Pet Travel Question: This Sounds Like a Puppy Scam!

Name: Sandy
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Yorkie
From: Utah
To: North East, MD

I met a woman over the internet who has a female Yorkie I want. She lives in Utah and said she would send me the dog via PetRelocation. Please forgive me, but how do I know she is on the up and up? I have heard of scams like these. How can I find out that on her part she is going to do this and not just take my money?




Hi Sandy,

Based on what you've told us, this indeed sounds like a puppy scam. Often scammers will say they have a puppy that they will give to you for free -- all you have to do is pay "transportation costs." Many of these people use our company name and even our logo to try to lend legitimacy to the transactions, but in fact we do not know them and never have (or will) do business with them.

The scammers also usually ask you to wire money via Western Union and then continue to request funds while never sending the dog. The truth is there is no dog, and sending money to these people results in nothing but a loss on your part. In short, do not send this person any money, and do not buy dogs over the internet. There are certainly plenty of dogs at your local shelter that need a home, so consider checking there if you're looking to add a pet to your life.

Here is more information about how to avoid a puppy scam. Good luck, and please let us know if you have any more questions.



PetRelocation Team




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