On 15 October 2008, I used Google to find an online seller of a small stuffed frog that my son has grown attached to. The frogs are called My Special Blankie, Dottie Dots Frog by Gund.
The website GotBears.com came up as a seller of the item. They listed it as item number BG-[protected] selling for $16. I ordered two and was also charged $11.50 in shipping. I received a confirmation of my sale on October 16, 2008. That was the last contact the seller made with me.
I waited for any kind of continued response. Keeping in mind that I live overseas on a Military Base, I gave the seller ample time and the benefit of the doubt. When, after one month I had still not received the items or even shipping confirmation, I tried to contact the seller through e-mail.
The email was immediately returned to me as undeliverable. When I checked the address on the website to make sure I had it right, it was correct. I also at this time tried to call the number the website listed for customer service. I received a recording that the number is disconnected.
The website, however is still up and running and taking orders.
I am in the process of working with law enforcement to recoup my loss. Meanwhile, I am trying to get the word out that this site is fraudulent to prevent other consumers from losing their money. It is very difficult to find Dottie Dots Frogs and it seems this scammer knows that.