Claim to be the shipper for “Golden Cockapoo Puppies (also a scam). They wanted me to rent or buy a crate to ship the puppy ($950 or $1220). After I returned the crate, they would refund money. However they wanted Bitcoin or Walmart gift card, PayPal, Zelle or Apple Pay.
Catherine – Sep 21, 2020
Victim Location 95531
Total money lost $2,500
Type of a scam Online Purchase
Purchased a puppy from a Breeder that claimed he was in DC. He did the shipping. Gave me the link to the website and the tracking number. I searched around the web before contacting them to see if they were a noted online presence. Appeared to be very legitimate but I now know they were a hoax. No phone, no address, no location, but they did have the tracking number and the "itinerary". It appeared legitimate. I was astounded when they said the breeder’s crate for the puppy was rejected, they need a special environmental control crate to keep pets safe. My daughter bought a dog this way so I know it’s true. I spoke with the representative on a chat, who explained they were willing to sell it to me for $2700 plus or rent it for $200–but I had to put up a $1550 hold on it, and would receive $1350 back when we received the puppy. We were both very leery but my husband and I agreed that it just didn’t seem possible the breeder could be connected to a shipping company. Shows how gullible we were. I contacted the breeder who was impatient, said he was at work, couldn’t talk, asked for me to take care of it and he would reimburse me. I refused and left it alone, later contacted him and asked for my money back. He was all blubbery and telling me he had three children and would never want them hurt, why would he want to hurt my family? Please get this beautiful puppy who will bring love to your home. Feeling bad for and wanting the puppy, I decided to take the risk, and as soon as the money was sent, the chat I was still in with "Kim" began to devolve. The receipt I was supposed to have to claim the dog never came. They also demanded a copy of my drivers license to claim the dog. So now they could carry on with identity fraud. My husband and I are retired, and the total of $2500 including all the PayPal fees, etc., is more than our two social security checks together. We took it from savings, but we don’t have much, and of course wish we’d not become involved. These people need to be stopped. I’m willing to do anything to help BBB, any governmental agency, etc. to help stop people like this. I did submit this same information regarding the breeder: Mountain Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. I took screenshots of all written transactions between us online and have all the emails and texts I received.