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Attention, Animal Welfare Advocates: Email Scam Alert!

Posted by siyerwin on Wednesday, February 11, 2009 at 2:00 PM

I received some very disturbing news this morning. Apparently, someone out there is using the name of The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) to scam unwitting advocates. So we're sending out this warning to everyone not to send money to anyone claiming to be a representative of PAWS. Verify it first!

The modus operandi is simple: They will ask you for money for one purpose or another. The one that has been reported to us relates to the adoption of shelter animals. Some crooks are offering to ship out adoptable shelter animals overseas for a fee--- a la mail-order pets--- which of course is crazy! This does not and will never happen as potential adopters are required to personally go to the shelter. PAWS doesn't ship animals out to adoptive homes! They must come pick them up at the shelter!

While PAWS may ask people for cash donations, they will never ask you to send them to a bank account under the name of a person because PAWS has official bank accounts under its SEC-registered name: The Philippine Animal Welfare Organization (PAWS).

Simple clues to tell you of a possible email scam:

1. The recipient bank account name is under a person's name and not under the official PAWS account name.

The official PAWS banks are:

Philippine National Bank (PNB)
Account Number 072-830174-0
Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)
Account Numbers:
US Dollar Account 3944-0021-61
Peso Savings 3943-0086-11

Official account name: The Philippine Animal Welfare Society

Send cash donations only to these accounts. Make checks payable only to "The Philippine Animal Welfare Society"


2. They are using dubious website addresses.

The official PAWS websites are:

http://www.paws.org.ph <--- Official PAWS domain

or

http://www.pitstopit.com/paws3 <--- The PAWS domain is frame-forwarded to this URL. PAWS website is hosted by www.pITstopit.com.

The official PAWS Yahoo!Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/whatsuppaws

The official PAWS Multiply: http://animaladvocates.multiply.com

Affiliate Blogs:
http://www.mefindhome.org
http://onlovinganimals.blogspot.com

If they give you or send you to website addresses different from the ones above, please report it to PAWS first by forwarding to philpaws @ yahoo.com


3. Their Reply-to email address is different from their From email address.

Take note that the PAWS official email address is philpaws @ yahoo.com. If you receive an email from philpaws @ yahoo.com asking for money, try pressing the "reply" button and see if the recipient email address is also philpaws @ yahoo.com. If it's not, then that's a clear attempt to make you think they are PAWS when they most likely are not. Report to PAWS right away.


As a rule of thumb, if something doesn't feel right, email or call PAWS for verification. Please help us foil these criminals.

PAWS Tel.: +63-2-4751688
Email: philpaws @ yahoo.com

Thank you very much!

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  1. 4 comments: Responses to “ Attention, Animal Welfare Advocates: Email Scam Alert! ”

  2. By keli keni on Feb 13, 2009, 7:12:00 PM

    sobra naman sila. ginagamit nila ang paws para makapanloko.

  3. By Anonymous on Aug 28, 2009, 11:46:00 AM

    i would like to report a two chowchow dogs in our street, abandoned by the owner who migrated from the united states they left the dog unattended, it has already a foul smell because the dog has a wound around his neck due to his collar its a deep wound that nearly cut his neck and when it rains they got very very wet because they just tied up in the gate and no roof. please rescue the two chow chows they hardly eat only if a neighbor gives them food but not everyday and they eat their own shit . the address 7 rosas street, vergonville subdivision, pulanglupa 2, naga road las piƱas city. AJ Ortega. (Bugagon Residence)

  4. By siyerwin on Sep 2, 2009, 11:10:00 PM

    I somehow missed this as I sometimes unwittingly approve comments without reading. I hope the dogs have been rescued. In cases like these, first thing people should do is call the authorities (Barangay government) immediately and not wait for the dogs to start suffering (or smelling) before they call attention to them. Please email or call PAWS for advice asap if nothing has been done about this. If the situation is dire, PAWS may ask volunteers to go check them out or perhaps rescue. But it never should reach this point before somebody acts. PAWS no. 475-1688, philpaws [at] yahoo [dot] com

  5. By Anonymous on Sep 30, 2009, 11:32:00 PM

    Hi Sherwin,
    Just wanted to follow up on the email about the chow chow's to be rescued...i just read it now...were they rescued? do you have any updates? it breaks my heart to read stuff like this. I am in canada and I just sent my donation to PAWS the other day through on of your volunteers who happens to be a friend of mine. hayyyyy...if i could only help all of them..i would...Catherine Dela Cruz...

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Please do not leave your email or contact numbers in the comments. Email me directly at sherwin @ mefindhome.org if you have concerns or questions. This blog is increasingly attracting breeders/pet sellers trying to advertise their business through the comments and I don't want that. The blog seems to also be becoming a bulletin board of sorts for people who wish to abandon their pets. Blogger.com allows no way to edit your comments so there I have no other option but to delete comments that I deem inappropriate in this regard. I apologize for the inconvenience. Again, if you have any questions/concerns, better to email me at sherwin @ mefindhome.org than to comment here. Thank you very much!

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