puppy scams…

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…



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8 responses to “puppy scams…

  1. Scammers try to scam breeders, too. They contact breeders and say they want a puppy, basically the typical African scam where they have their own “shipper” and want to over pay you for the puppy, and you just cash the check and send them the extra back – then the check is fake and you are out all the money (I’ve never actually been scammed, but I’ve had a number of people try to scam me). The newest one for breeders that I have had happen to me is, the people posing as potential new owners call you using an internet relay service for the deaf – you think it’s a deaf person you are talking to, but really it’s someone in Nigeria typing on a computer in an internet cafe.

  2. Don'tBuyFromPuppyMills!

    Speaking of Puppy Mill Scams…
    Stay away from PuppiesEverything.ca – the “Pet Store” in Stratford, ON on Corcoran Street.The owner will proudly take you on tours of their makeshift “pet store” telling the world “Yes, I am a puppy mill!”and their “quarantine” area. They think they’re in the animal business, what they’re NOT is qualfied in any veterinary sense to be keeping the ill ones in their back room instead of sending them to an animal clinic. They lie to their customers and let the dogs die from malnutrition/ being taken from their mothers too soon, and that’s only what happened to me after we put a downpayment on a dog and went back to get it. The owner’s wife is aggressive and violent and says the Perth SPCA “Are her best friends” where complaints being filed are concerned. Don’t buy their animals and for God’s sake, breeders, sell them privately and humanely! They’re famous for taking your *downpayment* and then accepting higher prices from other buyers. Suddenly, your dog is “dead” when you go in to get it!
    If you go into these places and the animals look unhealthy, SPCA says to call them, that they aren’t allowed to go in without *cause*. But if SPCA is the “best friend” of the perpetrators, then don’t expect anyone to look after the animals’ health and welfare!
    What I have is a heartbroken kid who wanted to work to buy a puppy who has been devastated by this unprofessional dump’s cruelty and desperation for money!

  3. Benny

    Beware of a puppy scam with the names Stephanie Salameh or Rev. Alvin Jeffrey. Stephanie starts by advertising a pup for sale then says she has sold it to a Mrs. Bessie Dredge then refers you to contact a Rev. Alvin Jeffrey who has benn sent to Africa with some pups bought from her. He’s email is revalvinjeff01@live.com. He will ask for a sum of money needed to ship the pups from you. Then once he gets it he will contact you and ask for money needing to clear customs. Then he will ask for crate money. Its a scam which he uses God as a cover playing a Rev. and that he’s there doing God’s work.

  4. Sam

    We were also victims to Alvin Jeffrey, and I thank you for your article, as it has stopped us from giving him any more money. I’m ashamed we didn’t look this up sooner. $500, down the drain.

    She used the name Patty Oakley, and Bessie Dredge was the woman who had bought the dog in the ad. Please beware, guys. This is absolutely no joke.

  5. This scam issue is everywhere! We need to face the reality of life as we know that the dog scam is in different dimension. As for i lost about 120,000.00naira Nigerian currency to importation of genetically deficient puppy. I lost her 3weeks after adoption. Where do we place this too?

  6. saidkhorram

    Now we can help the dogs in puppy mills to have a much better life. Please spread the word!!!!


  7. Amy Bradley


    Just had a read of all your threads…we almost fell for a scam while looking for a puppy. A family were offering the Pedigree Lab at £200 (much cheaper than the usual £500+) I emailed him & he spun me a story that his mother had bought the puppy & dhe had died (that they couldnt bare to look at it as it reminded them of her) sne tpictures & everything.
    Told me I would just have to pay to have the puppy sent from Isle Of Man to England, for this price & I wouldnt pay him directly.
    Did a simple google search & turned up with 50 odd ads with his email as contact details selling other pups.

    Puppy farm here me thinks…look out for the email address konasperry2010@live.com

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