Avoiding Online Puppy Scams

Internet Scammers are opportunistic and fluid. If you want to keep avoiding online puppy scams you need to understand that scammers will keep changing tactics.

May 21, 2020
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Internet Scammers are opportunistic and fluid. If you want to keep avoiding online puppy scams you need to understand that scammers will keep changing tactics.

One letter spelling can be the difference between a genuine breeder and a scammer.

People who are scammed buying puppies online are not the only victims. The website “bearfacepoms.us” was created by scammers. These scammers have a brand new website with no reputation. In order to hijack a reputation, they chose the name similar to a reputable breeder https://bearfacepomz.com/ . While the scammers benefit from the good reputation built by bearfacepomz.com, the breeder is viewed suspiciously by prospective pet lovers,

Bearfacepomz.com have kindly made a video for us to show you how a basic video should look. It is important to note that this genuine video which was made for us contains the contact details of the buyer on the card and cannot be easily forged.

Example of a breeder verification video

How much is that doggy in the window?

These scammers offer prices that are completely unrealistic to a breeder’s price range. The scammers list their prices as $500 per puppy. People should be aware that the prices are too good to be true, it’s not true. When finding legitimate breeders, do look for *customer reviews on external sites, **flight confirmations. “Bearfacepoms.us” does not show/offer a single one of these.
* “Customer reviews on a scammers site are written by the scammer!
** Search for and contact the actual airline. Scammers will create their own shipping websites to fool you.

That is my puppy!

Scammers are not actually selling puppies. The photos you see on their websites are photos stolen from the real site and other websites. The current most fool proof way of avoiding online puppy scams and seeing if you are dealing with a real breeder is to ask the breeder to send you a video of the puppy with your name written on a piece of paper or FaceTime. If the breeder can’t do either of that, they most likely are scammers because they actually don’t have the puppies.

Take my money!

The most common way for scammers to ask for payment at the moment is by paying with Zelle. Scammers may also ask you to send them deposits via “Money Gram, Money Order, Gift Cards, or Western Union” they are most likely scams

Scam Shipping Companies

After you have paid the (hugely discounted) initial fee for the puppy you will be introduced to the “shipping company”.
The Scam Delivery company is simply another website created by the scammer to charge you even more fees for everything from delivery, an air conditioned travel crate, medical insurance for your puppy and even ask you to pay for premium pet food for your puppy!

To see more scam websites involving Pomeranian puppies have a look at Pomeranian Puppy Scams.

PetScams.com is not affiliated with bearfacepomz.com. We were approached by them as they were affected by the bad publicity caused by the scammer. bearfacepomz.com kindly helped us by creating the video above to show consumers how to buy puppies safely online.
PetScams.com is not receiving any compensation from bearfacepomz.com.

What to do next?

As well as reporting this to the Registrar it is very important to report this crime to your local Law Enforcment. We have compiled a list of Law Enforcement agencies worldwide.You can find a link (here) as well as reporting wire fraud using money transfer agencies (here).

If you live in the US it is important to report this scam to the BBB. Click here to see why. As well as the Better Business Bureau you should report this crime to the Federal Trade Commission. See Here

2 Responses

  1. Hello…I answered a craigslist ad for “rehoming 11 week old retrievers” and “text email to brewerdebora@yahoo.com for rehoming fee”. I sent an email to that email and below is the reply I got. It screams scam to me. Am I correct? Should I simply not reply back? Thank you.
    On Oct 21, 2020, at 7:15 AM, Joseph GilIies wrote:

    Hello, I appreciate your interest in adopting my Golden retriever puppies. I still have one male and one female available for adoption. My question is, will these puppies find a lovely home with you? Do you have enough time to spend with the puppies and care for them? I will be very willing to give you any of these puppies if you can promise me to take good care of them and treat them as part of your family, because all i want is just a caring and loving home for them where they will be well loved and spoiled.
    Are you interested in both puppies or just one? if one what sex?

    Thanks and will be happy to read from you again.

    • My personal opinion is yes, it is a typical scam template reply. You can always ask for a video chat with them and the puppy but I am 100% sure they would not be happy to do that.


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