Golden Retriever Clancy T. Dog gets $150,000 in sting operation

Too funny. Golden Retriever Clancy helped the Better Business Bureau fight back against a fake check scam.

Internet scammers send out thousands of e-mails each day hoping to separate you from your money. But the Better Business Bureau is fighting back with, of all things, a golden retriever named Clancy, reported WLKY-TV in Louisville.

Clancy received a check in his name for $150,000. The dog belongs to Bruce Gadansky with the Louisville BBB, who received a scammer’s e-mail in which a Chinese company is allegedly searching for an American pay agent.

Gadansky replied, using the name “Clancy The Dog LLC.” “I told them I was in the fertilizer business, which Clancy does a lot of, fertilizing the back yard,” Gadansky said. “That smacks of the truth. Then I waited. I didn’t expect to even get a response.”

On Tuesday, a very authentic-looking check from a real Canadian company came in the mail.

“I’m supposed to deposit the check,” Gadansky said. “I get to keep 5 percent and then wire back the remainder of that money. So I keep $7,000 and wire them back over $140,000. You’re wiring them back real money, but that check is a phony, and your bank will figure that out in a few days. It’s an old scam for which people are still falling.”

Gadansky is hoping Clancy can help the BBB deliver a message. “The more people we can educate, the less (chance) there is that anyone is going to (be) nailed by one of these scammers,” he said.

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