SCAMMERS: Lady claims to offer dogs up for adoption...but not for free. Photo Declan Cooley / The Observer
SCAMMERS: Lady claims to offer dogs up for adoption...but not for free. Photo Declan Cooley / The Observer Declan Cooley

Puppy scammers target young Gladstone mum

KIND hearted Skye McMullen was hoping to adopt a couple of dogs from a lady over the internet.

She was hoping to add a pair of pomeranians to her household, called Max and Nina.

Ms McMullen said she was fed a sob story and was almost lured into paying $250 until alarm bells started ringing.

The dogs Ms McMullen wanted to adopt did not exist and the lady "offering" the dogs was a scammer.

Here's part of the scammers "sob" story used to get people to part with their hard earned cash.

"Thanks for the interest you have in adopting my puppies, I am not selling these my lovely babies but I want to give them to any home which is willing to take them as part of their own family," the scam goes.

"The reason I am given them out for adoption and not selling them is because I was involved in an accident with my daughter and she die in the accident.

"Since she was the one taking care of these puppies I also had an injury in the process which affected my ear so right now I cannot take good care of them.

"So I will want to give them to anyone who is going to love them just the way my daughter use to love them," the mystery lady writes.

Completing the scam the lady goes on to ask a set of questions.

"To assure me that your house will be a perfect home for them, I will want you to answer the questions below

- How soon would you like to have them in your home?
- Do you have experience in raising puppies?
- Are you financially prepared to take good care of them?
- Are you married? How many kids do you have?
- Where are you located?
- Have you ever own a puppies before?
- Will you take the both puppies or just one?
- If one the male or female?

But once Ms McMullen was hooked she received an email from a shipping company.

"When I called the 'shipping agency' the man had very bad English," she said.

"Then he knew without my name or any information that I was calling to make a $250 payment.

"I felt bad doubting her…so I was still going to go through with it if she could provide me with a photo of her with the pups at the shipping agency but that's when she blew up and said don't worry about it," she said.

Ms McMullen sent emails back and forth with the lady who she says avoided answering her questions and started getting very short with her, demanding her to go through with the payment despite the dodgy deal.

But after too many inconsistencies Ms McMullen decided against going ahead with a payment for the dogs which had jumped up to $650.

Ms McMullen --- who has a young family --- said she couldn't afford to be duded by a scam and wanted to use her experience as a warning to others.



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