It seems that fraudsters are targeting users of online classifieds websites worldwide with the so-called “Puppy Scam” or “Pets for Adoption” scam. Junk Mail is well aware of this scam and have already posted warnings about this on the past on this blog and on our Avoid Scams section on the website. This so-called scam involves the importing of unusual / exotic pets from outside the country’s borders. Often the items are advertised for sale with a local pre-paid cell number or cell number which does not exist (which lures the user into responding to them via e-mail). The advertiser will let you know they have recently relocated outside the country and are no longer able to care for their pet for whatever reason. In some cases they will claim to be missionaries somewhere in West Africa (usually Cameroon) and not capable of taking care of the pet. They do this to lure would be respondents into paying them a shipping amount to ship the animal (which probably does not exist). The e-mail responses from the fraudsters usually contain broken English.
This was the video report which was broadcast on a New York network television station: