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Online Purchase

Scam Type

Online Purchase Scam

Business Name Used

Helen Toy Poodles

Date Reported

Aug 23, 2022

Victim Postal Code

54410

Total Dollars Lost

0

Scam Description

I was in search of a small dog for my child when I stumbled upon this website: helentoypoodles.com. I submitted on their website that I was interested in the puppy, Queen, advertised for sale for $500 + shipping. It all…sounded too good to be true. I received a text asking if I was still interested in “Queen” and I said, yes..please call me. Next text back was, “Where are you located?” I said, WI. Next text question was, “are you interested in shipping?” My response was I am open to it. After a few texts back and forth I called the 308-708-2260 number and left a voicemail. I received a call back and asked if I could talk to Helen. The masculine voice said Helen was his grandmother and had passed away. He said this was her business. He said the puppies were located in Gothenburg, Nebraska. I asked him to show evidence that this is not a scam. He said he promised this is not a scam. He told me to read the website testimonials. I asked why the puppies were 50% off and he said because of COVID. I asked for video footage of ‘Queen’ and he said their company does not do videos. He sent some picture perfect photos of ‘Queen’. I told him I would not directly wire money, I would only pay by check or credit card so that there was a paper trail. He said I could stop and see the puppies. I texted him that I would drive to Nebraska to get the dog and asked for his address. That is when correspondence went cold on his end and he stopped corresponding. This is unacceptable. The website is very well done and this website and practice needs to stop immediately.