Auction Frauds: Scams Used on Auction Sites, Like eBay.
Auction fraud involves fraud via the misrepresentation of a product
advertised for sale through an Internet auction site (like Ebay) or the
non-delivery of products purchased through an Internet auction site. In other
words, either the product you ordered isn't what the seller claimed it was, or
the seller fails to deliver it, or the seller lies about some other aspect of
the transaction. Very often the seller has nothing, he's just trying to get you
to send him money, any way he can: check, credit card, wire, cashiers check.
Here's an example; the author posted a purebred dog (puppy) for sale on
www.puppyfind.com, claiming he is an American priest, and using a U.S. address.
As far as we know, PuppyFind.com is NOT a scam; but
often scammers use it, by either placing false ads or responding to ads. The
key is when the respondent says
- he is
- wants to
ship the dog, sight unseen, and
- to send
the money via Western Union.
When all of those conditions are met, it is almost certainly a scam.
Can you see the flaws? We've highlighted key giveaways in red and
Sent: Tuesday, February 21, 2006 5:48 PM
Subject: Re: Puppyfind.com - Regarding Belle
Regards to your mail and the interest my
baby.Yes,i still have the baby(1)
but,i am looking for a very confortable
home for him.I live in columbus,but
currently in Benin Republic(2) with the
baby on a mission due to the occurence of the Hurricane
Katrina.all i just
wanted for he is a confortable and a lovely home where he can
home.I am giving he out for free because i don't really need the
i just wanted for him is a confortable and lovely home.I will
need you to pay for her shipping and i will need altmost
assurance from you
promising to take good and proper care of he,he is
and never meanat anyone,he gets well with other pets and he is a
perfect friendmaker.Very affectionate towards children and other
a Current vaccinations, vet exam,health certificate from a
licensed vet and
a written guarantee of health( 1yr). recently checked by a
Doctor for heart, knees, skin, correct bite and eyes. I have
he maily on Kibbles,dry dog food and
fresh water.he will be shipped along with a bath and a brand new
toys, carebooks, food sample, and dog kits.After
your payment details is
received and confirmed at the Airport Shippers desk, l will
send copies of the acclimation certificate, puppy's
taking details and the flight if necesery which will
be processed(3). shipment would come along with these
documents afterwhich copies would be sent to you in
advance for your puppy delievery and personal
confirmation and shipping guarantee.he
shipped on a next day delivery as soon as my
secretary confirms the shipping fee.(4) when do you
he shipped and do you want her shipped to your
nearest airport or to your house door.Thank you very
much and below is the contact information of the
church where i currently reside.
Catholic Christian Church Of God(5)
- Who refers to a puppy as a "baby"? Someone who doesn't speak English
well, that's who!
That makes no sense. Why would someone who lives in Columbus (Ohio,
Georgia, Mississippi?) go to Benin because of a Hurricane that occurred
in Louisiana? Wouldn't the victims who needed help be in LA, not
- He plans to make the documents, which are supposed to be the proof that
the dog is what he claims it is, available, AFTER the buyer pays him.
Why can't he fax or scan and email a copy so the buyer can verify them with
the vet and other agencies?
- He will ship AFTER he receives payment? What recourse will the
buyer have if the dog never shows up? None, of course.
- The "Catholic Christian Church of God"? Oh, please! That is
not a name that the Catholic Church would use. Pastors, ministers, and
priests abound on the internet. Just because someone SAYS that he is a
priest does not mean he IS!!!
- Finally, this email is written at the 2nd grade level. The
author clearly has either little or no education, or is incredibly sloppy.
If he has no education, how could he be a priest? Have you ever seen a
priest who would write this poorly? And if he's just sloppy, would you
trust him to safely ship a live dog?
Wake up and be alert to scams! Read carefully and use your judgment!
If you believe you may have fallen victim to this type of scam and wish to
report it, please file a complaint
with the U.S. government
Internet Fraud Complaints
Center. And tell us about it,
so we can warn others!