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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1335 on: July 15, 2013, 08:32:32 AM »
I got this heartrending one today. Anyone want a Yorkie?

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Hello,

How are you today? I hope this e-mail reaches you in a good mood. My name is Barbara Hower and I am a consultant gynecologist surgeon and oncologist doctor, I work for different prominent hospitals, my husband and I are giving out this little puppy for free adoption. This little girl weighs 1.3Lbs at 9 weeks old & should be 3Lbs when full grown only. She is very friendly with children she fits in both palms of your hands. She is an AKC/CERF registered puppy, adorable and and sociable with a great personality and very good bloodlines.

She is vet-checked, up to date on shots and deforming, and her health is guaranteed. She was recently checked by a licensed Vet Doctor for heart, knees, skin, correct bite, and eyes problems and there is no sign of any problem. Bottom and straight sides are tender and shots are given up to date.

She will come along with a travel crate, AKC/CERF Registered Papers, Toys and Food with her birth certificate, I used to reside in California with my husband but after my son's death. My husband and I moved to Africa due to our work and we have the puppy right here with us. You have to promise me that you will take good care of her as she will be a new family member. Please, if you are not going to take good care of the puppy, do not reply this e-mail.

If you are going to take good care of her, kindly reply for more details about her. I await your urgent Response.

Thanks & God Bless,

Barbara Hower.

What exactly is meant by "Bottom and straight sides are tender"? Is this in case I'm thinking of Yorkie barbeque?
My cousin's memoir of love and loneliness while raising a child with multiple disabilities will be out on Amazon soon! Know the Night, by Maria Mutch, has been called "full of hope, light, and companionship for surviving the small hours of the night."

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1336 on: July 15, 2013, 08:38:03 AM »
Nah, it's probably just because since she's "up to date on deforming," they want to let you know she might be a little sore after being squished.

(Okay, I assume that was autocorrect for "de-worming," but it was funny anyway!)

Twik

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1337 on: July 15, 2013, 08:46:57 AM »
Nah, it's probably just because since she's "up to date on deforming," they want to let you know she might be a little sore after being squished.

Perhaps she started out as a Pug before the deforming?
My cousin's memoir of love and loneliness while raising a child with multiple disabilities will be out on Amazon soon! Know the Night, by Maria Mutch, has been called "full of hope, light, and companionship for surviving the small hours of the night."

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1338 on: July 15, 2013, 10:09:51 AM »
This puppy deal is decidedly fishy to me.   

Why would anyone take a puppy to Africa and then put her up for adoption on the Internet?

I don't even want to think about the rigmarole of government regulations and the cost of this adoption. 

Also, may I ask what the death of the son has to do with anything?

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« Reply #1339 on: July 15, 2013, 10:17:27 AM »
Oh, the poor puppy. I must save it from a horrible life in Africa. What? You need money for an export certificate? Oh, the rabies certificate isn't valid and you need money for a new one? The airline has an animal surcharge?


On the travel board where I hang out, we occasionally get spam like this:
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original high-quality fake passports, driverís licenses, ID card

We are the best producer of quality fake documents. With over 12million of out documents circulating over the world. [email address]
We offer only original high-quality fake passports, driverís licenses, ID cards, stamps and other products for a number of countries like: USA, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Italia, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Mexico, Netherlands, South Africa, Spain, United Kingdom. This list is not full.
To get the additional information and place the order just visit our website or you contact us via email or mobile.
BUY FAKE PASSPORT BRITISH FOR SALE DIPLOMATIC CANADIAN FALSE ID CARD ONLINE UNITED STATES FAKE ID CARD SELL DRIVERS LICENSE
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feel free to contact via email or call at anytime.

This is a great racket. After they take your money and run, to whom do you complain that you never got the fake passport you ordered?


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Twik

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1340 on: July 15, 2013, 10:36:07 AM »
This puppy deal is decidedly fishy to me.   

Why would anyone take a puppy to Africa and then put her up for adoption on the Internet?

I don't even want to think about the rigmarole of government regulations and the cost of this adoption. 

Also, may I ask what the death of the son has to do with anything?

Absolutely nothing, any more than the fact that the "owner" is a gynecologist at "different prominent hospitals".

As nutraxfornerves explains, the scam is that there is no puppy, but lots of "unexpected expenses" for delivery. I believe one of the scambaiter sites did one of these, where the target mentioned that they were going to use the puppy as the main ingredient in "Yorkie Jerky". Somehow, this did not put the concerned owner off one bit.
My cousin's memoir of love and loneliness while raising a child with multiple disabilities will be out on Amazon soon! Know the Night, by Maria Mutch, has been called "full of hope, light, and companionship for surviving the small hours of the night."

Thipu1

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1341 on: July 15, 2013, 10:48:35 AM »
I have no doubt that the 'puppy offer' is a scam. 

The sentence that the dog has been checked out by a 'Vet Doctor' was a dead give-away for me.  The mention of the deceased son was just a cue to start the violins. 

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1342 on: July 15, 2013, 11:11:45 AM »
I was impressed that the Yorkie comes with her own birth certificate!  First time I've heard of a dog having an actual certificate of birth.   

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« Reply #1343 on: July 15, 2013, 11:25:12 AM »
I was impressed that the Yorkie comes with her own birth certificate!  First time I've heard of a dog having an actual certificate of birth.

Yes, although real AKC papers are a birth certificate of sorts I suppose.

I was more impressed that the owner of the puppy is a "consultant gynecologist surgeon and oncologist doctor".  What the heck is that?  And wouldn't both oncologists and veterinarians both just call themselves that without the additional word doctor behind their specialties?  Wouldn't we assume that they are doctors?   ;D

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« Reply #1344 on: July 15, 2013, 01:41:23 PM »
I did a bit of Googling. There seems to be a plethora of those puppies.

 Jacqueline Jones, Cabana Tammy, Richard Walton, Johnston M. Wright, Banach Wuzzy, Tina Marry, Jessica Fawton, and Ansley Dolan, each one a "consultant Gynecologist Surgeon and Oncologist Doctor," all have puppies available. Different breeds, mostly in the US, not Africa.

Someone baited the good Dr. Wuzzy. http://skunkfeathers57.blogspot.com/2008/07/ill-be-dawggoned.html  He wanted $350 for the puppy.

In 2007, a TV station played with a scammer who said he was a Peace Corps volunteer inCameroon.
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At first he says shipping will cost $480 dollars, but drops it to $280 dollars. Over the course of a week of e-mails we talk him down to $200 dollars, then $150 dollars and finally $100 dollars to ship a dog from Africa to San Francisco. We send him nothing.


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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1345 on: July 15, 2013, 04:03:44 PM »
Here's the link to the tale (tail?) of the Yorkie Jerky purveyor: http://www.scamorama.com/rayburn_long.html. (Be warned: although no Yorkies are actually harmed, the discussion gets a little ... surreal ... at the end.)
My cousin's memoir of love and loneliness while raising a child with multiple disabilities will be out on Amazon soon! Know the Night, by Maria Mutch, has been called "full of hope, light, and companionship for surviving the small hours of the night."

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1346 on: July 15, 2013, 10:02:04 PM »
So this was interesting:
I screened a message for the millionth time on my answering machine about how I have a "I've fallen and I can't get up"-type of system ready to be delivered to me. I snapped and picked it up. The voice said to press one. I pressed one...and was treated to classical music.  ??? Really? Start off by putting me on hold? FanTAStic. So after a few seconds of violins, a guy answers and gives me his name and i.d. number. He asks if this is the best number to reach me at if we get disconnected. Steeling myself, I say "yes but I want you to take me off your list, I do not need your product."
He says "Okay, we can do that. That's all you need to say." And then there is a click and dead air so I guess he hung up on me.
So...
yay.
I guess? ::)

Still annoying to have to go through all that to begin with (especially since I have been on the Do Not Call List for years), but they better keep their word and stop calling me.  >:(
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1347 on: July 16, 2013, 12:06:15 AM »
This is a great racket. After they take your money and run, to whom do you complain that you never got the fake passport you ordered?

The same people you complain to when your pot dealer gives you a bag of oregano, or when the hooker runs away with your cash.

"Sir, soliciting a prostitute is illegal in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. I could go with you and arrest her, if you like, but I'd also have to arrest you."

Actual quote from an actual cop I overheard dealing with an aggrieved citizen while walking to grad school one day in Boston. I'm convinced the cop saw me coming and spoke loudly so he wouldn't be the only witness to this guy's idiocy.

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1348 on: July 16, 2013, 01:42:18 AM »
Just got an email claiming to be from my country's tax authority, saying I'd had a generous amount of money deposited into my account and click on the link below to continue.

Except,
1) it's a month before tax season even starts, so I wouldn't be due any money yet anyway,
2) it's from an email address with ".com" at the end and I've had official emails from the tax authority before, and they always have a different email address, and
3) if there was a deposit "into my account", if they mean my bank account, I would have received a text notification about it, and if they somehow mean I have a tax account with the tax authority, I don't, all money due to or received from the tax authority is either into or out of my bank accound directly, no intermediatary account used.

Nice try.
Well, they're trying again. This time, after tax season has started.

The really funny thing this time around is that although the sending email address is now something sensible looking, the link to the web site they're asking me to click on is for something ludicrous like "tertramateobuuzrosario.com" (not the actual address, I fudged a few vowels for safety sake).

Pity that
a) Our online tax filing takes less than a couple of hours (from the time you submit your tax return to the point it's processed by the tax authority) and you get notified by text message that it's completed, and
b) I've already got my tax rebate for this year, directly into my bank account, no "authorising of transaction" required.
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1349 on: July 16, 2013, 02:21:29 AM »
So this was interesting:
I screened a message for the millionth time on my answering machine about how I have a "I've fallen and I can't get up"-type of system ready to be delivered to me. I snapped and picked it up. The voice said to press one. I pressed one...and was treated to classical music.  ??? Really? Start off by putting me on hold? FanTAStic.

Once in a blue moon we'll get telemarketing calls from the US. Those always start with a recorded voice saying "Please hold..." I always immediately hang up on them. No, you called me, I'm not going to bother waiting for you to pick up.
 
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