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drafts4ever 12-13-2010 06:18 AM

I'm not sure about this. It smells funky
I've been trying to sell Sammy and I've had lots of people interested and meeting him and then I either hear nothing or they say they aren't interested anymore. I just got his email and from a lady and I doesn't have a previous message to it but from how it's worded it sounds a bit weird. I'm not sure if just the wording and it's completely innocent or if it's scammy or even a kill buyer. :shock:

Here's the email:
Hello, how are you doing top of the day to you..Am really sorry for not getting back to you since, i got a mail from my child doc to come and see that it was very urgent and thank God it was a good news, a donor was found for my child. .Let me use this medium to tell you that the horse is coming to a home away from home, a stable has already been prepared for the arrival of a new horse, every horse in our farm has its stable and are feed well every day,I have 2 other horse in the farm, my horses only come on the farm 3 times a week, My farmers ride the horses on the farm to monitor my other livestock's while on field and monitor my other workers and see to the affairs of the farms and we ride for pleasure on the farm on Sundays in the evening, and on rear occasions when some sheep's are missing in the farm we set out on them to find the lost sheep's, the farms vet doctor comes in every month to check on the horse and my other livestock, whether we having problem on the farm or not...I want you to know that if you sell the horse. to me, the horse is in good hands and a good home.. Am a widow with 3 kids, lost my husband 2 years ago to a kidney problem when we could not get a donor on time, and one of the kids at the moment has the same illness and my pray is that God will help bring a donor our way soon as possible...I leave on my late husband little farm with my family and some of my workers here in Pa in the state, ... I treat my livestock's well and take good care of them, I spend time with them and feed them well, my livestock are very important to me and I value and cherished them like I value life, and I also have a pets loving family and same goes for my workers, I want you to know that my if you sell the horse to me, be rest assured that the horse is coming to a good home,a home away from home...And I'll want to use this medium to tell you that while you are still preparing the health report and coggins, I will want to continue with the transaction for the horse so as to avoid any further delay in the transaction for the horse while you process the health report and have the coggins test till the shipper arrive for the pick up.
I want you to know that am still much interested in buying horse please, and I'll be grateful if you sell the horse to me, I'll take charge of the Pick up of the horse myself, I'll contact my late husband haulier to help in bringing the horse to my farm and I'll like to let you know that I'll be making my payment with a check and once it clears, please get back to me so as to get the shipper informed and come for the pickup of the horse. Please get back to me if this condition is ok with you..And please I'll need this information for the check to be issued out as soon as possible YOUR FULL NAME.....,CONTACT ADDRESS......,STATE & ZIP CODE.......,PHONE contact you. And i want to believe i can count on your full trust on this transaction...........My Regards

My response:
You sound like a great home for him but I will bring him there myself I have my own trailer and truck that he is comfortable with and in going to a new home that is what I want him to travel in over there. I want to be able to say my last good by and see he has settled in and make sure he is ok. I've put tons of work into this horse and he means a lot to me and I want to be there when he meets his new family at his new home to make sure everything is ok. This is extremely important to me. I need to visit the property and I need 2 personal references, a vet and farrier reference prior to his arrival as well. .
I also require you come meet him before I bring him over. He has had all his shots coggins included and all his vet records will go with him and when you come to meet him prior to buying him I will give you those papers. I pulled his front shoes yesterday and he shouldn't need any front shoes unless he's going to be on rocky uneven ground.
Where are you located? I don't need your address until I'm ready to bring him over. Let me know what your schedule looks like and when you can come to meet him. I am in Gig Harbor Washington. If you would like to give me a call my phone name is Eliana and my phone number is (insert number here).

I also found this email from her I responded to saying he was not registered and was unable to be registered since I didn't know his sire or dam.

Hello there, how are you? guess am onto the owner of the horse
advertised on craigslist, Am interested in buying the horse. I'll
appreciate it if you can let me know the health status and coggin
status, likewise the horse pedigree or to make it easier you can scan
and send it via mail, that way I can be able to go through it? Hope to
hear from you soon.

What do you guys think?

HowClever 12-13-2010 06:28 AM

my money is on a scam

mbender 12-13-2010 06:28 AM

Sounds like a NOT! I wouldn't have even responded. Never give someone your information. It could have been animal rights activists! They will torment you. The only reason I say this is because its happened to me. You have to be careful when listing on the internet, you never know what Nut is going to answer!

Sounds like your instincts kicked in and you listened. Or you wouldn't of asked us! :)
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franknbeans 12-13-2010 06:49 AM

RUN! I would have nothing to do with this at all! Pretty hard to decipher the message-it is pretty cryptic in my opinion, and sounds like someone who barely speaks English. Plus, I thought she said she was in PA??

Sounds like a scam-totally!

drafts4ever 12-13-2010 07:03 AM

That's what I was thinking. If it's Animal rights and my mom has dealt with them before, they aren't too hard to get rid of all you have to do is threaten them with harassment charges and everything stops. I hope it's not. My head said kill buyer. also in my first email in response to her short one I said it sounded like she was only interested in reselling him from the tone of her email. I also said I needed vet and farrier references and I didn't get them in her long response. It's worded better than most of the scammy emails I've received about him. He's being referred to as a horse instead of IT so I wasn't sure if this was just bad english or just a bad thing in general.

I'm really hoping he finds a new home soon but I'm going to be careful and picky.

Sunny 12-13-2010 07:11 AM

Definitely a scam.
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Honeysuga 12-13-2010 07:26 AM

SCAMMMM scamm scamm scammmmm...

drafts4ever 12-13-2010 07:47 AM

I thought so. The information requested was a bit off and shipping the horse but I wanted a second opinion. The only info I give out online is my email address and phone number. I can block unwanted numbers and email addresses so that's no problem. It was just a very impersonal email so it had me a bit worried. Thank you guys!

Honeysuga 12-13-2010 07:51 AM

Both of those emails look like they were copied and pasted form an online translating engine. Anytime a query looks like that, just plain fishy, it is 9 times out of 9.1 a scam.

ptvintage 12-13-2010 10:12 AM

Scam, no question.

I did laugh at the terrible writing and the apparent forgetfulness of the author... one of the first things she says is that her child found a donor, but then she later says her child needs a donor?

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