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Update: We are updating this blog post (and the comments section) as we hear about more scams targeting pet sitters.Keep reading for the recent scams fellow pet sitters have received and shared with us (and be sure to read the comments section as well).
Unfortunately, this beast is rearing its ugly head again and PSI wants you to be aware!
Many pet sitters ask us..is the purpose of these scams?
We find that most of the scammers follow the same steps; after making initial contact (if you respond), they ultimately want to send you a check (often cashier's check) for their payment in advance (and often inform you that they will need to send a check for over the amount they owe you and ask that you send the remaining money to another company/service provider for them.) The checks are forgeries (although they often look legitimate) and some pet sitters have deposited the checks before they realized they were being scammed.
While the most recent scam we’ve learned of does not seem to be targeting pet sitters on the PSI Pet Sitter Locator (but on a similar site), we want you all to be aware.
The new wave of scams reported to us this month involve the same old scheme but with different players.
Most pet sitters report receiving these scams by e-mail, but some have also received scams by text.
While e-mail scams such as "Need Care for Bella" have been going around for a few years, many pet sitters reported receiving three new e-mails from scammers in March 2016.
These e-mails are included below: Hello, I just came across your post as a pet sitter on I would love to have a chat with you concerning it....
Can i contract your services for my pet,a Bolognese dog by the name Sophia? Thanks to pet sitter Stacey Evans, owner of The Pet Concierge in Maine, for sharing the information she received from a new scammer using the name “Jeffrey Martins” and e-mailing from a Hotmail address.
I will be needing your services starting from April 18th which would stretch till may 17th. Here’s the first e-mail she received: _________________________________________________________________________________ On Fri, May 23, 2014 at AM, Jeffrey Martin wrote: Hello My name is Jeffrey Martins and i contacted you because i am in need of a caring, kind and patient pet sitter for my Pet dog Blitzen,i got your information on the Petsit LLC website....
I'm flexible with the start time but i would prefer between the hours of 10am-11am when i will be off to work. My name is Dora, My husband name is Robert, Our daughter Megan . my husband recently got a contract with a company on a private research job. blitzen is a Golden retriever, very calm,playful and always happy.. Please contact me back if you think you are interested in take care of blitzen _________________________________________________________________________________ Of course, she replied to him to offer additional information about the services she offered and invited him to read her client testimonials and send more specific details about the dates he needed service, etc.