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.

By leann on February 2, 2018 at 3:00 am

I am trying to buy a monkey from a guy that says only pay 250 for shipping and is been blowing my phone up since I've talked to him about it. He keeps sending me pictures of him I don't know if it is true

By on February 2, 2018 at 10:30 am

Hi Leann,

This sounds like a scam. The best thing to do is ignore them. If you would like to report this scam, you can follow the instructions on IPATA’s pet scams page to do so. Hope this helps!

By Susan on February 15, 2018 at 2:07 pm

I have picture of documentation i am wanting a monkey and a guy is shipping them to me for 300.00 is this a scam

By on February 15, 2018 at 5:06 pm

Hi Susan,

In our experience, this is a sign of a scam. We suggest researching a local operation when deciding to add a new pet to the family. That way you can meet them in person and verify that they are legitimate. Thanks for contacting us!

By Shane ashley on February 16, 2018 at 8:17 am

I also got a response from someone saying she needed 280 dollars for transportation fees. Then said her phone was messed up and her husband would call me to discuss details. In less than a minute an east Indian man called. They were saying they were in Delaware but had California area codes and were moving and couldn't take the pets. When asked why she couldn't use another phone all I got was excuses. 2 people tried this with me. Both pets were ironically the same age and both named "Bella". If someone asks you for ANY money up front its a scam

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