Prestige Transportation Reports & Reviews (1)
Victim Location 91708
Type of a scam Online Purchase
I am reporting a scam regarding a golden retriever puppy. I found a Facebook group called Golden Retriever puppies available for adoption. I contacted them regarding a girl puppy approximately 10 weeks old. They informed me the puppy was $500 I agreed to send them $250 to reserve the puppy. I did that and shortly there after a gentleman named Richard Willson reached out saying he was delivering my puppy. I sent the remaining $250 to pay for the puppy then he came back and informed me that the puppy is actually $900, because the director of The AKC didn’t agree to the $500 price. So I paid the remaining balance and then they asked for an additional $600 which would be refunded. I told them I didn’t have that extra money lying around. So I reached back out to the breeder and they said not to communicate with them and only with them the breeder.
So I’m working with the breeder they sent me a link to a tracking website for my dog being shipped to me through a company. I received a text message from a person saying they were going to be delivering my puppy. They claimed I needed to get a specific crate so I rented it out. They said they needed a city permit for $1,000. They then said I needed to insure the puppy so they wouldn’t get sick and if they did it would cover the puppy’s vet visit. Then they said they need insurance coverage in the amount of $500. I’m thinking okay the puppy is coming from Vegas okay I understand all this. They said all of it would be refunded.
So I explained to them I don’t have the direct cash but they said they accept American Express gift cards. I figure okay that’s strange but fine. So I sent them the money they needed. For your Information I have not signed any paperwork claiming the puppy is mine. They said all that paperwork will be signed when the puppy is delivered. I informed them after sending them the final amount that I will not send any more the person I have been speaking with via text (then finally a phone call) Mike Renault said on 3 different occasions he wouldn’t ask for more money and my puppy will be delivered. My pup was supposed to be delivered on 8/1. Yesterday 8/3 this Mike gentleman claimed my puppy was sick and he needed $600 for vet visit and other things.
I told him I am not sending any more money until I get a picture of my pup, and he tell me how my pup is sick. He said “now is not the time for questions and answers so just send the money and we can deliver the puppy. This morning he reached out via phone call and said just give me the $600 and your pup will be delivered. It’s only 2 hours away. I said what city is the pup in he said Vegas and I said Vegas (even with flying) is not 2 hours away. He proceeded to say he will text me all details about my pup. He couldn’t answer any questions over the phone. He said he was going to report me to the cops for dog abandonment and threatened me with a $1,000 fine and jail time. Although I have paid for the puppy I haven’t not signed anything officially signing the puppy’s rights over to me so technically I am not an owner. I told him I am not sending anymore money until I speak to the breeder.
I am ready to take this to The Federal Trade Commission if I have to. Below are quick screen shots/more info on the breeder and people who claim they are delivering my dog.
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