“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 Dean on May 12, 2018 at 11:08 pm

Hello!!! I've been searching on craigslist for puppy and I found Pembroke Welsh Corgi puppies. When I emailed them asking how much is the adoption fee is and they replied using another email saying, "Thanks for the interest in regards to the puppies I have for adoption. There is 1 female (NELLY ) and 1 male (EVIS) and are brothers and sisters Pembroke Welsh Corgi Puppies. They are 12 weeks old, 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. Attached to this mail are photos of the puppies. We are giving the pups out for for re homing because they belonged to my late son, but he just past away after a long term cancer thus we can't keep them as our home pets, so we had to relocate to his home to give these puppies away and some property. I will be very willing to give you these pups if you can promise me of never to sell them because they have been like kids to him, also do get back to me with the answers of our question below so i can have an idea of where our puppies will be going to.-Have you own a pet before? - Do you have a vet doctor? -where precisely are you locate - Are you a breeder? - Which of the puppies are you looking at, 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.Thanks and will be Happy to read from you again. Regards.Much regards to your family from" Am I getting scammed? I replied telling them i'm interested in adopting the male Corgi. I also answered all of their questions. They replied to me saying "After reading through your mail, you moved to the number one sport in my heart for potential adopters of my Lil pup. More details on his personality.****** My Lil Boy EVIS******-He is black and white in color -He has charming eyes -He is potty trained -He eat 2 times a day -He is socialized with kids and other house hold pets especially Dogs. -He likes to keep him self away from the crowd but is also socialized. -He feel shy when carried. -He also like Licking..My husband and I have decided to give out these puppies to any one who is ready to take good care of them and we are happy you are willing to do so for him. All we need from you is your love for the baby. I really wanted to meet with you so you can pick up yourself but since you are not in our area and it's a distances ride on car i don't know if you will make up the ride to come pick up today or tomorrow.We just relocate some few days ago to Pasadena, MD 21122 where are late son lived Better still if you cant make it up, they can be registered to a near by pets transportation company and will be home delivered to you okay. All you will have to do is paying for the transportation fee so he will be home delivered to you right at your doorsteps. We are giving the puppies for free since they were owned by our late son for if he was alive today he couldn't have sold them so that is why we are giving them away for FREE and all i want in return is just you to take care of him and send me monthly pictures so we can see his progress.HOW CAN YOU ASSURE US THAT?" I'm not sure if I'm getting scammed but I would really like to know ASAP before I make a huge mistake tomorrow(if i'm getting scammed)

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cristylilian018@gmail.com is the email of a lady named Tambe Roland whom we just got scammed by. Advertised 2 italian greyhound puppies and it was my daughters dream to have one. We paid the lady $300 through walmart to walmart from our hometown to Rockville Maryland. As of 2 days ago, she no longer answers emails, texts or calls. My daughter is heartbroken and today, on our way to pick up the puppy, we were in a bad car accident, so weve been trying to reach her on pick up, to no answer. These people are sick to steal money and break hearts of people who are looking for a new family member.

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