New Nigerian Scam Involves Cute Little Puppies

from the sucker-born-every-minute-ooo!-puppies! dept

The infamous "Nigerian 419" scam has been around for quite some time now. Having evolved since its original premise, the latest version of the scam preys upon dog lovers by goading them into paying exorbitant amounts of money to adopt nonexistent puppies from afar. In contrast to the original version of the scam, which appealed to people's greed, this latest version is unique in that it preys on the charitable -- people with big hearts that are looking to help out a few poor puppies. Whereas some may have held victims partly culpable in scams where the victims were looking to cash in on a large windfall, in the case of the puppies, it's hard to find fault in these scammed good Samaritans.


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    RandomThoughts, Oct 16th, 2007 @ 6:16am

    Bet Michael Vick isn't in their target audience.

     

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    Michael Kohne, Oct 16th, 2007 @ 6:43am

    Charity starts at home...

    I'm still going to put some serious blame on those who get taken. If they wanted to help a dog, the local SPCA (in the US) has plenty of dogs that need homes. And they don't need thousands of dollars to get to your door - just wander over and pick one out for the price of immunizations and neutering.

    Sorry, con artists have been plying their trade on the internet (and in the real world) for too long for me to have much sympathy for anyone who gets taken by a 'send us money up front' scam.

     

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    Elric, Oct 16th, 2007 @ 7:28am

    Not a new scam

    This isn't anywhere close to a new scam, they've been doing this via our own tax paid relay services for the deaf for years now. Both buying and selling puppies...it's pretty easy to spot though. The puppy scams, along with almost every other Nigerian scam wants to get you into corresponding via e-mail as quickly as possible, they'll always be off in another city/state when you ask where they are ... if they bother answering the question at all ... and if you provide a non-sensical statement that anyone else would be going WTF? to they'll just repeat themselves.

     

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    Sean, Oct 16th, 2007 @ 8:01am

    I recently got one from a poor Russian woman who is just barely making it on her government job. She is asking me to send her vitamins and dried food, but if that won't work money will do just fine. Then she can buy a cast iron stove to keep her and her daughter warm this winter.

     

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    TheDock22, Oct 16th, 2007 @ 8:05am

    Awww...

    I want to help out a non-existent Nigerian puppy because the pictures are just so darned cute!

     

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    Vladamir, Oct 16th, 2007 @ 8:42am

    Poor Russian Woman

    That poor Russian woman is my mother. She really is in need, i have been eating a sand and water mixture for weeks now and we are so cold.

    please send cash (small bills - USD only) in an untraceable envelope to:

    Help Vlad's poor Russian mother
    P.O. Box. 11111
    402 gullible plaza
    kaput, Nigeria ( don't worry, not the real Nigeria, its one in Russia)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 16th, 2007 @ 9:26am

    Woo hoo, hopefully this scam will bankrupt PETA!!

     

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    dorpus, Oct 16th, 2007 @ 9:41am

    The grey area

    There are outright scammers, and they can usually be identified by their lack of patience. Then there are other Russian women who have corresponded with me for two months, have never asked me for money, and I'm still not sure what to make of them. They send flowery romantic letters that sound a bit generic. I've made it clear I don't have money to visit Russia, they probably wouldn't be happy where I live, but we're still corresponding. If they do ask me for money in the future, I would close the door on them without a second thought. If they are scammers, they are the most patient ones I've ever seen.

     

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    B, Oct 16th, 2007 @ 9:47am

    Everywhere

    These Nigerian scams are everywhere. Just a few weeks ago, I was selling my laptop via the Facebook marketplace.
    I got a response that said he wanted to buy it, and he wanted me to ship it to his baptist friend in Nigeria. My first question was, why would you buy such an expensive gaming laptop for a priest in Nigeria. I played along, and sure enough the money was never place in my PayPal account, so I just sold it to someone else.

     

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    dorpus, Oct 16th, 2007 @ 9:48am

    Re: The grey area

    They contacted me through singles sites. They come from small towns in Russia, have average (not stunning) looks, and say they don't want Russian men because they hit women. They sound sincere on the one hand, on the other hand I wonder how many people they write the same letter to? They've told me detailed stories about their personal lives, which sound different from person to person. They may be who they say they are, I'm still not sure.

     

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    Tin Ear, Oct 16th, 2007 @ 9:56am

    Livestock...

    Don't they eat dog in Nigeria? Why would I want to send money to fatten up their herd?

    Yes, there are more than enough local dogs in shelters to help instead of sending money offshore. Anyone who falls for this deserves to be taken.

     

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    John, Oct 16th, 2007 @ 9:59am

    This is NOT new.

    419eater (A site that scams the scammers) scammed them on this one a while ago. They had the puppy sellers to agree to sell them puppy meat.

    Read it here
    http://www.419eater.com/html/tommy_mark.htm

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 16th, 2007 @ 10:09am

    Re:

    If you want to bankrupt PETA, send them five bucks.
    They will spend a hundred on mail to you trying
    to get more. :)

     

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    billy, Oct 16th, 2007 @ 10:20am

    The people who get scammed do deserve to be taken because they need to learn, but the money shouldn't go to that human scum. USPS just confiscated over 2 billion in fraudulent checks from Nigeria, they are getting away with way too much of our money and there seems to be no way to punish them. I think that the federal government should get involved and punish the entire country of Nigeria and it's leaders with sanctions for allowing this to take place, and any other country that harbors these scammers.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 16th, 2007 @ 11:45am

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    Good idea people who get scammed deserve to lose their money. Explains why people keep voting for politicians who promise them programs where 93% of the money goes to a government worker and rarely reaches the recipient.

     

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    Todd, Oct 16th, 2007 @ 11:47am

    *whew*

    At least it isn't cat juggling.

     

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    Dan, Oct 16th, 2007 @ 12:09pm

    "New"?

    This scam has pretty much run its course already on craigslist. The scammers were hot and heavy posting two or three ads with photos of kickable little dogs and for exotic birds too. I haven't seen very many of them lately so I'm guessing it didn't prove to be too effective.

    If people want to put a stop to the 419 scamming then all that needs to be done is get everyone to send replies to them expressing interest. The scammer posts 10,000 spams and gets 100,000 potential suckers responding - he's out of business in short order because he can't sort through them fast enough.

    As for the Russian scammers - it's usually not the women actually running the scams, it's men. They'll have an internet kiosk or three, the women get a cut of whatever they can get out of the men. The scammer handles the transaction and provides the equipment so they keep most of it. There are some who actually charge the women to access the internet - sort of a 'scamchise' where you buy your little franchise and split the profits with "corporate headquarters" (i.e. the scammer with the computer and the internet connection)

    The photos they post are usually fakes. The photos they collect from gullible men get used to create fake personal ads either for scamming (click fraud or getting money from women) or simply to inflate "member" numbers for the fake dating sites. They often steal personal ads wholesale - or trade them with other personal site scammers. I know americansingles at one time did nothing to pursue scammers who duplicated ads placed on there - and anyone who doesn't know that aff/friendfinder is mostly affiliate scammers isn't paying attention)

     

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    Only Scammers deserve to be Scammed

    I like the idea above about everyone replying to these 419 Nigerian scams at the same time. Better yet, why don't we develop our own scams to send to the overseas scammers? That couldn't be considered illegal could it? Someone think of a way to do this.

     

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    Observer, Oct 17th, 2007 @ 12:00am

    Nigerian scams

    Dear Minister General Vice President Ojabwe I am very excited that you want me to be your business partner to transver $34 million dollars (USD) of over-invoicing to me, to share with you privately. I think your terms are very reasonable. However, I am worried that you will give this wonderful opportunity to someone else. I am prepared to give you an advance payment of $100,000 (One Hundred Thousand Dollars Only) in cash to guarantee that I will have this opportunity. Please fly at once to and meet me at the Excelsior hotel coffee shop at 9am local time promptly next Tuesday. You will recognize me by the large suitcase I am carrying with the cash, and a gullible look on my face. Yours sincerely, George Washington Rockefeller Ponzi President International Global Universal Nonexistent Bank and Trust Company

     

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    SailorRipley, Oct 17th, 2007 @ 8:14am

    Re: Re: The grey area

    I'm sorry, you must be confusing the Tech Dirt community with an entity that cares (about you)

     

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    your name here, Oct 17th, 2007 @ 10:32am

    cute animal exploitation

    At least in this scam the puppies are probably just pictures of puppies from somewhere else. On a visit to a city in Europe last year I saw beggars (who didn't look very European) on nearly every street corner, holding cute little kittens to grab your attention. It was heartbreaking. (OK, so I feel sorry for the kittens and not the people, what's your point?)

     

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    landis, Oct 17th, 2007 @ 1:48pm

    that is horrible...nothing seems to be to simple or to stupid to become the subject of a scam!! that really is so i don't know stupid but i guess it worked

    however these two puppies are really cute!!! i so totally want one, now

    http://www.topblogcontent.com/2007/10/17/these-dogs-are-crazzy-cute/

     

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    Mrgastix, Oct 25th, 2007 @ 2:44am

    Bernd

    This reminds me of Bernd

     

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    E M Cook, Nov 4th, 2007 @ 2:15pm

    my scammer was as dumb as a box of rocks

    I have found a way to beat them a little. Waste their time by saying yes, you will send money. I had a live messenger conversation for more than 2 weeks with one of those clowns. His email was beteny.brooks@hotmail.com. Feel free to keep it going. he will answer you immediately. tell him Emma sent you. Told him / her I was sending $1,000 three times, then they ran down to the Western Union and get the $$. LOL. "Beteny" send me a photo of herself which was copied off the USA U-tube site. A really cute American girl who probably really exists in Phoenix. I have no pity with them at all. This is a college student with a degree who wants to rent a room from me. If only she had a flight ticket and some $$$. The ticket manager is a man. That's who you send the money to. Then she needed money for her car, then her mother had breast cancer and was dying (swore on a bible) but then she inherited 5 million dollars and she was going to share with me, of course. If only I could send her $200.00, she can get the 5 million inherited from her dead father, who was murdered. I wrote pages and pages to her about my fictitious wonderful very wealthy life here in the USA, (we are related to the Bushes and have millions yada yada). The moron couldn't get enough of my stories! Nudged me twenty times per day to get more info. Tennis, horses, I have an "in with the visa dept" and my husband and secretary work for the Pentagon", yada yada.....Just tell them anything that may be credible and of benefit to them and you will have their ear for a long time. NEVER send one penny no matter what they say! They are all terrible, horrible crooks. They will sell you their own mother and naked children for two cents and never blink an eye. They "swear to GOD" constantly. It is an honor not to have to work in Nigeria! The bums work at night since we are up then, with the time difference. There they are,
    sitting in their internet cafes running back and forth to money "outlets". If they don't get it and ask for it, they are made fun of at the Western Union stations". .Too bad. They can only answer so many emails per day, so keep them busy, busy, busy. I figured while I was having tremendous fun with my new penpal from Nigeria, they were leaving someone else alone. If you would like to have a good laugh, I will send you my correspondence. My email is kukile@hotmail.com.

     

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    E M Cook, Nov 4th, 2007 @ 2:18pm

    Re: Only Scammers deserve to be Scammed

    You can get into big trouble but you can have fun with them. I just posted how I did it.

     

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    Cookie, Nov 4th, 2007 @ 2:20pm

    Re: The grey area

    One of the most successful scams in Canada concerning nigerians took 8 months

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 8th, 2007 @ 6:39am

    Re: cute animal exploitation

    Thats really sad that humans in need have to use animals because they are more likely to get help that way.

     

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    Judy Barnhart, Nov 9th, 2007 @ 11:21am

    Scammers dumb as a box of rocks

    It is horrible that this "newest" scam is hooking people. I do animal rescue and there are so many, many puppies and kittens that need attention right here is the USA. The emails are sooooo convincing to some. We can only do our best to keep educating the common publis of these crooks.

    On the other nigerian scam of emails from people wanting to "rent a room" I have gone through that with trying to find a good roommmate for my daughter. She lives in the LA area of Southern California. OMG the scammers come out of the woodwork to answer the Craig'slist posting for a roommate. They come from African nations, Nigeria, England, poor young women and men having tons of money to rent the room for 12 months (of course paid in advance) for only the slight fee of $500 USD sent to them for the cost of changing their currency into USD!!!

    Yep, yep, I fell off the turnip truck yesterday to that is why I have sent out so much money!!

     

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    landy, Nov 13th, 2007 @ 1:32pm

    cute puppies

    okay that is really wrong...i have heard about that but i didn't believe it at first!! that is totally messed up

    i really love dogs and to use them as the subject of a scam is just cruel!!! I love this one dog though it is so cute!! check it out...they have videos of crazy puppies playing a Wii and stuff. it is awesome

    http://www.worldwidefido.com/watch/3311/amazing-grace

    oh here is one of the videos

    http://www.youtube.com/my_videos_upload_complete?claim_video=&has_in_video_ads=&re v_share=0&video_id=pSlNELJFxO8&rev_share_description=&action_from_upload=1

     

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    angelflight, Nov 14th, 2007 @ 11:42am

    Puppy Scam

    Today I was on yahoo messenger and had a man beep in on me trying to get me to adopt his 10 week old yorkie puppy. He said he was from London. I think this is another smart way they are scamming.

     

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    JR Adams, Dec 9th, 2007 @ 9:00pm

    Scams

    I want to have you MSNBC Helen A.S. Popkin
    contact me. My friend does not know how to handle
    this Expensive luctrive Scam, These people are the
    even lowest the the one's i have read.
    I enjoy reading your data.

     

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    foxandhound, Dec 10th, 2007 @ 11:37pm

    Nigerian scam Steve Robinson

    Love it...hit them where it hurts..Keep them busy by promising to send all they want. Met a Steve Robinson who claimed to be from Texas but did not know where Houston was. A diamond dealer who lost his laptop from London to Ghana. He only wants a HP17in laptop and international phone to get the deal done. He has his son with him and he is stuck there ..so please send him the computer now so he can get home safely with his son...sure baby sending it now . Stay at the airport baby..it's on it's way now ....

     

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    gloria, Dec 14th, 2007 @ 10:25am

    Re: Nigerian scam Steve Robinson

    he told me his laptop was stolen from usa to accra, his cell phone is 011-233-243-819939, which all of a suddent he can't answer ???

     

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    Todd Hale, Jan 7th, 2008 @ 7:56am

    At it again

    this person has been trying to rent a room from me and using the "i send you $3000 u depuct the money for room and deposit then send the remaing amount to my travel agent."

     

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    carlos torres, Jan 8th, 2008 @ 6:25pm

    Re: At it again

    hi a couple days ago i posted a bedroom for rent in craiglist and i got a responce from a women Beteny Brooks
    saying that she was from Tucson Arizona but she was in a project in victoria island nigeria i need someone to help me to know if this person is really telling me the truth

    here is the second email that she send me
    Hello Once Again,


    Thanks so much for responding. I must confess I am quite comfortable with the cost and it is okay by me .I will like to make the first month payment ahead of my arrival and the subsequent month will be effected thereafter as I plan to stay for how long the lease is drawn. So i will Contact my Client to see how you'll get a money orders/Cashier's Check from which I will like you to deduct the fee for the Place and you will help me wire down the balance via western union to a charity home in Nigeria in care of children with heart related diseases, orphans and the older citizens and the less previledged.I have been committed to them for three years now this is a way of saying I will never forget them wherever life takes me.....and part of the money would be for my flight ticket to The states. I should be arriving Soon all things being Equal if this arrangement is okay by you, also i will be signing leases and applications by then because I can't get any of that done here now. I will now need your FULL NAME, FULL ADDRESS AND CELL PHONE NUMBER so as to prepare the money orders/Cashier's Check. I will also like to know the nearest airport to the house. I will also like to know if you will be available to come pick me up at the airport and show me around or if I should make alternative arrangement. I'll be so glad if you can reserve the Place for me and remove all your the adverts abt the place as I'll love to rent the place.

    Now a little more about myself:

    Name: Beteny Brooks
    Eyes: brown
    Age: 27yrs
    Height: 5' 6" (167cm)
    Weight: 122 pounds (55.0 kg)
    Body Style: Athletic/Fit
    Activity Level: Active
    Smoking: No
    Drinking: Socially
    Marital Status: Single
    Children: I have no kids
    Zodiac Sign: Virgo
    Languages I speak: English Spanish
    Ethnicity: Caucasian/White
    Religion: Catholic
    Grew up in: America
    Education: MCSA/MCSE
    Occupation: Computer Consultant
    Annual Income: Over $90,000US
    My favorite cuisines: Barbecue, Chinese/Dim Sum, Deli, Eastern-European, Fast Food/Pizza, French, Greek, Indian, Italian, Japanese/Sushi, Mexican, Seafood, Soul Food, Thai, Vietnamese
    My favorite music: Dance/Electronica, Disco, Easy Listening, Pop/Top 40, Rap/Hip Hop, Soul/R&B and Soundtracks.
    My favorite physical activities: Basketball, Working Out, Dancing, Swiming and Hiking/Walking

    I am a very easy going kind of girl, pretty laid back and with a modest sense of humor am 27 yrs old and very much single, the only child of my only parent, my mother alive, I lost my father and my only brother years ago while I was still a kid in an auto accident. I work full time, Monday through Friday and have weekends off except for once a month. I was born and raised in Tucson Arizona, but presently in Nigeria on a business trip for more than 10 months. It'll be a long dream come true for me when I finally settle in the US.I have chosen your city for a start to my new life in the US.I am easy to get along with and well mannered. I do not use people's items without permission and consideration. Kindly get back to me ASAP cos I need to pay to enable you turn down other interested parties and keep the place for me until I arrive. I am more interested in a long term lease, but still open to any form of lease you want. Am single as I said and I am not attached to anyone at the moment here and do not have anything holding me back since my mom have given me her full support. I do part time modeling call myself an amateur though,LOL,just something I take as a hobby and also I have a masters degree in Computer Science. I am new living all alone as i have lived with my mom alone in the past but I have no doubts in my mind about my ability to live peacefully with as I was raised to be a lover of peace.Well,i think we will get along well because am a easy going person who respects ones privacy, like I said I don't do drugs or smoke but I drink only occasionally, I strongly believe there will not be any problems living with me as I was raised by strong catholic Christian parents and have imbibed such good qualities from childhood. I will be glad if you have a MSN messenger so we can chat and talk more and get to know each other better, my msn messenger id is Beteny.Brooks if you have a msn or hotmail account you can add me, or you can set up a hotmail account its free, I will love to see your pictures and also your families and friends pictures if you don't mind and those of the place as well,you can also get to see my picture on Myspace..Click to the link below to see my picture http://www.myspace.com/betenybrooks. I'll be so glad if you can reserve the place for me and get back to me with your FULL NAME, FULL ADDRESS AND CELL PHONE NUMBER so as to prepare the Cashier's Check. Also please remove all the adverts abt the place as I'll love to rent the place.

    I will be looking forward to hear from you soon.

    Regards to your friends and family

    Lots of love

    Beteny Brooks

    Beteny.Brooks@hotmail.com

     

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    Michelle Mallery, Jan 9th, 2008 @ 6:10pm

    room for rent scam

    I posted an ad about a room for rent on craigslist as well today and I got the same response that I have been reading about above. The thing about being in Nigeria for 10 months and graduating from Arizona U. I knew that the email sounded too good to be true when I first read it, so I decided to do a search on the name Beteny Brooks and found a few different sites stating that the name is related to scams. I got to thinking that they must work nights to be able to respond to my ad at 2:15 p.m. Pacific time!

     

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    No Name, Jan 17th, 2008 @ 2:07pm

    Re: Re: At it again

    I received this same email and this is a total scam. They responded to something I also posted on Craigs list for an apartment sublease. Don't fall for it.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 7th, 2008 @ 5:54am

    Quincy Apt beteny brooks

    Yep. I searched for "Beteny Brooks" who expressed interest in an apartment listing I posted to craigs list. U of Az. graduate who is doing computer work in Amsterdam. I received a similar email from a "williams kate."

     

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    Don't trip, Feb 12th, 2008 @ 10:46pm

    Hello,
    How are you and your family and friends and hope you're doing great, it’s a happy day here now, actually i just woke up and wanted to check if I have any email from you, am glad to email you today. I want you to know that you will be getting payment in few working days.Please i want you to let me know immediately when you get the payment, you wont have much to do when you get the check, you will only deduct your own charge of one month from it and then you will send the remaining balance to me or my Traveling Agent down here through Western Union Money Transfer and please you will have to find a means of sending at least $2500 the same day you get the check or next so that i wont loose my flight. I will email you further information on where you will be sending the money to as soon as the payment is out for delivery.
    Cant wait to be with you,
    Beteny.

    Hi ,

    It’s nice to hear from you, my day has been a pretty good one. About yours? I hope all is well. I'm glad to hear that you will be able to pick me up. You sound like a nice a person. I will be coming with my car, laptop, cloths and shoes. I will be in the states before my car is getting there. More things about me: I enjoy being outdoors. I like to camp, go to the beach; I love the mountains & the sunshine! I enjoy a good movie and quiet time, but also like to be around friends and going out. I like to be spontaneous and go away for the weekend.

    I am an open, honest & loyal person. I have a good sense of humor and enjoy laughter; I like to keep things light. I'm really in for communication and honesty from the other person as well. It's so important to keep it open and honest. I like to have fun. We re going to get along as roomies. I will inform you as soon as the check is made out to you on Monday. I want you to show and teach me how to get to different places when I arrive will also be coming to the states as soon as you get the remaining balance of the money sent down here cos the money you will be sending will be used to book for my flight ticket to the states. My day was very blessed, I hope yours was too. Have a great day tomorrow and I will talk with you soon.
    Thanks so much for everything and regards

    Beteny

    Hi ,

    I'm glad to hear to from you today. How is ur day going? I felt comfortable about the room that you are renting out to me. All I need you to do for me immediately I arrives, is to show me warehouse where i could get all necessary accessories shopped. What is ur favorite music, movies and hobbies?. I enjoy playing volleyball, swimming and it was pretty good for health. I hope my car will be safe in ur parking space. I will get my car shipped immediately you got the check.

    I will be in the states before my car is getting there. I hope you don't mind show and teach me how to get to different places when i arrive. We re going to get along as a very best friend. I'm glad that i found you as a best friend. It will be made out to you this week. What is ur work schedule? I just want to know the day you will be available to pick me up from airport. I'm anxious to meet you. Take care and Have a blessed day.
    Lots of love
    Beteny Hello Once Again,


    Thanks so much for responding. I must confess I am quite comfortable with the cost and it is okay by me .I will like to make the first month payment ahead of my arrival and the subsequent month will be effected thereafter as I plan to stay for how long the lease is drawn. So i will Contact my Client to see how you'll get a money orders/Cashier's Check from which I will like you to deduct the fee for the Place and you will help me wire down the balance via western union to a charity home in Holland in care of children with heart related diseases, orphans and the older citizens and the less previledged.I have been committed to them for three years now this is a way of saying I will never forget them wherever life takes me.....and part of the money would be for my flight ticket to The states. I should be arriving Soon all things being Equal if this arrangement is okay by you, also i will be signing leases and applications by then because I can't get any of that done here now. I will now need your FULL NAME, FULL ADDRESS AND CELL PHONE NUMBER so as to prepare the money orders/Cashier's Check. I will also like to know the nearest airport to the house. I will also like to know if you will be available to come pick me up at the airport and show me around or if I should make alternative arrangement. I'll be so glad if you can reserve the Place for me and remove all your the adverts abt the place as I'll love to rent the place.

    Now a little more about myself:

    Name: Beteny Brooks
    Eyes: brown
    Age: 27yrs
    Height: 5' 6" (167cm)
    Weight: 122 pounds (55.0 kg)
    Body Style: Athletic/Fit
    Activity Level: Active
    Smoking: No
    Drinking: Socially
    Marital Status: Single
    Children: I have no kids
    Zodiac Sign: Virgo
    Languages I speak: English Spanish
    Ethnicity: Caucasian/White
    Religion: Catholic
    Grew up in: America
    Education: MCSA/MCSE
    Occupation: Computer Consultant
    Annual Income: Over $90,000US
    My favorite cuisines: Barbecue, Chinese/Dim Sum, Deli, Eastern-European, Fast Food/Pizza, French, Greek, Indian, Italian, Japanese/Sushi, Mexican, Seafood, Soul Food, Thai, Vietnamese
    My favorite music: Dance/Electronica, Disco, Easy Listening, Pop/Top 40, Rap/Hip Hop, Soul/R&B and Soundtracks.
    My favorite physical activities: Basketball, Working Out, Dancing, Swiming and Hiking/Walking

    I am a very easy going kind of girl, pretty laid back and with a modest sense of humor am 27 yrs old and very much single, the only child of my only parent, my mother alive, I lost my father and my only brother years ago while I was still a kid in an auto accident. I work full time, Monday through Friday and have weekends off except for once a month. I was born and raised in Tucson Arizona, but presently in Holland on a business trip for more than 10 months. It'll be a long dream come true for me when I finally settle in the US.I have chosen your city for a start to my new life in the US.I am easy to get along with and well mannered. I do not use people's items without permission and consideration. Kindly get back to me ASAP cos I need to pay to enable you turn down other interested parties and keep the place for me until I arrive. I am more interested in a long term lease, but still open to any form of lease you want. Am single as I said and I am not attached to anyone at the moment here and do not have anything holding me back since my mom have given me her full support. I do part time modeling call myself an amateur though,LOL,just something I take as a hobby and also I have a masters degree in Computer Science. I am new living all alone as i have lived with my mom alone in the past but I have no doubts in my mind about my ability to live peacefully with as I was raised to be a lover of peace.Well,i think we will get along well because am a easy going person who respects ones privacy, like I said I don't do drugs or smoke but I drink only occasionally, I strongly believe there will not be any problems living with me as I was raised by strong catholic Christian parents and have imbibed such good qualities from childhood. I will be glad if you have a MSN messenger so we can chat and talk more and get to know each other better, my msn messenger id is Beteny.Brooks if you have a msn or hotmail account you can add me, or you can set up a hotmail account its free, I will love to see your pictures and also your families and friends pictures if you don't mind and those of the place as well,you can also get to see my picture on Myspace..Click to the link below to see my picture http://www.myspace.com/betenybrooks. I'll be so glad if you can reserve the place for me and get back to me with your FULL NAME, FULL ADDRESS AND CELL PHONE NUMBER so as to prepare the Cashier's Check. Also please remove all the adverts abt the place as I'll love to rent the place.

    I will be looking forward to hear from you soon.

    Regards to your friends and family

    Lots of love

    Beteny Brooks

    Beteny.Brooks@hotmail.com
    Hi ,

    It’s nice to hear from you, my day has been a pretty good one. About yours? I hope all is well. I'm glad to hear that you will be able to pick me up. You sound like a nice a person. I will be coming with my car, laptop, cloths and shoes. I will be in the states before my car is getting there. More things about me: I enjoy being outdoors. I like to camp, go to the beach; I love the mountains & the sunshine! I enjoy a good movie and quiet time, but also like to be around friends and going out. I like to be spontaneous and go away for the weekend.

    I am an open, honest & loyal person. I have a good sense of humor and enjoy laughter; I like to keep things light. I'm really in for communication and honesty from the other person as well. It's so important to keep it open and honest. I like to have fun. We re going to get along as roomies. I will inform you as soon as the check is made out to you on Monday. I want you to show and teach me how to get to different places when I arrive will also be coming to the states as soon as you get the remaining balance of the money sent down here cos the money you will be sending will be used to book for my flight ticket to the states. My day was very blessed, I hope yours was too. Have a great day tomorrow and I will talk with you soon.
    Thanks so much for everything and regards

    Beteny
    Hi ,

    I'm glad to hear to from you today. How is ur day going? I felt comfortable about the room that you are renting out to me. All I need you to do for me immediately I arrives, is to show me warehouse where i could get all necessary accessories shopped. What is ur favorite music, movies and hobbies?. I enjoy playing volleyball, swimming and it was pretty good for health. I hope my car will be safe in ur parking space. I will get my car shipped immediately you got the check.

    I will be in the states before my car is getting there. I hope you don't mind show and teach me how to get to different places when i arrive. We re going to get along as a very best friend. I'm glad that i found you as a best friend. It will be made out to you this week. What is ur work schedule? I just want to know the day you will be available to pick me up from airport. I'm anxious to meet you. Take care and Have a blessed day.
    Lots of love
    Beteny

     

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    Don't Trip, Feb 12th, 2008 @ 10:48pm

    That bitch or asshole is a fucken scam the name is Beteny Brooks

     

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    Nostradamus Moonchow, Feb 12th, 2008 @ 11:51pm

    Re: Nigerian scams

    Look at it from a distance my friend,
    the moon shines a lot closer.
    That is the right way.

     

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    Richard, Feb 24th, 2008 @ 8:39pm

    Re: my scammer was as dumb as a box of rocks

    I had the same experience with this person. She tried to pull the same thing with me. Of course, I didn't send her a penny. I did find a prono web site run by her in Az.

     

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    HolyRoller, Mar 12th, 2008 @ 2:05pm

    Nigerian English Bulldog Puppy Scam

    I was e-mailed by a "Mary Wayne", (waynefamily_8@yahoo.com) Christian Missionary, with English Bulldog Puppy, Richie. "Her" broker is a Daniel Benson, 8 Palm, Mushin, Lagos, Nigeria. Daniel Benson is listed in many places as a scammer. Beware!!

     

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    Pam Coursey, Aug 24th, 2008 @ 5:31am

    We Got Scammed and Lost $85

    I sent $85 which was all the money I could scrape together yesterday 8-24-08 to a religious scumbag in Nigeria for an adorable 4 month old Yorkie puppy named Vince.

    We saw Dr. Walker's ad on craigslist for rehoming a Yorkie puppy. We were first contacted by this e-mail from Fred.Barett@yahoo.com: Hello,
    I got your email about Vince the Yorkie puppy. Well the puppy belongs to Dr Dave Walker who reside in West Africa, he only asked me to help him look for a better home for his puppy back in the States, reasons best known to him.

    I will like you to contact him and he will give you more info about the puppy. Here are his contact details below.

    Name: Dr Dave Walker
    Email Address: dave.walker47@yahoo.com
    Phone Number: +2347025377675

    Make sure you contact him because i have taken away the ad from craigslist.

    Regards
    Fred Barett.

    Here is the correspondence. I plan on contacting international authorities and the FBI.

    Hi, We sent a message to your friend who wrote us back. We really would like to see the little one and possibly adopt him...

    Pam & James Gray

    Good Day Pam,

    I just came to office this morning and saw your mail about your interest in having my cute Yorkie puppy. I know you were being directed by Mr. Fred Barett to contact me about Vince. The reason why i need a good home for Vince back in the States is because of the weather here in Africa which is too harsh for him and he is the kind of puppy that deserves the best.

    Vince is very cute, lovely with kids and other pets, current on shots and vaccinations, potty trained and 100% health guaranteed. He is just 4 months and some days old and i bet you will love and enjoy his company so much. Attached below are his lovely pictures. Kindly let me know if you are really interested in having him before i give you the adoption and shipping cost and also let you know how he would be delivered to you.

    Thanks and God bless
    Dave Walker

    Wow, Vince is so precious!

    I'm afraid I ain't going to be able to pay the shipping costs from Africa though. Do you have any idea how much I will have to pay to receive this cutie?

    I would love to be able to get him out of Africa and have him here in this air-conditioned home....but you must realize that I am living offa student loans at this point.

    Pam =o)

    Hello Pam,

    Thanks for your response. I can see from your mail that you would really love to have Vince and am also very much willing to see you have him because to what i read from your mail, i believe that Vince will find joy and comfort in your home and he will surely be a blessing to your home because he is so full of fun.

    The shipping cost is only $345 but if you cannot afford the $345, then let me know how much you can really afford to see what i can do to help you get him. Right now i am not collecting any adoption cost from you anylonger because i understood from your mail that you are living offa student loans but just like i said the shipping cost is only $345 and if you still cannot afford it, then let me know how much you can afford. Get back asap.

    Thanks and God bless
    Dave Walker

    Hi Dr. Walker,

    Maybe if we could make some arrangements to where I can pay you $20 a month until I get you paid off.....I dunno! I just know we were tickled pink to hear back from you.....The pictures of Vince are just adorable and we'd love to have him live here....I'm sure he would sleep with us, and we'd play with him all of the time....

    If you can find it in your heart to send him to us....Our address is Pam Coursey, 2013 Robin Wood Blvd, Moncks Corner, SC 29461. He would be loved tremendously....and you can visit him anytime you want to when you are back in the states again. Actually, if you would like, we can foster him, and possibly allow him to return to you. I'm sure it isn't easy to let the little one go.

    I will gladly look up any shipping & receiving information from Africa to the US....and I am certain it will not be a problem to pick Vince up from a port of some type around Charleston.

    Love,
    Pam =o)

    Thanks for your response. I understood from your mail that you would like to pay $20 each month until i get paid off, well that is too small to make the arrangement of shipping Vince to you and besides, i just want to know how much you can really afford right now to see what i can assist you with to complete the shipping fee and not paying me monthly. So kindly let me know alright. I know you really want to have Vince and i will do my best to see you have him but you must let me know how much you can afford right now.

    I have also gotten your informations where you want Vince to be delivered to but you must let me know the nearest airport to you so that we can have him come through that airport. Hoping to read back from you.

    Thanks
    Dave Walker

    I can come up with about $85 today, and that is scraping! lol The timing is wrong, but I would make your puppy a good mommy! I don't want to insult you or Vince.

    Pam

    Thanks for your response. I can see that all you can afford is $85, well it is very small but i will assist you in getting Vince because i believe Vince will find joy and comfort in your home and that is exactly what i want for him but please make sure you give him the best home he deserves.

    Get back to me with your full name, shipping address, direct cell number and the nearest airport close to you before i give you the informations which you will use to send down the money via money gram and also give you every detailed informations on how Vince would be delivered to you.

    Thanks
    Dave Walker

    You are being more than generous but here is the problem I have. I am more than willing to send you the money for Vince and I am sure his value is priceless. Yet I feel uncomfortable sending the money first without being for sure I will get him. I also understand that you are in the same place. In a world where trust is or has become an issue it is hard for the both of us. Now here is what I am proposing. If you are willing to send him and I can verify that he is on his way then I will immediately send the money to you which I will make certain it will take place. I will not dishonor the trust we can establish with this exchange. Best of Regards. Pam

    Hello Pam,

    Good day and thanks for your response which was very well understood by me. I know you really want to have Vince and the reason why i want to help you get him is because i believe you will provide him with a good home and i know he will surely find joy and comfort in your home. As for the issue of you being scared of sending money first without getting the puppy, well i understand we all have to be careful with the way we deal with people over the internet due to the rate of scam going on these days but at the same time, you cannot see everybody doing business over in the internet as scammers and i know how it hurts to get scammed. So please take your mind off any doubt because i cannot imagine a matured, family and Godly man like myself trying to cheat on people out of their hard earn money when i know it is a big sin and a person that does such will never go unpurnished. So be relaxed and be rest assured that you will definitely have Vince and even if we Human Beings does not see or know what is in the Human mind, Almighty God in Heaven sees and knows what is in every Human Mind.

    You should also know that i only want to help you get him because i can see the zeal in you of getting him. Also there is no way i can have him sent to you first before sending down the money because i want to add some money to the one you will send to process the shipping and i can only give you every detailed informations of the delivery after the shipping procees has been done and there is no way it can be done without making the payment first. So if you truly want to have Vince, pls just take your mind off any doubt and get back to me with those informations of yours i requested so that we can proceed further.

    Thanks
    Dave Walker

    Here is the information you requested. Pam Coursey 2013 Robin Wood Blvd. Moncks Corner South Carolina 29461. The airport is Charleston International in Charleston South Carolina. My direct cell phone number is 843-291-8410. All I am asking is for the address to send the money gram. Regards, Pam

    Thanks for your response. I have gotten your informations which i requested. So all you have to do now is go to any Local or Wal-Mart Store around you that operates on money gram and make the payment with the informations of my secretary below.

    Receiver's Name: Azeez John Alimi
    Address: 12, ire-akari rd, Isolo, Lagos, Nigeria
    Text Question: What For
    Text Answer: Delivery
    Amount: $85

    Make sure you make the payment correctly with how i have stated the informations to you above and reply back to me with the Sender's Name and the 8 Digit Reference Number. if you can make the payment today or tomorrow, Vince will be delivered directly to your door step on Monday 12 to 3pm your time alongside with his crate, puppy kitts and samples of his food and as soon as the shipping agent gets to Charleston International airport, he will first give you a call to notify you of his arrival with Vince and i will also forward to you every tracking details too. Please make sure you take good care of Vince because he is the kind of puppy that deserves better care and hope i would be welcome to visit Vince at your home anytime i come down to the States. Hoping to read back from you.

    Thanks
    Dr. Dave Walker

    At 5:14 todays date a money gram was sent to the address received. The reference # is 92900749 the store number is 1146 in Moncks Corner. Regards, Pam

    Dr. Walker,

    My telephone numbers are 843-761-3076 or 843-291-8410....I'm sure you are really going to miss the little guy....I promise he will live out the rest of his natural life surrounded by a bunch of love!

    Write me back to say that you have all of your information....

    Thank you in advance.

    Sincerely,
    Pam =o)

    What is really funny....I am still believing that the little teacup Yorkie is going to arrive here at my home on Monday!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 11th, 2008 @ 9:16am

    Re: Everywhere

    hmmm u might be the scammer here.......

     

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    ruby, Oct 2nd, 2008 @ 3:12pm

    puppies

    i was scamed. my dog had just died and i was already not thinking. and i started looking on the internet to see if i can find one and came across this ad and did not even think about it and had no idea it was for two yorkies and it was from nigira and it was feom a man that said he was on a mission for god and the weather was not good for his babies and i fell for it and send him money and then he said he needed more money to send the puppies. so im out 450.00 but all ican say is these people are going to have to answer to god one of these days,

     

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    Ope, Dec 10th, 2008 @ 10:14am

    scam

    I'm a Nigerian.We have over 150,000,000 people in this country and the population of people that have regular internet connection is less than 5%.The percentage of those people that will send scam messages is about 10%(but they're dedicated).You must not conclude that the whole country is full of scammers.I live here and i haven't been scammed b4.Attempts ha been made though and i succeeded in wastin their money on the phone.I can can't conclude that everyone in America is a pornstar,or that the whole of America as a country have to be punished for pornography because a handful of Americans decide to pollute the internet with such obscenities.I love this country it's one of the best place,filled with the most wonderful people.I won't blame you guys 'cos that's d part of us you've come to know.On behalf of the whole nation i want to say, am sorry.

     

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    Pam Coursey, Jul 21st, 2010 @ 8:40pm

    Re: scam

    Hi Mr. Man From Nigeria....I'm Pam, the one who was puppy scammed. Since then I have enjoyed teaching Hispanic children with Reading and Math. I guess I just want you to know that my mind is much more open now to tolerance of different cultures. I do realize that your country is over-crowded and poor. We all experience disadvantages sometimes...and people who are in need will steal....If you ask me, that is the smallest of all sins....I guess what I am saying is that if you give to someone in need, you never miss what you gave.....And usually, you can add them up....all the blessings that are returned to you!

     

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