|Posted on March 12, 2018 at 12:30 AM|
WATCH OUT FOR THIS WOMAN FROM THE UK!
She calls herself a breeder and has bred Klee Kai's and Fennecs, but she is not to be trusted. One day, Elina Darling, aka Elina Flashman, aka Elina Griffin, whose blog is here; www.theflashmans.blogspot.com, contacted me, saying there were a rare species of foxes I had wanted to adopt for sale in a local pet shop, Corsac Foxes, and she asked me if I wanted to adopt them. Our verbal agreement was that she would pick up the male/female Corsac Fox pair for me and drop them off at the airport.
However, the foxes turned out not to be tame, so she told me she had a breeder who also runs a zoo who she would be getting kits from in the spring time. This is the guy she was supposed to get multiple kits from. I said I would love having kits, and I would wait until her contact's foxes had babies. However, there were complications and no babies survived (This is all me going off of her word, who knows if it was all a lie).
So she found a broker who was questionable but he supposedly had two foxes, male and female, available. Well she found out that he fixed the females, because he didn't want anyone else to breed them. But her contact was supposed to have more baby foxes born, so we would switch the fixed female for an intact female so I would have a breeding pair of babies (Again, this is all going off of the fact I thought she was telling me the truth).
So I paid her $3,805 dollars, $3845 once the bank charged fees for the wire transfer, and she picked up the pair of foxes from the broker. However, the female was supposedly killed by the male, and I have never seen any evidence of this. Elina and her husband Andrew C. Griffin (who I sent the money to via bank transfer) both said they would 'gift' me kits for 'my loss' the following year when more were born. [All of this is in the messages I have saved between her and I].
However, she started telling me the male fox (Fable) wasn't tame, wouldn't make a good pet, etc. etc. and I should sell him. She also told me I would need someone to sign off on a paper to say he wasn't a protected animal so we could ship him to the US. Well after a month or two's worth of calling airports in the UK, calling airlines, brokers, etc. seeing how I could get these papers, I called the CITES office (the people Elina told me required the papers). However, they told me that I would never need papers since he is not a protected species and they didn't know who told me I would.
When I told Elina that, and that now we could schedule the flight, Elina tried to charge me 200 pounds more for food, she said. That equals $327.27 for food for almost two months. She also said she hadn't taken him to the Vet yet, so asked for more money there. While I already lost $1922 on the 'dead' female, I started to think this was a scam for money, with her asking $327 more, plus about $100 for Vet bills, plus shipping which I would have to pay about $382 (a quote from the airline). So all in all after she asked me for $3845 and failed to produce a female like we agreed on, she asked for a total of $809 more.
I started to feel like she was scamming me for the most money, and now my male baby fox, Fable, is supposedly still under her care. This is why I am not getting Corsac Foxes this year. Oh, and she slandered me on a forum called Sybil's Den, straight-up lying to them and bashing my name (I have messages between us in a PDF file proving she is lying). They also blocked me from the forums so I cannot defend myself.
I feel like the video she sent me of two Corsac foxes was only her own foxes in the video and she never actually picked them up. I hope by posting this, no one else will get scammed by her. I have been advised by many people everything she told me was probably a lie. I don't know what was real, and what was not, but watch out for her.
EDIT: This is from 2011, and I found out she is not a doctor, and that she has scammed many others in Europe since then. I found out also that she never even bought the foxes from the broker/pet shop, and that all the videos and pictures of what she sent me were her own foxes. So she stole illegally almost $4000 dollars from me. I tried to hire an international lawyer, but the fees would have been higher than the money she stole. Apparently in the words of someone in the UK with an animal rescue, "She is scum... Her reputation here is well known, but she has Americans fooled." BEWARE!