Internet Pet Scams – Don’t be a victim!

Internet pet scams - don't be a victim!

You’re looking for a purebred dog or cat, bird or monkey, slider or pet pig. You surf the Internet and answer a classified ad or post one of your own looking for a puppy, kitten or other animal. You get an email back stating that someone has the perfect puppy or kitten waiting for you. How do you know that the offer is not one of the Internet pet scams?

The sellers send pictures and say that, for a very small amount of money, they will ship your pet to your door. An agent from a (supposed) transport agency will be handling the shipping of your pet. Or they detail a problem than have which causes them to give up their pet to a good home. They ask personal emails about how you can care for the pet. They are very convincing.

All you have to do to get your pet is to wire the funds via Western Union, purchase a cash card or use some other non-refundable service to them. Oftentimes, the destination of the funds is Cameroon, Africa; however, it can be anywhere. The internet pet scammers then send you an authentic looking transfer of ownership as well as shipping documents with airline information on it, which is really cut and pasted artwork with logos and pictures stolen from other airline and transport websites without their permission.

A day or so later, they inform you that your pet is in an airport someplace and needs either another crate (air-conditioned or pressurized) or another vaccination or pet insurance or medical attention. They will tell you that you will be held personally liable if you do not wire more money. If you send more money, they come up with another excuse why your pet cannot be delivered. They threaten that you will be held personally liable if you do not pay.

In reality, there is no pet, and you have been caught up in one of a number of Internet pet scams. Chances of getting your money back are very slim. Hundreds of people just like you have sent thousands of dollars to Cameroon and other countries in hopes of getting an adorable pet they see in a picture. There are many warning signs. More information here.


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Internet Pet Scams – Don’t be a victim! — 130 Comments

  1. Janice – a request to pay for a “thermal crate” is a red flag for scammers. Do non pay these people any more money. They are robbers.
    Susan

  2. Don’t buy from frankychihuahua.com because the are a scam. What you to pay for the thermal crate. I know I paid for the Chihuahua. And when they went to ship they told me about special crate. But they said I needed it so puppy wouldn’t get the virus since it was so small. I’m still arguing with them over it.

  3. Patricia – it is a shame and sorry you even came across these bad people. They are clever and some even have websites that look very professional. Just know that all unaccompanied transports must occur through a licensed agent and under an Air Waybill. People considering purchasing a pet over the Internet should always research the seller and contact the agent they are using to make sure that the transport is legitimate. Never pay for an animal through wire transfer or a cash card or app. Unfortunately, there is no recourse when using these methods.
    Susan

  4. Trans pet way wants me to give them 1800.oo deposit on a thermal transport Crete through a cashapp.Refund the balance of rental of 36.00 upon delivery. I think the whole sale of the corgi puppy (11 weeks) is a scam. Also purchased through cashapp. Three different names were tried before one worked even zelle was try and failed. They got me for 800.00 for purchase and shipping. So what do you think about that?

  5. Evaminiandgiantschauzerhome@gmail.com is a scam they say will send you a cute pup that you’ve picked out and asks you to pay with American express gift card for certain amounts did you hear from the bogus airline that tries to get you to Rent a special crate which you don’t need for extra $ Don’t fall for this I have mine under investigation, do yourself a favor and get your animals Only from local breeders

  6. Gail – this breeder lists no contact information on their website. They do not have a Facebook page. We would advise that you arrange for your sister to see the puppy before you move ahead with the transaction.
    Susan

  7. I found a breeder of teacup maltese puppies in Norfolk VA. Andy teacup puppies. I really want a puppy and he seems nice. My sister in law, in VA, called and asked to see the pups and he said yes, I’ll text you the address. Has anyone done business with him? I’m afraid I’ll get scammed after reading all this stuff.
    Gail

  8. On May 21,2020 I have to pay 650$ for the Puppy and 100$ ship cost = total 750$ on website :
    shihtzupupslovers.com/
    And 3 days later Sunday 24, 2020 the Per Air Transport email me asking to rent a Thermal Electronic Crate for the Puppy 1800$ Deposit and will refund 1700$ when the Puppy Arrive at pick up Airport . And I did made 1800$ deposit to the company or the personal by Zelle
    petairamerica.com/#
    So today Tuesday May 26, 2020 they say that will ship the Puppy to me and I will receive him at 5h30 pm at the Airport but no flight ticket number confirmation??? and at 3:00pm same day they email me asking 2100$ Deposit for Insurance Coverage for the Puppy. At this moment that I know I have been played

  9. Samuel – assuming you have been scammed over the purchase of a pet on the internet, depending on your country, you can report the scam at ie3.gov (US) and petscams.com. As to recovering monies sent to scammers, you can approach the service you used to wire the money (if you wired money) to see if they have any programs available to apply for. If you used a cash app or cash card, unfortunately, we know of no recourse to recover your money.
    Susan

  10. What’s the best course of action to try and recover the money I sent to purchase the dog and the money for the shipping ?

  11. William – sorry to hear of your loss. Scammers seem to be especially abundant these days as many folks are adopting dogs during the COVID-19 crisis. Many red flags that people should watch out for. Best to go pick up the puppy before paying if at all possible and avoid people who require that you pay by wire or cash card.
    Susan

  12. excelminiandgiantschnauzerhome.com/
    Trans Pet Ways LTD. are both frauds and will steal your money.

    After purchasing a beautiful puppy from Excelminiandgiantschnauzerhome.com they said it is on its way. I get an email from Trans Pet Ltd. / Atlantic Pet Ways asking for $950 for a Thermal Electronic Crate for the safety of the pup. I believe the two are 1 in the same person. Russian accent.
    Awful people in the world.

  13. Jean – this is very likely a scam. Even if there was such a thing as a thermal electronic crate, the airlines would not accept it. We see this often and it is a distinct red flag. Next they will ask for insurance. They are not even on Google. All a scam.
    Susan

  14. Company is Agrianamainecoonkitten.com. I was asked about a thermal electronic crate to ship the kittens. I think this is a scam! Any input?

  15. I forgot about the pet scams and just fell for one. Our Corgi just passed away and I wanted to surprise my wife. I should have investigated it more. I will view it as a $500 lesson. The sad thing is I know better. Lol

  16. Kat – unfortunately, you are involved in a pet scam. These scammers are very clever people and keep asking you for money. There is no such thing as a “special” crate. Also, pet insurance is never required and most times not available. We are sorry to tell you this but would advise that you do not send any more money to these people.
    Susan

  17. my name is Kathy I had seen these two cute maltese puppies I was charge 500 for two then I got an email stating they needed this special crate due to the weather I send out the money now I got a different email talking about I need to send $1892 because they don’t have any pet insurance mind yall I was supposed to get these puppies Saturday morning nothing at all sunday morning nothing at all I contacted the breeder he had to lie stating that hes a Christian that he wouldn’t do fraud on me and now this last email that I gotta pay this large amount im so disappointed at myself for believing this indivial that took my money that I worked so hard for….

  18. December 16, 2018
    I found a French bulldog on Craigslist, lady posted in Fresno, CA area, but when I emailed her she said she was from Dakota. So she suggested an animal airline *FAKE*
    Being Niave and kinda having hope it wasn’t true because the French Bulldog was gonna be a Christmas gift.
    So I went and paid 300$ to have the dog “first class serviced”
    The next day they called and emailed me saying I needed to pay another $450 as an “insurance coverage” I told him I don’t have the money, and he told me he can go lower which was really weird, I told him I can’t do it and he kept requesting to go to a western union, then he kept calling and bugging me and I told him I just want a refund to send the dog back and he was saying that’s impossible and that i can go to jail for Animal abuse but I had a fishy feeling the whole time. Just sucks now I’m -$300 and dog less /: but lesson learned

  19. Yup we got scammed as well. We went them the $650 for the shipping of two husky puppies. Didn’t think of it until I woke up this morning to an email asking for $1600 for a special crate due to temperature changes. When I called the airline where they were supposedly being held at there were no records of the puppies being on the flights they said they were going to be on and was so nicely informed that there would be no need for the special crates because their pet holding rooms are temperature controlled according to the weather so right there I figured out that I had been scammed and yes they had me western union the money to Cameroo. The website of the carrier company looked legit and everything. They keep trying to email me and tell me that the puppies would not be registered with the airlines because they are under the two carrier agents names. They will not give me any information at all. The seller said he was from TX however when I called him the number came up Oregan. Yes I lost out on $650 but I refuse to send these people anymore money. And yes I got pictures of two beautiful baby huskies too.

  20. Amin – this is a scam. Cameroon was the starting place for pet scams and continues to be where scams originate. We would strongly recommend that you do not send any money to this individual. They will make all sorts of promises, but there will be no pet for you. They will keep asking for money for insurance, special crates, vaccinations, etc.
    Jason

  21. Hello admin.
    I’m in contact with a person name david, he is from Cameroon. He is agree to send me siberian husky puppy. I just checked the zip code of Cameroon on Google and found your block. So whats your suggestion. should i pay or not. ?

  22. You should always go a see the pet and pick them up yourself. Make sure they are healthy. So many breeders around. Plus it’s not good to have them fly on planes. Not good for them.

  23. I’m wondering the same thing. Got the same info. Emailed payment arrangements for WalMart. Of course they wanted money first. Imagine little leary too.

  24. Evans – we do not know this company; however, if you are buying a pet over the internet and you have been asked to wire money anywhere but especially Cameroon, it is a scam. Once you wire money, then it is gone and no way to get it back. Tell your breeder that you are coming to pick up the dog (even if you can’t) and if they hesitate, then that is also a red flag. Most scammers promise door to door delivery at a very low price and do not know import regulations to various countries. That is also a sign of a scammer. No way to speak on the phone? Another red flag. Be careful.
    Susan

  25. Selena.. I am wondering the same thing? If you have any information on Crystal super pets please let me know. I will do the same.

  26. I am wondering he same thing? Is crystal a legit breeder? Crystal super pets?
    I’m not trying to get scammed.

  27. Selena – How will you pay for the Pom? Western Union to Cameroon? That is a red flag, for sure. Is she offering the puppy for free or discounted rate or with free shipping? Does she know the import regulations for your country? Email us at info@pettravel.com with details on what she has sent you and we can likely tell.
    Susan

  28. The name is crystal super pets she sent an email of a tea cup Pomeranian I wanted to adopt and it seems convincing but still not fully sure just wondering if someone was ever scammed by them or knows anything about that website I mean the lady has a Facebook page and pictures of the animals on her site but know a days you can do that easily on line need help ASAP.

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