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Horse Theft Scam
Horse thievery used to be a huge problem. After the American Civil War it became so rampant in the West that it inspired the creation of a vigilante group that called itself the Anti Horse Thief Association. This group had, at one point, 30,000 members.

But horse theft is something I thought became obsolete with the widespread adoption of automobiles. Apparently not. Authorities in Tennessee are warning of a modern-day horse theft scam. People are showing up at farms claiming to be from Horse Haven (a humane organization for horses). They say they're there to take away the horses. Horse Haven does occasionally seize horses, if the horses are being neglected or harmed, but a Horse Haven spokesman says, "Horse Haven representatives always have ID, we operate within the law, and we never try to seize horses without law enforcement present."

If you have a horse, be on the lookout for these guys.
Categories: Animals, Con Artists, Scams
Posted by The Curator on Tue Jul 15, 2008
Comments (4)
Now if it turns out they've been hiding stolen horses in sewers....
Posted by Mr Henderson  in  Teddington, UK  on  Tue Jul 15, 2008  at  04:57 PM
When you hang a man, you better look him in the eye...
Posted by KDP  in  Madill, OK  on  Wed Jul 16, 2008  at  09:53 AM
I live in an area very near rural where there are a lot of homes with horses and some have grazing land, too. A few years ago horses were being stolen like crazy. I don't know if it was one person...or maybe a situation where one horse was stolen & so others decided to steal horses at the same time, so the crimes might all be thought to be the same person.

But generally what happened was the theif showed up with a horse trailer, backed in, loaded up, & took off.
Posted by Maegan  in  Tampa, FL - USA  on  Fri Jul 18, 2008  at  08:33 AM
ha! they wouldn't have had much luck with my old horse. it would sometimes take literally hours to get in a float. a thief would have to be pretty bloody determined
Posted by kat  in  perth, wa  on  Wed Jul 23, 2008  at  05:06 AM
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