We were looking on a local website in the classifieds and found an English Bulldog for $98. Very curious, we paid $1200 for our first, we sent them an email. They seemed very nice legit over email. They said they were doctors and didn't have the time for the puppy. They said that they wanted a family that already had or previously had an English Bulldog so they were assured that we knew how to take care of them. They weren't looking to make money from the bulldog they were simply asking for the $98 to transfer the papers into our name. They said that they wanted us to have the dog then they told us they were missionaries in Madrid, Spain and that they would pay the $250 to have the dog shipped to us.
They said they were going to use Delta Express shipping because they came well recommended in Madrid. They then stated that we needed to wire the $98 to them Western Union so they could get everything taken care of fast so the puppy doesn't have to be left at home alone any longer. We sent them the money. The next email they sent they advised that the puppy's papers were transferred into our name, they even sent a certificate that looked real. They also stated that they were dropping the puppy off at the airport to be sent.
Then next thing we got was an email from the Delta Express company saying that the exporter is a Dr. S. Banks from Madrid-Spain and the flight has been scheduled for 23:00GMT and the puppy will be delivered today (12-23-08) and they will notify us as soon as the puppy arrives at the Little Rock National Airport.
Soon after we got another email that stated that the International Aviation commission Rules and regulations on pets says that all animals being transported from one country to another must be fully insured by an insurance cooperation at the country of origin. The fee for this insurance is $2000 and it is completely refundable upon delivery of the animal. We freaked and contacted S. Banks. Dr. Banks told us that he would try and come up with some of the money. He later came back and stated that he was able to come up with all but $550 and he needed us to come up with the rest. We wired his Pastor, Morgan George, the money. He said to wire it to him because he was going to take care of getting the money to the airport. We later got an email from Delta Express saying that the insurance fee had been paid and the bully was ready for the flight to Paris, for the layover.
About 8 hours later we received another email from Delta Express stating that the Airlines in Paris France needed several papers from the exporter before the puppy could be cleared to leave. We emailed Dr. Banks this information and said that it was too late to do anything that day and he would take care of it the paperwork tomorrow. The next day we received another email from him stating that the total for getting the paperwork was $815 and he couldn't come up with all the money. First he said that he only could come up with $500. By this time we were getting very aggravated with him and this "so called" shipping company. We told him that we didn't have the money and he would either have to come up with the money or the puppy would just be stuck in Paris. Dr. Banks later emailed back and stated that he was able to come up with $100 more and I needed to come up with the remaining $215. I ended up sending him $200 saying that was all I could afford. He kept saying that we could take that out of the $2000 insurance fee that we would get upon delivery of the dog. So we thought that we would be fully repaid.
Finally we thought that the dog would be on it's way to the US. We were wrong, then we got another e-mail from Delta Express saying that since the dog had stayed with other pets for several days it has picked up an infection and need all of his shots to be updated before they could clear him for flight. Dr Banks said that it was all our fought since we couldn't come up with the money fast enough. It was going to cost another $1000 to get the dogs shots updated. Dr Banks said that he was able to come up with $700 but needed me to wire $300.
Since then I have had more access to the internet I tried to contact Delta Express by all the contact information they have on their so called website. NONE of the information is correct, not the phone numbers or the email address'. In fact I started reading every word on their website and on the FAQ section at the very bottom it states, " you can trust Midwest Pet Express to do everything in our power to safely get your pets to their final destination." This would not worry me except I'm not using Midwest Pet Express, I'm using Delta Express. I googled Midwest Pet Express I found this great website, legit website with real e-mail address and phone numbers. In fact it looks like someone copied all of the information from that website to their own website and called it Delta Express. It even had the same testimonials, like someone just copied and pasted all the information and added their own copyright at the bottom. I have emailed Dr. Banks about this Delta Express company, but for some reason he hasn't sent me anything back.....gee, I wonder why?! I'm glad I caught this now before we sent them even more money.
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