Crime Watch alert: Scam targeting owners of missing pets

October 14, 2008 at 7:19 pm | In Crime, Pets, West Seattle news | 4 Comments

Got a call tonight from Southwest Precinct Community Police Team Officer Kevin McDaniel suggesting an alert about a scam that is particularly cruel in its choice of targets: Owners of missing pets. Some of those who have posted e-mail addresses online have received notes from people claiming they have the missing pet and are demanding ransom. Some are particularly obvious, not just because of the text – they sound like a spam e-mail – but also because if you put an excerpt of the text into Google or another favorite search engine, you’ll turn up other warnings that it’s a scam. If you do think you have gotten a note or call that might be a legitimate claim of pet-napping and/or ransom, of course, McDaniel stresses, call police (the non-emergency number is 206/625-5011).


  1. Disgusting. There’s a special place in hell reserved for people who take advantage of (and potentially give false hope to) people who are already devastated and distraught over losing a pet. Thank you for the warning though; this is good to know.

    Comment by deb — 7:59 pm October 14, 2008 #

  2. scam = scum

    Comment by JanS — 8:07 pm October 14, 2008 #

  3. Disgusting is the right word!

    Comment by mellaw6565 — 10:22 pm October 14, 2008 #

  4. It’s cruel to take advantage of anguish. I’m so tired of people disconnecting from the rest of humanity for the chance of a dishonest buck.

    In a perfect world they would be caught. But who knows if they are local… I hate it.

    Comment by DM — 12:05 am October 15, 2008 #

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