Victim Location 92637
Total money lost $1,260
Type of a scam Online Purchase
Online seller with website address http://amarifrenchies.com/ was selling 6 French Bulldog puppies. The one I was interested in cost $1260.00 which included shipping on airplane special delivery from the airport to our home etc.
He would only accept payment by DIRECT DEPOSIT into his account. I sent him the money through my bank to his account on 12/19/16. He told me within 42 hours the puppy would be delivered. Today when I was supposed to get the puppy, I saw on my email a message from a FRISCO PETS MOVING company requesting that I immediately send them $955.00 for insurance and a special temperature controlled crate! They wanted the money sent by money-gram or western union. It was at this point that I knew I had been scammed. I tried to call the phone number the seller shows on his website and it said it had been disconnected. Then I emailed him and also texted him at the phone number. Later that day he phoned me and tried to talk me into sending the money saying that the money sent to the shipping company would be refunded by the person bringing the puppy once the puppy was delivered to our home by the agent. This made no sense to me at all. I then called the sheriff’s department and was advised NOT to send more money. The officer said it was a good thing I did not send any more money as I was scammed by this person. This seller still has his website up and is still selling puppies to unsuspecting buyers. He has three bank accounts that he is asking buyers to direct deposit to. The one I used was my bank Wells Fargo, he also had other bank accounts with Bank of America and Chase Bank. This seller never answered his telephone, but would always text me back on my cell phone. Seller called me for the first time, and tried to get me to send the additional $955.00 to this shipping company that was never mentioned by him prior to sending him my payment for the puppy. I asked him for my money back….He said he would, then said for me to wait until after Christmas I believe this is internet scam and so does the Sheriff’s Dept. My money is in his bank account and there is no reason he cannot just put a check in the mail today or tomorrow, if he has any intention to refund my money there is no reason for him to ask me to wait until after Christmas. This seller is still selling these puppies online to other unsuspecting buyers he is continuing to scam other people with these puppies.