Of course this scam is not restricted to dog breeders, but this case is. Susan Ware has been a devoted breeder of Flat-Coated Retrievers for many years, always striving to improve the breed. (she actually retired from breeding a few years ago)
If you are not familiar with this fraud, the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) describe it like this:
The victim gets a call from someone posing as his or her grandchild. This person explains, in a frantic-sounding voice, that he or she is in trouble: There’s been an accident, or an arrest, or a robbery.
In Susan's case, the fraudsters claimed to be her grandson who was a passenger in a car that was stopped by police. A large number of drugs were found and he had been charged with trafficking (none of this was true of course). Susan says they knew a lot about her grandson and were very convincing. She withdrew all her money from the bank and turned it over to a "courier" that came to her house to collect it.
Susan's Daughter Caroline added:
"The victim of fraud for this GoFundMe is my mother, a widow of 30 years, 83 years of age left with nothing after this scam. Aside from being frauded, the emotional distress has been far more than she can take. Financially it has been very delicate as my mother was nearing the end of a reverse mortgage, this fraud has truly depleted her funds to nil. Any generosity would be greatly appreciated in this difficult time."
You can help by going to the GoFundMe page HERE and by sharing this to you friends.