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I Think I Found A Bird Scam!


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#1 QuakerFriend

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Posted 22 December 2013 - 01:47 PM

So...I found this posted: 

  Maui sunset macaw

 

Title: Maui sunset macaw Name: Art Date: 12/3/2013 Website:   Phone: 323-767-6141 E-mail: Email this seller Location: Los Angeles Description 7110_Thumb.jpg4 months old, hand fed baby, very sweet, already starting to talk $2500

 

 

and I thought OMG SO CUTE!!!

 

and I thought, I really want this bird.

 

THEN I thought,  I should make sure this is legit.

 

So I ran a google image search for the bird ...AND 5 pages of ad results came up from Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Central Valley, Inland Empire (wherever that is) San Diego, Orange County, and more that I just didnt go through.

 

Then I ran the text, came up on ebay classifieds and hook bills for sale. 

 

Googled the phone number...

 

apparently also selling a few cockatoos

 

an amazon

 

some pigeons

 

hornbills

 

aracari

 

 

 

All posted in December.

 

I'm just really sad, to actually believe that it was a real bird.

 

 

 

 



#2 msdani1981

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Posted 22 December 2013 - 04:02 PM

Yes, we all need to be very careful if we're considering buying a bird from an Internet ad.  A very good reminder, thank you. :)



#3 QuakerFriend

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Posted 22 December 2013 - 04:17 PM

I'm just upset at myself for believing it.

I just found ANOTHER ad posted yesterday...

Must be pretty desperate to "sell" the "bird"

I think maybe I will contact this person abd post the results.

Should be interesting

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Posted 22 December 2013 - 05:52 PM

What you'll get if you contact them -- the voice of experience here -- is an enthusiastic response about how glad they are you want the bird, and how they're at sea because they're in the military, or they work overseas for some big giant company, so "their people" will have to ship the bird to you, as soon as you send a certified check to the address they'll provide. When a real person is really looking for a new home for their bird, they have more than one photo and they have a local phone number. 



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Posted 22 December 2013 - 06:16 PM

Dont feel sad - even in Australia there are bird scams.  Be glad you didnt part with any money.



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Posted 22 December 2013 - 08:45 PM

Sadly, there are a lot of nasty people who prey on bird fanatics like us. mad.gif Not long ago, there was an advertisement running on a couple local online classified ad sites offering a Hyacinth Macaw with a large cage for $300. ohmy.png That one just screamed "scam." I replied to one offering a CAG for $500, supposedly in a suburb of Syracuse. In the reply I got to my E-mail, the person "rehoming" the CAG said that someone had already taken her parrot, but her friend in Arizona had a CAG for sale for just $300. If I would send a money order for the $300, plus another $250 for shipping charges, to a post office box in Los Angeles, California, the CAG would be sent to me by air express within a week. Yeah, sure. wacko.png



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Posted 22 December 2013 - 10:35 PM

I read this post earlier today before anyone responded. I am so naive, I didn't understand how the scam worked. I had no idea. That's horrible, and pretty common apparently.

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Posted 24 December 2013 - 12:53 PM

Allee: Glad I brought attention to it! They are all over the internet and it's terrible! If anyone has heard of BirdTricks.com, their parrots were used in a scam, and fooled someone into paying 300+ dollars for "Ann's" birds.

Awful really.