Watch Out, It’s a Pet Scam (Monkey Edition)

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I am taking to someone about getting a monkey, and all she wants is a shipping fee that she says is $280. She said she would be using your services. I am just wanting to make sure this isn't a scam.




Hi Magan,

That is definitely a scam. Anytime someone you don't know is offering to give you a pet (especially a high-demand breed or exotic species) and only wants to charge you transportation fees, you can assume the animal doesn't exist and they are just trying to take advantage of you.

Read more about how to avoid pet scams and know that these tactics apply to dogs, cats, birds, and yes, monkeys. We strongly advise against dealing with unknown parties online when looking to add a pet to your family, and remember that anytime you're asked to wire money for "transportation fees,"  you're in danger of falling for a well-worn scam.

For reference, moving a small pet domestically typically starts at around $1200 (this covers airfare, health documents, vet visits, travel crate, etc), so this suggested fee of just $280 serves as another red flag. Monkey travel also requires a little more planning than dog and cat travel, so if something sounds too easy to be true, it probably is.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, Magan (and hopefully you haven't sent any money yet). Please let us know if you have further questions, and good luck out there!


Pet Transport Question Details:

Name: Magan
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Monkey
Pet Breed: Capuchin
From: MN, USA


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PetRelocation Team




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By MARY L BYRD on September 5, 2017 at 8:39 am

If a person tells you they will ship a pet to you and all i would need to do is pay the shipping company. Do you think this is a scam. I am trying to buy a capuchin.

By on September 5, 2017 at 10:21 am

Hello Mary, this situation sounds very suspicious. In our experience, if there is any doubt, stay away and try to find a local operation instead. Better yet, please consider adopting a pet from your local shelter! Good luck and thanks for contacting us.

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