarter of the delivery agency……………………..
    ——————————————–

    at tat time i reli scare… bcos if abandont pet wil get punishment n maybe fined or jail… wat hv i do now???? can giv me some comment on it…… she keep askin to pay the payment n say her laywer wil send the letter to me n…………………..

    wat should i do now admin?

    ————————————————————————————————————
    Note:
    Many jurisdictions around the world have enacted statutes which forbid cruelty to some animals (PETS) but these vary by country and in some cases by the use or practice.
    In Singapore, cruelty to animals is a criminal offense and one may be fined or jailed for it for up to five years. On February 15, 1911, the Authority incharge of the Protection of Animals act on behalf of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (R.S.P.C.A.). The maximum punishment was 6 months of “hard labour ” with a fine of 8000.00 U.s.d
    Aggression against Cats, Dogs, and People. In Cruelty to Animals and Interpersonal Violence: Readings in Research and Applications.. Press Release, 159-167. Jail Term 25Years in Prison
    The said insurance Certificate is Re-fundable upon arrival of the MALTESE PUPPIES.

    If the insurance certificate is not provided within 24hours, we shall place the Puppies under PET ABUSE AND ABANDONING, which is punishable by law according to the rules above.

    PAYMENT DETAILS

    NAME :…………………………..PHONDAB HANSON NDAMBOKE

    DIRECTION:………….11 SAN LORENZO Ave

    COUNTRY:…………………………………………CAMEROON

    POSTAL CODE:…………………………………..00237

    STATE:………………………………………DOUALA

    TEST QUESTION:………………………………..HOW SOON?.

    ANSWER:……………………………………….NOW

    DELIVERY AMOUNT:……………………………..RM2000

    ——————————————————————————————————————–

  23. thank you for the post. Mrs gloriana avendano almost got me. haha luckily i was able to find this thread. she had the exact same email sent to me. offering 2 pugs. damn these scammers

  24. This is a scam and fraud. Do not send money, do not speak to them anymore. Google “Cameroon Pet Scam” and you can read all about it.
    Susan

  25. Hello ,
    In my situation right now ,the pets owner had a brain surgical problem .
    She send me a few picture of her and the kitten before her medical operation .So I can see her face.

    Next when she is in surgical operation ,her sister email me and ask me about the kittens.
    I have pay the transport fee RM800 but not the INSURANCE,RM1550.

    I need to confident myself by told to her to send her sister picture in surgical hospital to me.
    When she send ,it’s a strong evidence that she’s not lying on me about her sister.
    The first picture that i got before the surgical and the 2nd picture after the surgical is the same face.Also the picture of the surgical in progress.

    Can I have your email admin because i want to send the picture of the evidence.
    Please , I’m begging on you because i really want the kittens and at the same time don’t want to loss my money .

    I have made my first payment by WESTERN UNION.
    I need to pay for the INSURANCE
    ADDRESS =CAMERON
    ZIP-CODE =000237
    CITY=DOULALA

  26. This is a scam. No doubt about it. Do not send any money. They will threaten you, but disregard. You can report the scam at ic3.gov.
    Susan

  27. Hello
    I have made my first payment by WESTERN UNION.
    next,I need to pay for the INSURANCE
    ADDRESS =CAMERON
    ZIP-CODE =000237
    CITY=DOULALA

    They send me a few picture with a:
    1. pets flying ticket.
    2. pets registration.
    3. Pets agency bills.

    They use Express Guarantee Shippers.
    with an email to animalairwayss@zoho.com

    Is this a scam s**t ?
    I haven’t pay yet the INSURANCE
    It’s make me confusing .
    Please help me admin.

  28. SCAMMER ALERT

    Name: GLORIANA AVENDANO FROM SINGAPORE

    SHE OFFERED ME HER 3 PUGS FOR ADOPTION AS I REPLIED FOR AN AD IN THE INTERNET. DO NOT TRUST HER OR ANY PERSON LIKE HER OFFERING ADOPTIONSAND YOU WILL JUST PAY FOR THE AGENCY/FREIGHT FEE I REPEAT DO NOT TRUST THESE KIND OF PEOPLE ALWAYS KEEP IN MIND THAT IF IT IS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE THEN ITS NOT REAL!

    COPY OF HER EMAIL

    Greetings,
    Thanks for the mail. I quite appreciated your interest on
    your proposing in purchasing my puppies,I still have two left one male
    and one female. But the question is that will the puppies be able to
    find a lovely home with you?Do you have enough time to spend with the
    puppies and care for them?If so i will be very glad and happy to give
    out the puppies to you. The puppies are 13 weeks old presently.Will
    you take the two puppies or just one ? Unfortunately I can’t look
    after the puppies any longer due to the mobile nature of my new Job so
    i can’t corp in taking care of the puppies any more that is the prime
    reason for me giving out the puppies .This is how i have made up my
    mind through prayers and pains taking efforts in search for a reliable
    caring person to take good care of the puppies.The little babies have
    had current vaccination,vet check,health certificate and 1 year health
    guarantee and the are PCCI registered.They are potty trained,home raise
    and socialized for tremendous attitude. .I will be very glad to have
    you as a good caring parent for the puppies only if you can take good
    care of the puppies as your own babies. Actually money is not what
    matters, but to find a good caring and loving person. If you are
    interested in giving these puppies a wonderful home kindly Provide

    answers to the following questions.
    Have you ever own a pet before?
    Do you have any kids ?
    Have your ever own this breed of puppy before?
    Why are you interested on this breed?
    Do you want to adopt one or both?
    what sex are you interested in taking?
    How soon do you need the puppies over?
    Where are you located?
    Do your kids love the coming of these puppies?

    Sorry for all the question , but i just want to be sure that the puppies are
    going to the right home and they will be having all the love and
    attention they need ..please get back to me with the answers.
    waiting for your kind responds.

    Stay Blessed
    Gloriana Avendano

    AGAIN

    2ND EMAIL

    Hi,
    I am very sorry for the late reply .I am a Filipino by
    origin .but presently i am in SINGAPORE for a mission. I work for the UN Rehabilitation Program for
    Poor countries now. So as you can see i have no time to take care of them
    and i loss my Husband last 2 weeks in a car accident and i have my kids my little boy who is now 12 years old and my Daughter who is 15 years old so the job is too much for me.my pups are here with
    me in SINGAPORE i am looking for a mean to give them out to a loving home as soon as possible.so if u are still interested in my pups. Then i shall put them through with a delivery agency so that they deliver them over to you in Philippines the flight will take 3 hours for the puppies to arrive your home.
    They shall do the delivery on my behalf.
    you shall pay just for the cost of the delivery which is 5000php for one puppy and 8000php for the two the male and the female. attached to this mail you will find my Philippine I.D and photos this is just to proof to you how real i am., like i told you i am given them on a free adoption.
    I shall send along side all the health documents and papers so they shall be presented at your Custom Authority to ensure that they are safe and free from all illnesses. If that is going to be ok by you, then I shall need your Contact Details that is

    Names in Full,
    State/Province,
    Home Address,
    Contact Numbers,
    Fax Number if any.
    Nearest Airport.

    With this details, i shall be able to put them through with the agency
    so they can deliver them right at your doorsteps. Thanks for your
    every concern and i look forward to read from you soonest.
    One more thing, Promise me you shall take good care of them and keep me
    posted on how they will be carrying on with you at your home.
    Best and Endless Regards

    STAY AWAY FROM THESE PEOPLE!!!!

  29. I RESPONDED TO AN AD ON http://WWW.LOUISIANASUPERADS.COM FOR 2 FREE TEACUP YORKIE PUPPIES. THE AD SAID TO EMAIL TO MSPECDIC@GMAIL.COM FOR MORE INFO. I LEFT AN EMAIL MSG SAYING TO TEXT ME @ MY NUMBER. LATER I RECEIVED THE TEXT. THE LADY SAID THE PUPPIES WERE IN ELKTON, MARYLAND BECAUSE SHE JUST RELOCATED FROM LOUISIANA TO MARYLAND DUE TO HER JOB. I ASKED HER WHY SHE WAS GETTING RID OF THE PUPPIES & SHE SAID THAT HER LANDLORD REFUSED TO LET THEM HAVE PETS. I ASKED HOW I WOULD EVEN GET THE PUPPIES FROM MARYLAND TO LOUISIANA & SHE SAID SHE COULD HAVE THEM FLOWN HER FOR $367. I TOLD HER THAT WE COULD NOT AFFORD THAT MUCH & SHE ASKED HOW MUCH WE COULD AFFORD SO SHE COULD LOOK FOR A CHEAPER DELIVERY AGENCY. I SAID $100. SHE TEXTED BACK ASKING IF I COULD PAY $120 BECAUSE SHE FOUND AN AGENCY NAMED PETS AIRWAYS THAT WOULD SHIP THEM BY PLANE FOR $120. I SAID OK & SHE SAID THAT THE AGENCY WAS JUST 10 MINS AWAY & THAT SHE WOULD TEXT BACK WHEN SHE GOT THERE. SHE DID TEXT BACK & SAID SHE FINISHED THE REGISTRATION & THAT I JUST HAD TO WAIT FOR THE AGENCY TO CALL ME ABOUT PAYMENT. I RECEIVED THE CALL & I COULD BARELY UNDERSTAND THE MAN ON THE PHONE & YOU COULD CLEARLY TELL HE WAS FROM A FOREIGN COUNTRY. HOWEVER, HE SAID THAT HE SENT ME AN EMAIL & THAT I NEEDED TO LOOK @ IT TO MAKE SURE THE INFORMATION WAS CORRECT. THE EMAIL PROVIDED THE SENDER’S NAME & ADDRESS & MY NAME & ADDRESS, PLUS THAT I NEEDED TO GO SOMEPLACE TO GET A MONEYGRAM OR USE WESTERN UNION & IT GAVE THE ADDRESS & INFO TO SEND THE MONEY TOO. HOWEVER, I NOTICED UNDER MY NAME/RECEIVER’S INFO THAT IT SAID STATE/CITY: EGYPT, CAIRO. THIS MADE US SUSPICIOUS. WE WERE ALSO SUSPICIOUS WHEN THE INFO THAT SAID WHERE I WAS SUPPOSSED TO SEND THE MONEY ORDER TO SAID DOUALA, CAMEROON. THE COMPANY WAS SUPPOSSED TO BE IN ELKTON, MARYLAND. MY HUSBAND DECIDED TO CALL TO GET MORE INFO FROM THE MAN @ SUPPOSSED PETS AIRWAYS. MY HUSBAND COULD BARELY UNDERSTAND & JUST KEPT PUSHING THAT MY HUSBAND GO MAKE THE PAYMENT & ALL WOULD BE TAKEN CARE OF. THEN I TRIED TO CALL THE LADY’S NUMBER THAT I HAD BEEN TEXTING BACK & FORTH TOO ABOUT HER PUPPIES. I CALLED MANY TIMES & JUST RECEIVED A VIOCEMAIL & NEVER A CALL BACK. SO MY HUSBAND CALLED THE PETS AIRWAYS # BACK & SAID HE HAD CALLED THE ELKTON, MARYLAND POLICE & THAT THEY WERE ON THEIR WAY THERE. THE MAN IMMEDIATELY HUNG UP. THE DOG OWNER STILL NEVER CALLED BACK. JUST WANTED TO PASS ALONG THE INFO THAT I HAVE FOR OTHERS SO THAT THEY DON’T GET SCAMMED.

    I RECEIVED THE EMAIL FROM: PETS-AIRWAYS2011@LIVE.COM & THEIR TEL # 423-381-0904

    IT SAID:
    (DOG OWNER’S) SENDER’S NAME: LARIE ADAMS
    EMAILS: MSPECDIC@GMAIL.COM & LISAADAMS591@GMAIL.COM
    STATE: MARYLAND
    CITY: ELKTON
    ZIP CODE: 2192 (WE NOTICED THE ZIP CODE DID NOT HAVE ENOUGH #’S)
    ADDRESS: 10 WEST BROADWAY
    HER TEL. # 240-685-2533

    RECEIVER’S NAME: MINE
    CITY/STATE: EGYPT, CAIRO (NOTICE THIS. I LIVE IN LOUISIANA)
    ADDRESS: MY ACTUAL ADDRESS
    ZIP CODE: MY ACTUAL ZIP CODE
    STATE & CITY: THE ACTUAL STATE & CITY THAT I LIVE IN
    DELIVERY TYPE: HOME DELIVERY
    EMAIL: MY EMAIL ADDRESS
    PH: MY PHONE #

    PUPPIES NAMES: LINA & KUKU
    BREED: TEACUP YORKIE
    SEX: FEMALE & MALE
    AGE: 13 WKS
    WEIGHT: 2 LBS
    VET #: VAC/78398/CG/870978371

    THE EMAIL SAID TO SEND A MONEYGRAM OR GO TO A WESTERN UNION & MAKE PAYMENT TO:
    NAME: ACHONDUH ADME NDUMBI
    COUNTRY: CAMAROON
    CITY: DOULALA
    ADDRESS: MILE 12
    ZIP CODE: 00237 (WHY WOULD YOU BE SENDING IT TO AN ADDRESS IN CAMAROON WE QUESTIONED)

    THANK GOODNESS WE CAUGHT THIS BEFORE ACTUALLY SENDING THE MONEY. HOPE THIS HELPS ANYONE ELSE.

  30. Hello Robert- there are many pet scams on the internet and they all have a common thread. They all use Western Union as the method of payment. Ask yourself why this person would spend all the money it would take to ship a pet to you. There is a good possibility that this is one of those scams. I cannot advise you to take that chance. Once you wire the money, it is gone forever.
    Susan

  31. EVERYONE READ THIS! THIS IS IMPORTANT:
    So heres the story: Me and my girlfriend found this FREE POMERANIAN here in the Philippines and thought it was a good deal, all we had to do was pay 8000 philippine pesos (or $2000) for shipping and handling…we were all game and STUPIDLY we sent the money even though we didnt think twice bout WHY THE HELL IS THE MONEY GOING TO CAMEROON…we just wanted the puppy of course. THEN a few hours after sending the money, some guy calls up saying “THERES A REFUNDABLE $1200 DOLLARS INSURANCE POLICY YOU MUST PAY”…this is where I started to get suspicious, because after we complained that we werent informed about the extra fee’s the dude claims that the supposed “AIRTICKET” and “HANDLING FEE” was NON REFUNDABLE (the $200 i already sent)…after the guy realize I was no longer interested in the puppy he even asked me “How Much Money Do You Have Now To Offer”…this is where I really started paying attention, because if its the “Singapore Airlines Insurance Fee” were talking about, why are they haggling or trying to make some sort of deal with me right? I mean it should have been either you pay the fine or not, but for some reason they were willing to let me ship the dogs even if I had only had 1000 ($25) left in my wallet (literally that was all I had left)…So they started saying “We’ll contact the dog owners in Singapore to pay the rest of the fee, just send us whatever money you can” and shiz…UNFORTUNATELY my desire and greed for a free puppy got the better of me and I ended up borrowing PHP5000 $120 dollars from my girlfriend and sending it to them hoping maybe that was enough to get the dogs…After that I never heard from them again…Until Tonight.

    A few days ago, out of depression and sadness I posted the scammers WESTERN UNION account name and email on Fraudwatchers.org so MAYBE as to help AVOID other people falling for scams like me…and TONIGHT, I get an Email from THE SCAMMERS THEMSELVES THREATENING ME SAYING THEYLL EXPOSE ME AS A SCAMMER! They gave me 2 days to bring down my post…what they dont know is that THEY DONT HAVE INFO ON ME BECAUSE THE INFO THEY HAVE ISNT MINE! So if your reading this you good for nothing scammer BRING IT ON, ILL BE SURE TO EXPOSE YOU ON EVERY WEBSITE I CAN. Bellow is the email threat they sent me, their email address, their western union name i sent the money to and the phone number they used…Im also currently trying to contact the US Embassy in Cameroon to file a report….God bless Everyone.

    Scammers Email Address: pets-relocation@live.com
    The Email:
    NAMES AND WELL AS YOUR ADDRESS IN THE SAME FORUM TOO FOR SCAMS AND IN OTHER FORUMS WE ARE GIVEN YOU 2 DAYS IF THAT POST IS NOT REMOVE THEN WE HAVE NO CHOICE THAN TO TAKE OUR MAJORS AND ALSO PUT YOUR NAMES UP FOR SCAM
    http://www.fraudwatchers.org/forums/showthread.php?p=162857
    2 February 2013, 16:38
    albz3092
    Guest

    Newest Scammer
    Hey guys…unfortunately I’ve JUST been scammed (as in literallly a few hours ago) by the same scams on this page…I wish I had seen it sooner, but whats done is done. I’ll just put up his/her details here hopefully to avoid further scams.

    NAMES—————————— ARREYMBO FRANCIS MBOH

    COUNTRY—————————–CAMEROON

    CITY……………………………………………..BUE A

    ZIP-CODE…………………………………00237

    You need a test question before sending money to this account.

    TEST QUESTION——————-WHO?

    Also the person I found the add from was
    GLORIANA AVENDANO, she was selling POMERANIANS from SINGAPORE….

    Good Luck Everyone

    Scammers Number Used to Contact Us: +237 9322 6598

  32. i just want to ask if this website is real http://www.move-pets.tk/ because someone offer to adopt a pet and she will send it to the move pets and i only pay the travel agency.. but when i read to this article i been confused to pay to the western union.

  33. You can report a pet scam to ic3.gov. They do keep track of scams. As to getting your money back, I am afraid there is no recourse if you wired money. You can ask Western Union if you used their services, but I do not know of any way to have that transaction reversed.
    Susan

  34. ho do i report a smam to how do i get my money back can you send me some info to were i go and find out about this

  35. The United States is very pet friendly and only requires that your pet be vaccinated for rabies and that a licensed veterinarian complete a veterinary certificate. Should your pet not be vaccinated 30 days prior to entering the USA, you will need a home quarantine form. You can find all forms and instructions here and they can be emailed to you: https://www.pettravelstore.com/categories/Pet-Passports/.
    Susan

  36. This comment is for the admin. I’m bringing my cat from Thailand to Lax in the United States. This is the first time for the cat being in the USA. From your website it looks like Thailand is high for rabies and that my cat will need a rabies shot. I will need to find a vet that is licensed to complete “United States Veterinary Certificate”. This needs to be done 1 month prior or within 30 days of arriving in the USA? I don’t want to get quarantined and any help would be great.

  37. Isto não é bom, um engano. Não envie dinheiro para este cachorrinho. Não há nenhum cachorrinho e estas pessoas tomarão seu dinheiro e não há nenhum cachorrinho. Tenha cuidado!
    Susan

  38. Bom dia.

    Queria adoptar um cachorrinho, andei nos sites e no OLX estava um anuncio de um YorkShire de uma senhora Que tem poe nome Catarina SilVestre ao princincio pensei que fosse de Lisboa depois já era dos EUA Fiquei contente mas achei muito estranho, era para doação mas tinha que pagar 110€ para os Camaroes que nem sei o que é isso!!!! Por isso vou desitir axo que isto é tudo uma burla, vou adoptar por cá que é mais seguro, quero ver primeiro o animal antes de o levar!!!

  39. I was looking for a Yorkie as a gilt for my mother. I saw the ad and received reply they had two just wanted to find a good home. I agreed to pay for shipping since they are located in WY. When I received call and email from shipping company I went to check them out on Internet. I couldn’t find the exact name but came across the warning of a scam. The emails I had received from woman named Malisa written as someone from outside the US. She wanted only a good home for the puppies. When I told her about the scam she said that she didn’t know about that but the puppies were at the shipping Company. It will cost $475.00 to ship both puppies. I’m glad I saw this warning before I sent the money.

  40. WARNING: yorkie paradise.net uses this air line to falsely tell you your pet is on the way in an animal agency. All you need to do is send them money for the flight! I caught on quickly. They are a scam. They will text you by using the #413-829-2143. It is unable to get incoming calls only texts. They will call you from a private #. Be careful. Investigation has been done on these people. And they change there # often. They say there pets are FREE just pay shipping through this airline. Piece of advice. NOTHING is “free”! Have a great day. Good luck.

  41. good thing id searched it first before sending them money! my goodness! thank you guys for all the comments! they’re using those adorable puppies for their nonsense business!

  42. Please consider adopting a rescue pet instead. There are thousands of dogs waiting to be adopted from Romania. Go to adopt a pet on faccbook :- facebook.com/adopt a pet. This is a genuine girl who rescues dogs and pays for the vaccines and passports herself – all she wants is a good home for her dogs x x her name is Jere Mina and she is on facebook too. i have adopted a dog from her – and there is no cost involved – just a transportation cost – that you pay a company of your choice x x

  43. This is crazy was about to be a victim when i read this artical. It is so true exactly wireing money through via western union to cameroon. Thank god i did some research.

    RESPONSE: thank you for your comments. Hopefully, they will help someone else. Wiring money to Cameroon for a pet is certainly a red flag. We hope that more people will learn about this terrible scam.
    Susan

  44. You must be really naive to buy your pet this way! When I buy an animal prefer to go to see him, to see what documentation has to know his parents etc. Inform yourself thoroughly before making this step! Otherwise you give money to some pictures!

  45. I have been a victim of such an internet pet scam. I had seen this Rottweiler on this a classified and responded immediately without knowing that it was a farce.

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