“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
  • WORLD WIDE PETS RELOCATORS
  • PETS RELOCATORS TRANSPORTATION AGENCY
  • PET DELIVERY/AIR TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT, PET SHIPPING AGENCY SINGAPORE
  • GLOBAL PETS TRAVEL SERVICE
  • PETSHIPPING AGENCY
  • 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.

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By Kayla on May 22, 2018 at 9:55 pm

Found a Craigslist post for a german shepherd puppy and the response from my email came from an the address klon@karlintrades.com (name Klon Teth). The email response stated "Hello Thanks 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." Their next responses stated "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. Hopefully this posts prevents someone from making a mistake!
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By Rachel Chieng on June 12, 2018 at 3:35 pm

Thanks Kayla for posting this. I am also currently in communication with klon@karlintrades.com, and they provided the same exact email, except they stated they relocated to California. When I asked for more pictures or which pet courier they were using, they simply ignored my questions and asked if I was familiar with Western Union.With a simple Google search, I found this post. Thank you for posting.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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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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.
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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.
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