Mar 13, 2010, 11:58 PM
This kind of scam has been going on for quite some time. Classified ads in newspapers & online promise a free puppy as long as the victim agrees to pay for shipping.
Puppy Scam Alert - Buyers Beware!
So what kind of tactics do these scammers use to get their victims' money?
It's very simple. A person will advertise something - in this case, a dog/puppy - which doesn't exist. They'll come across as honest, provide you with truthful sounding information & often come across as intelligent, well-meaning people & will occasionally have sob stories about not being able to find the dogs homes where they live, for example. They'll use information you tell them to lure you closer in then they'll offer to ship the animal to you since you're in a different state (or even country in some cases). Here's where the scams split up - sometimes they take full payment & say they'll ship the puppy to your airport, sometimes they take only the shipping cost & say they'll ship the puppy even though you've never seen this dog!
If anyone ever tries to do this, all you need to do is NOT provide any payment or information & insist on seeing the puppy first & taking it home yourself. Then if they invite you to come see the puppy & they're a scammer, all it comes to is a wasted journey & lost time, instead of money.
You wouldn't do it for a car - why would you do it for a dog?
Click here to read about the infamous English Bulldog Scam
I remember receiving an e-mail from the 'Bulldog Scammer' about 2-3 years ago. After reading the e-mail, my instinct instantly told me that it was a big fat scam. Sadly, many "animal lovers" all over the world have fallen for this online scam & have lost a lot of money in the process. So guys, just remember to be extra careful. Do your research, educate yourselves & make wise decisions.
More sites with info & stories about Puppy Scams
SCAM Statistics: Yorkie Maltese Bulldog Chihuahua dogs & puppies for Sale.
Nigerian Puppy Scams Still Going Strong
B.C. man fleeced for $1,800 in Cameroon Puppy Scam
Adpost.com Pet Scammers
'Bulldog Scammer' advertising in a Malaysian Classifieds Website
Taking a Bite Out of Puppy Scams
Beware of Cameroon Pet Scammer
How to spot a scam site - Raising Awareness
Pet Scam Stories
Bulldog Scam E-mails
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(This post was edited by GoldenAddict on Mar 25, 2010, 12:46 AM)