We also just went through this today, we were ready to send the money but had second thoughts when we received the confirmation letter by email through uship. Fortunately we started asking questions, checking the web, and even asked the puppy seller to call. I called uship and they said they do not Take care of the money end of the deal and if someone was asking us to send payment through western union it wasn't legit.
I have to say that the pronunciation in the emails we received was definitely off. We tried calling a number they gave us from a previous puppy buyer and could never reach them. They said they were from AK, but the phone numbers given didn't match, and when they did finally call it was from a Florida number. I asked the shipping company that said they were uship ( obviously not) if I could call them back on their 800 number and he insisted that he called me back in 10 minutes , so I looked up uships 800 number and called them and they had no idea what this puppy seller was up to. uship had no pending shipment for me, as the email had stated there was, and also informed me of the puppy scam, and that the scammers requested money to be sent western union. following is the first letter I received from the seller: Hello Dear,
Thanks for emailing me in regards to our Puppies,our family takes
great care to make sure all our Puppies are very socialized and
friendly with other pets.They come with all up to date shots and also
seen by our Vet before going to their new homes.these Puppies are 11
weeks old, Akc registered,Vet checked, good temperament with kids and
other pets.we exercise our Puppies regularly and take the Puppies
always for walks! .all our Puppies are raised in the same home and
environment. We are located in HOPE CITY AR with the Puppies, we
are giving the Puppies away for $400 including delivery to your home
.we have two Puppies available
and their names are Paige / Shannon. i will email you some pictures when
you get back to me with the sex you are
interested on :
She is home and potty trained.
She does not bark a lot.
She Is friendly with kids and other pets.
She get angry when you shout at her.
He is home and potty trained
He barks more than Shannon but not to much.
He is also a friend to kids and other pets.
He barks when he sees strangers.
I Have some few questions ?
Are you married?
Are you familiar with this kind of breed?
Were are you located ?
What is your phone number ?
do you have a good environment for the Puppies ?
are you interested in the male or female ?
Sorry for all the questions but i need to know
the kind of home and environment these Puppies will be going to.
Regards. Then when I asked for another puppy buyers name so that we could talk to them I got this response, i tried calling and got nowhere....the name of the delivery agency is call USHIP.
and this first family that i have work with,and here is his number
(707) 706-3881 and his name is Mr.Leo Mecham
and then this email......Thanks for the details.i will now take the puppy to the agency and
have it registered under urgent delivery to your home.they will
contact you in the next 20-30 minutes on how payments an advance
payment of $400 so try to be by your computer and phone to
read and hear from them.hope you love,cuddle and spoil this puppy and
send me updated pics as it grows with you.
there were 33 emails in all and towards the end it got urgent feeling on his part, he already said he had the puppy at the shipping company at 5:00 in the morning getting it registered to ship. I do hope that this information will help others beware of the puppy scams, it is heart breaking to think you are actually going to get your puppy only to find its not real, or worse yet, be out a lot of money and a puppy.
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