Does this sound like a scam?

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        10-20-2009, 04:20 PM
    Does this sound like a scam?

    My friend forwarded this to me just now and I think it looks rather suspicious. A beautiful warmblood gelding who is supposed to "do it all", for free/adoptive home. I don't have a piccy at present, but the fact he wants to "ship" is coming across really suspicious to me. Plus the numerous spelling/grammar errors that apparently weren't present when she first contacted the seller.

    Thanks for the wonderful response . I must say that I am impressed
    And I definitely think that the horse is going to a good home
    As it is right now I want us to be as friends because taking the
    Horse is like taking part of my family .
    The only problem that we have right now is that we are not located
    In the same area okay
    I am present located here in TN okay but that is no problem as I can
    Have the horse home delivered to your house address using a very
    Reliable shipping company that I have used when I was moving from CA
    To TN okay
    Do provide me with all your information so I can get the shipping
    Quote with an equine shipping center
    Well I want you to also note that the horse is very healthy current
    Is all shots and coggins with average temperaments, good with pets,
    Kids and other horses. Well trained and good in dressage and can be ridden by
    Any body
    So you need not bother about any think.
    I will be sending him alongside a food menu, a DVD and hand
    Booklet to guide you on how to take care of the horse okay
    And you also have to promise that you will send me a weekly report
    On how the horse is doing and also to allow me to visit the horse to
    See how you and the horse are getting as long okay
    I therefore wait to read your write
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        10-20-2009, 04:26 PM
    Scam .
        10-20-2009, 09:57 PM
    Green Broke
    Scam written all over it.
        10-20-2009, 10:53 PM
    SCAM!!!! Defiantly!
        10-21-2009, 12:44 AM
    Thanks, I thought as much. Too bad. I really loathe the people who do this.
        10-21-2009, 12:57 AM
    Green Broke
    I so think its a scam!
        10-21-2009, 01:08 AM
    How do you spell SCAM? FREE, SHIPPING, MONEY ORDER are just a few.
        10-21-2009, 02:00 AM
    Food menu???

    Is that a cook book full of recipes that the main ingredient is horse or is that what he should be fed? LOL.
        10-21-2009, 04:11 AM
    Lol yea I But yeah sounds highly sus to me
        10-21-2009, 11:42 AM
    You really had to ask if it was a scam?

    Yes, it's a scam. There is no horse.

    The 'shipping company' will require a certain amount of money, and the 'owner' will send your friend a check for more than is required to pay to ship the horse.

    For your friend's trouble, she'll get to keep the extra, but the amount of shipping fees will need to be sent by Western Union to the 'shipping company'.

    The check will bounce, and your friend will be out her own money.

    Seriously, this scam is as old as the hills.

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