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




United States


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By Shannon on July 13, 2017 at 1:27 am

Hi is the klassiek shipping company fake or real? I ship a cavapoo to singapore from thailand but km scared it might be a scam can anymore help me ?

By on July 13, 2017 at 9:10 am

Hi Shannon, all we can say is to review the information above and watch out for warning signs.

When you google this company do you find legitimate information? Does their "transport fee" seem very low? Have you been able to talk to anyone personally or is it all online? Most importantly, how are they asking you to pay? If they want you to wire money, it's probably a scam.

Most likely this is a scam, so we recommend cutting off communication with these people and dealing locally instead. Even better: Please consider adopting a pet from your local shelter!

Good luck with everything.


By Syf on October 2, 2017 at 8:20 pm

Hi do did you receive the puppy? I'm also having doubts about this pet delivery thing. The owner said klassiek shipping company too

By Trish on November 14, 2017 at 12:09 am

So was klassiek shipping a scam? I was told that shipping company also. In hawaii there is a quarantine process period, which I was told would get my kitten without undergoing the quarantine waiting period....does any one know if klassiek shipping is legit?

By shirley archibald on July 19, 2017 at 2:57 pm

I;m looking to buy a Teacup Shih-tzu Puppy. The name is PrestigehihtzupupscomI just want to know if they are real or a scam.Thank youShirley

By on July 19, 2017 at 3:42 pm

Hi Shirley, we're not familiar with this company, but if you're feeling suspicious, they're probably a scam. Don't pay them any money unless you can verify they're legitimate (that means they will accept credit cards, have a reputable website, etc.). If they ask you to wire money, they are definitely a scam. Hope that helps, good luck!

By Vicky on August 9, 2017 at 12:26 pm

Some one took 500 of me today for a puppy iv been scammed

By Shareen Grace on November 7, 2017 at 10:48 pm

Me too

By Tayler on August 18, 2017 at 6:07 pm

Hi I want a pug puppy and was told $236 for 2 puppies. Money has to be sent by western unions. Has anyone ever heard of pet mover service? The pups are located in morocco and I'm located in New Mexico.

By on August 21, 2017 at 9:59 am

Hello Tayler,

Unfortunately, if a company is wanting payment via Western Union it is most likely a scam. Also, scammers tend to target highly desirable breeds like pugs and offer prices that are less than average of what you would pay a reputable breeder.

Most likely this is a scam, so we recommend cutting off communication with these people and dealing locally instead. Even better: Please consider adopting a pet from your local shelter!

Best of luck to you!

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