How to Buy a Puppy Without Getting Scammed
Let's talk about buying
As with most online
- Asking for payment by money order or wire transfer: Scammers prefer you to pay them with these methods because they can get the money before you realize you've been tricked . Money orders and wire transfers also usually offer little protection to the sender and are hard to trace. Once you send the money, it is gone.
- Suspiciously low prices: Don't let a discounted price lure you in. If you're buying a purebred dog, do some research so you know what you should expect to pay (and what is too good of a deal).
- Refusing to let you meet the puppy before buying : A normal seller is okay either with you coming to meet the puppy or them meeting you to make sure you and the puppy get along. If the online seller won't let you meet, your spidey-sense should be tingling.
- Aggressive messages or threats : If you start to get suspicious and push the seller or are hesitant about closing the deal, they may get aggressive or threaten to report you for animal abuse in order to pressure you to pay.
- Odd results when you research the breeder online : Scammers might use a fake breeder name, or steal a name and puppy photos from a legit breeder. If a quick Google, Better Business Bureau, or Yelp search turns up sketchy results, move on to another seller.
With the recent puppy scams, sellers have targeted people who want to buy specific breeds, like Teacup Maltese or Shih Tzu. While having a certain breed is appealing, you're probably better off seeing what your local shelter has available. Think about what it is about a certain breed that you like-maybe they're low energy or are good with kids-and ask the shelter staff to help you find a dog with those traits. You'll stay away from online scammers, get a puppy with healthier genetics (inbreeding for certain traits can cause health problems in purebred