Here’s how you can avoid getting scammed when buying a dog.
Ask to see the puppy interacting with its mum and littermates when you visit.
Never meet anywhere that isn’t the puppy’s home to be sure to meet the dog where they were born.
How can I not get scammed for a puppy online?
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 you spot a pet scammer?
What are the Red Flags?
- Photos of the dog or ad text can be found on other websites. Do an internet search for the pet you are considering.
- The seller asks for wiring of money or payment by gift cards.
- The price seems too good to be true.
- The seller prefers to handle communication by email and not the phone.
How do you know if a dog 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.
Can you have a puppy shipped to you?
You need to make sure that your puppy is handled with care. Shipping your puppy to you can be an ordeal, but with the help of a puppy shipping expert, it can all go quite smoothly. The person shipping your puppy to you should only book the most direct flight, even if it is more expensive.
Is it safe to buy puppy online?
To buy a puppy online safely, make sure you go through a reputable breeder with good references. Be careful searching on free classifieds like Craigslist since scammers are more likely to post on them. If an ad for a dog seems poorly written or too good to be true, there’s a good chance it’s a scam.
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.