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Last Post 06-07-2013 11:53 AM by  HayzBCFC
RINGNECKS SCAM, BUYERS BEWARE!!!!!!
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01-11-2010 11:48 AM

    We do already have an article on the homepage of this website, but for those who havent seen it.

    Please if you see an ad in your local newspaper for a green parrot with cage £150-£175 and a mobile number, please beware, it is very likely to be a scam.

    I have had a few calls over the last three weeks,from people who have bought a bird from this ad.

    You are not allowed to go to see the bird.It will be delivered to you.

    The birds that I have recieved calls about have all died within a week(.I am currently waiting to hear the post mortem results on one of the callers birds.)

    If you try to contact the mobile number again, you will find it is unattainable.

    A new ad will then appear with a different mobile number, and so on and so on.

    Another clue, both the man and the woman who anwer the calls speak with a geordie accent.

    The latest calls Ive had have all  been  between Manchester and Scotland.

     

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    04-11-2010 5:16 AM

    Hi Ann,

    My mother and father who have just registered with yourselves bought a ringneck and sadly he passed away.  The autopsy results came back as severe hepatitis and also a lung infection, its tragic escpecially as my parents had become so attached to him in the short space of time.

     

    I hope eventually these people are caught, they dont realise the misery they bring to animal lovers and how it affects them.

    Lets hope we are succesful in adopting ****, fingers crossed and thanks for your support it restored our faith in human nature with such horrible people about.

     

    Janet (Irene and Brian Jamieson)

     

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    04-11-2010 6:18 AM

    Im so sorry for your parents loss. No matter how short a time we have them they have a way of worming into our hearts, and the loss is felt very deeply.

    I can only hope that one day these idiots (can think of stronger words) will be caught.  in the meantime, everyone keep their eyes peeled - As one day you could save a birds life by reporting to the authorities. x

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    13-11-2010 6:08 PM
    oh no ann i have sent u a message i brought a ringneck today that has come from the north of newcastle they was selling them in lincolnshire today there in liverpool tomorro i got the number out of the local citizen they had a van with a fair few of them in
    he is a young bird they had several clours mainly green then blues greys and a couple of whites
    she told me they had all been checked by the vet yesterday he has a ring on but all details of wot i know i have included in the message
    i'm now a very worried new ringneck owner who is gonna keep her fingers crossed all goes ok
    if only i had seen this add
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    13-11-2010 10:23 PM
    Hi Zorca,
    It does sound to be the same people. Try calling the number again in a week and if they are running true to form, it wont be in service.
    The only thing I can say is to keep a close eye out for it showing any sign of illness, being very quiet, sitting fluffed up, and not eating. I would also keep it away from any other birds if you have any, for about a month.
    You may be lucky but prevention is always better than a cure.
    These people are unscrupulous Im afraid,but the tragedy is that they are technically not doing anything" illegal." They are breeding and selling on mass, just like puppy farms. Its totally heartbreaking, but just about impossible to stop them.
    All we can do is keep warning people, but as long as there are unsuspecting buyers out there it will just carry on.
    Can I also ask, if the cage provided was a budgie/cockatiel sized one.It usually is.
    Please keep us up to date on how your little fella is doing.

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    14-11-2010 5:26 AM
    Hi Zorco

    Can you post a couple of pictures over in the ringie section of the forum? Is he panicky or quite tame?

    Indian Ringnecks are lovely birds and they talk really well, watch some of the youtube vids.

    It normally takes a few days for birds to settle so be patient I'm sure he's going to turn out to be a lovely bird. If he's not yet ringed its uber hard to tell IRN male/female apart so unless you have the DNA test you'll be playing Ringneck Lottery like most other ringy people

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    14-11-2010 9:26 AM
    when i get some decent pics i will post them
    he seems to be calmin down now he seems fairly tame he has not tryed to bite me or anything when i have been in to change his food or water today so paitence and time i'm sure he'll be fine
    lol i say he the women told me that all the birds have been dna tested and that she had all males on the van
    he does have a ring on but i've no idea wots on it
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    14-11-2010 10:03 AM
    aww if they DNA tested them they would have given you the paper, it really would be that simple.

    I wouldn't worry about it you're in the lottery now, in any case it will be all about how the bird grows up with you that will determine the way they are in the future.

    Harold is sitting on my finger after only a few days but it cost me skin so when he lunged at me I put a slice of apple in the way and he couldn't stop himself having a nibble "oh dear harold you're eating from my finger, that means you love me"...pause pause...one eyed look...BITE BITE

    Ringies are VERY smart and they hold grudges like a Grey, be patient and spoil him with nice goodies and everything will be fine. They do need big cages but they aren't good at bending bars so you don't need a particularly expensive one. H&MJJR are in a massive 1mx1,5m cage of budgie bars which cost me buttons.
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    14-11-2010 10:09 AM
    Good to hear Harold is on the mend and feisty.

    I think there is some confusion about leg rings and neck rings above. Zorco, am I right in thinking that you new baby has a leg ring but no neck ring? If so, he/she is a baby bird (less than a year) and the leg ring should show you that he/she was hatched in 2010 - there will be two numbers across the width of the leg ring, which should be '10'.

    Take good care of him/her and keep us posted of progress x
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    15-11-2010 1:43 AM
    yes he has a leg ring has no neck ring and at the mo he is not to much bigger than my cockerteil have taken some pics they are on the alexs page there not great lol but best i can get at the mo
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    19-12-2010 12:49 AM
    Sadly this bird has now also died.
    I have also had a call from a lady in Torquay who had bought a ringneck last week, when she told a friend about it, her friend told her to come onto our website, as there was a warning on.
    It is yet again the same pair, with the geordie accent.
    They are travelling the length and breadth of the country and are making huge profits on these poor birds. Can I ask that if you know of anyone who has bought from them and the bird dies, that they get a post mortem carried out on that bird.This is happening all to often now.

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    02-07-2013 12:55 PM
    This is absolutely sick

    Can we not be a little more proactive and stop these people ourselves.

    I'm thinking that it should be published where these people are advertising and we should all be pro-actively contacting them to arrange a delivery (cash on arrival).

    On arrival we then confront them about what they are doing / tell them we have changed our minds

    It will soon start to cost these people a lot of money in petrol / time, and make what they are doing uneconomic.

    If there is no profit in it, then they will stop whether it is technically legal or not.




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    02-07-2013 2:45 PM
    Paul,

    This original post was from 2010, so I'm not sure the same circumstances apply.
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    05-07-2013 1:14 PM
    I fell for this scam in 2011, and I still live with the guilt now. Got Doman in 24/09/11, he died on 18/10/11. We rung the people that sold him to us, nothing, I rung the paper it appeared in, they gave us a different number, tried that nothing, i guess the only positive is they no longer have a pet section. I didn't hear the accent of the guy who sold us Doman, all I remember we couldn't visit him, they came to us, we couldn't see the other birds etc, and the cage was very cheap. Mum paid £180 for him, and they we in Newport for the day, the traveling down to Cardiff (stoping off in the town I lived in). I just asked mum and she said "yep it was a Gordie".
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    05-07-2013 3:24 PM
    Sounds to me like the same people. Sorry to hear you were caught out as well.
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    06-07-2013 8:31 AM
    I was looking for bird breeders and came across adverts for ringnecks in Berkshire the ads were current and look similar to the ones mentio ed in previuos posts. They are usei g the free ds and gumtree and other local advertisers.
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    06-07-2013 11:53 AM
    It's a shame this is still happening, maybe the police, RSPCA or the bird protection (I forgot the proper name sorry£), should do a sting operation or something similar to try and catch these people out. It's not just us who suffer mentally, it's the birds as well, before they come to the buyer (as the buy will try and do anything they can for the bird). I'd love for these people to get caught, when I called the local paper the ad was in they asked if I wanted a refund, in all honesty it's not about the money, it's about a life that was cut short . We even called the bird protection people, and they told us "sounds like you feel for a scam", that hurt so much, cause Doman was such a lovely parrot, though he wasn't tame, part of me wished I took him to the vets straight away, and I feel a little guilty we didn't. I have a caique now, and thou he is a joy to have in my life, I still can't get over Domans passing, it hurt so bad, most probably it's cause I wasn't home when he died I was in Birmingham. Being miles away and feeling powerless..... Scammers don't think things through, they see pound signs, and they don't care about the rest, it's just sad.
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