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November 01, 2004

Beware of Scammers

Some of you have probably heard about the scammers on the Internet who offer to buy your equines with a cashiers check and odd arrangements. But for those of you who have not, here is some good information to be aware of.

If you receive an email like the one below, please delete it. Often times these "buyers" want to send you a *fake* certified check or money order for an amount that is more than the cost of the donkeys, mules, or other items they are purchasing from you. Then they want you to send them (or someone else) a refund for the overpayment.

Here is an example of what the email(s) might look like:

I came across your ad concerning your donkey and I am interested in purchasing your donkey from you. I am about to move into my new home and there is going to be a lot of beautiful space that will get wasted and I am planning on raising a few animals, mainly as pets. I am not really sure of what I really want since I am new at this, but I won't mind seeing any available ones you have. If your donkey is still available for please let me have a detailed description of the donkey as well as pics and I will like to know more about the donkey's present health and registration papers. I want to assure you that your donkey will be well taken care of as someone is already available to take care of the animals. I will also like to know how much you are asking for the donkey as well. I am located in Ohio, where are you located? I will like to know so that I can be sure of the shipping cost. Payment will be made out to you via a certified cashiers check.
I hope to read from you soonest,
Andrew Michelmore.

Subject: pick-up / payment arrangement
Thanks for your mail. I am still very much interested in purchasing your donkeys from you. I have gone through your site and the pics of your donkeys are great and I will like to purchase COLBY from you and I am willing to pay ($600) for him as long as you can assure me that you will hold colby till you receive payment from me for them. I am located in Ohio but I am presently in Europe on a visit. Concerning payment and shipping, I will like you to understand that I recently tried purchasing some horses from a breeder in Ohio and I have already paid ($4000) in advance, but due to my busy schedule I was unable to pick up the horses on time. I am going to instruct the breeder to issue you a check for that amount and what I will like you to do is to take the amount for colby and then send the balance over to my vet who will use the balance to transport himself over to your place to pick up colby and also take care of the shipping. I am offering you ($200) in addition to the cost of your rabbit for any inconvenience this might cause you. If this is okay by you please get back to me with your full contact info (full name to be issued on the check, address, city, state, zip code and your telephone number I can reach you on) so that payment can be made out to you.
I hope to read from you soonest,

A good practice to follow is to be sure you do your homework when buying or selling your donkeys and mules. Find out about the person you are buying from or selling to, their equine experience and resources, and what they hope to do with the animals they're buying. Most buyers and sellers are good honest people and are happy to talk with you and answer your questions, but if their story sounds fishy like this scammer, please be careful!

Kristie Jorgensen

Posted by Kristie Jorgensen at November 1, 2004 08:02 PM


I just read your artical on scammers. We just had some body to the same thing to us on a colt we were selling. She offered us a cashiers cheek for 4,000 for the shipping on a $1200 horse. We were very sceptical and questioning though. She said she lived in the Netherlands and it just so happend we have a friend close in that area. After we told her that and that we could have somebody come help her settle the horse in and check out the home, we never heard from her again. So today i read your post and i'm glad there is somebody warning others about these scammers! We could have been taken if we weren't careful. Thank you for you efforts,
Tavia Harris

Posted by: Tavia Harris at November 29, 2004 11:35 AM