Pet Scam Warning

We have received reports of scammers who are claiming to use Famous Pacific Shipping (A Durban based import / export company) as a courier service for shipping pets from abroad to South Africa. Please note that this company is NOT a pet transportation company and that Famous Pacific shipping is NOT associated with these individuals. Any documentation received from individuals claiming to be using this company as a courier service to transport pets should be forwarded to us at Also provide us with an account of your experience.

In recent times Junk Mail has been alerted by users of a possible scam relating to the importing of unusual / exotic pets from outside South Africa’s borders. Often the items are advertised for sale with a local pre-paid cell number or cell number that does not work. Once contacted (usually via E-mail) the advertiser will let the prospective buyer know that they have recently relocated outside South Africa and are no longer able to care for their pet for whatever reason. The item will be advertised at well under market price. The seller will ask you to transfer funds to them to cover shipping cost, and with the balance on delivery. Do not accept such condition. Insist on full COD (Cash on Delivery) or ideally for payment to be made after the animal has been certified healthy by a local veterinarian. Always be wary of long distance trades. Many such trades are successfully concluded, but always take precautions to safe your money and goods. You can check with IPATA (an International Trade Association of animal handlers, pet moving providers, kennel operators, veterinarians and others) who are dedicated to the care and welfare of pets and small animals during transport if the transport agency the person is claiming to use is registered with them. You can visit their website at this link.

Remember: If something sounds to good to be true, it usually is not true.

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For more information about scams check out our Avoid Scams section on the Junk Mail website and the Safety & Security section on the Junk Mail Blog.

Henno Kruger

Digital Marketing Campaign Coordinator at Junk Mail Publishing.

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