Recently we placed an ad in our local newspaper to sell registered puppies. We received a TTY (operators assisted call for the hearing impared) from someone inquirying about the purchase of the puppy.
As a result of the TTY, the apparent purchaser asked for us to send information about the puppy to them via emial. The scam artist when by the name of Kriz Williams using the following email address: [email protected]
In the email the scam artist (Kriz) said they would send us a check for the price of the puppy, plus additional funds to cover the cost of the shipping of the puppy. Kriz was more concerned about us contacting their shipping company and sending the money to them via Western Union than inquirying about the puppy. Kriz never questioned the breeding history, the registration papers, etc about the dog. As we kept pressing as to where the puppy would be shipped to and the logistics of the transaction, Kriz would never comment -- that is when we really became suspicious.
As the transaction was to be finalized, we told Kriz to send a Certified Check for the purchas price of the puppy. When the check was validated, we would contact the the Shipping company and arrange for the pick up of the puppy and pay the shipping company via Western Union from the excess funds over and above the purchase price for the puppy.
As we received the "Certified Check" and the accompanying letter from Global Trust Financial, Inc., signed by Matthew James, the Personal Assistant to the CEO, and the fact that the "Certifed Check" was for $3, 000 more than the purchase price for the puppy, I knew this was a scam.
I immediately did research on Global Trust Financal and the first seach that was listed was for this website. I repsonded back to Kriz via email that I knew this was a scam and I subsequently contacted and turned over the letter, envenlop, and "Certifed Check" to the Better Business Bureau, the FBI, the State Attorney General's office, and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.
So, buyers beware of this scam using TTY to contact you and the request from the scam artist that is sending very large sums fo money over and above the purchase price of an item.
We were lucky to not be scammed. If you become suspicious, take the appropriate steps to thoroughly check out the person.