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So my mother in law's Pomeranian of 14 years died a few months ago and she was tore up pretty bad about it. She actually has a grave stone with solar powered walkway lights on each side of her grave in the front yard. Anyway, so she just finally decided to get a puppy and started looking for a "Tea Cup Yorkie" or so she's seen in pictures.

Unfortunately I became involved in this scam too late as I would have had her pull out before she invested any money. She began looking online and found a website with pictures of various Yorkie puppies with names, parent names, etc. and contacted the person. The person responded via email and eventually called her. They convinced her to Western Union them $250 for the puppy. :doh: Well upon receiving the money, they then said they were setting up the shipping for the puppy and provided her with information and the name of a Pet Transport company. This company then demanded a $900 insurance deposit that was fully refundable. She then spoke with the "Breeder" who offered over the phone to pay $400 of the deposit if my mother-in-law would pay the other $500. And so she Western Union'd $500 for this deposit... :doh: . The Breeder then said that her husband would not let her pay extra $400 and that my mother-in-law would need to pay it. After demanding her money back the breeder has ceased all contact with her. At this point is when I heard what was going on and became involved and found out that they were calling her using blocked numbers, texting her phone using Skype, and had various mispelling and improper english scattered throughout the website and emails.

So anyway, I did find out via Western Union that both money transfers were picked up at the same Western Union location and I'm pressing my mother-in-law to at least file a police report so that the police can get that location from Western Union but she feels stupid and wants to try and put it behind her and not get another dog. If I could find out where the location is that the money was picked up, I would work with local law enforcement in that location to try to catch this person (s). I am actually communicating with this scammer via text, acting like a potential buyer, so it bothers me that I know other people could currently be falling for this scam. I have googled and found other people falling for this scam from the same people (emails, accounts, names)

So anyway, what I'd at least like to do for her is find a reputable breeder with which to buy a puppy for her. She can't afford to try and buy another dog and doesn't even want to think about it as this situation has left her pretty broken emotionally and financially. Instead of looking for a yorkie, I'd like to find a maltese though. So if anyone knows of a reputable maltese breeder near Indiana or Illinois, I'd appreciate it.
 

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Make sure you tell her that she isn't just trying to report it to the police for her sake, remind her that she need to call the police, so they can make sure that it doesn't happen to any one else.

Try looking up any shows in the area, some times breeders will have pups with them at the show, and maybe she will catch the dog bug again. It's a lot easier to find a good breeder at a show than on the internet. Just make sure they do all health testing required for that breed.
 

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I am sorry your MIL had to go through this. It's a shame but it happens quite a lot, and there are many variations of this scam. She is not alone in getting duped.

As for a Maltese breeder, your best bet is to get in touch with the national breed club, they may even have a list of breeders on their website.

Yep they do: http://www.americanmaltese.org/ama_breeder_2012_list.htm

I agree with zeronightfarm, she needs to file a report so that nobody else has to go through this.
 

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I agree that your MIL needs to report this. Here in Atlanta, when a scam is uncovered, it often is reported on the news so other people become aware of it and won't fall for it. It's amazing how creative some of these scammers are. Too bad they don't use their intelligence to get a LEGAL job!
 

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I am sorry your MIL had to go through this. It's a shame but it happens quite a lot, and there are many variations of this scam. She is not alone in getting duped.

As for a Maltese breeder, your best bet is to get in touch with the national breed club, they may even have a list of breeders on their website.

Yep they do: http://www.americanmaltese.org/ama_breeder_2012_list.htm

I agree with zeronightfarm, she needs to file a report so that nobody else has to go through this.
psst. Yorkie ;)

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I think this falls under the umbrella of elder abuse on the part of the scammer. You can help file the report- a lot of this stuff is done online now.
 

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Unfortunately, this is what happens when you purchase animals from the internet. They're not items that can be picked out based on color and cuteness then shipped and all is well. Either you get scammed or many puppies end up at their home ill, on deaths door or spend a life time fighting against various illnesses, if they make it at all. Many of the puppies online are from puppy millers and BYBs that are churning out puppies to make money and they couldn't care less what happens to them. They forge papers, doll the puppies up and make big money.
 

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Just a note..when I was looking for papillon breeders in my state, VA, I was sent emails from 5 or 6 different scammers (some in VA, some not). I wasnt sure at first. But when I got a second email that was almost exactly like the first, supposedly from a different breeder, I knew they were scams. Also, I was interested in adoption so I left inquiries regarding rehoming dogs and I got replies from scammers for those too. They said I could have the dog for free, if I paid the shipping fee of $250.00. I responded only to the first one and told them that I live only 2 hours away and that I would just drive to get the puppy. They responded that they only shipped them. WTF?? I will see if I can find the replies from the scammers and I'll post them, but I'm pretty sure that I just deleted them.

I'm sorry for your MIL.

Edit to add...I cant find the emails. I deleted them.
 

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Pfft, my friend was looking for a free puppy and e-mailed several ads (advertising free puppies only; she never responded to any asking for money) on craigslist/Kijiji/etc., and every single one of them was a scam ("send us a refundable $250 so we can buy gas to meet you halfway", etc.). She cussed them all out for advertising free puppies who weren't free and for advertising non-local puppies on a local ad site, not realizing they were scam artists, LOL. Can't trust anybody anymore.
 
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