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ADVICE ON AVOIDING INTERNET PUPPY SCAMS PLEASE READ BEFORE YOU START YOUR PUPPY SEARCH, and forward this post to your friends who are looking for their next best friend: There are a lot of puppy sale scams on social media. In fact, MOST puppy sales on the internet are scams! If you are seeking a puppy from a breeder the best way is to get a friend whose dog you like to refer you because then you know for sure. If your searching for a particular dog and do not have a referral, ask local vets. Another option is get a referral from a stranger whose dog you like, people love to tell their good (or bad) experiences getting their puppy.
Try these tips BEFORE sending a deposit:
Ask to communicate by email and look carefully at their email address. Hover over and copy the long email address into google. Sometimes this search will reveal that others in your situation are trying to warn you to show the seller is a scam. Other times it will show up in a foreign country. If the email seems ok, ask where the puppy was born. If they don't give you an actual address ask for city and state. Ask how long they've lived there and how long they've been breeding and if they will allow you to speak with their vet. It's ok for a legit breeder not to have a track record as everyone starts somewhere but you will need your own contract if they are new. more on this below.* Tell the breeder you will pick up puppy in Person. Most scammers will insist on delivery. Puppy mills will insist on meeting in a public location. Both are bad signs, breeders should be proud of their environs.
If they will not let you visit in person, ASK FOR VIDEOS and photos of your puppy and the litter. Good breeders have dozens of videos and pix.
NEVER NEVER NEVER PAY FOR DELIVERY UP FRONT FOR A PUPPY YOU HAVE NOT MET IN PERSON.
1) Next, ask to talk to the breeder by phone. This will weed out non English speakers.
2) If they say they have the mom and litter ask to do Facetime to see their dogs and puppies. If they refuse, and do not supply recent photos look else where. If they send a few photos, ask for a different point of view. For example, if the photos only show the puppy asleep, ask for one of its face awake. This will weed out those using photos they found online.
Emailed and texted photos should have address trails. Hover over and see where they originate. Google the address and see if it goes to a completely different breeder/state/country etc.
3) If the breeder says they have done DNA and/ or hip and elbow tests, request to see the certificates. Almost all legit breeders have these. Next, and this is IMPORTANT, when they email or text you the certificate, hover over and get the complete address from which it originated. A scammer used our certificate and the address showed RedTeddy. They contacted us and found it was not one of our puppies.
The companies who do these tests are also your resources! They can check if the certificate is legit or if they have no such record.
4) Ask seller the birthday of parent dogs, then once you have the certificate look at the birthday. If they don't match its fraud.
5) If the pup is being sold as AKC or from AKC patents, ask for copies of the AKC registrationm or the pedigrees. Call AKC and see if they have a litter registered on the birthday of the pup you are buying. Some scammers change dates on the forms AKC should be able to confirm or deny it.
6) AKC will not give out contact info but they will email the breeder shown on the pedigree on your behalf with your contact info if you ask nicely. We did this and the real breeder got in touch and confirmed it was a scam!
7) If the puppy is being sold without papers, ask for recent vet records on the puppy and/or the parents. In the USA vets may only confirm the owner is a client or not. If they do not recognize the name you've been given as the seller its a scam. If they confirm they are clients, Ask them if they would recommend them. NOTE: Scammers may use legit vet reports, changing relevant dates and names. Google search the vet office and confirm the form you have is real by contacting them using the website contact info.
8 ) Check the dates and handwriting on the vet report. We once received a vet report with this date: 28/02/2022. Notice the difference? How do they write their ones? The 7 s ? These are also signs not from usa.
9) Do not pay with bitcoin or anything other than a usps money order or Paypal backed up by your credit card AND NOT a PAYPAL ACCOUNT BACKED UP BY YOUR BANK ACCOUNT!!! If you are scammed out of a deposit Paypal is your first line of defense but if Paypal can’t get their money back from the scammer, you won't get it bsck, unless your purchase also went thought your credit card as long as you have an email or text thread of communication with the scammer.
If everything looks good and you feel confident in sending a deposit through Paypal, call (888) 221-1161 and give them the seller's Paypal account info BEFORE you send money!
Tell the PayPal rep your situation, that you are 95% certain the seller is legit but need their input for that final 5%. You may need to ask for a supervisor but on the whole our experience with PayPal is that they are all very intelligent and helpful. Have Paypal confirm or deny the seller's account is in the USA and, if possible the contact info and the state. If it's in, for example Bangkok, it's fraud. If the sellers account looks good, ask if there have been any fraud cases against it.
We use PayPal, other banking apps might do the same. Please send this advice to anyone you know who is looking for a puppy. Older people may need more help - lets work together to stop the next family from the heartbreak and financial misery of being scammed when looking for a best friend.
*If you get to the point of buying a puppy from the seller who does not have a track record or is very small, have them sign papers you put together to protect yourself. Include the seller's contact info and a copy of their license. This paper should have them agree to follow all the laws covering the sale of puppies in their state. Small breeders may not know it, and larger breeders maybe hiding from the Department of Agriculture that protects buyers. As a breeder in NY, we are required to give all buyers a copy of the laws that protect them with each puppy. Smaller breeders selling a few pups a year are exempt, so you will need to have them sign your paperwork saying that they agree to abide by the law even if not legally required to do so.)