Internet Puppy Sale Scams – Buyer and Breeder, Beware!

Yet more examples that working with established, preferably local breeders is the safest way to go – both for buyer and breeder.

This article from a Calgary newspaper exposes a scam that poses as a legitimate dog breeding operation and  dupes puppy buyers out of their money.

“Police are warning about a scam going around Calgary that claims to be selling purebred dogs. RCMP have investigated and say the certificate is fake and so are the address, phone number and the dog. 

The seller tries to get the buyer to send money via Western Union or MoneyGram. 

Police say buyers should not be convinced to act quickly and if the deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

The RCMP Calgary federal enforcement section says someone using a Kijiji ad is purporting to sell purebred dogs and claims to have a Canadian Kennel Club certificate of registration. That certificate is e-mailed to interested buyers, as are photographs of the dog. 

The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre and Canadian Kennel Club have been advised of the scam, say RCMP.” © Copyright (c) The Calgary Herald

This post excerpt on a Golden Retriever  forum shows a scam email involving “buyers” promising to send extra money and bouncing checks . As the post writer so accurately points out in her comments, her style of family interviewing and communication would prevent anyone from getting something like this past her.

“Thanks for your prompt response.I would be buying one male puppy you have for sale so kindly reserve it for me.I am sending you this email to make final reconfirmation of the one puppy.and let you know that payment will be by certified Check. However, I want to alert you on the fact that you will be receiving the Check this week or next week and payment will cover your cost and as well as the shipping cost to be paid to the person that will take care of the pickup in your house. So please as soon as you receive the payment, get it cashed immediately, deduct the money that accrues to you and send the remaining balance to the Head Office of the company that handles the shipment via Western union. More so, I will pay you an extra $200 if you can reserve this for me. So in view of the above, Here are some of the details I will need for final issuance of the Check to you.

(1) Full Name
(2) Mailing address, no please
(3) your direct telephone number both home and cell.?
{4} Acceptance of my offer
(5} Final asking price Once you get back to me with all the above information s, the check will be issued out immediately and it will be sent to you.”

It’s my hope that this kind of news raises awareness for the puppy buying public that the internet is useful only for research, education and initial contact with breeders. It’s vital that buyers come to expect a high level of professionalism and accountability from the breeders they are working with.Visiting a bricks and mortar breeder ( or at the very least building a relationship by phone and with valid referrals) is really the only way to know how your puppy was raised and if you are working with an ethical professional.


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