“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 Megan on May 18, 2018 at 3:49 pm

received an email from Kimberly offering to ship me a puppy for $150 to cover shipping costs. Kimberly's email address sofiakimberly165@gmail.com and phone number 510-948-0728

By emily on May 18, 2018 at 8:41 pm

looks to be the exact same person I dealt with yesterday- same name and number used. horrible and sick people out there.

By emily on May 17, 2018 at 6:09 pm

Thank you for having this post on your site warning about Puppy Scams. I cannot believe people are actually so evil that they play with well meaning people looking for a puppy. I found a post on craigslist about re-homing a puppy due to illness in their family. We communicated via text and email. I asked all the questions about Vet records and puppy s background. They were only charging the delivery service fee. I googled pet delivery scams and this site came up with this article. As I was reading I received another text from the puppy seller explaining that the delivery fee would be to be paid ahead of time via Western Union and the company's office is in Cameroon. Oh good grief. Seriously there are such scammers? unbelievable. BUYER BEWARE scams exist. This was with a person using phone number 510-948-0728 and email sofiakimberly165@gmail.com whether or not that number and email would be continued to be use who knows but there is an evil scammer out there behind that contact information.

By sarah on May 29, 2018 at 12:05 am

I am also dealing with this person right now. They offered to send a German Sheppard puppy out for $100 with an airline her father works for, Emm T J. Could not find any website for that airline, luckily I looked up her email and found this. After reading this, my husband called the number and seemed to be an Indian man!!! They also wanted to use Western Union and Cameroon. Sent pictures and all. Its sad to see people trying to scam someone just looking for a puppy. They said her father was ill and had to be taken to the hospital tomorrow morning, that they needed the puppy gone before tomorrow evening. How ridiculous?!?!

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By Joe on May 16, 2018 at 5:36 pm

Here is another scammer I found.On Wed, May 16, 2018 at 2:00 PM Klon Teth wrote: HelloThanks for contacting me regarding my puppies. I still have both of them available. I have one male and one female. They do well with kids and other animals. They are well socialized and also trained. They will come with pedigree and all papers. They are very interesting and love to play around with people. I am giving them out for adoption . All i need for them is just a loving and caring home where they will live forever. To choose the best home for these puppies , i will like to ask some few questions .Will you like to take both puppies or just one ?Do you have experience with pets ?Where are you located ?What is your phone number ?Do you have other pets at home presently ?When will you like to have the puppies ?Do you have kids ?Can you please tell me more about you and you family.Sorry for asking all this questions but i just need to know the kind of home which the puppies will be going into. i need the best for these puppies. I hope to get your response with the answers as soon as possible.My Regards.The ad was on Craigslist. The ad said they were local but after the first email I was suspicious. Here is the rest of the conversation: First, all I asked next was for a name and address because I found this website and thought it might be a scam. Then they said this: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 day! ————————————————————Obviously a scam!!! All I asked was for a name and address and they act like I typed out a whole paragraph and answered the questions.

By molly on May 21, 2018 at 7:12 pm

Same thing for me today word for word. Red flags were going off after the first email. When I asked them to send me the vet records first, that was the end of the conversation.

By Anamaria Mocanu on May 14, 2018 at 2:45 pm

Me: Hi. I would like just one. I'm asking for my colleague. We love the puppies. I have one as well home and she said all the time that she would love to have one. Let me ask her this questions today and I will let u know if she's having vet clinic around. Familiar with pets I know she is. With years ago she had one puppie and a cat as well. Him: Thanks for the reassurance.I just moved to Aberdeen.will u be able to come and collect ,my new job can't permit me with any traveling opportunities right now as i have to present my company with a good result or better still should i arrange a pet delivery service,which is more faster,safer and convenient for us both? Him: My colleague said she want one. When you think we can take it Him:will you come to get the puppies or will you rather i have the pet delivery service get the puppies brought to your home Him:I just checked on the delivery cost and they said it shall all cost u £300 to have both puppies brought right at your home and £150 to have one puppy Me: When u can send the puppie? Only one Him: Just got back home. I will require the following details so i can have Andy registered for delivery to your place and as soon as i have him registered for delivery, the pet delivery service will email u on how to pay and when he will arrive at your place OK? i will need your: full names... home address...... contact number........ email address......... thanks and please promise me u will take good care of him for me. Him: I got done at the delivery service and they have sent to you an email notification regarding Andy Me : they said I need to pay on western union? Me: But wait. They are a delivery service and they don't have on a business account? Him:They have an account but they are currently undergoing auditing on their account to ensure more security Him :So u will simply have to use a western union for now okay Me: Haha. Are u joking me? Him: Don’t ask me that like I’m here to wast your time Me:How can u tell me this? I'm not a stupid.....seriously Him: Oh please .. just don’t insult me Me: Ok. So told to the delivery man that I'm paying here cash . Because I can't trust to send money without any paper. So what u think?And after that u didn't recive any answer. And same...they told me to send the money in Cameroon.

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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