How to Recognize a Puppy Scam:
The information below is based on my own personal
experience and information given to me by some of my
It is a shame that I need to add this to my website but
unfortunately scams are everywhere! I've created this
page just for this subject. I want to try and help
prevent anyone from being taken advantage of. I
have adopted to several people who lost hundreds of
dollars and suffered heart breaking disappointment to
puppy adoption scams! Pugs are in high demand and
short supply. For this reason pugs are used in a lot of
1.) Beware!! of any breeder willing to take a non-
refundable hold deposit on puppies that have not been
born yet. This practice is unethical and plays upon the
high demand for pug puppies and the lack of
responsible breeders. This is a very popular practice
practice with scammers and puppy mills. They
continuously come up with endless excuses as to why
your puppy is not available yet. until the adopter
becomes so frustrated that they back out and look
elsewhere. Hold deposits are designed to discourage
adopters from backing out by loosing several hundred
dollars..Their goal is for the adopter to back out giving
the breeder or scammer a legitimate reason to keep the
deposit. Think of it this way; your giving them
$300 to $500 for a "promise" that "eventually"
"someday" you'll get a puppy. Which is very different
then putting a legitimate hold deposit on an actual live
puppy. When an adopter puts down a deposit on a
"promise of a future puppy" then they enter a contract
that forfeits the deposit if the adopter backs out for any
reason, including time.
*(This is different then a notification fee. A notification
fee is normally $50 to $100 and is a non-refundable fee
that pays for a service to be notified only.)
2.) Beware!! If the price seems too good to be true,
it probably is. Advertise "50% off puppies" or "free
shipping". This is a general statement to draw you to t
3.) A reputable breeder will never offer free shipping
through an unknown ground shipping company.
4.) They will not except cash and want you to use
Western Union or MoneyGram for all payments.
5.) They will not give you the option to travel and
pick up in person. If it is a scam they will not answer
you if you ask about this option. Ask for this option
before sending any money. Even if you can't make the
trip and need them to be shipped, it is a great test.
6.) They will not speak with you in person. They will
only communicate through email, text and when you
call you must always leave a message. The messages
you receive will repeat the same information with no
real additional details and lack a personal sound. You
will feel like your talking to a scripted message. Because
7.) Research the site on the internet. Usually you can
find post from people who have been scammed by
8.) Both scammers and puppy mills will not let you see
where your puppies were born and raised. Either
because it is unsanitary, filled with too many over
bred, diseased and neglected animals or it doesn't even
9.) They will not have multiple pictures of the same
puppy. They find these pics on the internet and copy
them to their site. They will not offer updated pics at
different ages or in different situations because they
can't. The puppy doesn't exist!
Known Scam Websites
1.) puppies4you.com - check it out. This website is a
well known SCAM!
2.) Craigslist - as we all know craigslist is extremely
popular and attracts a multitude of scammers!
3.) Puppyfind.com - AKC papers does not protect you
from a puppy mill. Most puppy mills offer AKC
registration. How they work: They have you wire the
initial price of the puppy, which is surprisingly cheap.
These scammers are so greedy they don't stop there!
Then the shipping company contacts you and request
an additional hundreds of dollars. They claim they
will refund the shipping cost (since they initially
claimed shipping was free in the add) when
they arrive at your door with the imaginary puppy.
Most figure it out when the shipping company contacts
them but your still out the initial hundreds of dollars
you already sent for a fictional puppy! Western Union
and MoneyGram will not refund your money. It's
gone! I got this information first hand from two of my
adopters that were left heart broken!
4.) FYI! A breeder registered with AKC does not mean
they are a responsible breeder. Their are many puppy
mills registered as an official "AKC breeder". If you call
AKC they will tell you they don't inspect, question or
follow up on any of their registered breeders. All the
breeder has to do to become a registered AKC breeder is
register the pug through AKC and pay the fee. They
will tell you to call the ASPCA or your local humane
society because that is not their job. Going to a
registered AKC breeders doesn't protect anyone
or guarantee anything.
I really hope this helps. It is bad enough to loose
money but it just makes it worse when you and your
family's ❤ hearts are involved. Please let me know if
you have any other tips to spot a puppy scam or a
known puppy scam website and I will add it. These
scammers are disgusting people with no conscience!! I
want to do my part to prevent this from
happening to anyone ever again!! Thank you!