Over-Paying for Pups

How do scam artists find their victims? Sometimes it is the same way you find a new mattress or a used car or a job opening: the classifieds.

A family from Rose Bud just wants to find good homes for their cute little pure bred puppies. During the process, they were targeted by a scam that is growing more and more common.

Three months ago the Dachshunds owned by Ray and Amanda Head...Scooby and Bella...had a litter of six puppies.

Thanks to a classified ad put in the Democrat-Gazette, they are down to two.

"I had one lady come all the way down from Missouri," says Ray. "Mountain Home. And then a couple here local."

Still in need of new homes are High Five and Wojo. The heads thought they had a home for the pair of pups...a man in the New York area.

When the check for the dogs arrived, Ray was surprised to see it was written for over $1,000 more than necessary.

No problem, texted the buyer. It was an honest mistake.

He instructed Ray to just deposit the entire amount into his bank account and send him cashier's check back for the difference. He told Ray to even keep $100.00 for his trouble.

"I called them and talked to the financial department and they said that check ain't no good," says Ray. "I was the fifth person to call them."

It's called the over-payment scam. Con-artists use it when they reply to vehicles for sale, appliances for sale and yes...even animals for sale.

"All I know is I got a phony check and I just wanted everybody to be aware of it," says Ray.

Because Ray didn't lose any money to this scam there will be no criminal investigation, although he says he may contact the post master general with a mail fraud complaint.

But he mainly just wanted others to be aware of the overpayment scam to make it less likely that the scam will succeed in Arkansas.

Air date: August 27th, 2013

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