I have not fallen for this scam, per say, but my husband got fairly far into the pursuing one of these "offers" and it is frightening the lengths these people will go to get your money.
For those that do not know, my husband and I were the proud parents of two male bulldogs, 4 and 6 years old, and in a tragic moment, our 6 year old bulldog was taken from us, unexpectedly. It left us heartbroken. Like most bully owners, it felt like we lost a child and we had an incredible amount of grief that my husband channeled into finding another bulldog to welcome in our family.
He was sad and desperate and started answering ads in the newspaper for bulldogs, one of which was being sold "for the cost of shipping." These people gave their (probably fake) first and last names, phone numbers, photos of the puppy, and one heck of story about falling on hard times and "just wanting the puppy to go to a good home." They literally said (after about a 5 minute conversation with my husband) "we can ship her out today." I guess the saddest part of this was that my husband was actually hopeful that this was legitimate and there was a puppy out there that needed us. He called me and told me about it. I told him it was a scam. In his heart, I think he knew it was too good to be true but he was desperate and it goes to show the way these people pray on people's emotion. My husband had told them our story and, if they were legitimate, they probably would've told him to wait a little bit to get over Bentley's death instead of offering to put the puppy in the mail that day.
After my husband came to his senses, he declined their offer and they even had the nerve to call back and ask if he was sure, the puppy really needs a home.
If it looks too good to be true, it is. Every time.