“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 Pet Relocation on August 24, 2009 at 9:26 am

Thanks for posting this scam email.


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By on August 20, 2009 at 4:40 pm

I AM GLAD TO HAVE FOUND YOUR WEB-SITE BECAUSE I WAS SO EXCITED I ALMOST FELL FOR THE SCAM BUT THE SHIPPING AGENGY WEB PAGE LOOKED SO PHONEY AND UN PROFESSIONAL IT HAD NO NUMBER AND THEY WANT YOU TO SEND MONEY ALL THE WAY TO CAMEROON WHERE THE HECK IS THAT AT


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By on August 20, 2009 at 4:50 pm

THIS IS THE EMAILS FROM ME AND SERA ROBERTA THE FRAUD THE EMAIL ADDRESS SHE USED WAS robertas28@yahoo.com. THE ANIMAL SHE WAS TRY TO SELL FOR FREE WAS A FREE POMERANIAN PUPPY NAMED "CANDY". SHE POSTED IT ON KIJIJI.COM

SERA ROBERTA (THE FRAUD)

Hello Thanks for the mail in the Interest you have in adopting my Baby.She is Called Candy.she is still available for adoption to anyone prepared to provide her with enough care and love..where she will be well spoil with what ever she wants,are you ready to give her the home that she deserves.she is well trained and tamed and has a very good temperament with kids and other pets,she loves to play around with kids and other pets.she loves been held in the hands.She is home trained,vet checked,AKC Tested,has all her health papers and comes along with all of them.We love Candy and will only let her go to a loving,approved homes.She comes with Full AKC papers, puppy health check,one-year health warranty,current vaccinations., She is 11 weeks old.She will be coming with all her vet records. .I will be willing to give her to you only if i am guaranteed that she will be going to a loving home.I am desperately in need of another loving home for candy.Below are some of her pictures in the attachment.I am located In Washington DC And she will be coming in a cage so you do not have any thing to worry ok.All i need is the best loving and caring home for her and am sure you will give her all this right?I will like to know the following from you so that i can be able to determine weather you will be the one for her. Are you a Breeder or just a pets Lover? Do you have kids or any body who will always keep her company? How soon do you want her? Where are you Located.? Have you ever had any pets before? So if you need her to be deliver, then get back to me with your: City............. State............ Full Names....... Home Address...... contact number... NB:The fee for the delivery is $100 which you will have to pay to the delivery agency. I will be waiting for you to get back to me with the information so i can know if you will be her new owner. Kind Regards...

ME

HELLO,
MY NAME IS DIAMOND AND IM LOCATED IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS. I THINK I WOULD BE A GREAT MOTHER TO CANDY. I WOULD PROVIDE HER WITH THE BEST LOVE BY INVITING HER INTO MY HOME WHERE SHE WILL BE WELL TAKING CARE OF. I AM NOT A ANIMAL BREEDER I JUST LOVE ANIMALS ESPECIALLY SMALL CUTE CUDDLY ONE LIKE CANDY. I PERFER SMALL ANIMALS BECAUSE  I HAVE TWO SMALL CHILDREN WHO ARE 2 AND 4. MY 2 YEAR OLD LOVES FOR OUR FAMILY DOG TO SLEEP IN HIS BED WITH HIM. WE HAVE A SHIT-ZU WE CALL HARMONIE SHE IS WELL TRAINED AND FRIENDLY TOWARDS OTHER DOGS. SHE BEEN WITH US FOR ALMOST 3 YEARS NOW. I AM GETTING MY OWN PLACE NOW AND SINCE I CANT TAKE HARMONIE WITH ME BECAUSE MY MOM WILL GO NUTS I WILL LIKE TO HAVE A PUPPY TO CALL MY OWN. I DO WORK SO I HAVE A BABY-SITTER WHO COMES OVER UNTIL I GET OFF WORK. I ALREADY DICUSSED WITH HER THAT I WAS LOOKING FOR ME A PUPPY AND SHE AGREED TO WATCH HER WHILE IM AWAY WORKING. ONCE I SHOWED HER THE PICTURES THAT CLOSED THE DEAL SHE EVEN SAID SHE
WILL WATCH HER FREE OF CHARGE SINCE SHE IS SO SMALL AND ADORABLE. WE WILL BE VERY EXCITED TO RECIEVE CANDY. IF IT OKAY WITH YOU I WILL LIKE TO GET CANDY ASAP.  IM WILLING AND READY TO PAY ALL FEES FOR CANDY TO GET TO ME QUICKLY.PLEASE CONTACT ASAP TO INFORM IF I DO/DONT QUALIFY.
THANKS!

SERA ROBERTA ( THE FRAUD)

hi
thanks for the mail i am very happy that i have found some who will take good care of her for me i will be on my way to the agency to drop her as soon as i do that they are going to contact you pls take good care of her for me and send me pictures so i can know she is doing fine.

ME

omg i am so excited omg word cant describe how excited i am rite now. i will make sure to keep you cuurent with whats going on with candy. i promise you you wont regret sending candy to me she's on her way to a great home and family
 

SERA ROBERTA ( THE FRAUD)

hi
just want to let you know that i have drop  candy at the agency i hope they most have contacted you by now get back asap so i can know what is going on.

ME

well im still waiting patiently for the agency to contact me i will contact you as soon as they contact to inform you on whats going on
 

SERA ROBERTA (THE FRAUD)

hi

so have the agency contacted you get back asap.

ME

yes they contacted me but since there was no number i tried researching the agency and come to find out it does'nt exist. first of all the so called agency web page looks so phoney its not professional looking. did u think i was just gonna send my money without talking to someone over the phone. emails is one way to communicate but its not the most effective way because you run into people such as yourself.





 

 


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By on August 22, 2009 at 5:43 pm

Hello,    
    
     Thank you very much and i'm very very happy to read from you about your response on taking good care of the babies. they are 14weeks old and both home trained and outdoor trained also playful with other animals and kids. The male named (Adam) weigh 2lbs and the female named (Eve) weigh 2.5lbs  and will weigh big when fully grown. they are both A K C registered and shots are given up to date and both home trained. both of them are my darling sweetheart and super spoiled! They both have a sweet personality and loves to play and be carried around.
 
      But i'm very sorry to tell you that it is too late for you to get the babies now. What really happened was that i just left the state for africa in some few days ago after i posted the the ad the 2 Yorkshire Terrier Puppies on the newspspper and before i left, i did not get any response from anybody that could take very good care of them for me. So i got a missionary call from our missionary head quaters in africa, then i have to bring the babies along with me here in africa since i couldn't find someone to adopt them before i left the state.
 
    I'm still willing to give the babies out to someone who can take very good care of them for me forever. All papers will accompany the puppies when shipped to you, Due to our long staying over here in africa, and the bad weather my Wife and I have concluded to get good home and care for our babies. We are not charging or selling them to you for money but to save thier lifes saved and care for them so this means that, you and i will be paying for the shipment of the puppies to you. they are VET checked, but right now we are in Africa on a Christian mission with my wife and 3 kids together with Eve and Adam, we have the puppies right here with us.
 
    
    We are going to ship to you via a Diplomatic Courier Service Company with Express Delivery on next day delivery, if you are really interested in having my little babies, i will like you to get back to me with the Below information i can find out shipping cost to your Nearest Airport and we both responsible for the shipping
 
Your Full Name :
Your Mailing Address:
Your Tel #:
Your Cel Phone #: 
The Nearest Airport To You: 
 
I've attached pics of Adam and Eve.
 
Please if you know that you are not capable of taking very good care of my babies, do not reply me because i am giving them out because of bad condition and we're spending months for the christain mission and i don't want Eve and Adam to die in this bad weather. And because we don't have time to take care of them due to the missionary work before us here.  They are priceless to me,therefore i am giving both for free .
 
Thank you and God bless you and your family.

Yours In Christ,
Pastor James White
  

 


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