Thursday, September 17, 2009

Scammers, get a life

I actually have an entry in rough draft form that I planned on finishing and posting today. My plans were shot down when I opened my inbox. And this is what resulted. Can you tell I'm not pleased?
Hello Dear yourself. Today I received the below correspondence in my inbox. Here is the short list of my problems with you and your request.

First starting right at the top, if you in truth do currently reside in Italy, pray tell why on this earth are you using a Peruvian mail server? That does give one a pause or should I say paws?

The next thing that popped into my mind was to wonder just how your “client” was going to be able to come to the US and in the same 3 week photo shoot be in Maryland, Illinois, Texas, Ohio and Maine just to name a few states your inquiry was sent. Yes, Dear we are all on the same page, which in part, is why we talk to each other.

Then I continued to read and come upon the information that said “client” owns a teacup Maltese puppy, whatever that is and it is to be trained to do what? And this training period is to be for how long? Oh yes, that’s right you did specify the time. It is to be for 2 one hour sessions each week for 5 weeks. So tell me, just how long is your client planning on spending in training said pup. And are you really sure it is a teacup Maltese. Seems you told a dog trainer friend of mine it was a Maltese Poodle and there were two of them. So just how many dogs are we talking about? Last thought on the actual dog. Can you tell me for sure, is it a Maltese or a Poodle or a Poodle from Malta?

Now about Jennifer Moor, seems that is a fairly common name. When I did a Google search I found more about you than I did her. I very much doubt your Jennifer Moor exists anywhere but in your head.

From there it is easy to just skip over all the rest until the last, the coup de grĂ¢ce so to speak. You actually expect me to accept a money order from you? Surely you jest? And just how much over and above my fee will said money order be for? Or perhaps I really should be asking, just how much are you hoping to stiff me for? What a load of dog cr*p.

My best suggestion to you and your mates would be to find an honest job. If you put half as much effort into honest work as you are putting into trying to scam people, you would be a very rich person.

So tell me, does anyone actually fall for this sort of drivel? Oh and by the way, this is how I feel when I get yet ANOTHER one of these stupid, nuisance scams.

*****Begin Scam****

Hello Dear,
How are you today? Moneta Bianco, i am 42 yrs old. I use to work
in England as a pet sitter 7 yrs ago before i relocated with my family to
Milano, Italy where i now work as a caregiver, I have lots of happy clients here
in italy.

I have a client Miss Eliska Kovarova a model here in italy.
She will be coming to the U.S in 3 weeks time for a photo shoot job and will be
residing in Maryland temporarily until the neccesary arrangement for her job has
been made before she leaves, She has one 11months old teacup Maltese Puppy and
would be needing a Dog trainner to train the Puppy while she is out on her photo
I have been looking for a dog trainner for over two weeks now, till i
met an old friend Ms. jennifer moore, She use to live in America before she
relocated with her family to Milano where she works now. I met her at Cosmetic
Surgery and Beauty Conference that was held over the weekend in Florence I spoke
with her about my client and was referred to you. She gave me your referral, So
i decided to contact you to know if you will be able to train her Puppy.
Miss Eliska asked me to come with her to the US but i told her i would not
be able to go with her to the US as i have a course i will be going for in a
week time and i do not know much about trainning a dog. So i promised to help
her get a good dog trainner in your Area. Pls tell me a little more about your
self, how long have you been a dog trainner? and would you be able to train her
Puppy from the 12th of next month to the 20th of November, 1hr individual
training session twice a week for for 5 weeks?
Pls i need you to get back to
me with the amount you charge per her and also let me know if she can pay you
via US money orders?
Do send your reply to my personal email address ( ) for a quick response as i do not check this email often.

Thank you very much and do have a nice day.

Moneta Bianco
Via Merkato ,
Milano Italy
********end scam******

Any of you readers interested in sharing your thoughts on this matter? Sure would love to hear from you. m


  1. Anonymous3:18 PM

    Thank you for letting me know this is a scam. I was one click away from responding when I decided to search for a scam/hoax and I found your site.

  2. Anonymous3:26 PM


  3. Thanks for posting this is a scam, networking of this sort is good preventative training! I'd gotten hit with it too today, and appreciate the insights you offered!

    ~the pet geek

  4. I got it too. After googling and seeing it was probably a phish, I quoted and outrageous price, demanded money up front cashed and cleared and a signed contract. Just to be mean. Then I posted it to a dog training list and all my dog trainer friends.

  5. Anonymous12:22 PM

    I g0t it to. The ONLY place that my email is listed is through AKC as a CGC Evaluator. I will be contacting them to pass this is.

    Actually the timing was great - I had just got home from taking the CPDT Exam. Saw this and thought "Boy, I am good!" LOL

  6. Anonymous4:46 PM

    I got this as well. Obviously this model plans to be in South Florida at the same time! Oh I wish you would leave me alone.

  7. I got it too. A model modelling in Maine? Maybe the LL Bean catalog LOL!!


  8. Oh, and Margot, I really really would like to attend a Bedrock school between right now and April of 2010. Summer never works for me.

  9. Well, pick a date that covers a Wed/Thurs/Fri and find three others who also want to come and we are on.

  10. Anonymous10:26 PM

    I just got the second email and when the sender started wanting me to cash a Traveler's check and so forth, I did a Net search and realized what was going on. I wrote back to Moneta, as she called herself in the first email, or Muneta, in the second email, and told her I would not be able to help after all as I was going on a phishing trip that month.

  11. Anonymous10:50 PM

    Thank you, google, unbelievable - try to help someone and they try to take you for a ride. Wiring money was the kicker here. Thanks for writing this! oh and she will be here in Michigan, too!