“How Much to Ship a Puppy?” Puppy Scams Cost Pet Lovers Thousands

Be Careful When Buying Puppies Online

You've gone online to search for a puppy and stumbled across a free Yorkie puppy named “Romeo.”  Or maybe it's an adorable English Bulldog puppy with droopy eyes, or a free Pomeranian puppy named “Candy.”  It might even be a free Persian or Siberian kitten or an African Grey Parrot.

The best part? The owners of the pet aren't asking for any money—except for the shipping costs. 

Sometimes there's a sad story that goes along with the puppies, too. The puppy's owner will tell you that their daughter died and it was her puppy, or that they are adopting an orphan and won't have time to care for the puppy.

They'll probably ask you some questions meant to pull at your heartstrings and make you want to qualify to get this free puppy:

  • “Where are you located?”
  • “Are you a breeder?”
  • “Do you have kids?”
  • “Can you also promise that you will take good care of him/her?”

But they want some money to ship the puppy, and they want it sent through Western Union or MoneyGram. Many times they want you to send this money to somewhere like Cameroon, or sometimes it will be California or another US state.

Every day, PetRelocation takes phone calls from people who have been victims of puppy scams. It all seems so reasonable, just to pay the shipping costs. People want to know how much PetRelocation will charge to arrange the shipping and we have to explain that there is no puppy. The puppy scammers will not release the puppy to a reputable company like ours because the puppy does not exist. They only want to get your money, however small amount, in cash.

Here are some names of fraudulent companies and email addresses we have identified:

  • USA PET RELOCATION Delivery Service
  • IntPetRelocators
  • pets_relocators_delivery@mail.com
  • leslieeve26@yahoo.com
  • petshipping_agency@mail.com
  • chrisnoble70@yahoo.com.au
  • sera.eve80@yahoo.com

UPDATE: Please Read!

Comments Policy

If you have been scammed by a puppy shipper, feel free to post your correspondence in the “comments” section below this post as others have done, as it will help to deter the criminals. 

However, please delete any of your own personal contact information from the correspondence you are copy/pasting into your comment prior to posting your comment.

Many scammers are considered to be dangerous and it is important not to publish your name, address and phone number online. If you have posted your own information and would like it removed, please email us (blog[at]petrelocation[dot]com) to let us know your name and the information you'd like removed.

“I have been scammed, what can I do to report the scammer?”

  1. Put as much information about the scammer as possible in the comments section below, including:
    • Email address of the scammer
    • Western Union name that the money was sent to (or that they asked the money be sent to)
    • Phone numbers/addresses given by the scammer
    • Any other information
  2. Fax a letter of complaint to the US Embassy in Cameroon (if you were scammed by someone in Cameroon):

    The United States Embassy in Cameroon

    Phone: (237) 2220-1500

    Fax (237) 2220-1500x4531


  3. File a report with your local law enforcement and with your local FBI office.

Read more about puppy scams on our blog and via IPATA.org, and if you run across a scammer who claims to be using our company to ship you a nonexistant pet, feel free to contact us and let us know!

Editor's Note: This post was originally published in May 2010 and has been updated with new information.


PetRelocation Team





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By BeBe Reynolds on November 13, 2018 at 3:37 am

I found a toy poodle breeder out of Ohio who have several websites called MajesyAKCPoodles.com. The cost of the male poodle was $800, which I thought for a toy poodle was reasonable. I knew something was wrong when she decided to ship the puppy with $0 down, no deposit all she wanted to know was what was the closest airport. Once the puppy was shipped on a Friday, she then asked for a Walmart to Walmart transfer. By the next morning I received a urgent email from USAPet Delivery saying I needed to pay an additional $1,250 that was refundable once the puppy was delivered. But that money had to be sent Walmart to Walmart transfer or Western Union. I thought if was very suspicious because how was I supposed to get a refund from a transfer. But thinking of that poor puppy sitting in a transfer agency made me believe this was not a scam. The breeder even sent video of the puppy.. I’m now trying to find some kind of recourse against these scammers. I’ve reported them to the BBB. And I’m looking to e-file with the clerk of court in their county.

By Ngreen on November 9, 2018 at 12:00 am

Morgansanch99@yahoo.comSmall fluffy white puppies. She just moved to Victoria Texas and is looking for fee to ship dogs. Max and Suzy are the dogs supposed names sent video to “confirm” they’re real and they need “loving forever homes”

By CHRISTINE CLINE on October 24, 2018 at 3:54 pm

I'm trying to figure out if I've been scammed. There are very fishy aspects to this deal and I'm not too naive to realize from the get go that it may be a sham. I replied to an ad for an English Bulldog pup. Again, the pup was free except for the fee to change over Registeration, ect. I received an email from a California Pet Relocation service stating that they would soon be transporting the puppy after I confirmed the details of the shipment. They provided a registration #, crate #, and a legal shipping code. The email from the company was not grammatically correct which seems shady. Just curious if anyone has any info on this company.

By Debbie L Doherty on October 24, 2018 at 1:32 pm

Omg. I've just been scammed out of 475.00. How could I have been so STUPID??? I googled the name and it appeared to be legit and located in Colorado Springs, CO. Holy S..! What do I do now???

By Carol on August 29, 2018 at 3:53 pm

I also got the dreaded email from Klon Teth. After answering a couple of questions I got this response:Hi again. Was great reading about your commitment to take care of my babies. You will own them forever. We will not be taking them back. We are convinced they will be perfect at your home. He/She will be your new prince or princess! They will come with a feeding and grooming manual prepared by our vet, some toys and especially their vaccination records up to date!Actually, our main reason for giving them out is because we moved out of town. We picked up better jobs here in Texas and last week we relocated. Our new environment is not pet friendly, so we prefer they move back to their normal habitat and birthplace. We already made pre-arrangements with a pet delivery courier here that will aide their relocation efficiently, and with First class services. Everything will cost you just the $550 for both, and $300 for one. If we can start the delivery arrangements today then you will have them by today of tomorrow.I will be needing the following information from you.Full names....................... Address............... City....................... State.................... Postal code...................... Phone number.............. Closest airport.....................which of the puppies do you want ? male or female ?Thank you again for accepting to take care of my babies. You made the right choice, and your family will live happier!Have a blessed dayI immediately responded with a big "NOPE" and blocked their email.

By Arun on July 7, 2018 at 4:02 pm

Hello dear I wanna send my puppies to India .I have all documents how to send by shipping plz guide me I love them too much plz

By Christina at PetRelocation on July 10, 2018 at 10:02 am

Hello Arun, and thanks for reaching out to us with your question! If you would like assistance relocating puppies over the age of four months, you can fill out our complimentary consultation form here. As a company policy we do not move pets younger than that, so if this is the case we suggest reaching out to another shipper, which you can locate on the IPATA website here. Hope this helps!

By lyly on July 1, 2018 at 9:16 pm

I knew I found this sketchy I message this person on craigslist and I gotta dig some info before I do something stupid thank u save my life! and they wrote this"Hello, Thanks for the interest in regards to our Teacup Pomeranian Puppies. There are all 11 weeks old, 1 male (Leo ) and 2 females ( Sophie and Lola ) which are still available, They are pure breed Teacup Pomeranian Puppies and weighs 1.6lbs and will weigh 3lbs full grown. They are vet checked and will come with all papers needed. The puppies are very playful and are all of absolute temperament as they also love playing with kids and other household animals. I am giving the pups out for Re homing with a $200 Re homing fee each, $350 for two and $520 for Three, this is because they belonged to my late son who was breeding Micro Puppies but he just past away after a long term cancer, I will be very willing to give you any of these puppies if you can promise me to take good care of them and treat them as part of your family, also do get back to me with the answers to the questions below so we can have an idea of where our puppies will be going to.- Where precisely are you located? - Do you have a vet doctor? - Are you a breeder? - will you take all three, two or just one? if one what sex? - Give me a Brief Description about your Environment?All i need is just a very caring and loving home for our babies where they will be well loved and spoiled to rotten. Attachment are some most recent videos of the available puppies. Thanks and will be happy to read from you again."the email is goodhomes1110@gmail.com

By Tracy Contreras on June 22, 2018 at 10:43 am

I found a Saint Bernard puppy named ciarra for sale. This a started on May 8, 2018. The website www.saintbernardsparadise.us. I was then contacted by text messages. I thought I had done my research. The price was 650 shipping included. I told them that I couldn't get the puppy till June 18, 2018 when I returned from vacation. I paid half as a deposit they emailed me a bill of sale. The rest of the money was to be paid June 12, 2018. Right before the final payment was due received a text stating that the puppy was due a shot. So I agreed to the shot 175.00. So on June 12, 2018 paid 450 more. All of this was paid with iTunes cards. She was supposed to be deliveries on June 19, 2018. On June 18, 2018 I received a text informing me that she was at the pet shipping company and they would send me tracking information. A short time later I received an email from Pet Express Shippers informing me that I needed to purchase 1200 refundable pet insurance. At this time I'm getting ready to a board a plane in hawaii to fly to California. I tell them I dont have 1200. I text the person I bought the puppy from. He gave me some explanation. The shipping company said I needed to to this within 6 hours. So I borrowed the money from my mom. At this time I still believed there was a puppy sitting in a crate at the airport. I checked the tracking number that they gave me and it looked legit. Against my better judgement I paid them with two walmart gift cards. I had to board my plane. When I landed I called the number for the shipping company 1-737-808-3471. The number was disconnected. I tried calling the number for the person that sold me the puppy 1-512-643-2389 disconnected.

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