of course, you know those scam emails from Africa, Nigeria or other foreign countries? Now, I suppose it was only a matter of time for them to realize how dog crazy we Americans are, so they have new scams, at least, new to me… I just received an email from someone who said that they have a puppy that they cannot take care of… would I please contact them if I can take care of the puppy… of course, this will come with a cost, a big one, no doubt… and of course, there is NO puppy…
if you want a puppy, run, do not walk, to your nearest animal shelter, animal rescue organization or Humane Society and get a dog that is on death row.. thanks !
here’s more about puppy scams… and don’t support puppy mills, either…
Taking the Bite Out of Puppy Scams
Puppy scammers hustle money from their victims by promising to send them a dog that oftentimes doesn’t exist.
Two Variants of the Puppy Scam
In one version of the scheme, the scam artist posts an ad in a newspaper or news website for a puppy he will give away free to a loving home. All you have to do to help the poor little pooch is pay the $400 shipping cost. Victims send the money — but their puppy never arrives.
One such scammer even claimed he and his wife were traveling missionaries who could not keep their new litter of English bulldog puppies! He conversed with one victim for a week and sent pictures of the healthy pups.
In a second version of the ruse, the scam artist poses as a breeder who promises a purebred puppy for a deeply discounted price. The unsuspecting dog lover can’t believe her good fortune. A purebred Yorkie — which goes for $3000 at the local pet store — can be hers for just $400.
The payment is sent, but once again the puppy that so tugged at the hopeful owner’s heartstrings never arrives.
Scam artists copy puppy photos from the websites of legitimate breeders to use in their ads. Some even set up an entire phony website, often using a stolen credit card, to make themselves appear to be successful business owners.
In an alarming trend, a large number of puppy scam artists have emerged from “breeders” in overseas locations like Nigeria, making prosecution more difficult.
Victims usually receive contact only through email and are asked to send payment via a Western Union wire transfer or money order. This is a favorite payment method for scam artists because the money can’t be recovered.
Be suspicious of any deal that sounds too good to be true — it probably is.
Puppy Scams: What to Do
If you have your heart set on ordering a puppy advertised over the Internet, here are four tips that will help you stay safe:
1. Beware of anyone offering ridiculously discounted prices, especially if they won’t speak with you on the phone. Confirm a breeder’s name, phone number and address. Legitimate breeders may be traced in directories such as Whitepages.com. (However, scammers often give pre-paid cell phone numbers, so getting a phone number is no guarantee that a breeder is legitimate.)
2. Look out for someone who promises to deliver a puppy within 24 hours. Most breeds need to be eight weeks old before they can travel, making it unlikely a buyer could get a purebred with such a quick turnaround time.
3. Ask for — and carefully check — references. Talk to the dog’s vet and to other people who have bought puppies from the breeder.
4. Be suspicious of a seller who only accepts wire payments or money orders. Use a payment method that offers fraud protection, such as a credit card.
Finally, if you think you’ve been the victim of a puppy scam, contact your state attorney general or the U.S. Secret Service Office for Internet fraud.
here’s a cute puppy… awwwww…