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Pet Courier Scams

By: Sarah Clark (ILEX) - Updated: 2 Jun 2017 | 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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There is currently a page on facebook called dogs and pets for sale he claims that his name is Larry vena from isle of man with a litter of British bulldogs,huskies, rottwilers and many more wanted to deliver me a dog that I have always wanted he was very interested in sending me the dog but as soon as I said I would go there to pick him but needed his address then he has stoped responding to me so I belive now that this is a scam andam concerned as so many people are writing comments as they are very interested in having these puppies and am unsure what I should do
Eagles - 2-Jun-17 @ 10:14 AM
Alvie - Your Question:
I have spoken to someone who is from Dogs and Puppies for sale they said the puppy I want is 300 and an extra 100 for transport x I'm in Liverpool they are based in the Isle of Man are these people legitimate

Our Response:
We don't know for sure but we always advise that you visit a pupry and its mother several times before buying and collecting it. Never buy from anyone who says they can deliver your dog by courier. In fact the Dogs and Puppies website advises: "NEVER buy from anyone willing to deliver a dog by courier & report it to our team. Report it to the team".
PetsAndTravel - 25-Apr-17 @ 11:30 AM
I have spoken to someone who is from Dogs and Puppies for sale they said the puppy I want is 300 and an extra 100 for transport x I'm in Liverpool they are based in the Isle of Man are these people legitimate
Alvie - 23-Apr-17 @ 8:29 PM
migzi - Your Question:
Hi I have just been in email contact with someone called Kelly sandra and she wanted to rehome a pug puppy due to being relocated to Isle of man. When I sent her my delivery details etc I then received an email off pet taxi asking me to pay a deposit of 91. to activate delivery ticket but payment needed to be made to a man in Cameroon. when I asked about this and said I wasn't happy she said I should trust her as she's used them before. I said I would be happy if I could pick up myself as I am willing to drive or arrange my own courier. I have not yet received a reply.I was sent photos in the first few emails and all looked lovely. Post has now been removed off sale sight. Should I do anything they have my delivery details address and mob phone?

Our Response:
You did the right thing to question this, as it certainly sounds like a scam. Make sure you pass on any information you have to Trading Standards and/or the police. As these scammers only have your address and mobile phone number (i.e no bank account details etc), your money should be safe enough. Keep an eye on your email activity etc.
PetsAndTravel - 20-Apr-17 @ 11:42 AM
pilky14 - Your Question:
Hi, As any one out there heard of this one. I was told I could have the French Bulldog puppy for free just had to pay shipping fee £200, she put the add in the west midland aera, but now she said she has been moved to Isle of Man because she and her husband was attacked and her husband shot dead, the name I have got for her is Junifer Balolong. can anyone help.

Our Response:
This sounds like it may be a scam. Offer to arrange for a courier yourself and pay for it. Don't send any money until you have absolute proof that the dog exists. Better still, just look for a breeder that you can visit and choose a dog in person.
PetsAndTravel - 19-Apr-17 @ 11:39 AM
Hi i have just been in email contact with someone called Kelly sandra and she wanted to rehome a pug puppy due to being relocated to Isle of man. When I sent her my delivery details etc I then received an email off pet taxi asking me to pay a deposit of 91. to activate delivery ticket but payment needed to be made to a man in Cameroon. when I asked about this and said I wasn't happy she said I should trust her as she's used them before. I said I would be happy if I could pick up myself as I am willing to drive or arrange my own courier. I have not yet received a reply. I was sent photos in the first few emails and all looked lovely. Post has now been removed off sale sight. Should I do anything they have my delivery details address and mob phone?
migzi - 17-Apr-17 @ 4:21 PM
Hi, As any one out there heard of this one. I was told i could have the French Bulldog puppy for free just had to pay shipping fee £200, she put the add in the west midland aera, but now she said she has been moved to Isle of Man because she and her husband was attacked and her husband shot dead, the name i have got for her is Junifer Balolong. can anyone help.
pilky14 - 16-Apr-17 @ 6:35 PM
Lou- Your Question:
Just about to send a lady money who I found online putting her two french bulldog puppies up for adoption has sent photos and a photo of her drivers licence but I'm a bit suspicious as a video clip shows the same two puppies in a large pen in what looks like a pet shop. She was living in London but was relocated to Isle of Man due to her husband being murdered. It broke my heart reading her story and I'm just about to agree to pay transport fees of £400 for both of these puppies. I was really pleased over the moon in fact I still don't no if it's above board and now I've seen this I'm nervous how can I check it's real without causing offence in case it is real.

Our Response:
It doesn't sound genuine to us. Ask if you can arrange your own pet courier and pay for it privately yourself (ie. so the seller is not receiving money for transport). Do other things to ascertain whether she's genuine: obviously check the address on google maps/royal mail etc and also ask if you friend (not real) could pop round and see the pups (that way you can verify whether the address and the pups are genuine). Steer clear until you're absolutely 100% sure.
PetsAndTravel - 9-Mar-17 @ 12:12 PM
Just about to send a lady moneywho I found online putting her two french bulldog puppies up for adoption has sent photos and a photo of her drivers licence but I'm a bit suspicious as a video clip shows the same two puppies in a large pen in what looks like a pet shop. She was living in London but was relocated to Isle of Man due to her husband being murdered. It broke my heart reading her story and I'm just about to agree to pay transport fees of £400 for both of these puppies.I was really pleased over the moon in fact I still don't no if it's above board and now I've seen this I'm nervous how can I check it's real without causing offence in case it is real.
Lou - 8-Mar-17 @ 12:48 AM
ive just enquired about a English bull terrier for sale at £500 as only 2 left was sent a message advising he was available for adoption wanted to know all details was it a dog friendly home . vet details, did we have any other pets or children etc etc turns out the lady Victoria Holgateis having brain surgery in isle of man £200 for the pup to be sent to our address in 6 hours please be really really careful when dealing with rubbish like this
bev p - 1-Feb-17 @ 8:42 PM
Ant - Your Question:
Been in contact with "Puppies and kittens for free adoption in the UK" on facebook, I was assuming it was a middle man page for adoption agencies and was interested in a puppy they put up.The page privately Inboxed me and said they need some details from me. I gave them what I could why I would like the pup etc. They take ages to reply and tend to be early ours in the morning for some reason. But they sent me a video of a puppy with a little baby claiming it was the pup and their daughter. Well that sent my curiosity flying when I knew I had seen the video before, which I had and it turned out to be an American family with their daughter playing with a puppy which was uploaded to YouTube in 2013. They claimed the puppy was only 12 weeks old and they are based in London which I am from Merseyside so they suggested a pet delivery service for me to use. They also used a sob story how their father passed away and they couldn't keep the animals so they was putting them up for adoption. They have my telephone numbers mobile and home but not my address can they get anything from having these? Hope someone can help.

Our Response:
No they should not be able to do anything if all they have is your phone numbers. Report this to Trading Standards, giving all the information you have about this person/company
PetsAndTravel - 1-Dec-16 @ 2:48 PM
Been in contact with "Puppies and kittens for free adoption in the UK" on facebook, I was assuming it was a middle man page for adoption agencies and was interested in a puppy they put up. The page privately Inboxed me and said they need some details from me. I gave them what I could why I would like the pup etc. They take ages to reply and tend to be early ours in the morning for some reason. But they sent me a video of a puppy with a little baby claiming it was the pup and their daughter. Well that sent my curiosity flying when I knew I had seen the video before, which I had and it turned out to be an American family with their daughter playing with a puppy which was uploaded to YouTube in 2013. They claimed the puppy was only 12 weeks old and they are based in London which I am from Merseyside so they suggested a pet delivery service for me to use. They also used a sob story how their father passed away and they couldn't keep the animals so they was putting them up for adoption. They have my telephone numbers mobile and home but not my address can they get anything from having these? Hope someone can help.
Ant - 1-Dec-16 @ 10:31 AM
Just been speaking to some1 selling 2 pugg pups and again from isle of man and £180 fit delivery asked for personnel details her name is gass colleen dawn Also got a sob stor that her husband is ill and moving to smaller house
Kenny - 21-Nov-16 @ 10:05 PM
I've just been talking to someone about a puppy. Luckily i searched for rough prices on a courier and stumbled across this page. I will get as much information as I can and add the details later. The puppy was a Pomeranian cross and they are saying that they are using the name of Larry vena and apparently in the Isle of Man. How people can live with them selfs knowing they have scammed people is beyond me.
Leanne - 17-Nov-16 @ 5:41 PM
maz - Your Question:
We have just been offered 2 parrot after reading this is known it's a scam and will not be sending money tomorrow Have a bad feeling coz it seemed to gud to be ture

Our Response:
Well spottedand thanks for sharing.
PetsAndTravel - 17-Nov-16 @ 2:25 PM
We have just been offered 2 parrot after reading this is known it's a scam and will not be sending money tomorrow Have a bad feeling coz it seemed to gud to be ture
maz - 16-Nov-16 @ 9:24 PM
Dawny - Your Question:
Was just offered two pugs by linda krentshaw - from isle of man, just had to pay for pet courier £180.00 my husband suspected a scam and just googled pet courier and read these comments.I asked her who would be the pet courier and she blocked me and removed all comments lucky escape

Our Response:
We can't believe people are still trying to get away with this scam. Well done for spotting it in time and we hope you stopped the payment before it went through. Please send any details through to Trading Standards if you can.
PetsAndTravel - 11-Nov-16 @ 2:16 PM
Was just offered two pugs by linda krentshaw - from isle of man, just had to pay for pet courier £180.00 my husband suspected a scam and just googled pet courier and read these comments. I asked her who would be the pet courier and she blocked me and removed all commentslucky escape
Dawny - 10-Nov-16 @ 2:48 PM
Jo - Your Question:
Hi,I've just seen the comment below and this is happening to me now! She is selling a French bull dog and said she wants 300 pounds just for him to to a good home said she is is Dublin and name is Amanda she sent me 19 pictures Whitch did look real! But now I've just read this in worried! She said the puppy would be put on a plane and delivered to my door and I have to pay a transportation fee of 300 pounds and that's all I'll pay! She has said what food he eats etc And she won't give me a phone number.I'm concerned this is a scam as really wanted that puppy for my daughter for Xmas!

Our Response:
Ask Trading Standards to look into this for you - it does look very suspicious to us.
PetsAndTravel - 10-Nov-16 @ 12:56 PM
Hi, I've just seen the comment below and this is happening to me now! She is selling a French bull dog and said she wants 300 pounds just for him to to a good home said she is is Dublin and name is Amanda she sent me 19 pictures Whitch did look real! But now I've just read this in worried! She said the puppy would be put on a plane and delivered to my door and I have to pay a transportation fee of 300 pounds and that's all I'll pay! She has said what food he eats etc And she won't give me a phone number. I'm concerned this is a scam as really wanted that puppy for my daughter for Xmas!
Jo - 9-Nov-16 @ 11:24 PM
jeannie 5 - Your Question:
I have just had a similar experience saw an ad for a puppy who had to go to a new home due to owner being unwell was supposed to be in Hyde but when emails arrived was now in Dublin and I would have to pay courier fee £250I did worry it was a scam but got drawn into the story of how lovely the puppy was and Amanda wanting to know all about my home to make sure the puppy would be safethe transport was arranged very quickly with vet checks supposedly being done which is what further concerned me but when I tried to research the courier there was no such company and they were asking the money to be sent to a woman again the company headquarters was Cameroonluckily I didn't send the money but please be careful they make it sound so plausible

Our Response:
Well spotted (just in time) and thanks for sharing your story with others!
PetsAndTravel - 7-Nov-16 @ 1:49 PM
I have just had a similar experience saw an ad for a puppy who had to go to a new home due to owner being unwell was supposed to be in Hyde but when emails arrived was now in Dublin and I would have to pay courier fee £250 Idid worry it was a scam but got drawn into the story of how lovely the puppy was and Amanda wanting to know all about my home to make sure the puppy would be safe the transport was arranged very quickly with vet checks supposedly being done which is what further concerned me but when I tried to research the courier there was no such company and they were asking the money to be sent to a woman again the company headquarters was Cameroon luckily I didn't send the money but please be careful they make it sound so plausible
jeannie 5 - 5-Nov-16 @ 5:26 PM
Hi, l saw a post of facebook from a Linda Krentshaw offering a pug puppy for adoption. After emails she has said l can have the puppy but l need to pay £315 for the pet courier and transfer of ownership papers from Isle of man. I already have a dog and know that the transfer only costs £16. Im a "if its too good to be true.. Its a set up" kinda girl. Had a little look through facebook and suddenly shes not on there anymore. So glad l have come across this site. Dont think l will reply to her mesaages any further.
Kat - 26-Oct-16 @ 10:04 PM
Can I ask where was she selling this pug , the same person from the Isle of Man was doing this in Scotland away down in Argyll and bute lochilpead on a things for sale page , wanting to transfer into the same carmoon account
Mill - 11-Oct-16 @ 9:45 AM
That same post is on Face book right now of the lady with the pug that's been transfered to the Isle of man due to work. stay safe people don't fall into this scam
Jed - 10-Oct-16 @ 4:12 PM
Literally was about to hand over £500 for 2 Pomsky Pups on Friday. Was the same person 'Hoffman Parker' who's mother in Isle of Man had supposedly died and was arranging to courier the pups over. My son is absolutely heart broken. Thank you for saving me from this!
Sammy - 22-Aug-16 @ 11:19 PM
Had this today.. lucky i researched it a little.. some woman on facebook called ASHLEY TAMMEY
Leo - 12-Aug-16 @ 10:23 PM
Just had this on facebook from Colleen Dawn Gass have reported to facebook lets hope something is done
Denh - 13-Jul-16 @ 1:10 PM
Shaan97 - Your Question:
This has just recently happened to me, some girl by the name Katie weight was selling two pugs from the isle of man until I found this website and seen something similar to what the woman had said to me just a different name I just hope people have some sort of common sense to do there research first I would of been mortified if I'd gone through with in being a single mother my son would of been so upset so glad I hadn't told him.If anyone does read this do not fall for it as I'm not the first.

Our Response:
Thanks for the alert.
PetsAndTravel - 12-Jul-16 @ 2:13 PM
This has just recently happened to me, some girl by the name Katie weight was selling two pugs from the isle of man until I found this website and seen something similar to what the woman had said to me just a different name I just hope people have some sort of common sense to do there research first I would of been mortified if I'd gone through with in being a single mother my son would of been so upset so glad I hadn't told him.... If anyone does read this do not fall for it as I'm not the first...
Shaan97 - 10-Jul-16 @ 2:21 PM
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