Can anyone provide any assistance with the legitimacy of a horse rescue located in Kentucky? The name of the business is SOKY Equine Development Center, and it's run by Jeffrey *****.
They are running a Facebook group, posting rescued Arabian horses available for adoption, and then having adopters PayPal the money over. They charged me a $400 adoption fee, and a transportation fee of $475 to bring the horse to Virginia.
I was SO SO excited to help rescue a horse... but then things got a little bizarre.
Jeff had no problem emailing me the adoption paperwork, but when it was time for him to send me the transport paperwork (1.5 weeks ago at this point) he suddenly ran into supposed technical problems with his email server and has been unable to send it to me, despite promising to do it probably 10 times!!
Within the last two days, Jeff has stopped answering my phone calls, and has STILL not sent me the transportation paperwork for the horse I supposedly adopted, who was supposed to arrive in Virginia in THREE DAYS. The horse (along with many others) was also listed by the SOKY Equine Development Center on EquineNow.com. (I attached a screenshot of the ad.)
As much as I don't want to think this... I am starting to believe that I may have been scammed.
Tonight, I wrote a note to Jeff on the wall of the Facebook group saying:
"Hi Jeff! I've called multiple times about Lemaan, and have been unable to reach you, despite the fact that my horse is supposed to be transported in three days! Please call me when you can." My message was immediately deleted from the group's wall ... and Jeff didn't call me...
Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions on how I should proceed, or if this organization is a scam? Thank you so much.