“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 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.

By Bob on June 21, 2018 at 3:27 am

Answered a Craig's list add regarding two English Bulldod puppies for adoption. Owners are relocating to Maryland. Landlord prohibits pet ownership, must get rid of the two animals within 3 days! Owners asking $150. for the transfer of ownership. Additionally I must complete ownership /adoption papers.....then they will send puppy to the nearest airport to me! Feels too good to be true the email address given is: . Anybody seen or have experienced this sort of thing?

By Al on June 16, 2018 at 1:44 am

Hi there, this is the scammer 'Sister Natasya.' trying to sell me a puppy. 15 Jun 2018. Seller e-mail: Natasya Yui Hello and thanks for the interest you have for my puppies. I have a male and female puppy available for adoption. They are currently 11 weeks old, vet checked, potty trained and dewormed. I am giving them for adoption because i just gained admission into a convent in Myanmar and when i came here with my puppies they told me we are not allowed to keep puppies in the convent. before i accept to give you my puppies for adoption, i will like to know some few things about you,Where precisely are you located ? Do you want the male or female ? So i can send you some recent pictures of the puppy. can you assure me you are going to take very good care of the puppy like a new member of your family ?---Hello,I just made inquiry with the same pets transportation company i used in moving the puppies here about having the puppy transported and delivered back to your house address and they told me it will cost you rm700 for one puppy.Get back to me with your full delivery information as follows:Your full names ? Your full house address ? Your contact number ?with all that information, i will carry the puppy to the pets transportation company in the morning and do the registration and flight reservation and when i am done with everything, they will send you the confirmation email with the directive on how you will be making the payment to them.Kind Regards, Sister Natasya.

By Manfred on June 9, 2018 at 9:00 pm

I also responded to an ad about two German Shepherd puppies from a Craigslist ad very similar to a few others already listed here. Sent an email for more info, specifically to this address: ambedenisawah234@gmail.com. The reply comes a completely different person (i assume) and email address. Klon Teth and the email is klon@karlintrades.com. To me, it sounds like I just got an email from a character out of a Star Wars movie. And if you Google Klon Teth, funnily enough, most of the results are from sites having to do with Star Wars. Luckily, I can across this website to read the others that have had the same experience with this scammer. Here is the exact same email that I received as others have as well: "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."I have replied back with answers to all of the questions, only to see if I get the same response back as the others have, if I get any more response at all.... Puppy scammers are certainly out of control, had no idea!!

By Alexi J on September 17, 2018 at 1:45 pm

omg! I just got that same exact email! thank GOD I decided to search the name first... I knew it sounded fishy! Will have to look for a german shepherd puppy elsewhere.

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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!

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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