Dewitt Companies is dedicating this blog posting to help educate the public and warn them of the online Pet Scams that are currently sweeping the internet. As awful as the idea may seem, this new wave of internet scam artists are preying on online puppy buyers, often displaying cute puppy pictures and giving false promises to would be puppy owners. Individuals across the nation are being taken for emotional and financial rides that end up costing hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. Pay particular attention if you live in states such as California, Florida and Louisiana, as these seem to be particularly targeted by online pet scammers.
One of the worst things about the current online pet scam scares, is the fact that these individuals typically and frequently operated from overseas. This fact alone makes it almost impossible for victims to get their money back or take legal action.
With the above said, and because we are a professional mover that sincerely takes your interests to heart, Dewitt Companies is committed to exposing these fraudulent companies and individuals. We would like to do our part and help educate you on what to watch for BEFORE you begin searching online for a furry addition to your family.
The following are examples of names of fraudulent companies and e-mail addresses that have been already been identified:
- Pet Delivery/Air Transport Department, Pet Shipping Agency Singapore
- Global Pets Travel Service
- Pet Shipping Agency
- World Wide Pets Relocators
- Pets Relocators Transportation Agency
- USA Pet Relocation Delivery Service
If you are one of the unfortunate individuals that has already been scammed, we recommend that you do any, if not all, of the following as soon as possible:
1) Gather as much information about the scammer as possible. This information includes, but is certainly not limited to, the following:
- Phone number/s of the scammer
- Address/es given by the scammer
- E-mail address/es of the scammer
- If you were asked to wire money, provide the name of the bank etc. (i.e. Western Union)
- Any other information that you were given that you feel may be relevant
2) If you were by chance scammed by someone in Cameroon, we recommend that you fax a letter of complaint to the US Embassy in Cameroon as soon as possible. The embassy information is as follows:
The United States Embassy in Cameroon
Phone: (237) 2220-1500
Fax (237) 2220-1500 x 4531
3) Lastly, please make sure to post the scammer information that you have collected to sites such as Fraudwatchers.org and other online communities that have dedicated themselves to exposing online scams such as these. Your efforts alone may save someone else hours of headache and hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars.
In addition to the above, we recommend that you visit sites such as Scambusters or FraudWatchers to learn more about current online pet scams and find out ways that you can better protect yourself. By taking the time to educate yourself, you, yourself, can gain valuable resources that have the potential to save you a lot of money, and heartache in the future.
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