On 4/30 my wife conducted an internet/cell phone search looking for Teaup Pomeranian puppies Mr Desmond responded claiming to have several 13 week old toy poms which were available for adoption for a price of $400. We agreed to that price, picked one pupply out of those offered and asked what the transportation fees would be if he were to ship to dog to St. Petersburg Florida. He stated that he would charge an addiional $150 for that service. He would only accept a Money Gram as his payment, so I sent him $550 to cover the cost of dog/shipping. Shortly after he had received those funds, we were contacted by email by a complany called PEDOUTS pet transportation service who advised us that funds in the amount of $900 for flight insuance and $80 for a city permit would need to be deposited with their company in order for the dog to be shipped. While the email inicated that these funds would be fully refundable upon delivery of the dog, we opted to stop the purchase/deal at that time. PEDOUTS.org no longer seems to exist. It was originally listed as Pedouts.weebly.com and also as Pedouts.org with address links to both Wilmington DE and Eugene OR. Website now appears to be inactive. I have had no results using common search engines to find any listing for the company, or the name Mike Mofis, who was listed as a consultant. I have sent an email to Mr Desmond demanding the return of my purchase price of $400, with no reply and no other communcation(s). We have filed a criminal complaint an request for prosecution with our loal sheriff’s office for stealing/fraud. We have filed consumer complaint with multiple agencies (both state and federal) in the hopes of putting this man out of business. Subsequent research indicates that this scam is a repeat of another scam which took place around December 2013 trying to sell pupplies to children as Christmas presents. The sales pitch message is identical (word for word) to the script used in 2013. Apparently this scam has been around for awhile. We would surely like to recover the $596 that we have lost, but more importantly, would like to see this scam end, hopefully with arrests/prosecution of those responsible. .
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