Signs of a Puppy Scam

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Hi PetRelocation,

I received an email stating that my puppy was being transported by airplane from Ohio to California.

I was never told that I needed to purchase puppy insurance, and I was told that in order for my puppy to make it to me that I had to pay a refundable insurance payment of $875.

Do you think I've been scammed, or is there really pet insurance that needs to be paid?

Thank you for your help,



Hi Leticia,

This definitely sounds like a scam. If you don't know the party you're dealing with, you're buying a pet sight unseen, and they ask you to wire money or add extra transportation and insurance fees, it's a scam.

We can say with near certainty that there is no dog -- just a picture of one that the scammers have found on the internet and are using to mislead people like you.

Please read more about puppy scams here to avoid being a victim. Our advice is to only deal locally when looking to add a pet to your family, and better yet, visit your local shelter to adopt a pet who truly needs a home.

Good luck with everything, and stay savvy out there, pet lovers!


Pet Travel Question Details:

Name: Leticia
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: English Bulldog
From: Ohio
To: California

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