How to Recognize a Puppy Scam:
The information below is based on my own personal experience and information given to me by some of my adopters.
It is a shame that I need to add this to my website but unfortunately scams are everywhere! I've created this page just for this subject. I want to try and help prevent anyone from being taken advantage of. I have adopted to several people who lost hundreds of dollars and suffered heart breaking disappointment to puppy adoption scams! Pugs are in high demand and short supply. For this reason pugs are used in a lot of puppy scams.
1. Beware!!! If the price seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Advertise "50% off puppies" or "free shipping". This is a general statement to draw you to the website.
2. A reputable breeder will never offer free shipping through an unknown ground shipping company.
3. They will not except cash and want you to use Western Union or MoneyGram for all payments.
4. They will not give you the option to travel and pick up in person. If it is a scam they will not answer you if you ask about this option. Ask for this option before sending any money. Even if you can't make the trip and need them to be shipped, it is a great test.
5. They will not speak with you in person. They will only communicate through email, text and when you call you must always leave a message. The messages you receive will repeat the same information with no real additional details and lack a personal sound. You will feel like your talking to a scripted message. Because you are!!
6. Research the site on the internet. Usually you can find post from people who have been scammed by them before.
7. Both scammers and puppy mills will not let you see where your puppies were born and raised. Either because it is unsanitary, filled with too many over bred, diseased and neglected animals or it doesn't even exist!!
8. They will not have multiple pictures of the same puppy. They find these pics on the internet and copy them to their site. They will not offer updated pics at different ages or in different situations because they can't. The puppy doesn't exist!
Known Scam Websites
1. puppies4you.com - check it out. This website is a well known SCAM!
2. Craigslist - as we all know craigslist is extremely popular and attracts a multitude of scammers!
3. Puppyfind.com - AKC papers does not protect you from a puppy mill. Most puppy mills offer AKC registration.
How they work: They have you wire the initial price of the puppy, which is surprisingly cheap. These scammers are so greedy they don't stop there! Then the shipping company contacts you and request an additional hundreds of dollars. They claim they will refund the shipping cost (since they initially claimed shipping was free in the add) when they arrive at your door with the imaginary puppy. Most figure it out when the shipping company contacts them but your still out the initial hundreds of dollars you already sent for a fictional puppy! Western Union and MoneyGram will not refund your money. It's gone! I got this information first hand from two of my adopters that were left heart broken!
I really hope this helps. It is bad enough to loose money but it just makes it worse when you and your family's ❤ hearts are involved. Please let me know if you have any other tips to spot a puppy scam or a known puppy scam website and I will add it. These scammers are disgusting people with no conscience!! I want to do my part to prevent this from happening to anyone ever again!! Thank you!