Tuesday, July 29, 2008

A world of scamming

Fred and I are obsessed with KSL. We love it. We literally look at it every day...multiple times a day. It's addicting.

After our puppy parenthood tryout, we've (more me than anything) decided we want a puppy. A Yorkie. So everyday I look at KSL. Everyday I search. call. email. you name it and I'm looking.

I've noticed in my search, that a lot of people with ads are full on scammers. Completely and totally blatently scamming.
  • I just got an email for a Dr. Mole. His ad talks about his two yorkies goes into great detail and he only wanted $400. Screaming deal right?? Nope. Scam. I emailed her because her number went to a voicemail service. I just got the email back. HE told me that his wife recently died and as a doctor he is so busy that he cannot take care of both of the dogs. He just transferred to Niageria where he is working at an AIDS hospital. He took the dogs with him but he doesn't think they can handle the heat. So he's just asking for the shipping costs of getting to me...to a great home...because "God must have directed my soul to him". riiight. Why would you put your recently deceased wife's name on the ad?? Sorry I don't trust people from Niageria.

  • On all KSL ads the seller lists a location. All of the ones are in Utah or Idaho, however their numbers are not. I've googled many numbers to find that they don't exist for they are a land line some where outside of Utah. No where in the ad does it mention that they will ship you the ad if you'll provide them with your full name, address, phone, etc. Seriously? I've ran into more than five of these ads. sketchy...sketchy...sketchy

  • I had one scammer so much as g chat with me today trying to convince me to adopt her poor little puppies who cannot live in her apartment because her landlord has forbidden it. I asked who the pet delivery service was. She gave me the website. http://www.petsanidelpagetl.page.tl/ I don't trust it. They spelled secure server as secured sever. red flag number one. Next on the credit card page instead of having it supported by Verisign or another online transaction agency they had you type in what travel info was needed to make it seem legit and then type your name, credit card number, date card was created, billing address, expiration date and the verification code in an email type message red flag two. When I told the lady that I didn't trust it and I should be able to choose one I trust since I'm the one paying for it she said she'd rather use this one because she'd used it before and knew it was safe. I told her I had no proof of that so she said exactly so lets try it. No thanks. I don't trust it or you. I asked her if she was going to send me a dead dog and she rambled on and on about how she loved the dogs and didn't want to give them up but had no choice. Here is a bit of our conversation.

mary: i understandand please donnot feel influenceddo make your right choiceand please make sure to think very well aswelli don't want the fact that i want the babies to go really quick influence you in your Decision ,OK ??

me: Please answer my question about the puppy and carrier

mary: i don't understand please

me: the puppy is a living breathing puppy right?

mary: what do you meanthey are alrigh

me: You aren't trying to ship me a dead puppy are you?

mary: you know we have looked around for a cheaper apartment around here just to change so that we can keep the puppies but to no avail we would have realy Loved to keep the puppy Sent at 9:54 AM on Tuesday

mary: if only we could find another cheaper apartment close to our Job site like this onelike we would have been more than Greatfull to GOD because we will get the opportunity to keep the babies

me: How do I know I won't get a DEAD puppy?

mary: do you think the Agency will ship a dead puppydo the puppies look like they are Dead ??

me: I have no idea. I just want to make sure I'm not getting some corpse of a dog or one that is so sickly that it's going to die.Sorry. I'm not trying to offend you. I'm just checking

mary: they won't ship a puppy without carying out all the neccesary Health Check ups

Please note that I knew I wasn't getting this puppy. I didn't trust her from the beginning but I wanted to see what she'd say to all my questions and observations.

So buyer beware out there! Don't worry we aren't getting any of these dogs. I'm not stupid like these people who claim they grew up in Utah but can't speak english very well. I just wanted to share my scammer experiences!

Note: KSL is amazing. Be internet savvy and you'll get a ton of great deals. We bought our coffee table and end tables, golf clubs, cell phone, etc on KSL so it really is amazing.


jess said...

channers...let's chat about this. how much do you want to spend? i know someone who breeds them - but i know she sells them for a tidy ace sum. have you considered the shih tzu?? i ADORE my shih tzu. do you want to meet her??

oh - and you are right to be careful. it's uber important. AND i LOVE me some KSL!

Unknown said...

ok... so lets remember how old are you? does your apt. ALLOW pets? and why dont you spend your 400 dollars on something more useful... like food?

Anonymous said...

I got my little Teacup Yorkshire Terrier on KSL. The lady is from Salt Lake and gets them from Texas. She is a purebred too. Myah had a sister so let me know if thats the kind your interested in and I can get you the ladies information? I was so glad to have my dad here to check things out because it's so sad how people try to scam with this sort of thing!! Thats fun you want to get one, I love my puppy!!

Anonymous said...

I "heart" KSL (I'm just trying to be cool like you). No really, Joseph and I love it! We just posted all his tools on there last night. You can get some great stuff from there. Oh, and I'm not really giving up on Art City Days. I'm just trying to fit in here. You understand. j/k Next year I'm converting Joseph to OUR territory. Go ART CITY! (Oh, and I got a scone at the carni here, and it is nothing compared to the ones consumed at the carni in Springville. It was called "Indian Fry Bread". Good....but not springville carni good.

Nancy/Bob said...

Chana, You don't need a dog!!! If you want one take Sammy and see what it is really like. You have to be home on time to take them out. YOu have to walk them and take care of them and play with them. Get a gold fish Go to the pound and get a pound pup they need homes and I bet you can find what you want there if you really have to have a dog. You need to get Fred trained first.

Tanier G said...

Chana Banana...AKA crackhead! You are so silly....I enjoy your posts! So, I just got a blog....exciting news right? Well, yes...of course it's exciting because now i can keep tabs on you, haha! How's married life...? Looks like you're doing well! Good luck finding a little doggy!

Kristina Curtis said...

HI Chana- I love this post! I almost got scammed with my wedding dress. Some guy wanted to buy it for his cousin in Niageria too! Way SKETCHY! Don't trust them! I have to agree with Jess--Shih Tzu's are the best dogs ever. If you want one I actually have the cutest little boy that I am selling right now! just let me know.

The Jones Family said...

Chana my mom just sold some super cute shihtzu puppies! You missed out! Be really careful with the puppy thing. People were trying to scam my mom and she was selling not buying! Craigslist is full of scamers too. Good luck!