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post #1 of 27 Old 11-12-2012, 12:21 PM Thread Starter
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Uhhh -- What? Given a horse? Okay I need some help on this one

I am sitting here a bit speechless right now. Some of you know hubby and I have been looking for a couple of horses. I tend to be a bit picky, yes. Well we ran across this add a couple of weeks ago.

5 Years Palomino Gelding for Adoption for sale in Citrus, Florida :: HorseClicks

Not bad at all from what I can tell just from that. I sent an email asking for some updated pictures, asked a few questions, etc. No answer for about a week. Now three days ago I get a response. They asked me some fair questions like where do we live, are we new to horses, etc. But they kept calling the horse "Rooney" .. the horse on Horse Clicks has his name listed as Hazz. I dismissed it as being barn name vs part of a registered name.

Now 10 minutes ago I checked my email and have gotten the second response and needless to say I'm a bit floored. I'll copy it here in its entirety.



Mon, November 12, 2012 11:58:43 AMRe: Palomino Gelding for Adoption



From:"griffin.wall@doramail.com" <griffin.wall@doramail.com>

To:Jaidann Wrbas <j.wrbas@att.net>


Hello dear,thanks for getting back to me,We are currently located in Maimi FL,just recently posted for work.Well reading from your mail we believe you are the perfect person for him and you will take very good care of him so we have decided to give him to you.Rooney is not for sale,we are giving him out for free adoption,we believe the love we have for him can not be sold for money,but before we proceed we will like to send him over to you for the test ride before you can make any payment to us.So just get back to us with your full delivery details.the details we need include

Your Full Names>>>>?
Your Contact Number>?
Your Home address>>>?
Nearest airport to your location>>>?
Postal code/Zip code>>>? As soon as we have all this details we will have him registered for delivery to your home.We have already inquired everything regarding the transportation cost to your location and they said it will cost you just $700.If you agree then just get back to us with the full delivery address asap so that we can have him registered to your home address today?

Thanks and waiting..



Uhm ... WHAT? Has ANYONE ever run across this before? I'm still jawdropped at this response.

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post #2 of 27 Old 11-12-2012, 12:24 PM
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scam, don't respond.
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post #3 of 27 Old 11-12-2012, 12:24 PM
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I run across those all the time on craigslist. Obviously a scam.
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post #4 of 27 Old 11-12-2012, 12:26 PM
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It's a scam.
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It's not craigslist, it's Horse Clicks. They have the same issues?
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post #6 of 27 Old 11-12-2012, 12:28 PM
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Yes - all internet sites have hackers, scammers, etc.

If it sounds too good to be true - 99% of the time - it is.
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lol - this is PRICELESS. I have gotten email scams before but OMG *shakes head* I think I'll stop looking at ads now and just go by word of mouth LOL
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Well, if you want to find out whether it's a scam or not, you can reply... but DO NOT give them any of the personal info they asked for. If it's a scam, they're trying to get $700 out of you for "transportation costs". If it's not a scam, you should be able to reassure her that you are prepared to come pick up the horse yourself... or that you have someone willing to transport the horse for you -- so her shipping assistance it appreciated, but not necessary.

If she tries to convince you that the $700 for her "shipper" really is necessary, it's a scam. (And I'm pretty sure it is a scam, but if so it can be fun to mess with the scammer in kind.)
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Yep...definitely a scam. Sorry. :(
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post #10 of 27 Old 11-12-2012, 12:40 PM Thread Starter
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I am busting out laughing over here on this. I need to stay away from the internet or something. I'm obviously way too naive for this stuff!

Eolith - Good One. I'd turn this over to hubby to play with if he thinks he has the energy to deal with it ;)
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