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Japanese fooled in poodle scam

Japanese fooled in poodle scam - 27 Apr 2007 - NZ Herald: World / International News

11:30AM Friday April 27, 2007


Thousands of Japanese have been swindled in a scam in which they were sold Australian and British sheep and told they were poodles.
Flocks of sheep were imported to Japan and then sold by a company called Poodles as Pets, marketed as fashionable accessories, available at $1,600 each.
That is a snip compared to a real poodle which retails for twice that much in Japan.
The scam was uncovered when Japanese moviestar Maiko Kawamaki went on a talk-show and wondered why her new pet would not bark or eat dog food.
She was crestfallen when told it was a sheep.
Then hundreds of other women got in touch with police to say they feared their new "poodle" was also a sheep.
One couple said they became suspicious when they took their "dog" to have its claws trimmed and were told it had hooves.
Japanese police believe there could be 2,000 people affected by the scam, which operated in Sapporo and capitalised on the fact that sheep are rare in Japan, so many do not know what they look like.

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I sheepishly admit that I too have had the wool pulled over my eyes.
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That's immensely funny! They say vanity kills, right? Anyone who would spend $1,600 on a POODLE, because that represents a 50% DISCOUNT?!?!??!? has priorities so far out of whack that they deserve to be fleeced.

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