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October 31, 2013

Man loses $1,000 in failed parrot purchase

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — A Hartland man is out $1,000 following an attempted purchase of two parrots.

The Niagara County Sheriff’s Office said a 56-year-old man reported he was buying two Congo African Grey parrots from a Midland, Texas man, which the victim found on a website. The victim was reportedly told to wire $1,007 to a female at a Walmart in Midland, a Walmart which he did not have an address.

After the wire transfer was complete, the victim told the Sheriff’s Office he was contacted again and told he needed to make another wire transfer of $900 for transportation fees. The victim decided to cancel the transaction and requested the money back. Deputies attempted to contact the Texas man, with no success.

The FBI office in Buffalo was contacted, but the money lost didn’t meet the threshold for the FBI to investigate. A report was filed with the Internet Crime Complaint Center.