This past weekend I was in K.C. for my daughter's soccer tournament and to find a puppy for my parents. Of course the internet was the first place I looked to find their new furry family member. (*We have been looking at local Humane Society's and rescue groups but my parents haven't found anything that would fit with their lifestyle.)
So after looking at rescue groups and NHS we took to the internet. I found several that I was interested in and contacted them all, unfortunately for me the very first person that contacted me turned out to be a scam.
This supposed breeder said they were in the Kansas City area but when I contacted them she or he (who knows) said they were currently in Atlanta, Ga but could ship the puppy to us no problem. They advertised on www.dogs.oodle.com and had pictures of puppies, information,etc. I decided a long time ago that I could never be a cop or detective because I believe what people say to me, as I get older I am finding that isn't always the case.
Here are RED flags that made us stop and think that maybe this person is a fraud:
I am not a total naive person and we weren't about to give them money without doing our research so of course we never sent them money. When I confronted this person about their deceitful behavior they stopped all communication with us.
I gave them a piece of my mind and reported them to the authorities.
So in conclusion if you are looking on the internet to purchase your next fur kid use our experience as a guide of what not to do and what to do to make sure you are not getting taken.
Here are some helpful links for those in the market for finding their fur babies on the internet:
Detecting Internet Scams
Good place to find pups