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Mucha gente ansía tener un cachorro entre sus brazos y acariciarlo – especialmente un animalito sin hogar y que necesita todo el cariño que le puede brindar alguien que ama a los animales. Pero si ves un anuncio en internet que está ofreciendo un perro, o cualquier otro animal doméstico, te advertimos que la foto de ese chucho puede ser un truco para robarte dinero.

Los estafadores oportunistas le han robado dinero a los amantes de los animales publicando anuncios con fotos de cachorros y otras mascotas. Los anuncios suelen incluir una historia convincente que explica por qué ese cachorro está disponible y detalles sobre su adorable personalidad. Puede que en estos anuncios se pida un pago razonable por la mascota, digamos $300, o el anuncio podría decir que la mascota se entregará gratis a alguien que la cuide con cariño – si pagas los gastos de envío.

Si tú pagas, recibirás más pedidos de dinero para cubrir otras cosas como las facturas del veterinario, la caja o jaula para el traslado, el gasto de envío o los costos de inspección. Pero cuando ya te lo han dicho todo y después de que tú pagaste todo, Lassie nunca llega a tu casa – en primer lugar porque nunca estuvo a la venta.

Te damos algunas recomendaciones para que los estafadores que venden mascotas fantasmas no te hagan el cuento del perro:

  • No uses un servicio de transferencia de dinero. El indicio más claro de que se trata de una estafa aparece cuando alguien te insiste para que uses un servicio de transferencia de dinero – como Western Union o MoneyGram – como la única forma de pago de una mascota. Hacer una transferencia de dinero es lo mismo que enviar dinero en efectivo – una vez que envías la transferencia ya no puedes recuperar tu dinero. Las tarjetas pre-pagadas – como Green Dot, Vanilla, o Reloadit – presentan el mismo riesgo.
  • Investiga por tu cuenta. Pide información detallada sobre la persona que está vendiendo la mascota. ¿Cuál es el nombre completo, número de teléfono y domicilio postal de esa persona? ¿Qué resultados te aparecen en internet si haces una búsqueda ingresando el nombre o número de teléfono del vendedor junto con las palabras "scam" o "complaint", o si ingresas "estafa" o "queja" si haces la búsqueda en español?
  • Trata de hacer una búsqueda inversa de imágenes de la foto para ver si aparece publicada en anuncios anteriores. Para hacer esta búsqueda haz un clic derecho en la foto y selecciona "copiar URL de imagen", "copiar dirección de imagen", o ve a "propiedades" para copiar la localización de la imagen en internet. Si tu navegador está en inglés, selecciona “copy image location”, “copy image address” o ve a “properties” para copiar el URL de la imagen en internet. Pega el enlace en un motor de búsqueda y selecciona la opción que te permite hacer la búsqueda por imagen. Si te aparece la misma imagen en listados de fechas anteriores, es probable que sea una estafa. A veces, las fotos son de sitios de medios sociales y de listados de fechas anteriores, el estafador simplemente las vuelve a publicar en línea con un anuncio clasificado nuevo y falso. Pero ten presente que aunque no encuentres nada malo no significa que todo esté bien.
  • Considera adoptar una mascota en un refugio de animales abandonados. En los refugios de todo Estados Unidos hay animales domésticos de todo tipo que están esperando ser adoptados por un hogar cariñoso. Muchos de estos animales se pueden adoptar pagando un pequeño cargo.

Si alguien que se hace pasar por un vendedor de perros te saca dinero de tu bolsillo, presenta una queja ante la FTC. Si le hiciste una transferencia de dinero a un estafador para pagar por un perro que nunca apareció, infórmaselo también a la compañía donde hiciste tu transferencia.

219 Comments

sandiego
March 27, 2017

En respuesta a por Oregon

Do you have the name and email address of these people? My daughter is "waiting" for a puppy from them...
Oregon
March 24, 2017

SCAM: pattypomeranianhome. com, and other name is pattymicropoms. com. Also their so called shipping company, Continental Prime Logistics Pet delivery is a scam. We got scammed! We were stupid and not familiar with the scammer signs. Required western union and yes, shipping company tried to get 1895.00 more out of us for a climate control crate. When we refused to pay, they threatened us with having us arrested for animal cruelty and neglect! Ya right!! After a few choice words to all involved, we never heard from them again. The seller goes by the name of, at least this time, Douglas Renetta out of fairfax virginia. Phone number, 614-922-8945 and shipping number is 804-592-0149 . Now that I know how to check phone numbers, they come up with non fixed voip. Those are burner phones. When you purchase a burner phone, you can pick your own number, even if you are outside the USA, you can pick any number in the states you want.

victoria.
March 30, 2017
i am tyring to get this puppy and they are telling me that i need to pay for shipping and i dont feel good about his what should i do
Cathy S Dachsh…
April 03, 2017
dachshund-pups. com /our exhibition This is another major breeder scam! I've been looking into them for about a day now and I've found some sketchy things. They are ripping off Paradise Dachshunds and if you go to paradises website and go to available puppies they'll Ben tell you about the scam. Their website looks very legit but the whole thing is a lie. Paradise told me when I contacted them that one woman payed 600 for a pup and it never came. And then the scammers asked for an additional 1300 for shipping, even though they told her there would be no shipping. DO NOT FALL FOR THESE PEOPLE. CATHY S DACHSHUND IS A SCAM!
amanda
April 06, 2017
There is a person on Craigslist selling Maltese puppy's two of the from PA they said there son had cancer and had died they r scammers please be careful there email is freebenet it's a scam
dog lover
May 23, 2017

En respuesta a por amanda

YES! They re-listed them but she is "in the military" and wants to ship them from VA using Amazon Payment which is no doubt an attempt to scam. If in fact it's the same person....
hunter
June 08, 2017

En respuesta a por dog lover

Yes! You are right! Im dealing with this person right now she told me $200 for each puppies. At the beginning I know its a scam but I like to play with her game. She only accept email because her phone dont store msgs. Hmmm! I emailed her and the name appeared is krishna kolawski. Try to search her name on google and you tube she's from Florida. She got promoted in the military and their unit will transfer to Maine that is why she need to dispose the dog by June 10. Her phone appeared as PA.
Madthfc
October 17, 2017

En respuesta a por hunter

She is still doing this and actually sending invoices as if it was really amazon. She’s using the name amber Jackson now.
briii-m
January 16, 2020

En respuesta a por hunter

I was suppose to get two yorkies from her. She was suppose to be in the military and was based in Baltimore training to be shipped off to Maine. It was suppose to be free just pay shipping I told her I live in Baltimore and would pick it up she insisted a driver deliver them when I said I wanted to give her money when they came or send money when I seen them she asked for gift card as payment an eBay one then yelled it wasn’t about the money I just stopped replying
Glad I did a g…
November 27, 2017

En respuesta a por dog lover

“Amber Jackson” is still at it Maltese puppy Timbo & Mia. Same military story. There are some Really dishonest people out there!!!
Elvira
September 07, 2021
Por meterme en una pagina online para buscar un perrito para adoptar me paso lo mismo que todas estas personas suerte que Nunk pague y me sigue. Insistiendo para que pague yo no le respondido sabrá si también Son jaques que quieren conseguir una manera de robarte tus datos personales
TerriB
April 17, 2017

My husband and I were scammed. We thought we were helping a rescued dog and sent 500 then the shippers wanted us to pay for a special carrier. It would be refunded and we electronically signed documents. Then this morning we were asked for more money before it finally dawned on us. Christineborrows           was the seller. The shippers were supposed to be from IATA which is a reputable company but things started falling into place when I started looking further. Don't buy puppies online!!!

Emily
October 11, 2021
Los mismo me paso, quería adoptar un perro, y vi en mercado libre, le envié un correo y después de di explicación del perro y todo, me dio fotos, de los perros y me dijo que 4500 pesos mexicanos me llegaría el perro le dije que no gracias, luego me envió mensaje normal y hablamos y según ella pago el envió después me hizo comprar un chip y darle el número para utilizar WhatsApp y me dijo que destruya el chip, después la agencia me pido 3000 por la caja según porque ella lo llevo mal, y al principio pensé no enviarle pero me dijo que era un delito y me iría en la corte y accedí, después me dijo que el 4 horas estaría en Yucatán, de último de nuevo me piden 2000 pesos para el seguro reembolsable y al principio me negué diciendo que no tenía y era verdad después me exigió y me dijo que pagare una multa de 50000 y 4 años de cárcel, y quien no tiene miedo al saber que tienen todos tus datos, y junto con mi novio hicimos el préstamo, y le enviamos y nos dijo que llegara sábado el perro no llego que por una vacuna que le pusieron me dijeron que el lunes vendría y exigía la guía y que me den la calle del aeropuerto para ir y me dejaron de contestar, y se me hacia raro que la chica contesta cada vez que la línea de aeropuerto me respondía y nunca respondió mi llamada, al final espere y me dijeron que el perro falleció por la vacuna, que consistencia después me dijeron que iba a cubrir el seguro si depositaba 5000 y ahí supe esto no pinta bien y les dije que me dejaran en paz y se quedaran con mi dinero por que no tenía como pagar, y fui con una juez y les dije y me dijeron que no les falte el respeto y esta grabado toda la conversación para que me demanden esta vez no tuve miedo, y les dije déjeme en paz y los bloque. No se como gente puede hacer eso, uno no sabe como se gana el dinero. Que quitan ahora debo 4500 :c adjunto el número y correo +237 6 81 98 57 61 de la chica +52 997 133 9343 disque agencia fue el número del chip que compré Y correos dice mascotas reubicadores.
Michelleg
April 17, 2017

I got scammed for a Teacup Yorkie. Don't buy any puppies from Mini T-Cup Yorkie Puppies ( minit-cupyorkie. us/puppies.    SCAM ALERT!

Sad Yorkie Girl
April 22, 2017
My husband and I have a Yorkie and decided to purchase another. Stay far, far away from Cachorros Yorkshire Terriers and Fly Pets Express. Their websites are professional, they give you a tracking number and everything. Two hours before my pup and crate rental deposit were to be returned I got an email from a fake government site in Kentucky (I lived there a long time). Not only doesn't the agency not exist but they claimed the puppy had to have vaccines and I needed to send $700 plus a $200 insulin shot to regulate metabolism and $200 boarding fee. Having already had two small puppies I know you would never give a puppy that age insulin nor do vaccines cost too much. I told them I was reporting them to the Ohio Attorney General's Office for consumer affairs. I got yet another fake email from a badly spelled site with a gmail address claiming to be a representative of the agency at 1:30 AM. I am heartbroken but plan to bug these people until I get a refund for a puppy that never existed.
FTC Staff
April 24, 2017

En respuesta a por Sad Yorkie Girl

You can report this to the FTC at FTC.gov/complaint. The information you give goes into a secure database that the FTC and other law enforcement agencies use for investigations. The comments you put here on the blog don't go into the law enforcement database.

CandyCane
May 07, 2017
I'm just brought a dog from a cousin of mine an he told me that the paperwork was in the mail I'm just trying to figure out if its true or not before I give him the rest of my money
alicia
October 20, 2021
a cuanto cuesta el cachorro
Elissa B.
May 10, 2017
My family and I were excited about purchasing an English bulldog puppy. The person we contacted went by the name of "Chris Graham" from Virginia and he claimed to be a dog breeder for many years. He asked us several questions before sending us the dog such as "Are you experienced with this particular breed? Do you have any pets at home?" etc. He also sent us pictures of the dogs and it's parents. The email was very convincing. We also talked to him on the phone and he sounded like a friendly man. What made it very sketchy though was when he asked for our credit card number or to pay $700 through Western Union. The man kept constantly contacting us about whether or not we paid. Before we paid, I looked up his email on the internet and many links popped up with the words "PUPPY SCAM" or "SCAMMER". That's when I knew it was a red flag. Several people were scammed by this person. Had the same email, same puppy photos and everything. The only difference was that he changed his name from Chris to Gabriel. He probably has multiple emails set. In the end, we didn't send the money. DONT PURCHASE BULLDOGS FROM CHRIS INFINITY BULLDOGS. ITS A SCAM! DO YOUR RESEARCH BEFORE PAYING AND BULLDOGS WILL NOT COME IN CHEAP. DONT PURCHASE A DOG THAT IS LOCATED SOMEWHERE FAR AWAY FROM YOU OR FROM THE INTERNET.
Enzo
May 13, 2017
Philip Lucas just tried to sell me maltese puppies for free. I would only have to pay $180 for the delivery. I called the delivery service that would bring me my puppy and the man sounding exactly like the same person I was talking to, both being foreign. Please do not fall for this.
mel in iowa
August 20, 2017

En respuesta a por Enzo

Having same thing happen in Iowa. Have not sent any money but the same name and same puppies
bdog
May 23, 2017
Has anyone dealt with Evans huskies in fairfax, virginia Are they legit?
Bellastones
May 26, 2017
JOHNSON SHIH TZU FARM is a scam. I had searched for Shih Tzu's in Connecticut and got their website stating they are in Maryland. Next, I saw they had 5 females available. VERY unusual, females are harder to find than males. Next, looking at the photos, they were not all taken in the same place. Why not? Where did they come from? Then the price was unusually low, ($475 for one or $800 for two)supposedly they were 1/2 off as they had another litter due in a few weeks. free shipping too. I was beginning to get even more suspicious with their grammar so poor in the emails. Run on sentences, misspelled words, saying OK or okay every 10 words. The last red flag was when they wanted me to wire them money($250 deposit) using Western Union to hold the puppy as I was going to drive down in 2 days. When I asked them to call to make other arrangements as I could not get to a Western Union today they sent me a nasty email saying they wouldn't hold the puppy without the Western Union transfer. I stopped my communication there. Steer clear of these folks!!!
Bull dogger
June 23, 2017
I'm dealing w a guy who's claiming to have English bull dogs for super cheap his website is williamsenglishbulldogs. com His number is +1 (786) 284-5494 has any one dealt w this guy before. He seems to get upset when I ask for reassuring information. And he's from Miami
Englishbull
June 27, 2017

En respuesta a por Bull dogger

My husband was scammed by this same guy June 26, 2017.
Conniebob123
July 06, 2017
I have a lady on joyful yorkies. She has a white yorkie with a white body and a little yorkie face absolutely adorable. With this one being so rare age only wants 500.00 and that includes the airfare. I just don't feel right about this. She wants me to go to a Walgreens western union today. Now I scared. What do you think?
Salis
July 11, 2017

En respuesta a por Conniebob123

Don't do it. We almost fell for the same trap. It was for a Cocker Spaniel, same story. They wanted a Walmart money gram. We backed out and discovered they were a scam. We will only buy a puppy now in person.
Notasucka
July 18, 2017
We just finished playing with a scammer. Rottweiler puppy out of montgomery, al. When I texted the idiot all of the sudden they relocated to texas because they saw I was in driving distance. $300 or $550 for two!!! Half before on itunes card and half of the rest after I recieved the puppy. Yeah right!!! So I played with the Nigerian for a few more hours before I shut him down. So tou are from montgomery, now in texas, but tou have an Atlanta extension. Wow.
BryanfromMaryland
July 18, 2017
Charged me 275 for a husky for my sons birthday and never got back with me. I am so angry.
Pug. Mom
July 21, 2017
I have never been scammed so. Much in my life.i just lost my pug and wanted another one. These creeps said they were cristian's also one had a pregnant wife the other had a wife that had lupus. It's sad that you cab't trust anyone. Certainy doesn't renew my faith in hummanity.
daschundscamva
July 25, 2017
Hi My daughter and was recently scammed last week july 2017 for miniature daschund puppy. The website is presciousminidoxiepups. the phone number is 513-427-6023 on the website. they ask money to be sent walmart2walmart. I have notified the police in VA today and will not contact walmart money gram. The person says his name is Andre Peterson and the shipper keep asking for more money stating the puppy vaccine has expired before being able to be shipped. this is all new to us. We live in Ga.
almost scamed
July 31, 2017
I should be out $500 right now. But they just won't talk to me. kept saying I was getting free shipping that they had two coupons for the first two people. that made me think. how can I be one of the first two. then it was like pressure. I have you dog princess was her name Teacup yorkie. had lots of photos and even sent me a small video. here is the web site Beware I swear it has to be a scam. virginlandmicropuppies. com/ I found it searching for dogs in iowa. and they had like 7 locations so I thought I would pick her up . But no they are in TX. Humm strange. Scamers
FTC Staff
July 31, 2017

En respuesta a por almost scamed

You can help law enforcement by reporting this to the FTC at FTC.gov/complaint. The information you give goes into a secure database that the FTC and other law enforcement agencies use for investigations.

The comments you put here on the blog don't go into the law enforcement database.

Name
August 16, 2017
My mother is buying a puppy ($600 Teacup Pomeranian) but she refuses to tell me where she found the listing so I can't see any information about the seller. I'd reverse image search the starting picture but cant since she tells no listing. It's pretty sketchy because the seller has sent no pictures of the puppy from what my mother says, but she INSISTS its real. I hope she gets scammed just so I can say I told you so.
Old lady in Colorado
August 23, 2017

I got scammed for $550 for a Havanese puppy. Would only take Money Gram or Western Union. Person in VA. Site is healthyhavanese. com. Next day said pup was at airport, but they needed another $970 for shipping insurance. Both men had heavy Indian accent. I went to get the Money Gram and clerk had to get manager's signature. He helped me only to find it's a scam. Puppy was 50% off, plus free shipping because he had 3 free coupons left. I refused to send the $970 and both breeder and shipper called. It sounded like the same man. LAURENT Garlan was name in Norfolk, VA. Then I researched and found another breeder was the same, a scam. I'm still out $550, but lesson learned. The dog was to be a service dog for a kid with Autism. Be careful, it's a big scam.

so close
August 23, 2017
Thank you for having this page with all of the warning signs to look for. I just almost got ripped off big time. I asked all the questions that you said to and I found out that it was a scam. Glad I didn't lose my money. DO NOT PAY THROUGH WESTERN UNION OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT. TRUST NO ONE. Miniature Dachshund Home is a scam. miniaturedachundhome @ DON'T DO IT.
Natasha
August 23, 2017
Tcupchihuahuahomes. com is a scam website. Stay away. Seems legit until you dig a little deeper and start poking holes into them. The whole I'm a Christian and how could you question me routine. All anyone has to do is ask for a photo of the dog with their name written on a piece of paper in the picture or even a date. It will let you know if the dog is even real right from the get go.
Dog lover
September 11, 2017
We almost got scammed by AMARZON PUPPIES YES, NOT AMAZON. I found the whole thing too easy and decided investigate, that's when I saw this page and followed all procedures, including being upfront about not doing money order or WU.asked my questions, address, name, dog papers and they had the audacity to reply saying they were honest, however they never gave the info requested, which confirmed it was a scam! I said to them my father was a Police Officer and it was normal for him to behave like that. Guess what! They never contacted me again! I can't believe people would stoop so low!!! disgusting!
cuteleli
September 30, 2017
It Siberianhuskycreak.us is one of those plz check cause they are selling a husky for 300 and 100 more for the shipping
RB
October 18, 2017
Do not try to buy a puppy from www. truebuy. com. au or www. dogthelove. com or the Facebook page h facebook. com/ Dogs- and- Puppies- for- Sale- in- Australia- These are the same scammers. They will press hard to get you to transfer money and then request more for insurance but only after you truly believe the puppy is yours. Most pups are $400-$600 making them more affordable that going through breeders. However, there are no pups.Please beware.
Madthfc
October 17, 2017
I recently found an add for a Maltese puppy for sale only $280 and it was just in the city over to where I live, and I thought well maybe it’s legit cus I’d actually be able to go have a look, pick up the fur baby if I decide to buy and drop off the money they are asking for once. So I emailed the seller and the seller asked me a few question like my environment, why I’m looking for a puppy, have I had any pets before, stuff like that. Then went on about saying how the dogs belonged to his song that just passed away from cancer. I sent them my condolences in the next email and answered their questions only to find out on their next reply that they “just moved” and it’s 16 hours away from where I live now and no only did they mention they’d ship the puppy to me but now it’s free and all I have to do it pay for change of ownership and send pictures every month because they want to see their progress. Now only thing I’ve done was assured I will, without actually sending my address or money. But it already seems sketchy to me. I figured I’d just go along to see how far they go or if any of the story changes. But does it sound like a scam to anyone else but me?????
Oldhams
December 26, 2019

En respuesta a por Madthfc

Yes it is a scam. Just had same scenerio. It was for Yorkie. They just happened to move to Alexandria Virginia from Raleigh NC and their son passed away too.
Fux
November 09, 2017
Scammer phone number ---> 213-349-0290 They use it for Maltese so far and are on multiple sites.
Ivonne
November 11, 2017
Just today I’m dealing with an Amber Jackson, she’s selling two Maltese puppies for $200 each. She emailed me an invoice from Amazon telling me I had to buy two gift cards each for $100. I called Amazon and they immediately told me that it was a scam. Be Alert I almost fell for it.
brit_650
November 30, 2017
I had something like this happened to me, but I did my research before I sent the money. A couple weeks ago I had posted on FB looking for a teacup yorkie for my little girl. A page named "teacup yorkies" messaged me and said they had puppies for $500. Whenever I asked for more personal info the person blew up on me and that was all over. Just lastnight I recieved an email back from a seller I had emailed off of craigslist. They told me they woukd give me the puppy because it was her sons who just passed away to cancer. She sent me a video of the puppy, and I was quick to realize that the persons voice in the video I recieved in my email was the same voice on the FB page I had messaged the week before. This scammer said they where for Pensacola FL and since I lived so far away, they would just ship me the pup. I did my research on the name that was on the email (Christine Lokkenankta) and realized that this named had popped up ALOT for scamming people! It is so sad that some body would use the death of someone as a joke! Watch out!
Ninaboo
December 15, 2017
Instead of having to worry if you are being scammed out of your hard earned money: NEVER buy a puppy unless you can see it/pick it up in person. You should be able to see at least one parent and exactly what conditions the puppy was raised in. There is another, more important reason than money though: when you buy a puppy sight unseen, sometimes you MAY actually get a puppy, but the puppy very often is from a puppy mill! Ever see a puppy mill? If you haven't, go to YouTube and enter "puppy mill." If you love animals (and I assume you do) I guarantee that you will see some of the most sickening things you have ever seen in your life! When you buy an animal online & have it shipped, you are taking a chance of: 1. Losing your money or, 2. Buying from a puppy mill, and 3. Getting a sickly, inferior pet (which at the very least will cost you vet bills OR might just die)4. Perpetuating the suffering of the dogs kept in puppy mills...because they are bred over and over and over again with no veteranry care (until they die) with minimal or low quality food, in the most unbelievably filthy, cramped conditions! Finally, Google "how to find a responsible breeder." Both AKC and the Humane Society have excellent information on how to do this.
Yorkylover123456
January 11, 2018
Goldenparadiseyorkies! The only payment they take is western union/moneygram. Stay away. If there were legitimate, they would have Paypal.