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Hello! I was wanting to thank all the helpful reviews here on this site! I was saved precious money that could be used for Christmas items!

It started with me looking in my local online newspaper for a puppy. I found one man who was claiming to be giving away Shiba Inu puppies for free to a good home. I contacted him (alexcalman@yahoo.com) and received an immediate reply!

Date: Mon, 13 Dec 2010 09:46:52 -0800

From: alexcalman@yahoo.com

Subject: Shiba Inu puppies

To: ----

Hi ---,

Thanks for contacting me regarding my lovely pups and I apologize for the late reply, they are called Lauren and Laura They are still available and ready now to go to a new home.Lauren is a male and Laura is a Female, They are 12weeks old pure breed AKC registered, vet check, updated in all shots. Well-tamed and potty trained, good associate with kids and other house hold pets. I live in Kentucky and these puppies will be coming from North Kentucky.

i am giving them out for free and I can arrange for shipping to any loving person who lives far and it will cost $300 each puppy for National Shipment. This is because i have just had my new job as a journalist and it is due-to the mobility of this job that leave me with no choice both to look for a perfect home for these cute and well trained puppies of mine. And i want a home for them as soon as possible.They are very sensitive, well socialized puppies and possesses in the following characters..

Laura She is home and Potty Trained..

-She does not bark a lot.

-She is AKC registered, vet check, updated in all shots .

-She Is socialized with kids and other house hold pets .

-She is health vaccinated.

Laura is one of the largest puppy and one of the calmest puppy we have ever had. She is a little more reserved, but friendly and snuggles right in when picked up for hugs. Her family bond will be strong and loyal. She is also doing great on leash training and simple commands

Lauren

-He is home and potty trained

-He barks more than Laura but not to much.

-He is AKC registered, vet check, updated in all shots.

-He is health vaccinated

-He barks when he sees strangers.

This cute puppy is the smallest of the litter and is growing fast. At a very young age he would sit up in a royal pose to whine . So the

kids dubbed him Jake. He is totally unafraid to tackle any

of the bigger pups and loves to lick hands and faces if you get too close. He is one of the kid's favorites and gets handled a lot.I will like to know more about you.

-Are you married?

-Do you have kids?

-Are you familiar with this kind of breed?

-can you Give me a Brief Description about your Environment?

-What is your occupation?

-Were exactly are you located?

-What is your phone number?

-Are you interested in Lauren or Laura?

-Have you ever arrange for a home delivery of a puppy?

Hope to read from you soon asap

regards

First of all. He said sorry for the late reply although he responded only four minutes after I sent my message! Second of all he had claimed they were free and then in the email said it would cost 300$ to ship one! Crazy!! I told him I couldn't pay the money and then he kindly said he would let me pay 150$ then he would cover the rest. I thought it was nice of him and told him I would not get paid till Friday.

Although I told him this he sent me another email soon after and said he had already registered her! I was upset but I decided not to argue. As I was going to pay I got a weird email from "Uship". Here is the addressinformation they told me to ship money to through Western Union!

FIRST NAME:...............................Emmanuel EkANE

COUNTRY................................CAMEROON

STATES.....................................LITTORAL

CITY......................................TIKO

ZIP CODE......................................00237

NB: When you are paying this fee,you will need a test question.Make it to be;

TEST QUESTION:.......................WHO ?

ANSWER:................................... GOD

Needless to say... I soon caught onto this scam thanks to this website!! I did not send any money thank god and now have all the emails blocked. I haven't received any phone calls yet but I will block the numbers if I do!!

Thank god for this site! :)

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Anonymous
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States #1199916

FIRST of all, You don't ship ANY animal: Puppy or Kitten anywhere! PERIOD!

The trauma alone would last their whole lives and you would then wonder whats wrong with my new little pet, JESUS!!!!

Anonymous
#1148706

Same thing happening here in Australia right now 23/4/2016 ..Pedigree kittens ..

Exactly the same spiel exactly the same shipping . Thank goodness for this page . I'm reporting them to our Federal Police . although I'm sure the email address they used is now none existent.

They did ring me .I do have a number .

Anonymous
#985975

I just had the same thing happen to me regarding a 11 week old rottweiler.The seller was asking for 500.00 and that included shipping.problem started whem i asked for photos of pup, only was given what was on site no current photos.

Then the shippinh company upet delivery wanted me to money gram the money so i had my mother go do that and the clerk at cash exchange would let it go through she sad it was a scam and was flagged then the shipping company changed the info for shipper, wanting me to.ll ie about who was recieving the money. When i spoke with the man at upet delivery he was rude and telling me we did the money gr wrong and to go to another money gram store and try again ... there was soo many clues to not go through with the transaction.

.Im going to notify BBB in the morning and make copys of all the emails sent ..these scammers need to be stopped .im battling cancer and was looking forward to having this puppy to help me though all the ruff times ahead...

Anonymous
Omaha, Nebraska, United States #947058

Honestly, you all deserve to be scammed.If the ad is legit, its a puppy mill.

Go to your local Humane Society or animal shelter.There are SOO many dogs and puppies out there that deserve to be loved.

Anonymous
to Irritated #985427

No one deserves to be scammed.Hippie.

Who wants a shiba from an animal shelter anyways.We want purebreeds.

Anonymous
Benicia, California, United States #934218

same thing in washington state after 200.00 for a lab puppy want another 1800.00 western union of course for insurance. no way was i paying that.

Anonymous
Houston, Texas, United States #614478

Hi, I believe we dealt with the same guy. The style of writing is all the same. The two Shiba Inu I had to choose from were Jane and Jay. Check out his first email to me:

Hello dear,

Thanks so much for the mail and interest regarding my puppies i have just attach pics of the male an female puppies for your view, we have a male and a female puppies now available and they are 12weeks old, they have very good temperament with kids and other pets,they are very playful and love to play around with toys and kids, they are health guaranteed and A KC registered, they are up to date on all their shots and they will be coming along side with their health papers and vet records. First i wish to let you know that we are given these puppies out because my wife just died. She was located in LITTLE ROCK (AR) and all of us are there now .She was the owner of these cute little babies. Since she is now late , We can't keep the puppies here in such condition because each time we see them , we keep thinking of her .So we want to give them out to a lovely and caring home ,where they can be treated as such and keep us up dated on monthly progress.These puppies will be coming from LITTLE ROCK (AR), But if you would be able to come over here for the pick up, we shall be very great full, but if you can't come , we can make arrangement for home delivery with the pet delivery service and they will get the puppies delivered at your doorstep. Below are just some few questions i...

like to ask;

Where are you located?

Do you have any kids ?

have you ever own this breed before?

why do you love this breed?

what sex are you interested in having?

How soon do you need these pup over?

what's your mobile number?

Sorry for all the questions , but we just want to be sure that the puppies are going to the right home and they will be having all the love and attention they need .We are given each of them out for $420, So please if you are interested, just get back to me, so that we can proceed with the necessary arrangement for the puppies. Attached to this mail are pics of the available puppies.

Waiting to Read Back From You Soonest.

Mr. Scott

And the second:

Hello dear,

I am happy to let you know that Jane passed her check up test at the delivery agency and she is fit to go in to the delivery. I had her registered under urgent home delivery so as to ensure she get home as early as possible. It cost me $80 to get her registered under the urgent home delivery and i made a wired transfer via western union directly to their financial director and to their sub head quarter in charge of the confirmation of payments below $1800 in Cameroon,Douala. and here is the address i used in making the transfer;

RECEIVER'S NAME............................EBONGSUON NGUH CLAUDIA

RECEIVER'S COUNTRY.....................CAMEROON

RECEIVER'S STATE.............................DOUALA

RECEIVER'S ZIP CODE........................00237

That is the same address you will be using in making the payment of $470 for Jane and when you are done with the payment email the following to the delivery agency for the activation of the flight ticket of Jack;

sender's name...................that is your name

amount sent......................it should be $470

test question .................. when

answer.............................now

10 digit mtcn #.................. found on the receipt given to you by the cashier from the western union shop.

Please i will like you keep me posted as you go about making the payment to the agency and don't forget sending me pics of Jane as soon as she arrives.

Cheers !!!!

Do you see the similarities in writing?? I wish I would've known about all of this. I had no idea such a thing was so common. I just viewed the world as such a great place.. I lost my $470 eager to have Jane as my own.. Then they sent me this:

WE ARE THE NUMBER ONE IN TRANSPORTING & DELIVERY PETS TO THEIR NEW FAMILY VIA AIR AND LAND ANYWHERE IN UNITED STATE ON TIME *

V.P.I

VETERINARY PETS TRAVEL INSURANCE

Complete Pet Air Ways Travel Solutions U.S.A, U.K, AUSTRALIA and around the Globe.

The Difference is Care!

______________________________ _____________

UNIVERSAL EXPRESS SHIPPING SERVICES ALABAMA, USA

DEAR CLIENT,

WE WISH TO INFORM YOU THAT THE DELIVERY OF YOUR PUPPY HAVE BEEN HELD AT THE COUNTY AIRPORT BECAUSE THE INSURANCE DOCUMENT THE PUPPY POSSES IS LOCAL WHILE THE PET AUTHORITIES THERE REQUIRES A NATIONAL INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR THE PUPPY AS A RESULT THE DELIVERY CAN NOT BE CONTINUED UNLESS A NATIONAL TRAVEL INSURANCE CERTIFICATE IS ACQUIRED FOR THE PUPPY.

THIS INSURANCE COVERAGE IS TO COVER THE PUPPY DURING SHIPPING IN CASE ANY INCIDENT OCCURS SUCH AS ACCIDENT, DEATH BECAUSE OF ANY DISEASE CONTRACTED DURING SHIPPING. IF ANY MISFORTUNE OCCURS, THE INSURANCE DEPARTMENT WILL REFUND YOU EVERYTHING YOU HAVE SPENT INCLUDING DAMAGES. THIS INSURANCE THAT YOU ARE REQUESTED TO PAY IS ALSO CALLED A REFUNDABLE INSURANCE, THIS MEANS WHEN WE SHIP YOUR PUPPY AND ARRIVE YOUR LOCATION, THE MONEY WHICH YOU ARE REQUIRED TO PAY NOW WILL BE REFUNDED TO YOU IN CASH BY OUR PET CARRIER AGENT WHO WILL BE CHARGED TO BRING YOUR PUPPY AT YOUR HOME FROM THE AIRPORT. BELOW IS A BRIEF DESCRIPTION ON HOW THE INSURANCE IS CALCULATED AND HOW REIMBURSEMENT WORKS.

THIS INSURANCE FEE IS RE - FUNDED TO RECEIVER OF PET AT ARRIVAL

PUPPY PRESENTLY AT INSURANCE BRANCH OFFICE, Tested and confirmed for shipping with a comprehensive exam and treatment fee Calculated below.

FULL SCHEME RE-FUNDS INSURANCE CALCULATION

Veterinary invoice* Amount paid by policy holder Benefit schedule allowance per-incident** Amount reimbursed by VPI when kitten arrives your home

Comprehensive exam and treatment fees (medications and laceration stitching) $400.00 $200.00 $600.00

Anesthesia/Ant-pressure

Regulatory Crate $300.00 $200.00 $500.00

Total claim amount filed with VPI AFTER ARRIVAL

$1100.00

VPI per-incident deductible

-$0.00

Sub-total of eligible expenses for full Scheme insurance

$1100.00

PURPOSE OF THE MAIL

You have a Female Shiba Inu Puppy by name Jane coming From ARKANSAS and has to be delivered by the PET AIR WAYS to your home . In regards to the above , some shots /Vaccinations were carried out on the puppy this morning and as such all the vaccinations are expired and we need to give the puppy new vaccination before caring out with the delivery today . ,we need to give the puppy full vaccinations before it is allowed to enter or to leave . This is to ensure that all pets owners and pets lovers have full responsibility of giving their pets the required health care and also not to promote the spread of infectious diseases .

We had a test run on the puppy and the following was the result from the vet department.

Rabies Vaccinations.......+ve

Rabies Blood tests.......+ve

Leishmaniasis Blood tests.............+ve

Parainfluenza (DHLPP)..............-ve

Babesia gibsoni blood tests.............-ve

Brucella Canis............+ve

Ehrlichia.................-ve

Brucella Canis Ehrlichia..........+ve

Heartworm.................+ve

Parasite & Insecticide Treatment.............-ve

Hookworm tests..............-ve

Microchip Insertions & Readings....+ve

With these tests done on the puppy , we came to a conclusion that the puppy will need all shots that were missing in the test ie he needs all the "-ves" since all those +ves were present .The cost of all those vaccines will sum up to $900 . This will be paid using the same details .Note that this fee is a refundable.

METHOD >>>>>>> WIRE TRANSFER

REQUIRED >>>>>> POST OFFICE WESTERN UNION

Deposit >>>>>>> $2000

How Reimbursements Work

Typically pet insurance provider, uses one of the three methods in determining reimbursements: listed below:

CASH ( When Pet courier arrives your Home )

MASTER CARD, DEBIT CARD, VISA CARD... ( Direct Transfer)

The Department of Insurance (DOI) & Policyholders through their statisticians knows the % reimbursement which is available for pet's accidents, injuries and illnesses...............

Details about the ONLINE CHECK IN will be filled and emailed over to your when we confirm Re-Fundable Insurance change. E.g filled out the Booking information and booking reference with last name.

SO YOU ARE REQUESTED TO PAY A TOTAL SUM OF $2000.00 FOR THE VPI REFUNDABLE INSURANCE COVERAGE AND VACCINATION DIRECTLY TO OUR COMPANY INSURANCE DEPARTMENT USING THE DETAILS BELOW. IF YOU DO NOT SEND THE FUNDS EARLY ENOUGH, WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO MAKE A PROPER SHIPPING SCHEDULE FOR YOUR PUPPY. SO WE ADVICE THAT YOU BE FAST WITH THE PAYMENT SO THAT WE CAN HAVE YOUR PUPPY SHIPPED ON TIME.

STAY TO ENJOY THE SERVICES OF PET AIR WAYS

THANKS

GENERAL MANAGER

ARKANSAS BRANCH

Mr. MAC MORGAN

CUSTOMER SERVICE

PET FLIGHT INTERNATIONAL

TELL : (276) 415 - 1105

U.S.A

SECETARY

Mrs. CHRIS CHAMBER

I paid them $900 while the "owner" paid $1,100 but my boyfriend and I put our guard up when we got a second itinerary, we had a feeling there was no Jane. I got my $900 back but not my $470... Spread the word.

I feel cheated, and more heartbroken about the situation than about the money, I grew an attachment to Jane and she probably never even existed. I bought dog food, a bowl, her bed.

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Anonymous
#457486

This is so bad!I just got scammed out of $300 this morning.

I am so UPSET and I really do not know what to do, this totally sucks.So not fait that people can do this and get away with it.

Anonymous
#401509

lee chua leechua33@hotmail.com

12/31/11 (3 days ago)

to me

Hello dear,

Thanks for the mail of interest as concern of my puppies, their names are

Female:::::Layla

Male:::::::Dave

They are all 14 weeks old, vet checked and vaccinated,

home and toilet trained and will be coming along with all their

necessary papers and 1year health guarantee and others like, eating

boll, pet blanket, play toy and food menu, they go along with other

home pets and love the company of kids mostly, very friendly and

socialize, they are very healthy, smart and playful. They also feeds well.

We are looking for families (an individual is a family of one though)

who can commit to a forever home for the dogs, and seem to us to have

the right stuff to love our puppies. We claim the right to deny any

prospective person our puppies and will always choose the home we feel

is best for the puppies. Please do let me know the following:

-Do you have a vet center near by?

-Do you promise to give them all the love and attention?

-How soon do you need them?

-Were precisely are you located???

-Can you please email me a photo of where they are going to stay (if possible)

-Do you have space in your apartment for the dogs to play around?

-How many of you live in your home?

sorry for too many questions just that I...

kind of home my babies will be going to OK,

Immediately i get all that requested of you, I shall then determine the

family to give my puppies to. Your case will be treated immediately you

respond positively and promptly.

We will allow just a day for that and will let you know by the end of

the day if you will be the one to take home the puppies. Hope you do

get back asap and exercise some patience while we decide on who to be

these puppies next parents.

We shall be waiting to read from you soonest

My regards to your family.

lee chua leechua33@hotmail.com

Jan 1 (2 days ago)

to me

Hello,

The reason I'm given them out is due to my new job,because i won't have much time to spent with them here in Indonesia,sorry i just relocate here in Indonesia due to my new job and i was wondering if i can get the puppies deliver over to you and you will be paying just for their flight ticket which will not cost you that much cause i just get in touch with the nearest agency here and the say is going to cost MYR700 for both Dave and Layla so if all is fine by you below are some information the pet transport is requiring to get Dave and Layla registered to be transported at your home address.

Full Name....

Home address....

Zip/Postal Code...

Contact Number.....

Once i have this information I'm going to get Dave and Layla registered to be deliver at your home address.Attached are some recent pictures of Dave and Layla.

Thanks and waiting.

Happy New Year in Advance.

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All of these experiences mentioned are not in any way related to uShip.com or uShip, Inc., but rather describes instances where a person or group have fraudulently used uShip’s name, logo, etc. without consent.

uShip is an online marketplace where those who need shipping services can list their items and receive bids from independent transporters registered on the site.

uShip is NOT involved in the actual shipment of any items, and uShip is NOT involved in the purchase or sale of any items.

We have been made aware of scams occurring on various online classified sites where the seller of an item makes false and fraudulent claims about uShip and/or impersonates a uShip representative in an attempt to trick individuals into sending them a wire transfer payment for non-existent goods.

We strongly encourage all of you to contact the classified site where the ad was found as well as the Internet Crime Complaint Center to report this fraud.

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