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post #1 of 10 Old 08-03-2010, 11:15 AM Thread Starter
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Scammer on Dreamhorse

I'm fairly certain I've found a scammer on Dreamhorse. If you search for a Gypsy Vanner that is up for adoption, you'll get one in practically every state listed by the same person with the same text. I think I'll probably report this to Dreamhorse too. I emailed out of curiosity and this is what I got:

> I am so happy to read from you and the concern
> you have in getting my horse and i will like to let you know
> that you have just gotten the best horse you will ever dream
> of.Again i am not interested about money but all i want if
> for you to promise me that you will love and care for this
> horse.I have also attached some pictures of my horse in this
> mail for you to have a view as well as some information that
> will be necessary for you to know about this horse.
> Here are some important details you should know about my
> horse.
> He is very much a look a like of
> his incredible sire- The Gypsy King. His dam Oakfield
> This Gypsy has so much potential whether
> it be the show ring, or any riding discipline- he should be
> a awesome producer-as he is showing with his first foal,
> born in 2010! He rides, has been ridden
> mainly in the arena, but out on trails as well. He is a
> very gentle breeder and ships as well. He stands for
> farrier, vet, bath, saddled; I have never used clippers on
> him, but would not expect any issue there- I have had him in
> harness, but he has not been hitched to anything, but I do
> believe he would go right along w no issues, as that is just
> him! Very laid back and easy going, he accepts whatever
> comes his way. He has tons of mane and tail, lots &
> lots of feather, and what a personality! He is double
> regt- w GVHS and GHA. He has been DNA tested and he is
> homozygous black, heterzygous tobiano.
> Please i will also like you to know that
> i am currently with this horse in Oregon,where i am
> carrying out a very important project,which has made me too
> busy.But the reason i want to sell this horse to a person in
> your location,is because i will be relocating there at the
> end of the year and since i do have a lot
> of love for this horse,i will like the horse to be in a
> place,where i will be passing from time to time,to check on
> him.
> Again,i will want you to know that it
> will be no problem for you to get this horse,since i am
> going to do my best in making all the necessary arrangements
> for you to get this horse delivered to your address.I am giving
this gypsy for an adoption fee of $3000.00.You can get me through
phone by calling the number:757- 818- 8556
I will be waiting to hear from you soonest,so that we can make
all arrangements necessary for you to get this horse delivered to you.
God Bless.

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post #2 of 10 Old 08-03-2010, 04:15 PM
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$3000 for adoption? That's a dead giveaway - but yes - another scammer.

ANother hint is the "God bless" like if I use religious terms I must be legit!

Did you contact Dreamhorse and have them remove the ad?

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post #3 of 10 Old 08-03-2010, 04:19 PM Thread Starter
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I flagged all of the ads by this person. Hopefully Dreamhorse will remove the ads soon.
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post #4 of 10 Old 08-03-2010, 04:23 PM
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There have been a variety of these on all of the for sale sites. Different breeds...etc. When you search, just keep your eyes peeled, and frankly, I wouldn't email any of them. Yes, Dreamhorse, and the others should "patrol" a bit better-the ones I have seen are pretty blatent! Anytime you have the same exact ad in 20 sates, that should be a hint! "Here's your clue....."lol

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post #5 of 10 Old 08-03-2010, 11:45 PM
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$3000 adoption fee? That's a little steep... lol Ah, why can't horse people live peacefully these days withouth the nuisance of scammers?
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post #6 of 10 Old 08-04-2010, 11:52 AM Thread Starter
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I'm surprised -- I flagged all of this guy's posts and they have yet to be removed by Dreamhorse.
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post #7 of 10 Old 08-04-2010, 09:25 PM
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Horse Scams

We've seen a similar scam on our site for Freisian horses.

I'm wondering if perhaps some of the Gypsy horses posted on our site aren't scams as well. Ours aren't as blatant as what you're reporting here, but I have had one user question the listings.
We'll continue to research this and will remove the ads if we feel confident that they're scams. I really think sites like this should do more to try to notify users of potential scams, and we definitely do our best to make every effort to keep these ads off our site.

Amanda Adams

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post #8 of 10 Old 08-08-2010, 04:33 PM
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I saw a similar ad once for a friesian gelding. Had impressive looking pictures. They were trying to place him for a FREE adoption. LOL. I knew something was up so I emailed them on my junk email account just to see what their hook was. They wrote (in poor grammar no less) that this was their son's horse and he recently died in a tragic accident and they were not horse people but they wanted someone to take the horse and give it a nice home. They were experiencing too much "grief" and the horse reminded them of their son. They went on and on about how adamant they were that the horse go to a good home. They asked me what I wanted the horse for and a couple of other basic questions. I played along and answered with very brief replies.

About 4 days later they emailed me back and said that after many applications, they had "selected" me to be the horse's new owner. They told me that the horse was in Utah as they had recently moved (to escape their grief no doubt) and that they would gladly make shipping arrangements for me. They said that it would cost $800 and they would send the horses's papers and health certificate with the transport service.

I know they don't care, but I wrote them a pretty scathing reply at that point and told them how disgusting it was that people really sat around and preyed on unsuspecting people. That they spent as much energy trying to make a dishonest living as they would to make an honest living.

I sent this stuff to the website (can't remember which but probably dreamhorse) and they did remove the ads. But like a pp pointed out, you can find these "adoptions" on just about any horse classified site in any state on any given day.

Disgusts me!!!!!!!!
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post #9 of 10 Old 08-08-2010, 07:05 PM
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Definitely a scam. Take a look at this:

Pet Scammer - Jean Bertran, - Cyber Crime Ops

Same phone number, same garbage...
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post #10 of 10 Old 08-08-2010, 10:10 PM
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It disgusts me how scammer ads like that they always mention a "dead son" or something like that. Some people really deal with that stuff and it's horrible how some would lie about it to make some money. =(

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