Petscams.com data reveals most popular pet scams and victim losses in criminology publication

September 17, 2020
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In 2020 a study was undertaken by two UK academics to help criminologists better understand Non-delivery fraud in the context of cyber crime. The results of this research have published in the Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology. See: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0004865820957077

Our comment archives (2016-2020) were utilized under the agreement of anonymity to crucially identify which species and breeds victims of fraud were most susceptible to lose their money on when attempting to purchase online. The results identified that victims have been complaining not only about the non-delivery of puppies, but also pedigree kittens and exotic birds.

Table A: Victim Complaints on Pet Deposit Payments

BreedNumber of VictimsTotal Loss Per Breed (USD)Average Loss per Victim (USD)
Puppies   
Akita2$2,599.00$1,299.50
Australian Shepherd4$2,050.00$512.50
Beagle5$2,647.00$529.40
Bernedoodle5$6,950.00$1,390.00
Bichon Frise4$3,400.00$850.00
Border Collie1$1,550.00$1,550.00
Boston Terrier2$3,100.00$1,550.00
Boxer4$1,750.00$437.50
Bulldog72$61,877.43$859.41
Cane Corso6$7,050.00$1,175.00
Cavoodle2$2,300.00$1,150.00
Chihuahua11$7,470.00$679.09
Chow Chow6$3,387.00$564.50
Cockapoo2$2,250.00$1,125.00
Corgi17$18,700.00$1,100.00
Dachsund12$8,197.50$683.12
Doberman4$6,135.00$1,533.75
German Shepherd2$1,270.00$635.00
Golden Doodle4$3,400.00$850.00
Golden Retriever1$550.00$550.00
Great Dane7$6,850.00$978.57
Havanese1$500.00$500.00
Husky6$9,800.00$1,633.33
Jack Russell3$2,035.00$678.33
Labradoodle3$3,660.00$1,220.00
Labrador6$5,225.40$870.90
Maltese13$11,071.50$851.65
Papillon1$800.00$800.00
Pinscher2$1,400.00$700.00
Pitbull14$8,649.00$617.79
Pomeranian40$35,239.41$880.99
Pomsky4$2,060.00$515.00
Poodle18$16,150.00$897.22
Pug17$13,310.00$782.94
Retriever4$2,132.76$533.19
Samoyed4$2500.00$625.00
Schnauzer8$4,835.00$604.38
Shihtzu15$9,000.00$600.00
Spaniel3$1,950.00$650.00
Yorkshire Terrier15$10,296.99$686.47
Kittens   
Bengal7$6,822.00$974.57
British Shorthair4$2,450.00$612.50
Maine Coon14$12,939.00$924.21
Persian5$3,050.00$610.00
Russian Blue3$2,030.00$676.67
Savannah1$5,920.00$5,920.00
Siamese1$499.00$499.00
Exotic Birds   
Macaw2$1,500.00$750.00
Parrot6$6,022.50$1,003.75

The authors also identified from our data that pet scammers from Cameroon are primarily targeting the USA with loss amounts also being recorded in Australia and South Africa. It’s worth noting that the result shown in Table B do not represent all of our complaints (we have over 8,000!) but they were instead recorded when a monetary loss amount was specified.

Table B: Recorded Complaints Per Country (2016-2020)

CountryNumber of ComplainantsLoss RangeAverage Loss Per VictimTotal Acc. Losses
Australia4AUD 750.00 – AUD 2,000AUD 1,287.50 AUD  5,150.00
USA466USD 55.00 – USD 10,300.00USD 952.21USD 443,730.48
South Africa11ZAR 1,500 – 40,000ZAR 8,045.45ZAR 88,500.00

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

8 Responses

  1. I’m trying to find out information on a online breeder called Delta Puppies. Are there any fraud reports on this?

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    • Hi, you’ll need to provide us with a website. The golden rule is to ask for a live videochat to so you can see the animal you intend to buy.

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  2. https://exquisitekitties.com/available-kittens.html Is a complete scam! The available kittens pictures listed came from FB in 2018.
    When I got suspicious, I asked female owner to call me from Oklahoma City , it was a rude man with a foreign accent. I asked to pick up the cat by text, he never responded. Thank goodness I didn’t give him any money. He wanted $748.

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    • Diana, not sure if you’re still questioning this site, but I would be wary. I did a reverse image search for a few pics and only one came up on Pinterest as “bowtie ideas for dogs.” The reverse lookup for this domain is namecheap, which is a well-known supplier of scammer site domains. Also, I have experience receiving a rescue dog that has been flown, and not saying the way they do things is the way ALL dogs are flown, but there was none of this, as specified by your site in question: “Directly Attached to The Crate Will Be A Food and Water Dish Filled with Hard Food and Ice Chips for The Puppy’s Convenience During Travel.” It’s a plane; there WAS no food dish, let alone a water dish with “ice chips”. There was a water bottle with attachment like a hamster would have for their cage … so the dog could drink water, but it wouldn’t spill or get all over the place. In fact, the rescue org we worked with say the dogs fast to be able to take the flight and reduce accidents. All I know is I have a healthy rescue that flew halfway around the world. I think the biggest issue is the domain from namecheap. You could always check back and see if the photos of the dogs actually change; they can’t stay 12 weeks old forever!

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  3. Skybostonterrier.com is a scam. I asked to see the puppy in a video and the seller got very angry and replied “No thank you”. It seemed fishy from the start as $700 including shipping and when I asked for photos they were all the same.

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