Internet Pet Scams – Don’t be a victim!

Internet pet scams - don't be a victim!You’re looking for a purebred dog or cat, bird or monkey, slider or pet pig. You answer a classified ad on the internet or post one of your own and you get an email back stating that someone has your puppy or kitten waiting for you. They send pictures and say that, for a very small amount of money, they will ship your pet to you at little or no cost. All you have to do is to wire the funds via Western Union or some other wiring service to Cameroon. They send you an authentic looking manifest with airline information on it, which is really cut and paste artwork with logos and pictures stolen from other websites without permission.

A day or so later, they inform you that your pet is in an airport someplace and needs either another crate, vaccination, pet insurance or medical attention and you will be held personally liable if you do not wire more money. If you send more money, they come up with another excuse why your pet cannot be delivered. They threaten that you will be held personally liable if you do not pay.

In reality, there is no pet and you have been caught up in an internet pet scam. Hundreds of people just like you have sent thousands of dollars to Cameroon in hopes of picking up an adorable pet they see in a picture. There are many warning signs. Read the full article on internet pet scams.


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Internet Pet Scams – Don’t be a victim! — 93 Comments

  1. There is an intercargoexp.com and you can contact them at ! +1.224.800.1127 to see where they ship animals. As a large freight company, they list door-to-door services with pet delivery and this seems out of the realm of their business plan, but it is hard to tell. On their testimonial page, they list reviews for a different company, Freight Logistics. It is really hard to tell if this is a “shell” website. There may be other red flags as to whether you are dealing with a pet scammer. Did you or are you thinking of purchasing a pet sight-unseen? Are they asking you to wire transfer the money or purchase a cash card? Have you spoken to them by phone?
    Susan

  2. It is unfortunate that pet scammers have gotten very good at deceiving people. They even have seemingly professional websites. We are sorry for your loss. Many legitimate breeders and rescue organizations in the US.
    Susan

  3. On Friday morning I had decided to buy a Samoyed puppy online. I contacted the person (through) phone texting. She seemed convincing enough she lived in Atlanta Georgia, her ID caller also said she did. She told me that the puppies for vaccinated and had health insurance. Me believing her, I bought the dog. Paid $250 straight out, at the airport she told me that they needed an electronic crate for the puppy which I seemed to agree with so I paid $90. The owner seemed reliable to because I sent money directly to her husband, at first I believed them, even after planning the flight the lady even asked if I was okay with everything and that she’d talk to me again soon. Today when I asked her for the tracking number she avoided it and told me that she was sad that I didn’t believed her and that she wasn’t a theive and worked hard for her family. She told me that the puppy would be here by 8am, but I haven’t heard anything. Later on the text she told me that “they”(at this point I don’t know who it is) called telling her that She recieve a call now asking for more money for transfer of ownership certificate and travel vaccine how are scammers so well liars now at days

  4. Hi this is samantha and i have the same problem I have one ths asked me for my info like my address phone number ect. They gave me info…..first name:nfeutsou last name: Martin Merlin country:USA city/state: douala zip:00237…..

  5. My sister just got scammed from Thailand. We are in Singapore and transfered SGD300 for a white Scottish Fold kitten. Then they said the pat is now at the airport but we need to pay additional SGD850 for some insurance shit. Even they got the agent Gold Crest to insist my sister pay the money so that the kitten can be put on the next flight. We realised something is not right and called off the deal. Now the so called “kitten owner” said she will make a report against my sister for “Pet Abandonment”!!! Seriously? These scammers are merciless.

  6. Ieda – there is little doubt that you are involved in a pet scam. If you wired the money, you can contact the wiring company, but there may be little they can do. We hear from people every day who are trying to deal with these bad people. And, although they have robbed many people of lots of money, there is little that law enforcement in your country can do. You may want to contact them and see if there is a website where you can report your scammers. In the US, it is ic3.gov.
    Susan

  7. Cant believe…i just one of the victim frol bangkok ..she daid want to let go the kitten for adoption..i the one willingness to take care..i already paid myr850 and need to do another payment myr2500..shamed on me..because to excited about the kitten…i just paid myr850..what i need to do??
    Last name….desmond
    Country…….cameroon
    State……litorol
    City…..doula
    Help me..how to get back my money..n how to arrest they scammer

  8. I was also scammed we sent $130.00 Western union for a golden retriever puppy. People where from Cameroon also. They wanted us to send $780.00 for a special carrier. A man kept calling me from a Maryland phone number. The special carrier was from E-Carriers I looked and saw that the puppy had never left Cameroon due to carrier told the lady to pick up her puppy and refund my money. Go figure they never did. Sham on them. They also told me that I would go to jail. Sham on me for believing that that little puppy needed a home.

  9. I’m so glad I found this site. Beware Craig’s list pet ads. I rescue birds and my husband wanted to check out a blue and gold macaw ad. I called and I couldn’t understand the party. Texting, I got a sob story about needing to re-home two birds. Email exchanged. Money ($400) to cover door-to-door delivery was to be sent via Western Union. I became suspicious, checked Google, and saved myself from heartache. Thank you for the “heads-up”.

  10. I was trying to buy a chihuahua got scammed out of $317.00. Happily the same week I did find a puppy for real this time and feel in love with her immediately. I see the person that scammed me took the site down.

  11. I was just scammed $200 for a pure english bulldog, they told me the son had passed away and couldnt deal with having memories of the son at home, so i fell for it, they then asked for $500 to insure the dog due to extreme weather, and threatened to sue me if i didnt pay due to pet abandonment.
    This is their website if anyone has come accross them dont fall for them

    http://expresshomedeliveryllc.com/

    And this is the fella that was emailing me
    animal_express_info@zoho.com

  12. Oh my word! My scammer was from Maryland as well, Bowie I believe.

    Trying to buy a pug puppy for my husband to have a little fur baby in the family. Agreed to pay $390, which I sadly did through MoneyGram.

    Get an email the next day saying that I need to pay $950 for pet insurance! Are you kidding me. I’ve been so sick and heartbroken, this was a birthday present for my husband…

  13. We were just scammed, and I am heartsick! I lost my dog two months ago when she died in my arms. I finally got to the point I wanted a puppy, and found French Bulldogs on two different sites that sounded interesting. They bamboozled me, thinking I had the perfect pet for us. We wired $880, and after they got the money, they kept telling me they were working on getting the puppy to us from Baltimore, MD to Springfield, MO. Today, we were to get the puppy at the airport in Springfield. They did not send any flight information, and have not responded to texts, phone calls or e-mails. We began a search online, and found they were listed on scam alerts. They have two known names, base bullies and base frenchies. I am heartsick, we are out all this money, and I am very upset at being the victim of a scammer! I will never again fall victim to a scam like this!

  14. Mary – Most likely a scam. These people are very clever at deceit. Would recommend only buy a puppy from a licensed breeder.
    Phil

  15. I have just today received an identical email from a man purporting to be now working in London – re Siamese kittens – photos and all. I answered an ad on an Irish website. Is this defo a scam – really disappointed?

  16. NNOrdin – this has all the indications of a scam. We do not know where you live, but we know of few countries that will allow an un-vaccinated kitten to enter the country. Also, delivery to your door is very uncommon and is always something scammers promise. They never furnish a telephone number or anyway to contact them other than email. The pet delivery agency is always official sounding, but is a fake. We would advise not to send any money, but if you want to proceed (which we would not recommend), offer to come and pick up the kittens and see what they say. (even if you do not intend to do so.) They will not want you turning up at their door..
    Jason

  17. Hi. I received an email started from yesterday about a munchin kitten for free. All the kittens are cute but the second email made me curious when he asked me to pay for pet delivery transport agency. I started to google and end up here…
    This is the email he sent to me and I believe it is a scam.

    Hello ,

    thank you for the interest you have for my kittens. The kittens are very
    friendly to kids and other home pets . They love to play with people
    and among themselves

    The kittens are very healthy and have the following information.

    Breed : Pure breed
    Sex : male and female
    Age : 12 weeks old
    Recognition : Pedigree, Vet check.

    The kittens will come with the following :

    Health guarantee.
    vet checked Certificate .
    Registration documents .
    pedigree papers
    and some toys .

    I am Anderson, I am a man of 53 years old. I am giving out the
    kittens for free because i am currently employed In Thailand.
    I am too busy and do not have enough time to take care of the kittens
    because of my new job.
    I wish to give the kittens to a lover of pets, who will take very good
    care of one or all of the kittens.
    Hope you can take care of the kittens?

    Since distance is keeping us apart,
    I can look for a very reliable pet delivery agency to transport and
    deliver the kittens to your house.
    you will have to pay only for the transportation from Thailand to your house .
    If i send the kittens through the agency. the kittens will be delivered to
    your home the same day.

    Hope you can take good care of the kittens.
    Waiting for your reply.

    Best regards.

  18. Well scammers are really doing anything just to fool people and make some bucks. They always capitalize on weaknesses of others. Sometimes it is hard to know if you are already on the door of the trap. But the best thing to do to get rid of this pet scam is to never deal with offers online unless you know people you are dealing with.

  19. Yes. It’s a scam don’t believe nothing they say people on line are telling a lie about selling your pets online just to tell sad stories to get your money I’ve been scammed like that so I know I was so stupid not thinking I was getting scammed don’t be a victim like me I hope they catch them and put them behind bars ps. be safe don’t give your hard working money to them lazy people please try to buy something local and from not someone online god bless

  20. Diana – we are sorry that you were caught up in a pet scam. You may want to report the details to ic3.gov. It will not get your money back, but it will give authorities more information about how these bad people work.
    Susan

  21. I was scammed for alot of money and so was my sister cause we didn’t know we were being scammed. My puppies was coming from Baltimore MD and my sister was coming from Arkansas but different agencies mine was interview shipping agency and the money really didn’t go to any city cause I had to email them the reference number so it didn’t go to camaroon or Baltimore MD it went to the name I sent it to and I have all my receipts and emails

  22. I will advice anyone who wants to do delivery to ask for a contact number and an address of the pet owner and also the delivery company ask for their website and contact them directly . this might prevent you from getting scammed < I am so glad this page helped me , not all are fake though many are fake so we have to be very careful while dealing online.

  23. In process of buying a Maltese from a man in Arkansas. He is using Action Pet Delivery, have you ever heard of this one? I asked for a phone number and was told I could only contact them once he was done with registration at the agency.

  24. I’ve always wanted a husky my husband found this site Mondail $150 & the puppy will be delivered to my door we have the money today my husband was about to send it but the fact that there was no working number made me suspicious I looked it up and found this page thank god we didn’t send them money THIS IS A SCAM DON’T SEND THEM MONEY

  25. It is very doubtful they have the resources to deliver the pup to your door, especially for $150. This a very low price. Most likely a scam.

  26. We have not heard of this organization, but they don’t have much on Google. There are lots of signs. No working phone number. Asking for small amounts of wired money. Claiming hardship so must give pet up. Not a registered breeder. So many scams on the internet and very clever people doing it.
    Jason

  27. Has anyone heard about The Mondial Pet express? I am promised a Huskey puppy and they want to charge me $150 to deliver the puppy to my door. Is this a scam?

  28. Has anyone heard about The Mondial Pet express? I am promised a huskey puppy but im worried this might be a scam.

  29. Asia – unfortunately, Cameroon is the center of these pet scams. Hundreds of others have been scammed as well. Disregard their threats. They are thieves.
    Susan

  30. Hi i think i have been scammed by camroon pet service company i was to get a purebreed husky and they are asking for 500 dollars for the dog to be shipped to my door and threating to sue me

  31. Has anyone hear of this pet delivery agencyhttp://mondial-pet-express10.webnode.com/

  32. Julie – they will threaten you, then they will go away. pay no attention to them. Tell them you have reported them to the authorities. You can do so at ic3.gov.
    Susan

  33. Should my daughter change her phone number and e-mail address or will they just go away because we did not send money? We did not get scammed thankfully- but this is the information we got from a scammer. Please do not fall for this- scary!
    Pet Document
    NM8069ENGLISH
    BULLDOG
    PUPPY
    12 weeks
    Yes
    APF/00428/BC/09
    AKC
    Registration Certificate

    OTHERS:
    TRANSFER OF OWNERSHIP CERTIFICATE
    VET CERTIFICATES
    SHOT RECORDS
    BIRTH CERTIFICATES
    FEEDING MANUAL
    PET CRATE
    FIRST AID KIT

    IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE STIPULATED RULES OF THIS COMPANY, THE VETERINARIANS WILL CONDUCT A TEST TO BE SURE OF THE PET’S HEALTH,TO BE SURE THAT THE PET IS FREE FROM DISEASES THAT CAN ATTACK OTHER PETS AND HOUSEHOLDS.THIS TEST WILL HAS BEEN DONE AND THE PET CONFIRMED READY FOR DELIVERY

    We count on your understanding and prompt action.

    LOCATE THE NEAREST MONEY GRAM STORE AND GET THE PAYMENT OF $650 . WHEN YOU GET THE PAYMENT DONE JUST EMAIL US WITH THE 10 DIGIT CONFIRMATION NUMBERS ( # ) TO US.THIS NUMBER SHALL BE USED TO ACTIVATE THE DELIVERY TICKET OF THE PET AND FOR THE RESERVATION TO OUR AGENCY FOR THE THE PET.WHEN WE CONFIRM THIS, YOUR PETS SHALL BE GUARANTEED DELIVERY RESERVATIONS HERE AT OUR AGENCY WHICH WE SHALL CONFIRM TO YOU AND THE SELLER

    NOTE**
    PAYMENT SHOULD BE MADE USING MONEY GRAM . THESE OUTLINED ISSUES FOR YOUR PUPPY FLIGHT TO BE ACTIVATED ON BOARD FOR SHIPMENT TODAY AFTER WE CONFIRM YOUR $650 MONEY GRAM PAYMENT.

    INFORMATION TO USE IN MAKING THE PAYMENT VIA ANY MONEY GRAM AROUND YOUR LOCATION

    PAYMENT INFORMATION

    First Name……….. JAMES

    Last name………….. OBEN

    State………………….. MARYLAND

    City……………………. BALTIMORE

    Zip code…………….. 21133

    Text Question………. Best Book ?

    Text Answer…………. NOVEL

    MONEY GRAM STORES AROUND YOUR AREA

  34. Hello Nina – unfortunately, these people appear to be from all over the world, but roads lead to Africa. We are sorry…
    Susan

  35. i was scammed we are heart broken….we figured it out when they asked for 980 for insurance on the dog that would be refunded……of course we never sent the other money.. they only got us for the orginal cost of puppy…..i dont even think these people are in the united states…somehow connection is made…i couldnt understand why this guy was willing to ship puppy when it was only 2 hours away for me to pick up….is there anyway these people can be stopped…

  36. Daniella – you are involved in a scam. Google “Cameroon Pet Scam” to find out how widespread it is. These are very bad people.
    Phil

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