Is this a craigslist scam?


Long story short…

I am buying a purebred Shiba Inu from somebody in another country. When they traveled to another country they didn’t have the permit for the dog so they have to send it back to the United States within two weeks. They said I have to pay 150$ directly to the airport for a doggy crate. To be honest, I don’t know if this is a scam or not. I don’t want to pay 150$ for something that isn’t going to show. Is there a way you can pay for the doggy crate upon pick up? I am wondering if this story actually checks out.

Thanks a lot.
This is their email they sent to me:

Hello Thanks for the mail, My puppy is pure breed, well trained, AKC
Registered,,potty trained and love the companion of grown up
kids,babies and house hold pets and my puppy 11week old .Well, The
reason i want to give its out for adoption is because, i am a
volunteer and We are on a volunteer mission to Cameroon together with
the W.H.O malaria committee,in regards to the disease in pregnant
women and children. We traveled up here together with the puppy and my
daughter. They wont allow the puppy into the country for reason being
that, pets are not allowed into the country from other countries and i
have been given a maximum of 2 weeks to send this baby back to the
states. So that is the reason i have to find the puppy a home back in
the states where love,affection and care will be showered all. I will
like to ask you the following questions.Then get back to me as soon as
you can with answers and questions if you have any:.
-Have you ever lived
(Sorry this is the first time I used Yahoo Answer crap)

The rest of the email

I am 45 just being concerned about the type of home the puppy will
be going to ,so that is why i am curious to know. We love the puppy so
much and we want to make sure goes to a family that will show this
baby the affection deserves. So if you can stand the chance of
taking the puppy home, you will only need to buy the puppy a new
travel crate because the one she came in with is bad it will cost just
0 for a new crate ,this money for crate will be paid directly to
the airport to provide the travel crate .. But i am sorry i first of
all need to know the answers to my questions before i will know if we
can proceed with the re-delivery arrangements.Waiting to read from you

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8 Responses to “Is this a craigslist scam?”

  1. Ama says:

    It’s a scam. Walk away from the offer.

    There are a good number of reputable Shiba Inu breeders in America(assuming you’re from America)

    If not, I am sure you can find reputable Shiba Inu breeders in other countries too.

  2. Jen says:

    Who buys a dog from a foreign country off of craigslist? That screams scam right from the get go.

  3. Eric says:

    Sounds incredibly fishy to me. Did you happen to check with the airport to confirm that this is their policy or not? As far as I am aware, any animals arriving from overseas must be held in quarantine for some period of time, so you would not be able to pick it up right away anyways. Why do you need to buy a dog from someone out of the country on Craigslist? There are so many great animals right in your own community who are desperately waiting for a home or face euthanization. Please consider adoption!

  4. Who aren't you? says:

    The airport is not responsible for the cost of the crate, the person shipping it is. They often pass this cost to the buyer, which would be included in the sale price.

    Anyways, that’s not important. He is scamming you.

    -He brought the dog to another country, how would he get it there if he didn’t have a crate. And why would he need a crate if he is getting rid of the dog.
    -Who are you going to pay? The airport? Or send a money order to someone that goes to the airport, yeah right. The airport isn’t going to keep a dog while they wait for your money to arrive.
    -If the animal was held by customs, he would not be able to ship it out to someone else somewhere else.

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  6. ° Skratch ° says:

    At the very first deviation from the original contract for a offshore dog you can be certain that the whole deal is likely a scam and you are never going to see this dog.

    I am willing to bet that if you contact W.H.O. that they have never heard of this person.

    Cut you losses and block this person. And if you have given them any personal banking information contact your bank and change everything before they clean out your accounts.

  7. Luis H lugo says:

    It’s a scam!

  8. Buffy Staffordshire says:

    100% scam.

    There is no dog.

    There are stolen pictures of someone else’s dog.

    There is only a scammer trying to steal your hard-earned money.

    The next email will be from another of the scammer’s fake names and free email addresses pretending to be the "pet shipping company" and will demand you pay for shipping fees, in cash, and only by Western Union or moneygram.

    Western Union and moneygram do not verify anything on the form the sender fills out, not the name, not the street address, not the country, not even the gender of the receiver, it all means absolutely nothing. The clerk will not bother to check ID and will simply hand off your cash to whomever walks in the door with the MTCN# and question/answer. Neither company will tell the sender who picked up the cash, at what store location or even in what country your money walked out the door. Neither company has any kind of refund policy, money sent is money gone forever.

    Now that you have responded to a scammer, you are on his ‘potential sucker’ list, he will try again to separate you from your cash. He will send you more emails from his other free email addresses using another of his fake names with all kinds of stories of great jobs, lottery winnings, millions in the bank and desperate, lonely, sexy singles. He will sell your email address to all his scamming buddies who will also send you dozens of fake emails all with the exact same goal, you sending them your cash via Western Union or moneygram.

    You could post up the email address and the emails themselves that the scammer is using, it will help make your post more googlable for other suspicious potential victims to find when looking for information.

    Do you know how to check the header of a received email? If not, you could google for information. Being able to read the header to determine the geographic location an email originated from will help you weed out the most obvious scams and scammers. Then delete and block that scammer. Don’t bother to tell him that you know he is a scammer, it isn’t worth your effort. He has one job in life, convincing victims to send him their hard-earned cash.

    Whenever suspicious or just plain curious, google everything, website addresses, names used, companies mentioned, phone numbers given, all email addresses, even sentences from the emails as you might be unpleasantly surprised at what you find already posted online. You can also post/ask here and every scam-warner-anti-fraud-busting site you can find before taking a chance and losing money to a scammer.

    If you google "Cameroon pet scam", "fake puppy sale scam Western Union" or something similar you will find hundreds of posts from victims and near-victims of this type of scam.