“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:














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 on September 12, 2009 at 12:31 am

i am one of the victim that like all of you...in my situation i already loose my MYR4000.the message is the same as above and this is the mail address who done this all to me petsrelocatorsagency@rock.com. and the person who acting in this dramas use this email address cedoline25@gmail.com.

this is the drama that thay made to me:

The parrots are still available.they can speak
English,French,Spanish,Portuguese.presently they are trying to speak
Chinese.They are the best companion i have ever had,but because of the
nature of my job i can not even have time for them.i work with the
government and my job is based on traveling mostly.Even when i am in
the country,i work from 7:30AM to 8:30PM.For all this reason i have
decided to give them out for adoption to someone that can take care
fort hem  more than i did,at least i owe a favor.So before i give them
to you please answer the questions below
-Are you married?,if yes,how many children do you have?
-What is the nature of your nature?
-How many hours do you spend at home?
-Are you a breeder?
-Have you ever owned a Grey before?
  please answering this questions will make me to be sure that they
will be find.Hope to read from you soon.

Thanks for answering my questions,i have seen that i can trust you for taking good care for my Grey parrots.As i told you my job is based on traveling.As i am writing to you now i am in Australia for a GIN(government international negotiation) and i don't know when i will be back.I have two, a male and female and they are 12 weeks old,so you will have to pay for the transport and as i told you i am not selling them but i will give them to you for free adoption and you will have to promise me that you will take good care for them.As i have asked,to deliver a grey parrot from Australia to Malaysia is MYR685.805 and to deliver two is            MYR1,142.89.You will not pay this money to me but to agency that will be responsible for delivery.So if you are o.k with that they said that you should give me the following details,that will help them to deliver the parrots to your door steps with no stress.
-Your full names
-Home address
-Zip/postal code
-Phone  number(s)
        As soon as you are o.k with the transport cost,please send me these details so that i can take it to them so that they can contact you and deliver them to you.Hope to read from you soon.

The agency as i have seen and heard they said they are very good and
prompt with delivery.I was even told by my neighbor that she used it
to send a puppy to her daughter in Ireland when she paid the money
they asked to pay.Well you pay the 800MYR for the two parrots,but you
are not paying it to me but to the agency after they must have
contacted you following the details you will give me to give them.

this is from the agency.

Dear Client,
     We have sent you a mail,please write us to confirm that you have seen this mail.

Dear Client,
       Use the payment directories to make the payment and send us the mtcn and the test question and answer and the sender's name.Your parrots will be brought to you as soon as you make the payment valid.

Dear Client,
     We need to know why those Grey parrots are not yet on board.As soon as we receive and confirm the payment of 800MYR from you,your grey parrots will be delivered to you as soon as possible.Just go to the nearest Western Union Post office and post the money to our sub-headquater following the address in that first mail we gave you and we assure that when this payment is confirmed by our sub-headquater,your grey parrots will be delivered to you in good health condition.And don't forget to use the test quetion and answer we gave you in that first mail,and get back to us with the mtcn and the transfer details via email.

Dear Client,
     Your parrots are very well as we were told by our pet carrier in Singapore.Your parrots are still in Singapore Int'l Airport because of too much of rainfall in Singapore,but the Airport Geographers estimate that the weather will be cleared in two or three days time,so please client be patient every thing is under control.

Dear Client,
     We are very sorry to tell you that your parrots are dead,but there is no cours for alarm because we are suppose to give you back your refundable insurrance money which is 2500myr and give you another 3000myr for the  incoviniencies and damages that we have caused to you,so all added together you will recieve 5500myr from our company but you will have to pay for the transfer charges for transfering the money to you which is 800myr,atleast we have tried to compensate you for emotional damage.As soon as you send us this money we will send you 5500myr,hope you will understand and take your money back in a manner.

Dear Client,
   We are very very very sorry for the way we have being  treating you, the problem is that our company will loose 800myr if we are going to put this money into your account because we are a company and right now our company has loose alot for giving you 55000myr and right now we are not having that kind of amount to loose again,that is why we have not being writing you all this while because you will think that we are fooling you and we want to cheat you on this.So,we don't know when we will have this money and as a result we as well don't know when we will send you this money but we know that you are highly in need with this money,but there is nothing we can do right now.if only you can afford this amount we will send your money as soon as we get this money from you.please try to understand the money we suppose to tell you to pay the last time was 1600myr,but we told you 800myr wrong estimation.Your 5500myr is here with us.We are very sorry again for al this.

help me...

what can i do to get my money back?

please email me at farock_greenpet@yahoo.com


By Pet Relocation on September 14, 2009 at 12:54 pm

Unfortunately, there is not much that can be done.  You could try going back to Western Union but usually it only will work if they haven't picked up the money yet.

I'm sorry this happened to you.


By on September 14, 2009 at 11:04 am

O.m.g.. I cant believe the scam was true. Why did the scammer do this to me? I havent done anything wrong. All I wanted was the siberian husky as my best friend Sasha died of cancer.. (a white german shepherd).. anyways the lady said that "her new job cos transferred to liverpool"... So she said it would cost £150 for delivery. But then I said I couldnt afford it as Im only 15 nor could my mum. So she then said £75 and said she'd pay the rest. Now cos I obvi cant afford that myself, and now shes saying £50? I saw the picture she send me on google.images. I asked her why it was there and she said it was cos..

From: harleyburnt@yahoo.co.uk
Subject: RE: Gorgeous siberian husky puppy for re homing
To: ashleigh-bahbee@hotmail.com

when i post my advert opn gumtree it also post it to other classifieds

waiting for your full contact details so i can take her to the delivery agency
tomorrow regards

--- On Sun, 13/9/09, ashleigh conway wrote:

From: ashleigh conway
Subject: RE: Gorgeous siberian husky puppy for re homing
To: harleyburnt@yahoo.co.uk
Date: Sunday, 13 September, 2009, 4:05 PM

Helloe there hunni.
My mum is out at the moment, but I will ask her as soon as she gets back. Which wont be long.
Do you stay in Liverpool now?
And can I just ask something..
I found your picture of Princess. On http://images.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http://images01.olx.ie/ui/2/66/26/32386026_1.jpg&imgrefurl=http://roscommoncity.olx.ie/gorgeous-siberian-husky-for-free-adoption-iid-32386026&usg=__j-s9hyBhzRe57Wb2P1C2rCqoxkY=&h=438&w=324&sz=28&hl=en&start=1&tbnid=_Mc6LmOnJv-CsM:&tbnh=127&tbnw=94&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dgorgeous%2Bsiberian%2Bhusky%26gbv%3D2%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DG
Can I just ask why it is there?
Thanks. Ashleigh xxx
From: harleyburnt@yahoo.co.uk
Subject: RE: Gorgeous siberian husky puppy for re homing
To: ashleigh-bahbee@hotmail.com

when i post my advert opn gumtree it also post it to other classifieds

waiting for your full contact details so i can take her to the delivery agency
tomorrow regards

--- On Sun, 13/9/09, ashleigh conway wrote:

I really dont no if its a real scam. Most of her e-mails are pritty convincing. What do you people think?


ashleigh-bahbee@hotmail.com. e-mail me (:


..still cant believe people like them would wanna get peoples hopes up. For something that CLEARLY was not gonna happpen'


By on August 26, 2009 at 5:48 pm

I got letter from Remy Veny

Hi there,
> Thanks for the mail and the interest in my baby puppy.She is still
> available and ready to go.Spectacular pure breed KC registered with
> all shots,vaccines and vet records updated.
>  In placing my puppy out for adoption,I am looking for
> reasonable,knowledgeable and cautious person who can offer her
> tenderness,nursery with lots of love kisses and hugs.I am not giving
> her out for sale.She is up for adoption..This adorable,cute and
> gorgeous puppy is 12 weeks old and would be the perfect match for
> you.She will be the best playmate you've ever dream of.With her great
> personality and good temperaments with kids and other pets,she would
> be the one to steal your soul.She would be coming along with her vet
> records,and all her KC registration papers attached to her package
> with lots of play toys.You have nothing to worry about because i will
> also enclose her hand book and feeding menu to her package OK.
> Promise me that you would shower her with lots of TLC .And i would
> never like that my baby should end up in a shelter or rescue.,feel
> free to mail me.If you are willing to get her,please e-mail me
> asap so
> that i would stop all other contacts .If you have any more
> question to
> ask i will answer you truthfully and faithfully .I would like to ask
> you some few questions if you do not mind.I have attach some
> pictures of her
> and hope you will love it.
> 1...Are you a breeder??
> 2...have you been keeping pets??
> 3...Do you have kids at home?
> 4...Are you going to keep her or give her to someone?
> 5...Where are you located precisely?
>  am asking $300


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