Question: 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.

How do you spot a pet scammer?

What are the Red Flags?

  1. Photos of the dog or ad text can be found on other websites. Do an internet search for the pet you are considering.
  2. The seller asks for wiring of money or payment by gift cards.
  3. The price seems too good to be true.
  4. The seller prefers to handle communication by email and not the phone.

How can I avoid getting scammed for my dog?

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 I buy a dog online without getting scammed?

Consider adopting from a shelter or rescue club.

The easiest way to avoid an online scam is to adopt from a local shelter or breed rescue club. Adopting instead of shopping online will eliminate all risks associated with buying online, including having your money stolen or never receiving your dog.

How do I report a suspected puppy mill?

To report a suspected puppy mill, contact the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) at 800-803-9202. You may file an online complaint for 1) unlicensed activity or 2) code violations by clicking here and selecting Dog or Cat Breeders.

How do vets not get scammed?

Ask about the common procedures, like vaccines, checkups, neutering and spaying. Plan on going to at least three vets before you decide on one. Make a mental note of just how clean the environment is when you look around. In addition, do not forget to ask for discounts from your vet.

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.

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.

How do I know if a 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.

Are there teacup corgis?

Where Do Miniature Corgis Come From? Truthfully, there really isn’t such a thing as a miniature Corgi. There are two breeds of Corgi: the Pembroke Welsh Corgi and the Cardigan Welsh Corgi. All Corgis belong to one of these two breeds.

Can you buy animals online?

There is no law as such that can prevent you from buying animals online. I see frequent ads of pets for sale on so-called reputable sites such as Indiamart. So, the answer to your question is – YES. Buying any kind of animal isn’t worth it – be it online or offline.

How do I buy a dog online safely?

How to Safely Buy a Puppy Online

  • Step 1: Educate yourself. 1000’s of quality breeders use NextDayPets.com.
  • Step 2: Protect yourself when buying online.
  • Step 3: Initiate communication with the seller.
  • Step 4: Interview the seller.
  • Step 5: Purchase safely.

How expensive is a dog?

Financially providing for your dogs is a big part of being a responsible dog owner. The cost of owning a dog can be estimated at about $1,400 to $4,300 per year. There are ways to save money depending on the choices you make.

How do you shut down a puppy mill?

The best thing you can do to shut down mills is to adopt dogs from shelters instead of buying them from pet stores.

Inform an animal defense organization.

  1. Animal Legal Defense Fund.
  2. Humane Society of the United States.
  3. The Puppy Mill Project.
  4. National Mill Dog Rescue.

How do I report a bad breeder?

Ways to Report a Bad Dog Breeder

  • Police and Law Enforcement. If you believe that the animal cruelty you have just witnessed could be a criminal offense, you can contact your local law enforcement agency.
  • Local Rescue Centers and Shelters.
  • Local and National Medias.
  • Humane Organizations.
  • American Kennel Club.

What states allow puppy mills?

Instead of passing preemption laws, states should ban the sale of commercially-bred animals statewide. In 2018 alone, at least six state legislatures (Maryland, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New York, Oregon, and Pennsylvania) are considering such legislation. It is almost assured more states will follow suit in the future.