Protect Yourself from Online Fraud and Bad Breeders
Written by: Jennifer Bryant
Puppies and Dogs for Sale .com tries our
best to have only the highest quality dog breeders advertising on our
website. However, with the increase of online fraud there is always
the potential for that one bad breeder or scam on any advertising
website. We want to inform our visitors and our advertisers, to the
latest scams that are ripping off innocent dog lovers and breeders
Most dog breeders are
honest people who truly care about the dogs that they are breeding and
selling to others. But there are some breeders out there that are only
in it for the money and will find ways to take your money or
misrepresent the puppy that they are trying to sell. Bad breeders such
as this prey on uneducated customers so that they can make a quick
There are many dog
breeders out there that are just pure and simple criminals out to
steal your hard earned money. They will not send you the puppy that
you paid for and make excuses and avoid you at all possible costs.
Then there are others who advertise puppies and misrepresent what they
actually are. These breeders may say that a puppy is trained and send
you a regular everyday dog. They may also say that the puppy has been
taken care of properly and then send you a sickly puppy that may not
even survive. There are people that pay thousands of dollars for dogs
and don’t receive the puppy that they asked for!
I am an honest and
caring dog breeder myself (I breed and love American Pit Bull
Terriers) and bad breeders such as those described above sicken me. I
am writing this article hoping that I can save some innocent buyers
from being taken. And hopefully in the process discourage criminals
and bad breeders from lying and stealing from innocent consumers.
It is very important to interview the
seller when buying a new puppy or dog. Please make sure that you get
references and actually call the references that you receive. Of equal
importance is paying with a method that is easily traceable. Paying
with a U.S. Postal Money Order is a good choice because it is easily
traceable for the customer and the breeder can be assured that the
payment is authentic and not fraudulent. I am a dog breeder myself and
I never accept any money orders except for U.S. Postal Money Orders.
Also NEVER use Western Union or Money Gram to purchase a pet.
Most scammers use Western Union to steal hundreds and even thousands
of dollars from innocent people. Another safe method of payment is an
escrow service. An escrow service guarantees that you are going to
receive the puppy that you are expecting to receive. An escrow service
will “hold” the money in a secured account until you have received
your puppy. Once you have received the puppy and verified its health
condition, then the money is sent to the dog breeder. If you do not
receive your puppy the money will be returned to you. If you do
receive the puppy and its health condition is unsatisfactory, your
money will be returned to you once the puppy is returned to the
For dog breeders (such
as myself) who don’t deal with escrow services and won’t send a puppy
to its new home unless it is completely paid for, can receive their payments with the U.S. Postal Money Order
mentioned above or through Paypal. Paying for the puppy through Paypal
with a credit card may ensure that you can get a refund if there is a
problem with the puppy. They have a great buyer’s policy and try to
ensure that the buyer is protected against fraudulent purchases.
Signing a contract with the seller offers additional protection when
buying. A signed contract can help you immensely in the unfortunate
incident where you do have to go to court.
Most internet transactions dealing with
pets are legitimate and perfectly safe if you take the right
precautions. There is no single way to identify an online thief,
however we have made a list of some potential warning signs to look
Sellers who insist that you use
Western Union or other money transfer services.
Buyers in other countries who claim to
be traveling abroad. They usually offer to have their "agent",
"business associate", "friend", or "shipper" to complete the
transaction for them. They may offer to pay by Cashiers Check with
an amount that is higher than the payment for the dog. This 'buyer'
will claim to be trusting you to return the overage of funds. Banks
will often cash these checks thinking that they are legitimate. When
the check is found to be fraudulent the bank will then hold you
accountable for the funds when it fails to clear.
Sellers who reside in distant countries,
especially those that are notorious for having a high quantity of
online thieves. Some of these countries are Romania, Ukraine,
Macedonia, Belarus, Pakistan, Russia, Lithuania, Egypt, Lagos,
Nigeria, Colombia, Malaysia, Indonesia and Cameroon. Unless you have
a lot of experience with international orders, you may want to pass
on sending any money to these countries.
Sellers offering a dog or puppy that is
significantly below market value for their breed. This is often a
scam to engage many people to send money for a non-existent dog. In
most cases, the buyer will never receive the dog that they pay for.
Sellers who state that you must send
additional funds to get the dog or puppy through customs.
Sellers who request that a "shipper" be
paid directly for the dog or sellers that state the dog or puppy
will be delivered directly to your door or destination. All dogs
shipped on an airplane should be picked up by you at the airport.
Sellers that insist that you use their
online escrow service. Escrow services can be an excellent way to
ensure that you receive your dog but it is best to verify the
company with the Better Business Bureau to insure the business has a
good record before sending any payments.
Once your money has been
taken and the problem cannot be resolved with the breeder, there are a
few other steps that you can take to make life harder on a bad dog
Contact your Better Business Bureau to
file an official complaint.
Hire a detective to look further into
Contact others who have been ripped off by the
breeder and get everyone together to file a lawsuit against the bad dog breeder.
Contact the website that the
seller advertised on to inform them of the seller's unethical
behavior and the FTC.
FTC toll free hotline: 877-FTC-HELP (877-382-4357)
FTC online complaint form (www.ftc.gov)
Internet Fraud Complaint Center (www.ifccfbi.gov)
Internet Crime Complaint Center (www.ic3.gov)
None of these steps will
guarantee that you will get your money back but they will make life
harder on an unethical and irresponsible dog breeder. It is very
important to get the word out so that others don’t fall into the bad
breeder trap. I hope that this article helped someone out there. For
those shopping for a new puppy, good luck in your search and PLEASE
follow the precautions above!
About the Author:
Jennifer Bryant is a life-long lover of
dogs. Jennifer loves and breeds American Pit Bull Terriers in her
North Georgia home with her 2 young children. Her love of dogs has
inspired her to create a website for herself (as well as other dog
breeders) to advertise their occasional litter of puppies and to
educate others with dog breed information and useful articles.
Bryant’s Red Devils
Red Nose American Pit Bull Terriers
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