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.


Internet Pet Scams – Don’t be a victim! — 164 Comments

  1. Sadly I was just scammed by Linus Ndam “”. Everything that was stated above. Very legit website, lots of video and images sent. Email communication and even two phone calls. Today the puppy was to be sent to me and I received the email from the pet relocation company saying an alternative crate was going to be required. $2480 with “up to 98%” refunded. So it was posed as a rental; pay now and be refunded. The scam started to show when they said that they could only accept cash. This is when Linus came in and told me that I needed to send him more money so he could take care of it for ‘us’ . He even suggested that I pay him in Bitcoin. Once I pushed for him to keep up his end of the contract he said he would make some calls and get back to me. 30mins later, his number was disconnected and his website has been taken down.

  2. Hello got scammed by this website called Georgepomeranian do not order from these thieves you have been warned they took their time to make the website look legitimate but it’s all a full SCAM! I should’ve known better but remember never wire any second party money such as western Union or even zelle always pay in credit card or debit card as zelle will not refund your money under chase!!! We had to learn the hard way…these people prey on the good of others please be careful. Reputable site will take credit cards and debit cards only please remember that because fraudulent transactions can be redeemed protect your self please it will save you time!!! God bless

  3. I had this happen recently with Global Movers Aviation for a Blad Sphynx Kitten. They got 4,500$ Which was my savings and then took 300.00$ out of my account. I am a single mother and this is a hard road. I kept all documents of the cards and everything. Hope is all I have that I see my money again. They gave my tracking numbers and everything, I have never felt sooo stupid!

  4. I feel so stupid. scammed me. Watch out for Melanie and Lance McGhar, Linus Ndam, Matthew Copeland and Aaron. This was the alleged travel agency; Email; and Here were all of the phone numbers they used; 819-803-5134, 248-923-3078 and 989-623-6681

  5. I fount this Facebook page called “Black and Tan yorkie farm” and asked if they had pups for adoption because my sister wanted one. They told me that they had this one pup who was up for adoption because it’s previous owner had passed away. He sent me pictures and videos. Everything seemed pretty official until the “agency” asked for an air conditioned crate for $800 (rented). They asked for payment with non refundable cards and honestly we should’ve known better. They stole $160 from my sister and I feel extremely guilty for it. Also used as the delivery carrier.
    The person doing this went by “Marco D Sanchez” with +1 (929) 432-4342 as phone number contact.
    The “agency” had these numbers:
    (216) 270-1723

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    All scams please don’t give money to these people they aren’t real we lost our Rottweiler to lymphoma and now are finally ready for another Rottweiler we paid fir the one we found in full and now find out their all fake so sad

  7. We thought we were being so careful and we were wrong. We purchased a Golden Doodle “Bella” from Its a scam. He is still communicating with us as he knows we’re not done with him and his group of thieves yet. We clued in after he came back for more money at the airline, that doesn’t exist either. Once we clued in, the grammar, English and communication changed. Clearly it’s a number of different people who talk to you after you pay the initial purchase price. The contract and terms etc appear very legitimate and also state American Kennel Club. We are not going to sit back and write this off on principle alone. They hurt people and need to be stopped.

  8. Please lookout for also. Similar situation to everyone else.

  9. 03/28/2021 please be ware of emshihtzu. Com
    Claim to live in Denver phone number 7205495124
    Are scammers. Claim to be breeder but refuse to set phone number up through zelle

  10. They will give you a sob story and saying they’re giving this puppy to you to adopt for free. They took the “dog” to a transporting company. Everything seemed legitimate with pictures + video (I reversed image the images sent) and it was fine till they were requiring more money for ridiculous fees (the transporting company)such as an “air conditioning carte”. I’m honestly devastated I fell for this persons tricks. I should’ve known better, but just to warn everyone else. don’t fall for this like i did. also the agency they used was “Rapid Global Delivery Agency”

  11. We too have been scammed for a corgi puppy. Yep it’s at the airport somewhere and needs a $3000 crate due to COVID-19. They think we are so dumb but I’m tricking him now.

  12. I guess this jerks go to reap families with using different names. My daughter was scam by these no lives jerk. If you see the email don’t fall for it this is a scam. They use cash app with the user name $Tokarawilliams on PayPal they use and they will ask you to send the money as friends and families, Apple Pay is queenshyt19@yahoo.con. This bastard also uses the names of Karl and Brody Huddleston this is their supposed address: 999 Brickell Bay Dr APT 1107, Miami, FL 33131
    Phone: 616-591-1433. Be aware of this rat

  13. David Catanzaro, thank you for this. We were going to move forward with a purchase soon. We truly appreciate your post.

  14. David march 2nd 2021. We too have been scammed in our attempt to buy a bernedoodle puppy. The culprit is
    And Watch out for Tim and Melanie grisham, Tim Harvey or Rodrigez hernandez. We were stupid!
    Don’t you be.

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