Tips for Avoiding Online Pet Scams
If they do give the phone numbers, call and ask questions.
If the seller says they are in a particular state but asks you to send money elsewhere, especially another country, avoid it.
If the seller/breeder is not located in the US, avoid it.
How do you spot a pet scammer?
What are the Red Flags?
- Photos of the dog or ad text can be found on other websites. Do an internet search for the pet you are considering.
- The seller asks for wiring of money or payment by gift cards.
- The price seems too good to be true.
- The seller prefers to handle communication by email and not the phone.
How do you know if a dog breeder is legit?
Ask if the breeder is a member of an AKC-affiliated club and contact that club to verify membership or check recent listings of available AKC Litters from breeders. You can also check with the BBB (www.bbb.org) and the AKC (919-233-9767) to see if there are any complaints about the breeder.
How do I report a pet scammer?
If you suspect, or have been victimized by, a pet scam, report it to:
- the Federal Trade Commission (online or at 877-382-4357)
- the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), if the scam occurred online.
- the BBB Scam Tracker.
- PetScams.com, an online watchdog that catalogs and reports on pet-related fraud.
What is dog phishing?
kind of scam called dog-phishing (or dog-fishing), where someone poses with another person’s pooch on dating websites to attract matches, because it makes them seem more nurturing.
Is Puppyfinder com a reputable site?
PuppyFind.com is a bulletin board service so we do not guarantee that the seller’s that post on the site are legitimate, but we do offer Buyer Tips on every ad to assist in a safe transaction. The website has not been hacked, but scammers have been able to hack a seller’s account by answering a phishing email.
Is Gooddog com legit?
Good Dog, Inc. is a resource for consumers seeking information about reputable breeders, shelters and rescue organizations which help to place dogs in suitable homes.