People can be blinded by their love for pets. Our new adoption warning page on our site provides information to help people recognize this kind of fraud before they lose their money.
Port Jefferson, NY (PRWEB) December 9, 2008
Pet shipping company Animals Away was featured on the channel 9 News in NYC warning the public about a very popular pet adoption scam (click to view) found on free classified ad sites, and newspapers in the U.S and Canada. These ads offer pets for adoption at no cost, all that needs to be done is to pay the shipping charges. A simple Western Union payment at a local Walmart of two hundred dollars or so will get a free pure bred puppy delivered to the door. Western Union, a household name, is well aware of this common Internet scam. MoneyGram is another method of payment the criminals try to use to steal money from the public. These two methods of payment and an occasional credit card request are the only way the crooks ask for payment.
The puppy and pet adoption scam video warning has been placed on the AnimalsAway.com site. In addition to the video there is a lot of really good information on how to avoid this scam, what to look for if you are investigating a possible scam and a link to a blog on the subject that has been providing information on this fraud for years. All of this is done in an effort to try to get the word out about this common and widespread scam. The location of these criminals allows them to stay out of the reach of the government and the authorities, spreading the word seems to be the best method of defense. Anthony Denicker, CEO of Animals Away, adds, "People can be blinded by their love for pets. Our new adoption warning page on our site provides information to help people recognize this kind of fraud before they lose their money."
Below are a few tips which are featured on the new puppy and pet adoption warning page of AnimalsAway.com.
- Make sure the person you are dealing with will have a phone conversation with you.
- Watch out for incorrect spelling and improper use of words in the e-mails you exchange.
- If at anytime Western Union or MoneyGram is requested as the form of payment for a pet adoption, avoid the situation completely.
- Always search for and contact the company that the person claims will be handling the delivery, if they can not be found through a search, it is a fraud.
- Watch out for those who use free e-mail services, such as, Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail and the like.
- If you receive an e-mail with the names or logo of any company, always find their site and call or email them from the contact information on the site, not the e-mail contact information you received.
- If it sounds to good too be true, it most likely is
Animals Away believes that recognizing these scams is the key to stopping them.Once the signs are known, these scams are much easier to identify and avoid. Pet transport sites all over the Internet are targeted by these criminals everyday. Animals Away warns that any ads offering free pets for adoption for just the shipping charges payable by Western Union or MoneyGram are a complete fraud. Most of the time puppies are being used such as bulldogs, Yorkies, Maltese and Boxers, but there are all kinds of pets being used, sometimes parrots, monkeys and kittens are used as bait in these scams. The criminals are always adding different breeds and types of pets to the scam scenario, so it could be any kind of pet. Again, Western Union or MoneyGram payments to Africa, for any kind of pet or puppy adoption are a SCAM. Also beware of those who claim they are in the USA, but have to leave or require that you send the money to Cameroon, Nigeria or Africa; it is common for the criminals to say they are here in the USA; they are not.
Animals Away offers pet shipping and pet transport services door-to-door worldwide with care.