Puppy Scams & How To Avoid
Tips on what to look for when determining if you have contacted or have been contacted
by a scam artist concerning puppies.
scammer claiming to be selling a puppy will often be using a picture
which they have
stole from a puppy sales website or someones personal website
such as this one. They do this by right clicking over
the picture and clicking "save as" and save it to their
computer. They then go to classified websites such
as puppyfind.com, kijiji.com or others and post that stolen
picture as though they own that puppy and are trying to sell it.
They of course do not have a puppy to sell and only want to
take your money and you will never get a puppy in exchange for
your money. The scammer will often have the puppy priced very
low in order to make it more appealing. Here is
a numbered list on things to look for if you come across
something you think is suspicious.
Wether you buy a puppy
from me or not, I encourage you to use these tips in finding your new puppy. This information is to help you not get
scammed. I am happy to help you identify a scammer if you are unsure.
The scammers usually say they are in
Africa, Cameroon, Nigeria, United Kingdom and claim they are in
these countries on either religious mission work and he is
a preacher or they are there on official government business.
2. The scammers puppy is usually free but
only requires the cost of shipping, usually it is around $200-$300 but could be more or less.
the puppy can be delivered to your doorstep in 3 days or less.
THe problem with that is that most people selling puppies
over the internet are required to be picked up at the airport
with PHOTO ID of the person who is claiming the puppy.
The airlines DO NOT deliver to your door step. Also, with
quarantine laws it would usually be impossible to ship a puppy
to your door step in 2-3 days.
4. A GOOD WAY TO KNOW IF HE IS A SCAMMER
OR NOT IS TO ASK FOR A PICTURE OF THE PUPPY WITH A PIECE OF PAPER WITH YOUR NAME ON IT IN THE SAME PICTURE. I HAVE PUT
AN EXAMPLE OF THIS BELOW. WHY DOES THIS WORK? IF THE PICTURE IS STOLEN AND THE PERSON DOES NOT HAVE THE
PUPPY, IT WOULD BE IMPOSSIBLE FOR HIM TO PRODUCE THIS FORMAT OF PICTURE.
ANY BREEDER WILL BE GLAD TO PROVIDE YOU
WITH SUCH A PICTURE. IF THE PERSON GIVES YOU ANY EXCUSE AS TO WHY THEY CANNOT PROVIDE ONE PLEASE, MOVE ON AND FORGET
IT. COMMON EXCUSES ARE THAT THEIR CAMERA IS BROKE OR THE PERSON WITH THE PUPPY DOES NOT HAVE ACCESS TO A CAMERA
OR COMPUTER BUT WHAT EVER THE EXCUSE, DONT BUY IT, YOU WILL REGRET IT.