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Pet Courier Scams

By: Sarah Clark (ILEX) - Updated: 9 Aug 2020 | comments*Discuss
 
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We've recently been on the receiving end of a pet courier scam using our website' s name to dupe people into paying for something that doesn't exist. Please note that we do not provide any services or products - just the great advice you see on this website. Here are some more details about the scam and other pet courier scams to be aware of.

How could you not be moved by the plight of the puppy that just happens to be the exact same breed that you’re looking for? You make contact with the person concerned and after they’ve asked you some questions about how you intend to look after their valuable pet, they decide that yes, you’re the perfect choice of owner, and all that remains to be arranged is the transporting of the pet to where you live.

But wait – it seems they are a fair distance away from you. So they’ll have to sort out pet transportation, and that’s not going to be cheap. Some cheeky fraudsters have been cashing in on the good name of www.petsanddtravel.co.uk to try and scam honest people out of their money, in an elaborate hoax that tries to part potential pet owners with cash for the costs of transporting the animals from one side of the country to the other. Concerned members of the public have been in contact with petsandtravel.co.uk, to find out whether requests for large sums of money are genuine.

It goes without saying that they are not. Petsandtravel.co.uk has never sold products to the public, and has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with the scammers who are purporting to sell or trade pets.

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Unbelievably, one potential pet owner was told that the reason he could only pay for his German Shepherd dog, (which was originally in Liverpool but had conveniently just been relocated to Northern Ireland), to be transported was...
“due to the high rate of fraud going on in the UK all their UK based account are under auditing and reconstruction so all their payment are been forwarded to their head quarter Cameroon.”(original grammatical errors included for reference here.)

Naturally, when asked to forward money to a Western union account, most people will be highly suspicious, but the fraudster continued, “you just have to trust me and make a payment of hundred pounds tomorrow.”

Thankfully, this astute consumer saw through the scam, but the side-effect of getting into correspondence with scammers in the first place is that he now gets bombarded with spam emails telling him that he’s won prizes and just has to send cash to be awarded them.

Another excited pet owner was pleased to find that someone had socialised beagles available to be adopted, allegedly because her mother (who lived in the Isle of Man) had recently died and the scammer was unable to take them in. The lady in question chatted over email with the pet scammer and was asked several questions about her own suitability as a pet owner, before being asked to send £200 “to include delivery”. In a later email the £200 was described as simply being the courier fee. The intended victim of the scam smelled a rat when the emails started asking for money for a courier firm called Pets and Travel, and gave the www.petsandtravel.co.uk website. She says,

“ I believe now the whole name, everything was made up. I got suspicious as I felt she went a little too far with her story, plus her grammar sounded foreign. I then went onto the website for Pets and Travel, as I am a natural cynic, to check if it was correct and obviously found it wasn't.”

What to look Out For with Pet Scammers

Consumer Direct advise that there are no pending investigations into this type of activity going on at the moment, and in fact it would be difficult to investigate anyway as the perpetrators of this type of pet scam are clearly based abroad and using fake email addresses. The adverts appear in several websites and have also been reported in USA, Australia and New Zealand and elsewhere.

Our Advice

Be wary of:
  • Sob stories about why the animals are being given away
  • Locations that involve a long journey for the pet – especially if they’ve conveniently ‘just moved’.
  • Requests to send money for transporting the pet using Western Union (especially to an account in Cameroon)

Sample email:

Here is an example of the email you might receive following an initial enquiry:

"We are very happy to read from you so soon,And i have just attached some of the pics and we are sure you are going to loves and spoil her with love ,cuddle , attention and provide her with all her needs . We need Her to go into a lovely and caring and a forever home. Firstly let me tell you about her .She is called Louisa . She is veterinary checked and vaccinated and have all health records till date and all papers . So we are giving her to a good home and for ever home...

Since you guys are not so close to us, we shall use the Pet Delivery Carrier and they will get the puppy delivered at your home address that you will provide to us. As soon as we have the details, we shall prepare the change of ownership papers before we do the delivery registration with the Carrier . Do get back to us with the details so we can prepare the change of ownership papers and do the delivery registration with the Courier. You will have to pay just £200 and that is directly to the Courier company before delivery as the agency will need the money to process all the delivery documents before transportation of the puppy okay and also send all the relevant papers work via the Courier service."

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Also scanned by these people. They are scum.
Joylove - 9-Aug-20 @ 11:51 AM
BEWARE ISLE OF MAN SELLERS OF AFGHAN HOUNDS THEY CALL THEMSELVES SIMON ALEXANDER DOWLING AND MICHELLE MARIA DOWLING...when I asked for a photo of the exact puppy they would be sending they could not provide it but I had a long email about its care, food, love it would need etc...the puppy certificates could not be sent as the "vet was a long way away" and then I was asked to pay all the money to their son's account which was a bogus foreign transfer account so the money disappears without trace....,thank goodness for the internet and search facilities...I inspected the photos of the "dogs in their garden" and googled their garden...no way !!!I suspect its a bogus residential address they are using of some unsuspecting Isle of Man resident... Ot
OTTO - 29-Jul-20 @ 1:11 PM
think I've been scamed by the email marky ban saying she has Staffordshire bull terriers for sale in Kirkwall Scotland like a fool i paid half the amount then the courier then got in touch and wanted £1235 to insure the pup while in storage and transit the penny dropped then the scumbags should be bought to justice
jenks - 23-Jul-20 @ 2:41 PM
Just had an email conversation with Miranda Spencer and Graeme Biddle about the golden retriever puppies they are selling, it was pretty much identical to the ones mentioned below.The suggestions they made rang alarm bells, so searched their names and found this information.Thank you for confirming my initial concerns were well founded,is there anyone I should report this to?
Lucky escape - 15-Jul-20 @ 10:23 PM
An interesting page, I have just been scammed by Miranda Spencer too, 740!! Over golden retrievers, reported to fraud department. Realised when they wanted an other1,250 for insurance that it was a scam sadly. No puppy for us.
Debra79 - 15-Jul-20 @ 1:09 PM
nearly got scammed by miranda spencer over some german shepard pups on isle of man ...sent me many photos and details of how to care etc etc.....also courier service next day with vets .........lying scum dont touch these inbreds
cheesedevil - 12-Jul-20 @ 6:54 PM
If anyone wants her name its Rinna cratinno on Facebook saying she has no time to care for the pups sent me pics they have said the teapot yorkie are a boy and girl called Rex they want to transport the pups I smelled a rat hence it being in the surname when I asked for a video call to view the pups they declined. I said I would travel 8 hrs to collect them said they would send documents etc but needed money 1st byvtmr morning. I know I'm blond but I'm certainly not stupid. Please anyone dont pay for pet couriers they are frauds I bet there has been some unlucky people out there that has falled for this. My condolences to you.
bernie - 11-Jul-20 @ 11:56 PM
Hi I'm in contact with s women called Rinna C on Facebook from the isle of man with 2 teacup yorkie. Wanted £500 on iTunes card scammers I'm thinking I have the whole conversation if you wish to view it they know what there are doing to these poor people that fall for these Nigerians as looked into his friends and I'm guessing that's what the nationality is.
bernie - 11-Jul-20 @ 11:48 PM
We are currently looking for a Golden Retriever so I got my daughter to do some of the leg work, she came across a Miranda Spencer in Isle of Man with some great pictures of a litter. Should we abort?!
DeeMax - 9-Jul-20 @ 9:08 PM
Miranda Spencer and Graeme Biddle the name on my email - I asked to see a copy of the 5 generation pedigree and not had a reply back, again the English slightly off and referring to a discount card for the courier.
jj2020 - 9-Jul-20 @ 5:01 PM
Beware buyers she is using the name miranda Spencer
Ajg1 - 8-Jul-20 @ 2:25 PM
She is using the name miranda Smith beware buyers
Ajg1 - 8-Jul-20 @ 2:23 PM
Hi, I have almost been scammed by Pamela Wendy Conti. I have been doing some digging and the passport she provides (including DOB) proves a match on companies house as a director of Conti Enterprises. The registered address for the this company is the address of Contis Fish and Chip Shop Tonypandy. The lady in the photo posted by the chip shop is the same lady on the passport sent to me during the scam. I have messaged the chippy to see if they are aware of the involvement and if this proves to be the ‘home’ of the scam I intend to boycott the chippy and hopefully get a report for fraud against them. They make the scam sound so believable and it’s just so inconvenient that they are basis in Isle of Man but the solution of the Courier service that the husband had discount on is too good to be true! Please don’t fall for this nasty scam! If you have been scammed by them, it may be worth contacting the chippy as it is either the scammer who owns the chippy or they will be very inclined to help with the huge case of identity theft carried out against them!
Geo - 22-Jun-20 @ 9:27 AM
Now they've moved on to Pocket beagles, exact same email as everyone mentioned above! Has anyone reported them?
RC - 22-Jun-20 @ 7:38 AM
All the above and add Liam and Miranda avoid
Scam buster - 20-Jun-20 @ 5:17 PM
I just got scammed from Pamela Wendy Conti and her so called husbandBilly Rogers of 595.00 pound. I have report to fraud team of police and my bank.
Sue - 20-Jun-20 @ 3:09 PM
Hi, we nearly got scammed by pamela wendy conti and billy roger price. Seemed caring (it in hindsight) want loving family for there babies, live so far away they come up with pet courier service. Swaps from husband to partner, bad English, sense somethings off so asked more questions while googling them and they become aggressive, that if we dont trust them etc. Sent passport of her born in Wales and provisional licence for him. COMPLETE SCAMMERS tried to complain to k9 website but never loads
Emz - 18-Jun-20 @ 11:02 PM
I am emailing some one called Mark at the moment and I’m doing some research!! Boy am I glad I came across this! He is from the Douglas Isle of Man. He hasn’t asked for money yet but I have said I want to face time so I can see the dogs and owners! He changes from wife to partner in responses
Lou - 17-Jun-20 @ 7:02 PM
I have almost just been scammed by the same person for a French bulldog. Honestly its the 3rd time today. Im so desperate to offer an amazing home to a french bulldog girl and i really thought this was the one. Im absolutely heartbroken, i cant even explain! How people can do this is beyond me. STAY CLEAR OF THESE PEOPLE
Gem - 15-Jun-20 @ 11:00 PM
Thank God i researched their names Pam Wendy and Billy Rogers, i also looked for an advert for pups and they emailed me with the same story about loving home etc then requested for my details before i had confirmed whether i wanted one or not. They were selling Blue french puppies for £595 plus courier charge, can't believe they are really trying to scam people out of their hard earned money during the pandemic. She even apologised for badly written english- SHOCKING
Yinx - 15-Jun-20 @ 2:49 PM
I’m so glad I’ve seen this forum as I’ve had the exact same people Pam Wendy Conti and Billy Rogers tried to sell me blue staffies but live in the Isle of Man which is too far for me after back and forth emails I found it too suspicious as they wanted £595 by today and via bank when I asked for PayPal, they didn’t really answer any concerning questions I had which made me more suspicious which is why I looked online plus they said that they would have my puppy delivered to my house by 7pm tomorrow which is weird so I went with my gut and said no to them in the end don’t fall for them like I nearly did!!!!
NW - 12-Jun-20 @ 4:44 PM
I have today been responded to by Pamela Wendy Conti, regarding Siberian Husky puppy ready now, and from I O M and needing £595 including the courrier fee.Thank god my husband read this .......
JT - 11-Jun-20 @ 4:01 PM
Thank goodness I have just read this thread. I have also just nearly been scammed by Pamela Wendy Conti AKA Wendy and Roger living on the Isle of Man. Something didn’t seem quite right so google searched about dog scamming and low and behold this is the first site I can across. Naming the same people and strikingly similar email as I have had and been dealing with. Thank you! You just saved me £600!
Boxer20 - 11-Jun-20 @ 6:15 AM
I also have just nearly been scammed by Pamela and Wendy conti for a blue staff I just thought it was to good to be true so went on line about pet couriers and saw this Thank god I found this sight there’s some horrible people out there
Jackie - 10-Jun-20 @ 1:47 PM
We have just nearly been scammed out of £595 for a blue staffy puppy By Pamela Conti from Isle of Man They pulled on our heartstrings about a family pet So glad I came on here to check as it felt uneasy
Joanne - 8-Jun-20 @ 11:26 AM
Hi, We have been conned by Pam and Billy of £600 today. They asked for £1225 for travel costs due to corona and said it would be refundable. Any clue how to get the money back?? Thank you
Natasha - 7-Jun-20 @ 5:44 PM
This is still a scam being used both on facebook and k9 - please please be careful as information that you provide can be used fraudulently
Jq133 - 7-Jun-20 @ 4:08 PM
So glad I checked on here as just nearly got scammed off Pamela Wendy Conti from Isle of Man for a Rottweiler puppy off K9 pets for sale site how are these people still allowed to advertise puppies for sale on site when their known scammers I’m fuming as iv been looking for ages to find a pup then when I get my hopes up it’s a scam
Lainey - 4-Jun-20 @ 12:45 PM
Hi anyone been scammed by Amanda Gonzales off loot, then by the so called courier which is called Free way pets transport or international paws??? They’ve had over £500 off me!
Rach - 2-Jun-20 @ 8:05 PM
In answer to the couple in Isle of Man I have almost paid over 600 pounds for a puppy, Paypal originally then suddenly bank transfer, then her son's name.All too much information but no trusted bank account.Thankfully spotted their mistake and stopped contact.Name of Pamela Wendy Conti and Billy Roger.Done research and found this forum.These are definitely scammers.
jannor - 31-May-20 @ 11:33 PM
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    Re: Pet Courier Scams
    Also scanned by these people. They are scum.
    9 August 2020
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    Re: Pet Courier Scams
    BEWARE ISLE OF MAN SELLERS OF AFGHAN HOUNDS THEY CALL THEMSELVES SIMON ALEXANDER DOWLING AND MICHELLE MARIA DOWLING...when I asked for a photo…
    29 July 2020
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