Why your animal email is probably fake

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Gentle Giant

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Assuming that you actually get here to this part, here's some reasons that the animal email you have is probably fake.

If you have read about how to identify a scam email (which is here) then in addition to things like bad grammar, poor spelling, even poorer punctuation, the use of free email servers, etc. these are some other things that might make the email you have a scam format.

What's the scam?
In this subforum you are going to run into the fake check fraud. In the fake check scam you are asked to take a check pay for your pet if you're selling one. The fake check scam is just that-- all you are ever going to get is a fake check or money order. You can read elsewhere (like here) about why you don't want to have a fake check for any reason. The fake check is going to be for much more than you want for the pet. The scammer is going to ask you to send the balance back to him, always by Western Union or Moneygram. when that fake check is returned....it's yours. So is the loss.

It's also possible that if you are trying to buy a pet you are going to run into the advanced fee fraud. In this type of fraud, the scammer is going to ask you to pay money to get a pet. Then he's going to find various reasons you have to pay more...and more...and more...and....you never do get that pet. Id addition to this, there are usually requirements of your government to quarantine any animal for at least 30 days before you can get it, even if you were dealing with someone about an actual pet.

Let's start with a simple one:
1. "I have a pet who needs a home"
No, they don't. There is never a pet. There is a scammer/criminal who wants to steal your money.

2. You can buy a pet dog from Africa.
Why would you buy a dog from Africa, especially if you live in North America, Europe, or Asia? Aren't there dog shelters near your home with actual dogs in it that need adopting? Aren't there any pet shops in your town with actual dogs you can buy? Why would you buy one from Africa?

Another point to consider here is that if there actually were a dog for you to buy from Africa, it will go into quarantine when it comes into your country. That might be about 30 days, maybe longer. This is to insure that your dog is not suffering from rabies or some other illness which could make other pets in your home sick, not to mention you. In other words, even if you buy a dog today from Africa you aren't going to see it for probably 45 days anyway. There are dogs a lot closer to your house and you can take them home today. It's called "adopt a pet".

3. Your animal is in Europe/ North America etc. so send a payment to a guy in Africa.
What?!?! Okay, there's no pet and when they tell you to send money to some person in Africa for a pet that is on another continent then it's just a scam.

4. Your animal is in Europe/ North America etc. so send a payment by Western Union.
The use of Western Union is always extremely suggestive of a scam. No matter how safe and secure they tell you that Western Union is, it isn't. It might be fast and that's just what a criminal wants. It's also anonymous and criminals like that too. So forget it: there's no pet.
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