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Pet Adoption Scam: How It Works

(with video below) Be careful if you’re trying to adopt a pet. Scammers advertise dogs for adoption all over the Internet. Beware of the Adopt A Pet scam! Let’s take a look.

You want to get a puppy and come across an Internet post or classified ad from somebody willing to give a pet away (or have a bunch of them for a ridiculously low price). The pictures are cute and you fall in love with the animal. It could even be advertised as “spend the COVID-19 pandemic with a new friend”, “the perfect birthday gift for your kid” or a “great Christmas present”. How does the scam work?

Watch the video below to see in action a Pet Adoption scam exposed:

Pet Adoption Scam Video

You contact the person and they explain that they just moved out of the country and their pet is having a horrible time accommodating to the new climate. After exchanging a few e-mails and building trust, the owner of the animal will only require that you pay for the shipping, just promise you’ll take good care of the pet.

After you wire the money, it will be the last you hear from them, since the pet never existed in the first place. The scammer just used Internet pictures with the cute puppies. The crook could also approach victims by saying their spouse died and now they need to get rid of all the things that remind them of the deceased.

The crook might also pretend they are using a third party to mediate the deal, to make the transaction seem more secure.


Pet Adoption Scam: How To Avoid

Buy pets from your own town – there must be some that need love. This way, you can go and pick them up yourself. Report a pet adoption scammer in the comments section below.


Pet Adoption Scam: How To Report

Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:

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This website is a scam: they are selling puppies that do not exist. Please get the word out


i answered an ad for havanese puppies on eClassifieds4U site. I became suspicious when he told me a sob story about how his sister died and had to care for two pups he had no time for. he was more than willing to give them away. when i said i would take them he suddenly said he was no longer in the area advertised, he had moved close to his sons dr. 12 hrs away. he would arrange for shipment for $700. when i told him we would spend 1/3 of that cost to come pick them up, i never… Read more »

Michael Jan

My daughter told us she wants a puppy for Christmas and we almost bought one Collie online. In the last moment we pulled out when we realized the price was too low ($120) and googled "Christmas puppy scam". Beware everybody, it is the season – they are asking to wire the money!!!


I was searching forever for a puppy for my daughter for her bday. I kept getting told to send money Western Union and I knew better bout that or people that.were straight up trying to just play games. I was so frustrated an an cf only 5 days before her bday I finally seen an ad for Yorkie Puppies it stated. I hurried and opened the post and it stated to contact this number 443-739-7207 after 12 noon. So I waited patiently for the few hours to pass t he I texted her. She said she had two a boy… Read more »


I hope this vendor scam buying a pet. Transfer money via Western Union and did not return it. I spread this too can not get fooled again from this seller. Thanks.

This is scam e-mail : &
Scam PayPal Account :
Scam Pet Deliveries E-mail :
Western Union
Country : Littoral
City : Douala
Zip Code : 000237
Question : When
Answer : Now
Tel : +23776318204

Flo Rudd

I thought I was getting a Maltese. The owner had been the lady’s grandmother & she couldn’t keep the dogs. After communicating back & forth they wanted me to wire money for shipping. Beware! Western union transactions are not traceable so once you send the money it’s gone & there is no dog. I became alerted because of my son’s concern & the shipping g web site didn’t ck out under scrutiny. Fortunately, I avoided losing money & I put an alert on my bank acct just for safety & on my identity. Maybe these crooks will be caught soon.… Read more »


I wanted to buy a Labrador puppy. These two persons (e-mail addresses above) wanted me to pay for the air transportation only. First they were from Belgium (where I live). Next thing: they are abroad and would send them by air. I asked for pictures which seemed to exist all over the internet.


There is a scam going around about husky puppies. Scammers reply to adds, example when you post an add on Kijiji looking for a husky puppy. They will reply. They will send you and email stating that they have the pup your looking for, and give you this a life changing story that no longer allows them to keep it. They ask you to pay between $200-$360 for the puppy or pups which is just their "shipping fee" they ask you questions like "where do you live" "how many of you are in the house" "have you taken care of… Read more »

mama bear

My daughter posted a cat wanted ad on kijiji and a person by the name of tried to pull the free, just pay for shipping.. send the money to western union RIGHT NOW scam on my teen daughter.

Extremely realistic registration papers..beware

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