We are being fairly inundated lately with people reporting attempted scams on other web sites. I'm concerned that people still aren't getting the message about scams and how to spot them. So here is a very simple summary of the two top selling pet scams..1) African (Cameroon) Pet courier scam.
Western Union money transfer payment +
Delivery of cat/kitten =
African (Cameroon) Pet Courier scam.2) The Criminal Cashback scam.
Posted cheque in excess of the asking price of your cat/kitten =
The Criminal Cashback scam.
Can I make it any simpler?
Since Christmas I've noticed a marked increase in the number of general reports about the Cameroon pet courier scam. So here is how to spot it..
The scammers want you, the buyer, to send them money via Western Union money transfer for an animal that doesn't exist. Whatever you want they are selling.. cats, dogs, parrots, fish, monkeys. Any type of cat breed. They spin wonderful yarns.. 'My mother just died.' 'My daughters cat just died.' 'I've just come out of hospital.' The cat will have to be put down if you don't buy it.' etc etc. All tosh. They copy legitimate advert information (inc postcodes and addresses), to use as their own, and steal real photos from the internet. They may even suggest you visit to pick up but are so far away that it is impracticable. So how do we spot it? Just remember these two points and its easy..
1) Are they asking for money by Western Union or other 'money transfer' method?
2) Have they mentioned an 'agency' or courier for delivery?
Then it is almost certainly this very simple scam. Done!
You can find out more about our anti scam facilities and read about specific scams here: http://www.kittenlist.co.uk/content/Ant ... Facilities
Julia - KittenList Admin