Scams selling or giving away non-existent animals, often Puppy Scams.
#181662 by Relayqueen Wed Nov 20, 2013 11:38 am
I was looking for a Lhasa Apso, and contacted someone on the internet, after I had done several searches. this guy named Polo Smith said he could have one shipped for $250. He could ship male and female for $500. He was contacting me through cell phone 4159526780. He sent me several pictures of the puppies.


His latest text this morning was, "before i can get them delivered to you, you need to go to that address and buy a RELOADIT PACK CARD for $500 and at the back of them card you will find a seal and send me the number you see there I will used the number to book for their delivery ok.

I told him that did not sound right and I would not pay him anything until I had two healthy dogs with papers and contract in my house.

he texted me and said, " I give you 100% that you have to do so I can have them delivered to you I promise that you will have the at 7pm ok n you have them you will now send the other part of $250 ok.




-------- Original message --------
From: polo smith
Date:11/19/2013 12:10 AM (GMT-07:00)
To:
Subject: Re: Lhasa Apso Male And Female

Hi there,
Thanks for the mail and the interest to re home my puppies.They are still
available and ready to go.Spectacular pure breed AKC registered with
all shots,vaccines and
vet records updated. In placing my puppies are out for adoption,I am looking for
reasonable,knowledgeable and cautious person who can offer them
tenderness,nursery with lots of love kisses and hugs.I am not giving them out
for sale.Them are up for adoption.This adorable,cute and gorgeous puppies are 10
weeks 4days old and would be the perfect match for you.They will be the best
playmate you've ever dream to have.With Their great personality and good
temperaments with kids and other pets,They would be the one to steal your
heart.They would be coming along with their vet records,and all their AKC
registration papers attached to their package with lots of play toys.You have
nothing to worry about because i will also enclose their hand book and feeding
menu to their package ok.Promise me that you would shower them with lots of TLC
..And i would never like that my baby should end up in a shelter or
rescue,feel free to mail me.If you are willing to get the,please .If you
have any more question to ask i will answer you truthfully and faithfully

.I would like to ask you some few questions if you do not mind.

1:Whats your full names and where are you located(Mr/Mrs)?
2:Are you Married?
3:Do you have kids.if yes are they going to take good care of them?
4:Do you have a large yard that they can play in?
5:Are you a breeder?
6:Do you think on breeding them?
7:How soon do you need them and will you care for them?
8:Which of them do you need the male is call Chico and the Female is Toot?
9:you will only be paying the shipping of these puppies which will
cost you $250 for one and $500 for both
puppies

Would it be possible for you send me monthly pictures so i can know
how they are doing in their new home.Sorry for asking such questions
but i am just trying to look a good and loving home for my baby.They
are very dedicated to what we may ask them and they are very kind.they
enjoy retrieving toys, but mostly loves the attention of the family.
With little training they follow commands.please if you know that you
will take good care of the puppies i will be glad to read from you.
All you just need to do is to take good care of them and they will be
yours for ever and will make a good house pet and will bring love to
your family.You can contact me via email.
waiting to read from you soon .
Thanks

Hope to read from you so soon
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#181666 by Mike Wilson Wed Nov 20, 2013 12:20 pm
Hello Relayqueen,
Thank you for posting the information on this scammer as this will help others avoid this scam.

The telephone number is a VoIP number so he can be located anywhere there is high speed internet service.

This scammer is using the email address polo smith [email protected]

It is ALWAYS a scam
If the pet seller or shipper asks for money to be sent via Western Union, Money Gram, any brand of gift card. Walmart To Walmart , Zelle , PayPal friends and family option, or mentions Cameroon
#188662 by stopher Fri Jan 24, 2014 1:50 pm
Hi guys, just thought I would let you know this person (polo smith) is at it again, African grey parrots for adoption, I knew this was a scam because I have seen ads like it before and it was confirmed they were getting investigated. I pressed for details and as I thought it was total rubbish, just hope no1 falls for it. oh and he is using [email protected]
#188666 by Jillian Fri Jan 24, 2014 2:52 pm
Welcome stopher! We're always glad to hear that someone was able to recognize the scam. Thank you for adding this email address to the scam listing here.
Can you please also post an email sent from that address for evidence, and so the information will show up in searches? Scammers do re-use the same scripts, so the text is not only something we ask for as evidence, but very helpful to have listed in case someone does a search on any of the phrasing.
Let us know if you have questions. :D

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#191215 by stopher Sun Feb 16, 2014 5:23 pm
hi guys here is the contact I had with him, I was trying so hard not to lose the rag, hate people like this so much!

Date: Thu, 23 Jan 2014 21:22:30 +0100
Subject: Re: Answer : Two African Greys parrots
From: [email protected]
To: <removed> MW

Thanks for the mail and the interest to re home my bird's.They is still available and ready to go.Spectacular pure breed registered with all shots,vaccines and vet records updated. In placing my bird's out for adoption,I am looking for reasonable,knowledgeable and cautious person who can offerthem tenderness,nursery with lots of love kisses and hugs.I am not giving them out for sale.they are up for adoption.This adorable,cute and
gorgeous bird's are 12 mounts old and would be the perfect match for you.they will be the best playmate you've ever dream of.With their great personality an good temperaments with kids and other pets,they would be the one to steal your heart.they would be coming along with their vet records,and all their registration papers attached to her package with lots of playtoys.You have nothing to worry about because i will also enclose their hand book and feeding menu to her package ok.Promise me that you would shower her with lots of TLC. And i would never like that my baby should end up in a
shelter or rescue,feel free to mail me.If you are willing to get them,please .If you have any more question to ask i will answer you truthfully and faithfully.
I would like to ask you some few questions if you do not mind.

1) Where are you located?
2) How soon do you want me to have the bird's delivered to you?
3) Are you married?
4)Do you have kids.
5)Both cost 400 Pounds and one cost 200 Pounds

Since i lose my wife and son ( Ramson and Susan ) this bird;s
have been very lonely at home,since i go to work and only comes in the
evening,we can arrange for them to be delivery if you are far,
since i am desperate in getting them re homed,so get
back to me with the answers since that will make me consider your interest. Hope to read from you so soon


On 1/24/14, <removed> MW wrote:
Where are you located?


Date: Fri, 24 Jan 2014 13:26:45 +0100
Subject: Re: Answer : Two African Greys parrots
From: [email protected]
To: <removed> MW

I would like to ask you some few questions if you do not mind

1) Where are you located?
2) How soon do you want me to have the bird's
delivered to you?
3) Are you married?
4)Do you have kids.
5)Both cost 400 Pounds and one cost 200 Pounds
call me on 07031976388

On 1/24/14, <removed> MW> wrote:
first tell me where you are located???????

Date: Fri, 24 Jan 2014 18:15:44 +0100
Subject: Re: Answer : Two African Greys parrots
from: [email protected]
To: <removed> MW

BELFAST

On 1/24/14, <removed> MW wrote:
where in Belfast???

Date: Fri, 24 Jan 2014 18:23:46 +0100
Subject: Re: Answer : Two African Greys parrots
From: [email protected]
To: <removed> MW

Londonderry


On 1/24/14, <removed> MW wrote:
happy days, then I can see the parrots? don't need to pay for any
delivery
which is a bonus


Date: Fri, 24 Jan 2014 18:26:52 +0100
Subject: Re: Answer : Two African Greys parrots
From: [email protected]
To: <removed> MW

call me

On 1/24/14, <removed> MW wrote:
lol obviously this is a scam because Londonderry is NOT in Belfast


Date: Fri, 24 Jan 2014 18:40:25 +0100
Subject: Re: Answer : Two African Greys parrots
From: [email protected]
To: <removed> MW

that mean u don not where londonderry is

On 1/24/14, <removed> MW wrote:
lol at least get ur geography right, first u said you were in Belfast until I asked where, then Londonderry? which is 45 minutes from Belfast by the way?

needless to say I never heard from him again
#246508 by wildrnes Thu Apr 16, 2015 10:41 pm
Polo Smith is back.What a nasty person playing on people's heart strings with using pets as a scam.


polo smith
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to me
Hi there,

I am so glad to read from you in regards to the puppy again,
We will not like to hear that the puppy has been sent to a shelter or
Kennel as i believe this little baby will be with you all the time to
play with your kids and other house hold animals spectacular
Birds, Cats, Monkeys and even Horses, so in case you may have this
animals in your home then be sure that this puppy goes well with all
of them.so it is very far to come for pick up, since am in (
TASMANIAN AU )i am desperate in getting him to you, since he is
very lonely at home while i go to work, I am ready to make all
necessary arrangements for him to be delivered to you today or any time that is ok by you, it will cost you $250 and i will be sending
this puppy to you along side with all necessary documents and all
other health certificated in my hand, his
blankets and cage will also be sent. So during this process the
necessary information will be needed from you, it will be highly
needed by the deliveries to relocate you area for home delivery,


Your Names In full,
Your Post Code,
House Address,
Land line Number Numbers,
Mobile Number.
Email address.

As soon as i have all this information from you, I shall haste
immediately first thing this morning to the delivery agency and
book a 10AM delivery schedule to your location . You will be making in the payments directly to the delivery agency, payments of $250 shall be made upfront as soon as they contact you so they can get the puppy
with his flight ticket ,since they will contact you
via Email or Phone Number. They will let you know all details on how payments and delivery to your door steps will be done, please do keep to your promise of sending updated pictures?

Thanks and looking forward reading from you.
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this is their email address [email protected]
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#248767 by kerrie Fri May 01, 2015 3:31 am
thank you so much what a joke i nearly got caught wanted 500 for two pups was going to arrange payment what stopped me was he said he lived in tasmainia and he would have them to me next day alarm bells rang then i looked up his name to see if he was fraud thank god i found this as 500 is a lot of money what a grub needs to be reported someone has to stop this
#248769 by kerrie Fri May 01, 2015 3:34 am
Female and male Dachshund puppies for sale
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Hi there,

I am so glad to read from you in regards to my puppies again,
We will not like to hear that this puppies has been sent to a shelter or
Kennel as i believe this little baby will be with you all the time to
play with your kids and other house hold animals spectacular
Birds,Cats,Monkeys and even Horses, so in case you may have this
animals in your home then be sure that this puppies goes well with all
of them.so it is very far to come for pick up, since am in ( TASMANIAN AU )
i am desperate in getting them to you,since they very lonely at home while i go to
work,i am ready to make all necessary arrangements for them to be
delivered to you tomorrow or any time that is ok by you,it will cost
you $500 and i will be sending this puppies to you along side with all
necessary documents and all other health certificated in my hand,his
blankets and cage will also be sent.So during this process the
necessary information will be needed from you,it will be highly
needed by the deliveries to relocate you area for home delivery,
please get this out there his a scam
#254326 by mdr888 Thu Jun 04, 2015 2:29 am
Please be warned that Polo Smith is using other names now. I just had a scam from a person named Chanceline Whitney, who claimed to live in Bridport, Tasmania, Australia. She was supposedly selling two Samoyed puppies. Her e-mail address was [email protected]. Her e-mail sounded vaguely believable, until I did some research and discovered virtually identical e-mails from Polo Smith and read about this scam. I played her game (out of morbid curiosity) and was sent two more (reasonably believable) e-mails and then came the e-mails from the fake pet transport company in Cameroon - complete with telephone calls from a thickly-accented man from phone number +237 678 034 412. How anyone could fall for this past this point is beyond my understanding, but the man was quite insistent that it was all real. I asked him why he needed to be a parasite and why he couldn't earn an honest living, but he just hung up. At least I wasted some of his time.

E-mail address of fake Cameroon company: [email protected]
Here is part of his message:

DEAR CLIENT #047,

BELOW HIGHLIGHTED WITH YELLOW INK. YOU WILL FIND THE (NAMES, COUNTRY, CITY, ADDRESS, ZIP CODE, TEST QUESTION AND TEST ANSWER) WHICH YOU WILL HAVE TO USE IN FILLING THE FORM AT THE WESTERN UNION STORE FOR THE WIRE TRANSFER.

NAMES: NDASI SLYVAIN REX NZOYE.

COUNTRY: CAMEROON

CITY: DOUALA

ZIP CODE: 00237

TEST QUESTION: SENDER

TEST ANSWER: Mark.

Now, if only we could get Google Mail to co-operate and tell Interpol the location of the IP address that accesses these e-mail addresses...
#254327 by Bryon Williams Thu Jun 04, 2015 2:35 am
Thank you for the update.

People fall for it because scammers target people from all countries. Not every person in the world will recognize an accent nor grammar errors.

Thankfully you did research and was led here.

Please contacta moferatorstor if you have a question or information about this post.



Please do not tell the scammer he is posted here.


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#259021 by sammie101 Sat Jul 04, 2015 5:54 am
Unfortunately I got sucked in to this scam. I thought I was buying a french bulldog from Tasmania . I got told it was $350
The next morning I was told it would cost $950 for insurance which I stupidly believed. Now they want $1500 which I refuse to pay. He keeps emailing me saying he will pay 1100 and I only have to pay 400....I'm pretty upset about the money lost as it was supposed to be a birthday present
#259066 by Mike Wilson Sat Jul 04, 2015 12:35 pm
Hello sammie101,
I am sorry to hear that you lost money to this thief. Please post the email asking for the insurance payment and include all email addresses and telephone numbers that he is currently using in this scam.
I am glad that you discovered the scam before you lost any more money to this criminal. Just ignore or block all emails and telephone call and he will eventually go away and look for another victims.
If you have any additional questions please ask.

It is ALWAYS a scam
If the pet seller or shipper asks for money to be sent via Western Union, Money Gram, any brand of gift card. Walmart To Walmart , Zelle , PayPal friends and family option, or mentions Cameroon
#259146 by sammie101 Sun Jul 05, 2015 9:36 am
Hi there,
Thanks for the mail and the interest to re home my puppies. They
are still available and ready to go. Spectacular pure breed AKC registered with
all shots, vaccines and vet records updated. In placing my puppies
are out for adoption, I am looking for reasonable, knowledgeable and
cautious person who can offer them tenderness, nursery with lots of
love kisses and hugs. I am not giving them out
for sale. Them are up for adoption. This adorable, cute and gorgeous
puppies are 10 weeks 4days old and would be the perfect match for
you. They will be the best playmate you've ever dream to have. With
Their great personality and good temperaments with kids and
other pets, They would be the one to steal your heart. They would be
coming along with their vet records, and all their AKC registration
papers attached to their package with lots of play
toys. You have nothing to worry about because i will also enclose
their hand book and feeding menu to their package ok. Promise me that you would
shower them with lots of TLC ..And i would never like that my baby
should end up in
a shelter or rescue, feel free to mail me. If you are willing to get the,
please .If you
have any more question to ask i will answer you truthfully and faithfully

.I would like to ask you some few questions if you do not mind.

1:Whats your full names and where are you located(Mr/Mrs)?
2:Are you Married?
3:Do you have kids. If yes are they going to take good care of them?
4:Do you have a large yard that they can play in?
5:Are you a breeder?
6:Do you think on breeding them?
7:How soon do you need them and will you care for them?
8:Which of them do you need the male is call ( Chico ) and the Female
is ( Toot ) ?
9:you will only be paying the shipping of these puppies which will
cost you $350 for one and $700 for both
puppies

Would it be possible for you send me monthly pictures so i can know
how they are doing in their new home. Sorry for asking such questions
but i am just trying to look a good and loving home for my baby. They
are very dedicated to what we may ask them and they are very kind. They
enjoy retrieving toys, but mostly loves the attention of the family.
With little training they follow commands. Please if you know that you
will take good care of the puppies i will be glad to read from you.
All you just need to do is to take good care of them and they will be
yours for ever and will make a good house pet and will bring love to
your family. You can contact me via email.
waiting to read from you soon .
Thanks

Hope to read from you so soon

This is the original email
#259148 by sammie101 Sun Jul 05, 2015 9:42 am
  

PET MORTALITY LIFE INSURANCE 

 

Policy Number: GIC78451                                                                   Certificate Number: GIC45127

Policy   Holder   Number:   GIC21345                    Certificate   Effective   Date:  03th July,   2015

Insured: Sparky & Eleanor                                      Certificate Expiration Date: 30th july,  2015

French Bulldog Puppy (1)                                                           Insurance fee Tax ($300.00USD X 1) 

 

Premium Class: First Class  Net Amount Payable: $950.00AD 

 

Beneficiary: Certificate Holder (Samantha Murray)  

                   

Address: 22a Hyland st warrnambool Victoria 3280.

 

  Tel: 0400694323 /0437296225 / 55617746

 

 

This is to certify that, the above named puppy have been Mortality Life Insured by the holder of this certificate in accordance with the Policy Number: GIC78451 

 

 

Coverage: The insurance policy only applies in case of death, accident or lost of the insured puppy on presentation of the Death, Lost or Accident Report. 

 

 

Benefits 

Sum Assured 

Cover State Date 

Cover Expiry Date 

 

Accident

$ 10,000USD

3 July, 2015

30 July, 2015 

 

Death

Lost 

$ 15,500USD 

$ 8,500USD 

3 July, 2015 

3 July, 2015 

30 July, 2015 

30 July, 2015 

 

THE CERTIFICATE HOLDER WILL ONLY BE ENTITLE TO FUNDS SHOULD IN CASE THE

INSURED PUPPYARE FACE WITH EITHER OF THE ABOVE EVENTUALITY. THIS DOCUMENT IS FURNISHED TO YOU AS A MATTER OF INFORMATION AND IS NOT TO BE UPDATED OR AMENDED AS IT VALID FOR A PERIOD OF 1 MONTH. 

 

THE INSURANCE DEPOSIT OF $950.00USD IS NOT CONFISCATED B U T R A T H E R, IT IS 80%

REFUNDABLE UPON SAFE DELIVERY OF THE INSURED PUPPY AND 20 % IS DEDUCTED FOR COMPANY SERVICE OF PROVIDING AND INITIAL PET TRAVEL MOTALITY LIFE INSURANCE CERT IFIC AT E FOR THE NAMED PUPPY. 

 

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