Is This a Puppy Scam?

puppySomeone Asked You to Pay Through Western Union for a Puppy—Now What?

We've discussed puppy scams and how to avoid falling for them many times on our blog, but since we've received phone calls about some new pet scam techniques in the past few days, we wanted to give our readers another heads up.

  • First of all, we highly discourage buying a pet from an unknown source, especially someone who is in a different state or country. If you can't go to their house, meet them, and see the pet for yourself, you're already taking a risk.

  • Read this. If any of these typical pet scam details sound familiar, walk away. Particular red flags include a very sad or dramatic story from the pet seller, a “free” pet that just requires paying “transportation costs,” and the request that you send payment via Western Union or MoneyGram.

  • Remember, just because someone has a picture of a pet, that doesn't mean it's real. Often pet scammers just find a photo online and pass it off as their own. Pet scammers do not actually have any pets in their possession, so anything they say about a puppy being stuck at the airport or being in danger is simply not true.

  • Same goes for “official” sounding pet company names. Google everything they send you to find out if they are real or not and pay close attention to the email address they use. If it's more sketchy than official, you should stop communicating with them.

  • Specific Example: We recently heard from someone taken in by a supposed breeder called “Bosco Bulldogs” who told their would-be client they were using PetRelocation to ship the pet. A little research reveals this is not a real breeder, and when they called us they found out that of course we knew nothing about the “order.” Note: PetRelocation deals with pet owners directly and will never ask that you wire money for our services.

In summary, just be smart. If something seems off, it's probably a scam. Never rush into anything and never send money to a questionable source online, and above all, remember that these problems can be avoided by adopting from your local animal shelter or rescue organization!

Feel free to leave a comment if you have any advice for your fellow pet lovers, and contact PetRelocation if you need assistance planning a pet move.


Photo credit: Jennifer/Flickr


PetRelocation Team




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By Kristine Myeth Jaugan on November 10, 2018 at 2:52 am

Can you notify me is there is any puppy transfer from cameroun to philippines? They are using your company's name for transport. The puppies are 1 male and 1 female. Named deco and tina repectively.. hope you will respond in this message thank you. Because i want to have pups so badly but i dont want to take the risk.. thats why im asking to you. Thank you.

By Kristine Myeth Jaugan on November 10, 2018 at 2:45 am

I just have a transaction with a seller of a puppy in cameroun.. and I was just wondering if you have any details about this because they let me pay 5,000 pesos for the transportation of the pups. I didnot pay yet.. i will wait for your response about this.

By Kelly on November 21, 2018 at 2:56 pm

Hello you can get back to me here because i work at the agency do not make the payment using those names they sent to you okay, get back to me now on whatsapp for more details. Whatsapp: +15077740341

By Christina at PetRelocation on November 12, 2018 at 10:12 am

Hi Kristine,

Thanks for reaching out about this! We do not have any details on transactions that do not involve us, but this is likely a scam. You can read more about identifying these using the links above.


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By Kristine Myeth Jaugan on November 10, 2018 at 2:58 am

Do you know her.. because i will send her the money. TCHOUNYA CORINE. I bet she's working in your company because the mail says i will sent to her the money so that they can send me the pups

By Telly on October 18, 2018 at 6:28 pm

Searching google about my dying cat and google ad for goldensavannahkittens...scammed me through my tears. Quick realization when the (fake) shipper wanted a refundable deposit for climate controlled crate

By Ara on September 28, 2018 at 8:38 pm Is this legit?

By Ara on September 28, 2018 at 8:36 pm

Is pet puppy mania legit?

By Lungu Simona on September 7, 2018 at 3:45 pm FRAUDDDDD!!!!! This site is a big fraud!!!!!!! Take care guys!I tried to buy a dog from this site, after conversations by email and WhatsUpp I realized was a fake. They are identity thieves and to gain your trust they will send you the first picture with the identity card. My mistake was to send the picture, but now I announced the Interpol.

By Jennifer Enos on September 3, 2018 at 3:20 pm

If a seller tells you that you can pay them with PayPal can it be a scam? I was ready to buy a Bengal kitten today but was really not sure about the whole thing. I researched and nothing seemed fishy but I still haven't made the transaction. There name is bertsey family raise Bengal kittens.

By Telly on October 18, 2018 at 6:32 pm

Just got scammed using PayPal because they requested the send money to friends and family option

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