Like many other legitimate companies, Animalcouriers is finding its name and branding — and even its phone number — being used by scammers. Typical animal scams involve promising delivery of an animal — such as a puppy, kitten, parrot or monkey — using Animalcouriers as the designated transporter, and asking you to pay the transport costs upfront by Western Union or MoneyGram. By using the name of a legitimate company like Animalcouriers, the scammer makes their own operation seem genuine. what to look out for Be wary of anyone offering you an animal, if: The price of the [...]
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We've received some more super photos of Milly and Sofie, two dogs who travelled with us on different trips from Greece, both of whom are well and truly settled into their new homes in England. Lisa also wrote to tell us that her two cats, Lookielikey and Cornflake, who travelled with us from the UK to Portugal. They enjoyed a short stay at the Animal Inn in Guia in the Algarve with Diana and Bungie, before rejoining Lisa in Lagos. Among our other feline passengers were Freddie, Théo, Sophie and Mathilde, who travelled with us from the south of France, [...]
Animalcouriers has recently heard from a number of people reporting pet-related scams. For potential victims in the UK, the scammer often claims to be based in Scotland — making it seem more likely that someone might accept a pet delivered, unseen, by courier. Erica wrote to tell us she'd see a scam on Facebook relating to Pug puppies in Kirkwall. And Mrs Boyd wrote to let us know she recently managed to avoid a scam involving a Pomeranian puppy, thanks in part to the Animalcouriers webpage about scams. The seller claimed to be living in Scotland and, owing to work commitments, couldn't [...]
We received an email from Louise who unfortunately fell victim to a puppy scam via Facebook. Once she found our 'beware of scams' page on the Animalcouriers website, she realised her experience bore all the hallmarks people need to look out for in many types of scam: A sob story A free puppy, with just the transport costs to pay Being rushed into a decision with lots of hassling phone calls and emails Payment required via MoneyGram, with a payee address in Cameroon A phone number to call that looks like a UK mobile number (starts 07, in this case [...]
Scammers operate in many fields, and the field of animals is no exception. When we realised that our company name was being used by scammers to add legitimacy to their operations, we quickly published a web page of hints and tips aimed at helping people avoid getting scammed. A typical animal-related scam revolves around offering an animal for free — such as a puppy, a parrot or a monkey — via email or the internet, with only the cost of the transport to be paid. The scammer says they will arrange the animal's transport on behalf of the client. The [...]
Animalcouriers hears from people in many different countries who are at risk of being scammed by someone offering them an animal that doesn't exist. When scammers use our name fraudulently to lend credibility to their offer — usually by naming us as the animal's shipper — they tend to include a link to our home page. Clicking on the 'Be Scam Aware' button on our home page lets people get some guidance on how to avoid being scammed. The most recent email we had from a potential scam victim came from Poland. Luckily, the lady in question read our guidance [...]
In earlier blogs we've written about scams involving animals, and how to protect yourself against them. The scam goes something like this. You're offered an animal very cheaply or for free. You have to pay delivery charges upfront by money order (Western Union or MoneyGram). You're told that Animalcouriers will be delivering your animal. The animal never arrives. People who've unfortunately fallen prey to these scams then contact us to find out why their animal hasn't been delivered. Of course, there is no animal at all, we know nothing about it, the scammers are long gone, and there's no way [...]
We recently heard from yet another poor victim of an animal-related scam. This time it was a parrot — an African Grey to be precise — that was supposedly being transported from Scotland to Southampton by Animalcouriers. The buyer initially paid £300 for the parrot by MoneyGram. She was then asked to pay for extra insurance (originally another £300, reduced to £50). An hour before the parrot was due to arrive, she was asked to pay £100 for vaccinations and flu drops before it could travel. An hour later she received a phone call to say the parrot had died. [...]
Once you've accepted a pet travel quotation from us, we'll ask you to pay a deposit. The amount will depend upon the nature of the travel. The balance must reach the Animalcouriers account at least three days before the journey starts. We accept payment by credit card, debit card, bank transfer or cheque. Cash payment may also be possible. Your payment must show on our account before your pet can travel. Your choice of payment method will determine how far in advance you need to pay in order to meet this requirement. If you're making travel arrangements close to [...]
The BBC is making a documentary looking at the rise of online scamming. They are keen to speak with anyone who has been a victim of a scam — whether someone calling purporting to be your bank, to hackers getting into your computer, to businesses having suffered a financial loss as a result of a scam. They are particularly keen to hear from: Anyone who has been a victim of a fake puppy seller or international gang purporting to be animal couriers Victims in Scotland Please contact Sam on +44 (0)7850 055247 or +44 (0)141 422 7859 or email firstname.lastname@example.org To find [...]