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Poodle scam

April 26th, 2007 . by Matt

Sheep are being sold as poodles in a scam to fleece Japanese buyers (excuse the pun and thanks to commenter smackout for the link).

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.

sheep poodle

Update: It is a hoax.


19 Responses to “Poodle scam”

  1. comment number 1 by: smackout

    This was actually done with the purpose of increase the popularity of Lamb as a table meat in Korea. After many pets had been eaten by koreans they would suddenly reveal it was Lamb. I think an order must have gone astray and ended up in Japan..

  2. comment number 2 by: General Tiger

    Smackout: Your anti-Korean sentiment is laughable.

    I guess people can be naive when it comes to pets. I mean mistaking a lamb for a poodle when you buy them >_>

  3. comment number 3 by: smackout

    No offence to anyone it was a joke … (The joke actually comes from all the times i have asked Koreans if they like lamb and told me no its smells funny)

  4. comment number 4 by: General Tiger

    Acknowledged, sorry for my overreaction.

  5. comment number 5 by: Phil2Musashi

    WOW! This is hilarious! I grew up a city-slicker , and even I can tell a baby lamb when I see one! Oh well, at least they are cute…for a while! LOL!

    Mmmmmm now I want poodle souvlaki!

  6. comment number 6 by: Newshound

    Matt, I checked this last night before it posted to fark and the other link I could find came from the Sun Online. I haven’t checked again this morning, but when I looked in Japanese last night, the only proof of this I could find was a 2ch conversation. I’m not sure this is true.

  7. comment number 7 by: General Tiger

    It’s true: I’ve seen it in several Korean and Japanese newspapers.

  8. comment number 8 by: General Tiger

    NOTE: Disregard my post above.

  9. comment number 9 by: Matt

    Matt, I checked this last night before it posted to fark and the other link I could find came from the Sun Online. I haven’t checked again this morning, but when I looked in Japanese last night, the only proof of this I could find was a 2ch conversation. I’m not sure this is true.

    If it is not true my next post will be “nine MSN posts fake article”.

  10. comment number 10 by: jiyooniexp

    how the heck did they not notice hooves instead of claws??

  11. comment number 11 by: Newshound

    Matt said:

    If it is not true my next post will be “nine MSN posts fake article”.

    Fair enough, though it started with the Sun Online. Everyone else got it from the wire services.

    Apparently the guy at whatjapanthinks found another link at http://plaza.rakuten.co.jp/rocknrollkitchen/diary/200704180000/

    He suggested on Japan Probe that it may have been a setup.

  12. comment number 12 by: void

    Is it real story? I can’t imagine the people can’t distinguish sheep and poodle.
    Of cource I know there are many unbelievable peopele lives in Japan…

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  13. comment number 13 by: hana

    Sapporo city police central division said no such crime are reported.
    I just called.

  14. comment number 14 by: Newshound

    Yep. Hana is right.

    http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=263447

  15. comment number 15 by: Ichigobatakekakashi

    Matt,

    You’ve got to be kidding me! Haven’t you?

  16. comment number 16 by: madboots

    I think there is no need to overreact over this scam. It’s only a kind of amusing story or something. Anyhow, I wonder what they should do with the sheep? Keep it as a pet? No way!

  17. comment number 17 by: sum

    Take it easy. I don’t khow if it’s true of not, it’s hilarious !

    What if a farmer got scammed and keeps 100 poodles in his backyard believing that they are sheep…

  18. comment number 18 by: Ken

    Wow! The owners can drink fresh milk in the future.
    Beisdes, they do not have to worry about personal infomation leakage without shredder.
    Sheep is a good idea.

  19. comment number 19 by: songtan1

    Poodles. Nop! It is all abour “Yang Gogi”.