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SF Pet-Lovers Victimized

San Francisco International Airport (San Francisco, US) officials are cautioning pet lovers against scam e-mails that purport to be coming from the airport, as published in profitscam on September 17, 2011.

The unsolicited scam e-mails lures customers with pet animas for sale from overseas on condition to pay for vaccinations as reported by the airport officials.

The criminals pose themselves to be in partnership with various other international airlines in San Francisco International Airport and often provide false tracking numbers from non-existent airline veterinary departments.

The airports often cited in the e-mails bears fake name as "Pet Department" or "Pet Care and Vaccination Department," which does not exists in actual, as published in profitscam on September 17, 2011.

The first instant of this revelation about the scam came to fore, when the SFO was alerted by a customer with a chain of correspondence sent from san-francisco-intl-airport@live, which is an unaffiliated e-mail address.

Though the forged mails were full of typos errors and fake logos, but the threatening tone of and warning of the sender against the requirement of vaccination to the animals is sure enough to create panic on the receiver's front. Customers are threatened to be sued by the Ministry of Livestock and Pet Vaccination if not paid for the vaccination that are priced at $410. Last but not the least, to take on the nerves of customers, scammers even claim an animal would meet its end without the vaccination.

According to SFO Associate Deputy Airport Director of Communications and Marketing, Charles Schuler, the entire production is a scam as reported in huffingtonpost.com on September 16, 2011.

However, SFO officials advised pet lovers to be strictly careful against such scrupulous deeds and thus guides that in case of receipt of any such forged e-mails, one should immediately contact local police before deleting the e-mail.

Nonetheless, this is not the first instant of such pet scam as acknowledged by the US Airport authorities. Mails of similar nature were earlier reported way back in May 2009 by the Atlanta International Airport officials warning public against fake purchase of pets and claims that animals are already detained in the airport.

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