Sorry ,this is a long post but it shows a possible huge scam that is also being used on facebook..
"on Mon. 9/12/16 @ 8:33pm I responded to an ad from a Colorado Springs Yard Sale Group from a Rena Veronaland on Facebook about a African Gray parrot....it was marked this person was not taking replies on page so I messaged her,(still shows on my messages) and I also called her to the number that was listed....801-516-6590. birds name is "Lia" and the person who called me back is Vera Woods.
So in the morning never thinking I truly would get a response, I did....her 1st email is Sep 13 at 4:20 AM
Thanks for your inquiry and your interest in Lia.
She is still available.She is our family Baby and will make a great
companion as she was brought up in our home by me and my husband who just
passed away.I lost my husband weeks ago in a car accident,on his way back
home from the hospital, after checking on me because i just gave birth to
twins.It's very difficult taking care of the birds and the twins at the
same time since am a single mom.That is why i have to give them out to a
loving and caring home. Lia is 7 months of age fully certified, Vet records
are available and she come with all Legal Paper work, cage and food
Lia is very lovely and friendly with kids and other home animals except
Sugar Gliders, Fennec Fox.She can speak and sing,You will love her that i
can guarantee you. this bird demands allot of attention and that i can't
give her now.I just want you to know that, i am not a breeder and will not
want to send my babies to breeders because of past experience ' am sorry '
My main interest here is to get her to a loving home were i will b sure she
will be given so much love and attention ..........
So i will love to know just some few things about you/....
1.Do you have any experience with large birds ??
2.Where you are location ??
3.When are ready for the Bird ??
Please do not hesitate to get back to me if you have doubt or for further
Looking forward in hearing from you again"
I replied and in turn she did too..Sep 13 at 6:15 AM
"Thanks for your reply .
First of all i want you to know that,Lia is not for sale.Selling her
will be like selling a child to me. all i want for her is a loving
home. the only reason why i have to give her out is because my husband
just passed away and am a single mom. i can't take care of her and the
twins at the same time.so i figured the best thing to do is look for a
loving home for her where she will be given all the attention she
deserve.am very concern about where am sending her than money . am
currently in Texas so i will like to know when you can come over to
meet the her and pick her up
But if you can not make it here right now due to the long distance and
also the stress she will go through during your way back , i can send
her to you through a delivery agency and they will bring her to you at
your house. all you have to do is pay for her transportation to the
courier company that will bring her to your house.All its going to
cost is only $250 because am sending her cage.
Once i have your complete delivery address, i will take her to the
courier company for the delivery reservation, i will arrange for a
home delivery so that she can be brought to your house directly.
please i will need your complete delivery address for the delivery
reservation which is as follows
Full Names ... ?
House Address .... ?
Telephone number ..... ?
Nearest Airport in your location ... ?
Thanks and looking forward in hearing back from you."
I replied and in turn she did too,almost right away again Sep 13 at 9:56 AM
"Susan first of all, i want to thank you for your support, and also for
opening the doors to your wonderful home for Lia. i can not pay you
back for this fevour but your kind heart will also make God listen to
all your prayers and grant you your hearts desire. i wish you all the
best in life as i will continue praying for you. i feel very
comfortable sending Lia to you because i know , your home is simply
the perfect place for her.i will send her to you with her cage and
food and health papers. But please before i send her i want you to
know she means the world to me and you have to promise me that you
will take good care of her and that you will always keep me updated
with her recent pictures when she start living with you.
I will take her to the courier company right now for the delivery
reservation.Once am at the courier company, the courier people will
contact you directly with the complete delivery schedule of the bird
and they will also direct you on how to make the payment directly to
them.All you have to do right now is keep in touch to your phone and
email and they will let you as soon as am done with the delivery
Please Kindly get back to me with your cellphone number ??
Within moments I get a call @ 11:23am and then an email @ Sep 13 at 11:14 AM from Cargo Line with flight notification for your African Gray Parrot.
So here is my thinking...she is suppose to be so busy with 2 babies yet she bolts out the door with the bird and all belongings in a matter of a few minutes. Here is where is gets juicy...
she claimed she lived in Arlington Texas, name also changed from Vera Wood to Vera Backstage...
Part of what Cargo Line wanted me to do is
"Name :.........: Vera Backstage
Address :..: 301 S Center St, Arlington, TX 76010
Email :........: [email protected]
Information On Your Parcel
Type:......................... ..............: (BIRD)
Breed:........................ ...............: African Grey
Sex:.......................... ...................: Female
Age:.......................... ............................: 18 Months
Vaccination Record:....................... .............: Approved
Vet Record:....................... ...................: Checked Valid
Medical Inspection:................... ........................: Done
Tag Number :............................. ..................: A92MG
Registration number:....................: ULCN237VGZ237
Health Status :............................. ..............: Proper
Date Of Registration :.......: 9/13/2016
Flight Status :..................: Pending
Departure Date :...............: 9/13/2016
Flight Time :..................: 12:33 pm
This Bird will Come with all necessary papers needed,
but as the United States(US) veterinarian must conduct another test to be sure of their health status .
The test was done, and all Medical Papers are accurate.
The test result shows that, your Bird is free from such diseases that may attack other Animals like (Cats, Monkeys,Dogs E.T.C).
This bird is now ready for his flight and delivery.
But it should be noted that, this process cannot be carried out unless the sum of ($250.00), is paid for the flight tickets of your bird .
This bird will come alongside two of our pet courier agents to ensure a safe delivery to your Doorsteps.
*NOTE: FLIGHT & DELIVERY SCHEDULE IS AVAILABLE ONLY AFTER THE PAYMENT OF DELIVERY CHARGE IS CONFIRMED*
HOW TO MAKE PAYMENT
Due to the high rate of Imports & livestock mobilization in the US .
all our United States based Accounts are currently Under Auditing to Increase clients RAPID ship payment.
Payments of delivery charges are paid based on Flight Time and also we use both our national sub branch Accounts and International for payment which Host is in Arlington, TX .Note that the deposit is to be directly to our office for confirmation by our accounts department.
METHOD>>>>>>>> WIRE TRANSFER
REQUIRED>>>>>>> WESTERN UNION / MONEYGRAM (Wal-Mart)
METHODS OF TRANSFER VIA WESTERN UNION
PLEASE YOU HAVE TO USE THE SECOND TRANSFER OPTION TO REDUCE TRANSFER CHARGES
FIRST OPTION **** BUSINESS OR COMMERCIAL TRANSFER >>>> MORE THAN $65 ( CHARGE FOR TRANSFER )
SECOND OPTION **** PERSONAL OR RELATIVE TRANSFER >>>> LESS THAN $10 ( CHARGE FOR TRANSFER )
ADVICE USE WHEN MAKING PAYMENT SO AS TO KEEP LOW CHARGES .
WE ADVICE YOU TO USE THE SECOND PAYMENT OPTION..THAT IS YOU ARE TO TELL THE WESTERN UNION / MONEYGRAM(Wal-Mart) AGENTS THAT YOU ARE DOING THE MONEY TRANSFER TO YOUR FRIEND OR RELATIVE AS A GIFT SO THAT YOUR MONEY TRANSFER CHARGES WILL BE LESS THAN $25.
P.S e-mail the Client service for Help Tips on Money transfer before making Transfer. We shall guide and direct you on how you are to make the transfer if its your first time. all our payment are been directed to our sub head quarters using our Accounts Manager's address listed below, due to the fact that they are the only one to confirm all our payments before we can proceed with the delivery formalities.Our Account department is Affiliated to WESTERN UNION / MoneyGram,that is why you are making payment using WESTERN UNION/MoneyGram as payment will be confirmed directly in our office.
HOW TO MAKE PAYMENT
TO MAKE PAYMENT, KINDLY COPY OUR ACCOUNTS MANAGER'S PAYMENT INFORMATION BELOW AND TAKE TO ANY WESTERN UNION / MONEYGRAM (Wal-Mart) IN YOUR LOCATION WERE YOU HAVE TO MAKE PAYMENT . PAYMENT IS MADE TO PAYMENT INFORMATION BELOW .
NAME OF RECEIVER ( CASHIER ) -- Bobby Ferguson
AMOUNT -- $ 250.00
COUNTRY -- America
CITY -- Stinnett
STATE -- Texas
ZIP CODE -- 79083
QUESTION -- HAPPY
ANSWER -- YES
Once payment is made,kindly revert to us with the following information for confirming payment(8 digits Reference Numbers ,Sender's Full Names,and a scan copy of the Receipt from MoneyGram and/or WESTERN UNION )
This notification is urgent and should be treated respectively. You are therefore urged to proceed with the payment immediately to enable us board your Bird on a flight and ship them to you. This payment should be done once you receive this alert so that the paper work for their flight can be put together and remember that their delivery charge must be provided without which they will not be dispatched from our detention and more will be spent on accommodation and daily feedings until our cashier at the main office confirms the payment and once the payment is confirmed, the flight receipt and delivery details to ensure a 100% assurance for the transaction shall be emailed to you before delivery proceeds. Once payment is made, you are required to contact us immediately with WESTERN UNI Transfer Details which will have to include the Sender's Name and the Confirmation Number (8 DIGITS REFERENCE NUMBERS#) of the transaction so that we can confirm the payment then email to you the Flight Schedule. You will be notified before the plane departs . You will also be emailed the SSN (Social Security Number) for your Crate as well as a copy of the Payment Receipt. We are patiently awaits the confirmation of the payment to enable us schedule according.
Your pets safety is our greatest concern and key to our success. We will work with you to arrange the most direct flight and delivery times to maximize comfort during your pets air and land travel. We are happy you are considering our pet shipping and delivery services and look forward to helping you with the difficult process of pet shipping and delivery. We are here to ease your mind and spirit and let your pets air travel and delivery be as comfortable as possible.
International Pet Shipping / Dog Transport and Relocation Services
USDA, U.S. Customs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife
24 hour Veterinarian and Kennel
Stay To Enjoy The Facilities Of Our Delivery Service,
Your Satisfaction Is Our Number One Priority
....Mr Peter Mcmiller ....
TEL: (270) 883-1334 [email protected]
Thanks For Your Co-Operation"
I replied to her stating I did not like the methods and ways they wanted payment,I also stressed many times I hope she did not leave the bird there,which of course gave me several Oh No and I am now worried about Lia emails. Mind you between a few more emails back and forth,the cargo line is calling me every 10 minutes,wanting the money NOW.
My last email which I have yet to reply to Ms.Woods or Vera Backstage or Rena Veronaland.....but her email now states this
"its best you look for a company your self because i don't know what to tell you right now. Lia is still at the courier company and i can't go to get her right now cuz the twins are stil up. to cancel the registration will cost me about $50 which i paid for paper work and medical attention but that is not my problem.
i will rather you look for a courier company your self and let me know so i can give them my address to come and pick her up. am in Brownsville,TX or better still you can wire the money to me and i pay from here. my husband's younger brother is off to work. if he was i would have him pick up Lia at the courier but i guest i just have to wait a while"
So I started to look into names/numbers etc.
it is 5 h 48 min (374 miles )from Stinnett TX to Arlington; Brownsville TX to Arlington TX is 8 h 12 min (552 miles)
If she lived in Arlington TX as she 1st claimed and rushed the bird over to Cargo Line in Stinnett Texas,that drive would be 1 way 5 hrs and 48 minutes,yes she did it in a bit over an hour
The phone number listed for Cargo Line (270) 883-1334 reverse look up comes back to
Animals4homes - Timeline | Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com
› Places › Boise, Idaho › Animal Shelter
14301 W McMillan Rd. Boise, ID 83713 ... Animals4homes. 8 likes.
WE SELL EXOTIC BIRDS AND PARROTS AND SMALL EXOTIC PETS PLEASE CALL (270) 883-1334
WE SHIP STATEWIDE. (note what they sell)
but 14301 W Mcmillan Rd, Boise, ID 83713 is Ustick Baptist Church
the website for this given was http://unique-logisti.co.nf/
(note:they do not have an office in TX)
Peter Mcmiller listed with an Boise ID phone number lives in Dallas TX originally from Arlington TX
listed as manager Director for ID Branch PETS TRANSPOT has numerous scam warnings -
Vera Woods email [email protected]
seems to come from Latvia and into selling small animals
Vera Backstage's number 402-260 7602
is located in Eastern Nebraska 402 260-7602
person placing ad-Colorado Springs Yard Sale Group (rena veronaland on Facebook)claiming to live in ArlingtonTexas with a 801 516-6590 then uses name (Vera Woods and Vera Backstage) now lives in Brownsville Texas.
801 area code is in Morgan UT
Location: Utah (Ogden, Provo, Salt Lake City but pings in Southern California
And Vera Backstage address is really First Baptist Church Arlington 301 S. Center St, Suite 500. Arlington, TX 76010.
person I was to send money to Bobby Ferguson 100 North Main Street, Stinnett, TX 79083