Beware of the puppy scam! Kellie Bohrer was wanting a nice purebred puppy. She saw an ad selling purebred Siberian Husky puppies. "Oh, how cute," she thought, "and for only $320. What a bargain!" She received more pictures and a registration certificate. Then the "supplier" needed $1600 for shipping insurance which they said was 100% refundable upon delivery, so she paid this also. Next, they needed $1000 for necessary vaccinations and a new shipper. She was already out nearly $2000, so she wanted to believe what they were telling her... classic scam!
She went ahead and paid the additional "fee"; now she was out $2,920! Then they said they needed another $4,500 for something else. This scam keeps keeps going as long as the buyer keeps sending money.
Well, Kellie didn't give them the $4,500... finally! Authorities said that the operations were most likely based in Nigeria, where crooks have made it a big business stealing people's money via the web.
Let's make this clear... there are no puppies! Any certificates are bogus, and any demands for more money are a SCAM! And they will do this with anything, even "selling people". Don't fall for it! They operate on this principle: If people are gullible enough to give them money, it's their own fault. The scammers feel no shame!
On another note, beware of the tax refund scam. Do not respond to any emails or text messages that claim to be from the IRS. Their initial contact is always by mail. Any questions or reservations... call them directly.