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.
How do you not get scammed when buying a puppy?
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 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 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.