THS Warns of Puppy Scam

    TORONTO, April 2 /CNW/ - The Toronto Humane Society is warning the public
that an advertisement which appeared in a local free daily newspaper offering
a female Yorkshire Terrier for sale appears to be a scam. The ad, with the
headline "Female Yorkie Terrier Puppy" and the sub-headline "Sami is so sweet
and lovable" appeared in the Monday, April 2 edition of 24 Hours, and may have
also appeared elsewhere. The only contact info offered was an e-mail address
    "I saw the ad," says THS senior communicator Lee Oliver, "and thought it
was odd that there was no phone number or address, so I sent an e-mail asking
for particulars. I was sort of expecting to find a puppy mill, but instead I
came across a pretty obvious scam."
    The response, in broken English, indicated that for $500 the dog's owner
would ship the "AKC-registered" 10-week-old "housebroken and potty trained"
pup from her new home in Nigeria, where the seller was recently transferred by
the United Nations to work as the head of public relations, to anywhere in the
world. The $500 price tag included all shipping, handling and insurance. In
the reply the dog's name inexplicably changed from Sami (in the ad) to Suzzy
(in the e-mail).
    Versions of the ad have shown up in the Prince George, B.C., on at least
one online classifieds website and in the Cayman Islands. In the Caymans,
police have gone so far as to issue warnings to citizens not to fall for the
overseas fraud.
    "I imagine most people are smart enough to see right through this," notes
Oliver. "But just in case you're tempted by such an ad, just remember that
whenever you come across a deal that's too good to be true, odds are it's,
well, too good to be true."

For further information:

For further information: Lee Oliver, Senior Communicator, Toronto Humane
Society, Tel: (416) 392-2273, ext 2149, Cell: (416) 984-3097

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