|I’ve been quite busy lately but I always have time to follow a great scam. I am publishing this as a warning to any of you who think that this is for real. If it looks too good to be true it is!I responded to a Twitter “tweet” offering to Hyacinth parrots for adoption at absolutely no cost. I’m going to publish the e-mails sequentially so you can see how this scam plays out. By the third day they were already calling and asking for money. I’ve included images and document they sent to me.
FYI – Even in a down market, which we’re in, it’s hard to find a single Hyacinth Parrot for less than $10,000 USD
I spoke to someone allegedly calling from some African Airline. I finally got bored and got busy with other things I stopped answering the calls but they left more than 12 voice mails.
It is illegal to import parrots into the United States. They never answered my question as to how they were doing this legally – that’s because it can’t be done. The following is some of the biggest bull#*$t you’ll every read.
Lots of pictures, they even sent me pictures of the airplane!
Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2009, 4:46 PM
I’d like to adopt the 2 Hyacinth’s – how would I go about doing this?
Note: I provided a false address but real cell phone number
Hi Mark – sorry for the delay car was broken into and had to attend to that
Mitch & Nancy XXX
Chicago, IL 60622
How was your church service today??hope it was fantastic as mine,well i was hopping to read back from you in regards to the shipping of the birds to no avail,please do get back to me and let me know what to do ok,i did told my Pastor about you wanting to adopt Teddy and Lisa,so we both did pray for you and your family.
Please i will be waiting ok,God bless you.
Mark.Mon, 10/19/09, [email protected]<[email protected]> wrote:
Where do I send the $320?
Thanks for maling me back.Well, you are not paying the money to me but at the airport ok,so i will be taking the birds to the airport now to register them under you address for shipping, then the airport will then call or email you on the shipping notification and directions how to pay for the ownership documents before they proceed with shipping ok,i will also pass at the Cameroon Ministry of Plant and Wildlife to obtain the adoption Agreements with the Cites permit and the Vaccination Certifate of Teddy and Lisa ok,i will attached it to you too.