Beware, Even In Lost Pet Recovery There
Are People Trying To Steal Your Money…
The information below is about fraudulent scams that have been identified by MARN staff involving organizations and individuals who are using the MARN logo and credentials without proper training or permission. Their sole purpose is trying to steal money from you without providing any legitimate services. If you ever have doubts about the individual or team you are dealing with, please feel free to contact us to verify if they are indeed MARN Trained.
These fraudsters have been posting on Lost & Found pages and groups in various locations across North America including in MD, TN, CO, WA, OR, PA, and TX. If you see one of these fake posts, please CONTACT US!
lostfurbabiesrescue.com – Another Scam Website
This scammer seems to be communicating via an Instagram account. The account isn’t visible anymore, but the website still exists and is packed with stolen MARN information. The website is registered to a web designer in Nigeria. They state that they will come out for $120 dollars and another $120 once the pet is found.
Beware of Fake ACO Text Messages with Online Reclaiming Fees
Individuals are being texted by someone claiming to be an ACO or Animal Control Officer. They are sending out codes to people so they can pay the reclaiming fee online. Please if your pet is found by a shelter physically go to the shelter to not only pick up your found pet but pay the reclaiming fee at the shelter!!
Beware of Text Messages Asking for Codes.
Lost pet owners are receiving text messages from someone saying that they have the missing pet and before they tell you anything they ask for a code. This code is then used to take over your account and it even gives the scammer access to change your phone number for the 2-step verification on your account.
Fake Instagram Account & Website
LOST ANIMAL TRACKERS
This scammer has created an Instagram account and website with stolen images from the MARN website and Facebook page. They have also stolen images from some of our trained MARN members and posted them on these fake accounts. Do not give these people any money they are scammers.
Instagram Account: https://www.instagram.com/lostanimaltrackers
Fake Instagram Account Created Using the MARN Logo.
Instagram Messenger Communication from the Scam Account
Text Massage Using A Stolen Professional Pet Trackers Logo and Then Insisting On getting $200 via Zelle CashApp.
Text Message Asking Can You Meet At A Fake Office Location with Hours of Operation.
Fake I Found Your Dog Text Message
Fake Account Using Professional Pet Trackers Name with Different Phone Numbers
Stolen Identity Scam – Lost Pet Research & Recovery
Stolen Identity Scam – Lost Pet Services, Inc. – 03/02/2022
New Texting Scam – 02/27/2022
Scammers are texting lost pet owners saying they have your missing pet and asking for money for their safe return.
Animal Rescue League Scam – 02/25/2022
Drone SAR Lost Group Scam – 02/18/2022
Stolen Identity – Epic Animal Recovery – 02/14/2022
This is the name of a legitimate organization in NC, but these scammers have stolen their identity to try and steal money from lost pet owners. They have been using the cash app – $samanthajean2919
New Scam Technique – 02/11/2022
Here is a screenshot of yet another fake account using the dog is hurt please send money scam. They are using the cash app account $Wyattmoffit.
New Scam Involving LARG(Lost Animal Rescue Group) & Carmen Brothers – 02/09/2022
It has come to our attention that these scammers are using the LARG logo and information to contact lost dog owners. They then pretend to have MARN-trained team Carmen Brothers and her dog come out and track with her dog for $600 to which they never show up. Please ask before you give any money, please ask for references, and if you are still unsure, please contact MARN directly and we can give you the proper contact information for our trained MARN members.
Text Message Scam
Below is a Sample Conversation with the Scammers
Stolen Identity Fraud Detected Jan 24th, 2022
It has come to our attention that someone has been fraudulently using The LARG (LOST ANIMAL RESCUE GROUP) Logo & Name to scam people out of money.
Social Media Fraud Detected Jan 18th, 2022
The below information is being floated around Texas through social media, but this person is NOT MAR trained, they do NOT have a trailing dog, and they do NOT have permission to use our logo like this! THIS IS A FRAUDULENT PERSON and should be avoided!
Fake Names & Phone Numbers
Below are other names & numbers used in text messaging/Facebook Comment scams.
- Jeffery Adams
- Holly Sandoval
- Renée Sutton
- Maddie Hasson
- Ben Franc
- Margaret Johnson
- Paul Green
- Steven Raymon
- Xcel Louis
- Nadeem Khan
- Steven Raymond
- Maddie Hasson
- Dustin Mark
- Rodney B. Clifford
- Cheryl Stokesbary
- Megan Harlet
- Fahad Dasha
- Abdul-rahaman Al-sudaes
- Emmanuel Alexander
- Chasity Leake
- Erin Lorene Boyd
- Carissa Vanderwalt
- Jennifer William
- Willie Erikson
- Alan Roberts
- Wyatt Moffit
- Chris Grasty
- Luke Blanchart
Cash APPs Being Used
PayPal Links being Used
If you see a comment from these accounts on Facebook, please report them to Facebook. They are trying to have owners pre-pay for services using cash apps and then not show up, or provide any legitimate services.
Stay Safe, and don’t send money to anyone who demands it through text messaging in order to help you!