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Tuesday, March 27, 2012


It started a few weeks ago when this entry appeared on Bideford Freecycle:

OFFER: Blue and Gold Macaw i cannot continue with her.
Blue and Gold Macaw i cannot continue with her. females she is prettytame and seven years old now. comes with papers, sprays, cage, perch,food and toys. We don't want any re homing fee because we want her to goto a loving home.

It may be unrealistic but I have always wanted a macaw so I repliued. Two days later we received this:

Hello dear,

I am sorry for the late reply. The Parrot is still available .She is home train, hand fed and well tame.. She loves to be pampered with her and above all keeps to instructions especially in English. She is DNA tested and will be coming with all vet documents and with cage food toys and food. She is very friendly and loving. She loves the company of kids and other pets at home. She has been hand raised since She was 14 days old and is played with every day, So she is very well socialized for human interaction! She will make an excellent companion to the responsible bird lover.She has been fed only with high quality foods. This lovely parrot has been weaned onto Zupreem Avian Maintenance Pellets, Nutriberries, Avicakes, fruits, veggies, Hempseed, homemade parrot foods, and more! She is called Tina and her nick name is Buddy and she is 7 years old.she vocabulary consists of hello, I love you, look at me, Thank you, goodbye, ok, ouch and loves dancing when you sing to her. She loves giving kisses and getting kisses back. She is constantly surrounded by my children 3/5/6 and a dog, cat and a pup. She comes with all her toys. She is not a plucker ,We want her to go to a good home. I love Tina and I'm trying to place her in the best home possible. If you don't mind i will like to know a little about you:

1) have you had a bird before ?

2) will you send us monthly pictures?

3) where is your location ?

God bless and waiting to read from you soon. Extend my greeting to your family. Regards Brenda

And then after I had replied to it, another letter claiming that she lived in Glasgow and needed my bank information....

Oh well.

It looks like the Nigerian Bank Scam has sprouted a new variant.


Dan said...

Since you seem now to be the target of the Nigerian Oil Scammers, might I suggest that you read the following two tales of the irrepressible (if by the second tale somewhat reduced) Thomas Mallory, who despite barely conceivable and frequently misunderstood hardships tends to come out on top.

Firstly, we meet Mr Mallory in his guise as a rich American manufacturer of stainless steel gerunds, and teflon-coated hyperbole:


Secondly, having suffered almost inconceivable hardship we meet Mr Mallory again, failed recipient of a whole-body transplant now surviving on a life support system in a university sub-basement with his handsome pension being his only comfort:


Syd said...

I hope you contacted FreeCycle about this obvious scam.
Most Freecycle groups do not allow adverts for animals and as far as I am aware, one of the main rules of FreeCycle is NO FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS OR REQUESTS FOR PAYMENT.

Anonymous said...

"Who's a naughty boy then!" I've got 2 million boxes of bird seed I want to deposit in your bank account.

Anonymous said...

"Who's a naughty boy then!" I've got 2 million boxes of bird seed I want to deposit in your bank account.