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
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
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!! of any breeder willing to take a non-refundable
hold deposit on puppies that have not been born yet. This
practice is unethical and plays upon the high demand for
pug puppies and the lack of responsible breeders. This is a
very popular practice with scammers and puppy mills.
They continuously come up with endless excuses as to
why your puppy has not become available yet until
the adopter becomes so frustrated that they back out and
look elsewhere. Hold deposits are designed
to discourage adopters from backing out by loosing
several hundred dollars. Their goal is for the adopter to back
out giving the breeder or scammer a legitimate reason to
keep the deposit. Think of it this way; your giving them
$300 to $500 for a "promise" that "eventually" "someday"
you'll get a puppy. Which is very different then putting
a legitimate hold deposit on an actual live puppy. When
an adopter puts down a deposit on a "promise of a
future puppy" then they enter a contract that forfeits the
deposit if the adopter backs out for any reason, including
*(This is different then a notification fee. A notification fee is
normally $50 to $100 and is a non-refundable fee that pays
for a service to be notified only.)
2.) 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
3.) A reputable breeder will never offer free shipping
through an unknown ground shipping company.
4.) They will not except cash and want you to use Western
Union or MoneyGram for all payments.
5.) 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.
6.) 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!!
7.) Research the site on the internet. Usually you can find
post from people who have been scammed by them before.
8.) 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!!
9.) 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
Known Scam Websites
1.) puppies4you.com - check it out. This website is a well
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!
4.) FYI! A breeder registered with AKC does not mean they
are a responsible breeder. Their are many puppy mills
registered as an official "AKC breeder". If you call AKC they
will tell you they don't inspect, question or follow up on any
of their registered breeders. All the breeder has to do to
become a registered AKC breeder is register the pug through
AKC and pay the fee. They will tell you to call the ASPCA
or your local humane society because that is not their job.
Going to a registered AKC breeders doesn't protect anyone or
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!