In particular, on December 4, a criminal complaint was filed in the federal court of Pittsburgh against Desmond Fodje Bobga, for committing fraud, forgery of the seal of the US Supreme Court and for identity theft.
According to the affidavit filed with the complaint, the 27-year-old Cameroon resident, Bobga, and his conspirators offered puppies and other animals for sale in Internet. Scam members communicated with unsuspecting buyers through e-mail and texting, encouraging them to deposit money to buy pets. Buyers - victims they deposited the money they were asked for, however they never received the pet they were supposed to have bought.
According to the courts documents, Bobga and his conspirators told the victims that their new pets would be delivered to them by a transport company, while giving them fake tracking numbers for their order.
The scammers then told the victims that delivery of the orders would be delayed and that they would have to pay extra money to ensure the safe arrival of their pet. Some victims were even ordered to give extra money because their pet was allegedly exposed to COVID-19.
The perpetrators who orchestrated it online courses puppy sales scam used fake and "fraudulent" cost documents shipping and exposure to COVID-19, to extract more money from unsuspecting victims. The forged documents included a "returnable cage and vaccine guarantee document" allegedly issued by the "US Supreme Court" and stamped with the signature of a Registrar.
A victim, who lives in Cheswick, Pennsylvania, paid $ 1.500 for a Chihuahua named "Bentley" that he never received. In addition, a couple from Dallas, Texas, who tried to buy a puppy named "Snow White", cheated and paid $ 1.800, while another victim in Fruitland, Iowa, cheated and paid $ 1.840 for a tiny German hound which was never delivered to him. Another victim, based in New Brighton, Pennsylvania, lost a total of $ 9.100 trying to buy a mini-dachshund for his mother.
Bobga was arrested in Cluj, Romania, on December 3rd. If convicted by the court of all charges, he faces a maximum sentence of 27 years in prison.