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By: Admin 2018-10-13 12:36:07

Is This a Puppy Scam?

Someone Asked You to Pay Through Western Union for a Puppy—Now What?

We've discussed puppy scams and how to avoid falling for them many times on our blog, but since we've received phone calls about some new pet scam techniques in the past few days, we wanted to give our readers another heads up.

First of all, we highly discourage buying a pet from an unknown source, especially someone who is in a different state or country. If you can't go to their house, meet them, and see the pet for yourself, you're already taking a risk.

Read this. If any of these typical pet scam details sound familiar, walk away. Particular red flags include a very sad or dramatic story from the pet seller, a “free” pet that just requires paying “transportation costs,” and the request that you send payment via Western Union or MoneyGram.

Remember, just because someone has a picture of a pet, that doesn't mean it's real. Often pet scammers just find a photo online and pass it off as their own. Pet scammers do not actually have any pets in their possession, so anything they say about a puppy being stuck at the airport or being in danger is simply not true.

Same goes for “official” sounding pet company names. Google everything they send you to find out if they are real or not and pay close attention to the email address they use. If it's more sketchy than official, you should stop communicating with them.

Specific Example: We recently heard from someone taken in by a supposed breeder called “Bosco Bulldogs” who told their would-be client they were using PetRelocation to ship the pet. A little research reveals this is not a real breeder, and when they called us they found out that of course we knew nothing about the “order.” Note: PetRelocation deals with pet owners directly and will never ask that you wire money for our services.

In summary, just be smart. If something seems off, it's probably a scam. Never rush into anything and never send money to a questionable source online, and above all, remember that these problems can be avoided by adopting from your local animal shelter or rescue organization!
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Comments for Is This a Puppy Scam?
  • (807) 788-4974 avatar
    (807) 788-4974
    about 2 years ago

    This person has two different phone numbers on two different ads...when I texted both I got different story as to why the dogs had to be shipped from Thunder Bay (up there "for surgery" and a "new job")....they wanted to ship the dogs the same day! Please be careful...they are either running a puppy mill or taking money and not shipping the dog you think (or none at all!)

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  • 6139093017 avatar
    about 2 years ago

    The puppy we bought from this add has parvo. These puppies, as presented in this add, are all sold and all contact info provided in the contract, including vet record, are bogus. He numbers are out of service. These people are selling terribly ill puppies, under false pretenses.

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  • Concerned citizen avatar
    Concerned citizen
    about 2 years ago

    647-793-0215, The owner of this telephone number has a few ads up. When you contact gives sad story of how concerned they are about their puppies. Then say they live somewhere other than where advertised and will ship to you as long as you pay first. trying to scam people.

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  • Scam #226-499-6031 avatar
    Scam #226-499-6031
    about 2 years ago

    Scam #226-499-6031 $680 - Always the same price for the puppies. They ask for a deposit for a courier of $380 but the courier never comes.

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  • Sally avatar
    about 2 years ago

    (807) 770-0451, ad days from Barrie, but he is located in Thunder Bay and said he would ship the puppy and wants my credit card info.

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