DENVER — Somebody is threatening to kill lacking canine in Denver if their house owners do not pay a ransom, and extra victims are coming ahead.
After Denver7’s Jaclyn Allen first reported on the rip-off on Thursday, one other canine proprietor posted that he had acquired the identical menace, from the identical telephone quantity.
Mike Stein stated his Golden Retriever pet, Odi, disappeared Monday afternoon from his yard, and he acquired a textual content Thursday morning demanding he pay $500 in lower than 4 hours “or your canine dies.”
“I knew it was a rip-off,” stated Stein.
To Kari McCabe, the menace sounded all too acquainted. She is looking for her lacking Shih Tzu, Buddah, and was texted that very same demand Thursday morning.
“Individuals prey on people who’re having a disaster on a regular basis, and once you’re canine is lacking, it is a disaster,” stated Stephanie Weber, who moderates the Fb group Misplaced and Discovered Canine of Colorado, the place individuals are warning about this rip-off.
Earlier than the current two instances, she has by no means seen a scammer threaten to kill a pet, however different scams have gotten far too widespread.
“Individuals declare to have discovered your canine and should you ship us the transport prices, we’ll get it again to you, and you then by no means get the canine,” stated Weber.
Investigators have stated a majority of these con artists are robust to trace.
Different scammers declare to be “pet trackers” and persuade determined pet house owners to signal contracts.
“Some pet trackers are actually, actually good. Some perhaps not nearly as good. It is arduous to know as a result of that is not regulated,” stated Weber, who stated the easiest way to discover a lacking pet is to arrange an excellent search. “If somebody is wanting cash to get your canine again, if it may value cash, positive, reimburse them, however make sure that they really have your canine.”
Weber stated it’s attainable somebody from out of state might discover a lacking pet, however that’s when house owners ought to attain out to rescue teams or pals in that space to see if they will test it out earlier than any cash is exchanged. Additionally, she stated, there are numerous respected pet transport corporations you should use so that you’ve management of the transport.