Beware of scams when looking for puppies for sale

by Darren Jamieson on February 1, 2009

Dog lovers looking for puppies for sale in West Lothian are being warned by the Scottish SPCA about a scam involving puppies being offered free of charge, so long as costs are paid for the transport of the puppy.

When the person looking to buy the puppy pays for the transport of the puppy, the con artists keep the money and don’t deliver the puppy. A similar scam has existed for years in the auto trade.

The Scottish SPCA has received numerous reports from dog lovers who have fallen for this, and other scams in recent times when trying to purchase a puppy.

The Scottish SPCA’s Chief Superintendent Mike Flynn stated:

Last year we had a case in West Lothian, where puppies were being sold from a house with the mother and father on show.

However, these adult dogs were not related in any way to the puppies, which had been bred in an illegal puppy farm.

This sort of scam is deceiving because it is set up to look like a genuine sale, but the puppies often have health problems so we would strongly advise people to be on their guard.

There is another major scam where adverts are placed in the local press with a mobile phone number to call. The seller will arrange to deliver the pup to you or meet you at a public place nearby.

No one should ever buy under these circumstances as the pups will almost certainly be from a puppy farm, most likely of Irish source.

The charity further advises that anyone who wants to buy a pedigree dog should look for a registered and approved dog breeder who breeds dogs in a healthy environment.

Mike Flynn continues:

If you are buying a pedigree dog then only buy from reputable breeders who are registered with the Kennel Club and have the paperwork to prove it.

Alternatively, the Scottish SPCA is a great place to start your search for a new pet because we have animal rescue and rehoming centres across the country that are full of unwanted and abandoned animals looking for new homes.

You can contact the Scottish SPCA on 03000 999 999 or visit their website here.

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  1. Stay away from the free ad site callled iclads.com where these scams are being run from. All the adverts use the same email address and telephone number which is a 0702 number which costs 50p a minute to ring and can be redirected to wherever the owner of the number wishes. We were puppy hunting and sent off numerous enquiry emails to alleged breeders and got back the same message from all of them! something about the man being relocated to Fort Williams, Scotland and having a puppy he couldnt look after. He promised to send us the puppy as soon as the courier fee was paid. Luckily we read this article before we went ahead with it!!! Thanks for the information

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  3. stay away from the following emails:

    From – mendellealicia@yahoo.com

    My neighbor is having a westir for sale.
    He is at work now and if you want the westie , then you just email me back and let me and i will inform him and get the westies.
    do you want a male or female?
    thanks
    waiting

    — On Tue, 4/6/10, chanel joseph wrote:

    From: chanel joseph
    Subject: RE: Puppies
    To: mendellealicia@yahoo.com
    Date: Tuesday, April 6, 2010, 3:34 PM

    ok well i will have to think about that.
    also do you have any other puppies such as westies or anything? as i have just been speaking to a lady in fort williams today about her westies

    just wondering if its the same person
    thanks

    ——————————————————————————–
    Date: Tue, 6 Apr 2010 08:18:23 -0700
    From: mendellealicia@yahoo.com
    Subject: Re: Puppies
    To: ccnelly@live.co.uk

    Hello Dear,
    Thanks so much for the mail and your interest regarding the puppies i
    have.One female has been adopted already and i have 2 males and 1
    female available and ready now to go to their new homes as soon as
    possible and they are 15 weeks old, they have good temperament with
    kids and other pets like cats , monkeys , birds and dogs,very playful
    ,love to play around with toys(soccer and teddy bears) and kids,they
    are health guaranteed and Kc registered, they are up to date on all
    their shots and inoculations and they will be coming along side with
    their health papers and vet records Kc Registration papers, some foods
    for the start , toys like soccer and teddy bear, feeding bowl ,
    blanket , bed , collars and leads.In the First place, i wish to let
    you know that we are given these puppies out because my daughter just
    died. She was the one taking care of the puppies in Fort Williams, Scotland.
    Since she is now late , i can’t keep the puppies here in such
    condition because each time we see the puppies , i keep thinking of
    her .So i want to give them out to a lovely and caring home where they
    can be treated as such and keep us up dated on monthly progress and
    pictures of the puppies.These puppies will be coming from Fort
    Williams, Scotland via a courier service.this is the only means you can have the
    puppies as i am occupied at work and also preparing for my daughter
    burial this month.
    i will help you register the puppies at the delivery company.
    the delivery charge you will pay the delivery company for one puppy to
    be delivered is £150 and £300 for both.
    If still interested, email me back with your full delivery details as
    below for delivery arrangement.

    you are making the payment before delivery for the activation of
    puppy/puppies delivery card and proper tracking of delivery.

    Your Full Names……………………. ..
    Home Address………………….. …….
    Street Address………………….. ……
    Post Code…………………….. …….
    Mobile Phone Number……………………
    Land Line Number…………………… ..

    Will you prefer a male or a female puppy? or both sex

    As soon as you email me with your full delivery details , i would get
    either of the puppies arrange for the delivery and drop the puppy at
    the delivery company.the delivery company will contact you on how you
    will make the payment to them.Again, one puppy including the delivery
    is £150 and Both will cost you £300 and you will pay the money to the
    delivery company when they will contact you regarding delivery.

    ring me now 07031868923

    Best Regards
    Email me back

    — On Tue, 4/6/10, chanel joseph wrote:

    From: chanel joseph
    Subject:
    To: mendellealicia@yahoo.com
    Date: Tuesday, April 6, 2010, 3:08 PM

    Hello,

    I am very interested in having one of your gorgeous puppies, i want to give it as a present for my aunty who is home all day and would like a companion.
    i am only in surrey so not that far!

    Many thanks

    Chanel Joseph

    From – christy.rogers@sify.com

    From: Chanel Joseph
    Sent: 06 April 2010 15:59
    To: ‘christy rogers’
    Subject: RE: Westies!

    I may not want to have the dog delivered at this time as the 185 is too expensive. I would like to think over this and discuss with my family this evening ok, will the dog be going with you to the states? Will he be looked after if he isn’t? I may want to come up to Scotland for the weekend to view him will that be possible?

    Thanks

    From: christy rogers [mailto:christy.rogers@sify.com]
    Sent: 06 April 2010 15:50
    To: Chanel Joseph
    Subject: Re: Westies!

    thanks for getting back to me ok
    and am ready to give you one of my puppies ok
    but the only problem now is that since i will be living for the state tomorrow evening and will be very busy tomorrow si i will rather advice you to just be at home and email me with your details now and tomorrow morning i will arrange the delivery ok and the delivery will be urgent delivery ok and all you will need to do tomorrow morning is to confirm your house address and and also obtain the DELIVERY ACTIVATION CODE for delivery to be activated after payment ok so just get back to me with the details like

    NAMES
    HOUSE ADDRESS
    POST CODE
    CITY
    COUNTY
    LAND LINE PHONE NUMBER
    MOBILE PHONE NUMBER
    On Tue, Apr 6, 2010 at 3:24 PM, Chanel Joseph wrote:
    Thanks for the fast response!

    I will definitely look into the delivery option, it may be nice to come up for the weekend and pick the dog up……good opportunity to see Scotland!

    I have answered the following for you:

    1)Have you ever got a puppy before?Which Breed? –
    a cairn terrier cross we rescued when living in florida and a Dalmatian George who is 2 now.
    2)Do you promise sending me up dated pictures
    Of course, I still keep in contact with george’s breeder in cornwall

    3)Will you be able to pay a special attention to this puppy ?
    Oh yes, I will be organising training and I walk George every day for a good hour so he can come with!

    4)Do people at your environ cherish pets eg dogs ?
    My whole family are animal lovers!

    5)Are you adopting the puppies for money making of just like a pet?
    I want this puppy for a companion for my aunty who I know will give him/her a loving home

    6)How many puppies do you want ,and what sex ?
    Just the 1 please 

    7)Where do you live ?
    In surrey

    8)What are you names?
    My name is Chanel Joseph

    Further details of arranging pickup / Delivery to follow

    Many Thanks

    Chanel 

    From: christy rogers [mailto:christy.rogers@sify.com]
    Sent: 06 April 2010 15:09
    To: Chanel Joseph
    Subject: Re: Westies!

    Thanks very much for the mail and interest you got for my little
    puppies. All our puppies are 11weeks of age and their genders are
    2males and 2 females . They are Vet checked with Health guarantee
    of one year , raised and well domesticated in out home
    with our 3 kids and they love playing with children and other pets
    as well as adults. They will complete your home with lot of lo ve and
    happiness. They will be coming with their health papers like Health
    guarantee , vaccination papers , play toys and puppy blanket.They
    have very similar characteristics so am just looking for loving
    homes to send them into because of to much work and time so due to
    this , can’t take very good care of them since i do work with
    the Swine Flu Research team and we do move from one UK country and
    city to another and now we are in the FORT WILLIAM for some
    research,and we will spend some time to carry on so me research and i have
    realized the work is too much and i will have less time to cater for
    the babies, so that is the reason why i have decided to place them
    for people who needs them and are prepared to take very good care of
    them the way i have been doing . So i had to place them on Free
    and fast re homing for people who needs them and can take very good
    care of them and since i have limited time and now in the FORT WILLIAM
    Scotland which is a long distance to drive so if you do love the puppies
    and the distance is too far for you to drive then the puppy will
    be delivered to you and this will be very fast and less expensive
    and very comfortable for the puppy sine the delivery will be URGENT
    and CLASSICAL DELIVERY .So for the delivery and the puppy all you
    need to pay is just 185pounds and nothing more than that and this will
    be paid directly to the delivery service we will be using .First, i
    will like to asked you some question and will be very pleased if you
    can answer me, my main reason for these question is for confirmation
    for a very good home for my puppies because they are very special
    puppies , and i will want
    them to go only to pets loving homes not to breeders so the
    questions are as follows
    ..
    1)Have you ever got a puppy before?Which Breed?
    2)Do you promise sending me up dated pictures
    3)Will you be able to pay a special attention to this puppy ?
    4)Do people at your environ cherish pets eg dogs ?
    5)Are you adopting the puppies for money making of just like a pet?
    6)How many puppies do you want ,and what sex ?
    7)Where do you live ?
    8)What are you names?

    Sorry for all these questions,but just that i want to be confident
    where my puppies are going to i repeat .I will as well need your
    details to arrange for the Delivery and you will be responsible just
    to pay a total fee of 185pounds for a single puppy to be Delivered at your
    home address and this will cost the puppy and the delivery fee and
    that’s all what you need to pay for you to get the puppy delivered at
    your home .So provide me with the following so that i can take it to
    the delivery agency and arrange for the delivery of the puppies so do
    provide me with this information and the sex of puppy you need

    Full Names—————
    Home Address————-
    Postcode—————–
    City———————-
    County—————–
    Land Line—————
    Mobile line———–

    As soon as i receive the answers to my questions and the delivery
    details,i will immediately contact the delivery service with your
    details and the puppy you need there for them to register the puppy
    for delivery to your home and they will provide you with the exact
    time the puppy will be at your home . call
    Thanks
    On Tue, Apr 6, 2010 at 2:44 PM, Chanel Joseph wrote:
    Hello,

    I came across your advertisement and saw you are rehoming some westie puppies!
    I am the biggest dog lover in the world and am looking for a companion for my aunty. She is home 24/7 and would really like a friend to keep her company and active.

    Is there any chance I can come view them?

    Many thanks

    Chanel Joseph

    Comment by chanel — April 7, 2010 @ 1:04 pm

  4. hello, i was nearly scamed with this today until i spoke to a work coleuge who told me about it. she shoed me e-mails that she recieved and they were identical to the ones i had recieved. i feel very very very stupid looking back on these e-mails and now knowing that its a scam…they were the following…:

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    From: Loura Nesta sacnhez (loura_nesta1000@yahoo.com)
    Sent: 13 November 2010 14:05:06
    To: Kayleigh Johnston (kjohnston@live.co.uk)

    hello
    i just want to inform you that i am just coming back from the transportation company
    so Suzy and Max have been registered under your full names and address as you provided to me for the next available flight on board today to your location ans the transportation company told me that they are going to get in contact with you with all the full flight information of the puppies and how you are going to pay the money for the delivery fee of the puppy to them so that the puppy can be transported over to you today
    so when the transportation company get in contact with you and you pay the money to them , just get back to me so that i will go there and see how the puppies are going to be transported over to you
    thanks and waiting for your respond soonest

    — On Sat, 11/13/10, Kayleigh Johnston wrote:

    From: Kayleigh Johnston
    Subject: RE: bull terrier puppies
    To: “glasgow free puppies”
    Date: Saturday, November 13, 2010, 11:19 AM

    hi again

    thats fine.

    i have actualy got the money right now 😀

    could u get them delivered today? 😀

    let me know asap

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    Date: Sat, 13 Nov 2010 01:52:36 -0800
    From: loura_nesta1000@yahoo.com
    Subject: RE: bull terrier puppies
    To: kjohnston@live.co.uk

    hello
    thanks for getting back to me
    actually the puppies will come along with all everything that they are using here and they will also come along with their play toys
    the milk i meant was cow milk
    i am very happy for the home that the puppies will be going to
    please when the puppies get to you , i will want you to send me some of their new photos with you so that i can see how they are living in your home
    so i will take the puppies on Monday morning to the transportation company and register them under your full names and address for the first flight on Monday to your location
    so the transportation company will get in contact with you on Monday with all the full flight information of the puppies and how you are going to pay the money for the transportation fee of the puppies to them so that they will transport and deliver the puppies over to you on Monday
    so when the transportation company get in contact with you on Monday morning , just get back to me for confirmation
    thanks and waiting fore your respond soonest

    — On Fri, 11/12/10, Kayleigh Johnston wrote:

    From: Kayleigh Johnston
    Subject: RE: bull terrier puppies
    To: “glasgow free puppies”
    Date: Friday, November 12, 2010, 7:12 PM

    hey,
    just a cuple more questions lol what is actually coming with the puppies?? it’s just so i know what to get.

    eg, collars, bowls, leads, etc etc

    also i know you said that they get milk at 12 noon is it cows milk or puppy milk??

    thanks Kayleigh

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    Date: Thu, 11 Nov 2010 08:57:43 -0800
    From: loura_nesta1000@yahoo.com
    Subject: RE: bull terrier puppies
    To: kjohnston@live.co.uk

    ok
    i trust in you .
    till then

    — On Thu, 11/11/10, Kayleigh Johnston wrote:

    From: Kayleigh Johnston
    Subject: RE: bull terrier puppies
    To: “glasgow free puppies”
    Date: Thursday, November 11, 2010, 2:47 PM

    hello again, thank you so very much for this you have no idea how bad i felt and how lucky i now feel that we still get suzy and max.
    i will not dissapoint.
    thanks again

    kayleigh

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    Date: Thu, 11 Nov 2010 01:06:59 -0800
    From: loura_nesta1000@yahoo.com
    Subject: RE: bull terrier puppies
    To: kjohnston@live.co.uk

    hello
    thanks for getting back to me
    actually there is no problem with that
    i will just keep the puppies till Monday
    but please do not disappoint me on that Monday
    thanks and waiting for your respond soonest

    — On Wed, 11/10/10, Kayleigh Johnston wrote:

    From: Kayleigh Johnston
    Subject: RE: bull terrier puppies
    To: “glasgow free puppies”
    Date: Wednesday, November 10, 2010, 9:15 PM

    hello.

    i regret to inform you that i went into my place of work today and was told that there had been a huge mix up with my admin departments wage records. they have all been mixed up and are trying to sort it asap. we have been told and given a memo stateing that our wages will not be dispatched until Saturday and we should recieve them no later than monday. i would still love to take these puppies from you although i cannot pay the delivery charge until i have recieved my wages,i appologise greatly. again i am so so so so sorry about this confusion and i would understand if you could not keep these puppies until monday at the very latest but please please i would love these dogs and would be ever so greatful if you could keep them until monday at the very very very latest i am so so so sorry.
    please let me know it would break my heart to think i wasn’t getting these little gems.

    thanking you ever so kindly

    i will be online all night awaiting your reply

    kayleigh johnston

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    Date: Tue, 9 Nov 2010 04:30:46 -0800
    From: loura_nesta1000@yahoo.com
    Subject: RE: bull terrier puppies
    To: kjohnston@live.co.uk

    hello
    thanks again for getting back to me
    actually the you do not need to bother yourself about the payment . on Thursday morning , the transportation company will give you a call and even send you and e-mail with all the full flight information of the puppies and they will also direct you on how you are going to pay the money to them
    so just wait till Thursday
    thanks and waiting for your respond soonest

    — On Tue, 11/9/10, Kayleigh Johnston wrote:

    From: Kayleigh Johnston
    Subject: RE: bull terrier puppies
    To: “glasgow free puppies”
    Date: Tuesday, November 9, 2010, 12:10 PM

    hello thank you for keeping these little gems an extra few days.

    i have never done this before so i am sort of lost

    i will be paying by my bank card.

    do i pay when they call me over the phone or do i call them to pay before they call me??

    thanks

    kayleigh

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    Date: Tue, 9 Nov 2010 00:56:20 -0800
    From: loura_nesta1000@yahoo.com
    Subject: RE: bull terrier puppies
    To: kjohnston@live.co.uk

    hello Kayleigh,
    thanks fore getting back to me
    actually there is no problem , i will keep the puppies till Thursday .
    So on Thursday morning i will take the puppies to the transportation company here that i will be using to transport them and register them under your full names and address as you provided to me for the first flight on Thursday to your location . so on Thursday morning the pets transportation company will get in contact with you with all the full flight information of the puppies and how you are going to pay the money for the transportation fee of the puppies directly to them so that they will transport and deliver the puppies over to you on Thursday
    so when the transportation company get in contact with you on Thursday morning , just get back to me for confirmation
    thanks and waiting for your respond soonest

    — On Mon, 11/8/10, Kayleigh Johnston wrote:

    From: Kayleigh Johnston
    Subject: RE: bull terrier puppies
    To: “glasgow free puppies”
    Date: Monday, November 8, 2010, 6:15 PM

    no problem and thanks for the info.

    i do not get paid until thursday and cannot borrow any money until then sorry.

    i really do appologise for any inconvienience i may have caused due to my finacial situation.

    kind regards kayleigh

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    Date: Mon, 8 Nov 2010 09:08:30 -0800
    From: loura_nesta1000@yahoo.com
    Subject: RE: bull terrier puppies
    To: kjohnston@live.co.uk

    hello Kayleigh ,
    thanks for the mail and for the information
    actually i am very happy that i have finally found a loving and caring family for Suzy and Max
    so the delivery company’ s name is (Global pets transportation company ) and you have to pay the money for the transportation fee of the puppies directly to them . but please i want the puppies to be transported over to you tomorrow . if there is means that i can arrange for the puppies to be transported over to you tomorrow i will be very happy with that
    just get back to me so that i will know what to do
    thanks and waiting for your respond soonest

    — On Mon, 11/8/10, Kayleigh Johnston wrote:

    From: Kayleigh Johnston
    Subject: RE: bull terrier puppies
    To: “glasgow free puppies”
    Date: Monday, November 8, 2010, 11:30 AM

    hello,
    i am so happy that you have accepted us. what is the delivery companies name. i unfortunatly do not get paid until thursday, is that ok?, how will i pay the delivery company? do i contact them directly?

    Hello Kayleigh,
    Thanks for the mail . Actually i’m very happy towards your interest in my puppies and i hope that they will be well taken care of because that is my main reason for giving out these puppies for free. Well All i’m asking is just for you to pay for delivery charges of these puppies from Belfast to your location which is £90 per puppy and £180 for both puppies. This fee is to be paid directly to the delivery agency and delivery is very fast/reliable. so for delivery arrangements of the puppies, i will need your full details in other to proceed with change of ownership documents of the puppies today since today is a free day for me.

    Full names……………Kayleigh Jonston & Joseph Docherty
    City/State………………….Glasgow
    Home address……………….8 Kilmuir Road
    Phone number…………………..0141 620 1030
    Zip code…………………………….G46 8be

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    Date: Mon, 8 Nov 2010 00:15:26 -0800
    From: loura_nesta1000@yahoo.com
    Subject: RE: bull terrier puppies
    To: kjohnston@live.co.uk

    Hello Kayleigh,
    Thanks for the mail . Actually i’m very happy towards your interest in my puppies and i hope that they will be well taken care of because that is my main reason for giving out these puppies for free. Well All i’m asking is just for you to pay for delivery charges of these puppies from Belfast to your location which is £90 per puppy and £180 for both puppies. This fee is to be paid directly to the delivery agency and delivery is very fast/reliable. so for delivery arrangements of the puppies, i will need your full details in other to proceed with change of ownership documents of the puppies today since today is a free day for me.

    Full names……………
    City/State………………….
    Home address……………….
    Phone number…………………..
    Zip code…………………………….

    bellow are answers to your questions
    1) Would you prefer both went to the same owner? i will be very happy if both puppies can go to the same owner because they will be together as they are here with us .
    2)How are they around bigger dogs and small children? as i told you before , they are very socialized with kids and other house hold pets like,cats , birds dogs etc .
    3)Do they walk well off the lead? yes
    4)How do they respond to discipline ? They respond very well to discipline but they gets angry when you shout at them, so don’t do that.
    5)What does a portable tea cup mean? this means you can carry them about .
    6)would you be interested in keeping in touch so we could up date you on their progress. eg, pictures and e-mail? yes sure .
    7)Which is Max and which is Suzy? Max is the brown with stained white and Suzy is the complete white puppy

    Thanks and waiting to read from you in other to start with the procedure immediately.

    — On Sun, 11/7/10, Kayleigh Johnston wrote:

    From: Kayleigh Johnston
    Subject: RE: bull terrier puppies
    To: “glasgow free puppies”
    Date: Sunday, November 7, 2010, 7:42 PM

    Hello,
    Thank you for replying so promptly.
    Firstly i would like to say how beautiful those puppies are. i would also like to state that i am very surprised at the situation as many people do not think of the animals welbeing and wouldn’t think twice about just putting them into a kennels of some sort.
    i would be very happy to take Max and Suzy and can ensure you that they will be loved and cared for to the best of ou abilities.

    To answer your questions…
    1) No. We are not breeders. we are mearly animal lovers and have wanted this breed of dog for a while now as both my partner and i both had one in childhood and would love one together in our new family home.
    2)No. we do not have kids as of yet.
    3)Thornliebank.Glasgow.
    4)As i have already stated we are mearly animal lovers.
    5)Our living conditions are that we have recently moved into a new house. upstairs,downstairs,back and front door. secure back garden with a back gate leading to a woodland area.
    6)We both, my partner and i, have grew up with pets from birth. including dogs birds hamsters and guinea pigs. but currently own a staffordshire bull terrier aged 2. we have had him since he was 6 weeks old. he is a fun loving dog that has socialised with small kids and other animals including a snake.

    i appreciate your honesty and can asure you that these puppies will be cared for and loved from all three of us.

    if you don’t mind i would like to ask you a few questions…
    1) Would you prefer both went to the same owner?
    2)How are they around bigger dogs and small children?
    3)Do they walk well off the lead?
    4)How do they respond to dicipline?
    5)What does a portable tea cup mean?
    6)would you be interested in keeping in touch so we could up date you on their progress. eg, pictures and e-mail?
    7)Which is Max and which is Suzy?

    Thanking you in anticipation
    we will be awaiting your reply.

    yours faithfully

    K.Johnston

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    Date: Sun, 7 Nov 2010 06:15:05 -0800
    From: loura_nesta1000@yahoo.com
    Subject: Re: bull terrier puppies
    To: kjohnston@live.co.uk

    Hello,
    Thank you for contacting me in regards to my puppies that i’m giving out for free , first i will like to tell you how happy i feel seeing that there is some one outside there that is very interested and happy to get these puppies home,So they are two of them one male and one female and they are called Max & Suzy .they are all registered with the following animal registration club that’s KC and are veterinary checked vaccinated have all health records till date and housing documents,So i will also like to tell you why am adopting this puppies for Free ,the main reason is because of my working condition.My time table was change so right now i work from Monday to Saturday and my only resting day is Sunday which i am quite busy with church Activities.So there is no one home to carter for them so for that reason i really love this babies so that’s why i want them to go to any caring and loving home that will care and carter for them.And they are so sensitive and possesses for following:

    FOR SUZY
    ______________
    -She is house Trained and Potty.
    -She do not bark a lot.
    -She eat 2 times daily and at afternoons she drinks Milk .
    -She is socialized with kids and other house hold pets like,cats , birds dogs etc
    -She is portable Tea Cup baby.
    -She likes to be carried a lot and be spoiled.
    -She likes to be kissed .
    -She gets angry when you shout at them, so don’t do that.
    -She is 12 Weeks old and weighs 1.5ibs

    FOR Max
    _________________
    -He is house and potty but not to much.
    -He eats 2 times a day and drinks milk at noon.
    -He likes to keep him self away from the crowd but is also socialized.
    -He’s also a portable baby.
    -He feels shy when carried.
    -He also likes to be kissed.
    -He does not bark madly when he sees strangers.
    -He is also 12 weeks old and weighs 1.5lbs too
    ______________________
    So these puppies have been vaccinated and are registered with all the pet registrations and will come to you with all this documents and papers and also their crates. so they will come along with the following documents ,
    *KC Documents.
    *Pedigree.
    *Age Level Potty Training.
    *Puppy Contract/Guarantee.
    *Certificate of Veterinary Inspection.
    *Micro-Chipped (In case ever lost or stolen).
    *Current on all vaccinations.
    *De wormed.
    *Puppy Packet ( Vaccination sch5916edule and history, Crate Training info., Potty Training info.)
    *Travel Crates.
    presently i’m located in Belfast Ireland so these puppies will be delivered to you, provided you can pay for their delivery charges . But what i’m concern about here is your assurance on their health,good care because, they needs so much love caution and stability.If your home is open to this darling,they will be on their way to your home and i am really hoping it happens.Recent pictures of the babies are attached to this mail so that you can have a general view of their beauty and they look alike because they were from the same litter.Get back soon lets see how they gets to your home…OK. Waiting for your mail in anticipation of getting a sure response on taking good care of them when they reach you site.
    1) Are you a breeder?
    2) Do you have kids?
    3) Where are you located ?
    4) Are you a pet lover or simply a fan ?
    5) Give me description f your living environment?
    6) Have you been keeping pets or this is your first experience ?
    Sorry for too many question,but i just want to be sure that my puppies will be going to the right home . so i will be waiting to read back from your soonest mail. And below are the pictures of them is that ok by you?
    waiting to read back from your soonest mail

    — On Sun, 11/7/10, Kayleigh Johnston wrote:

    From: Kayleigh Johnston
    Subject: puppies
    To: loura_nesta1000@yahoo.com
    Date: Sunday, November 7, 2010, 1:32 PM

    hello.

    my name is kayleigh johnston and i have just seen your ad on oodle.com and i am very interested in taking one of those georgus pups from you. i currently live in glasgow myself and currently own a dog but looking for a little companion for him be it male or female. he has grown up with alot of dogs and is pinning for a friend as we have recently moved. i was very surprised when i seen no price,why is this?? my partner actually tried to add you on msn to discuss the matter further as i have informed a couple of my friends of this incredible deal and they are also very interested. i would love to see some pictures too.

    i would be very greatful if you added my partner on msn dj_doc_1@hotmail.com so we could discuss this matter further or if you prefer to contact us by telephone 0141 620 1030 or our mobile is 07547013065

    thanking you in anticipation we will be awaiting your reply.

    yours faithfully

    K.Johnston

    please please please do not get scamed by this please please

    K.Johnston

    Comment by Kayleigh Johnston — November 14, 2010 @ 2:20 am

  5. Hello, my partner and i have experienced a puppy scam, they guy in Scotlnd tried to sell us the puppies and said he would pay the delivery costs etc and it all seemed to good to be true and it was!
    I also recieved another email from another scammer who said he was based in Aberdeen.

    This is the email I receieved:
    HELLO
    thanks for the mail regarding my adorable puppies.they are spunky
    little puppies with an outstanding personality and behavior that you
    can’t help it but fall in love with it.They are home raised and potty
    trained.They are up to date in their shorts..They are 12 weeks old.
    All i am interested in is a loving and caring home and a
    home that would give them all the love,affection and attention that
    they deserves.They are KC Reg and would be coming with all their
    clothing’s,toys,blanket,.Due to the mobile nature of my work
    which is the main reason why i’m giving them out is because I got out a
    few days ago for a
    job here in Aberdeen. and it will not be possible for me to take proper
    care of the
    puppies So, my greatest desire is to find someone who can properly take
    care of the puppies
    and if you can i will be so grateful.I will be very happy if it can be
    possible for you to
    come over so as to know you better,but you don’t have to worry because i
    can still arrange
    for delivery if you cannot come right up here in Aberdeen for the
    pick… Delivery am
    sure will be moderate since i spend just too little bringing the puppies
    up here. If this is ok
    by you, i will immediately need the following details in order to drop off
    the puppy as
    soon as possible at the delivery agency so that delivery can be done to
    your home soonest.
    Names in full……………….
    Home address……………..
    City/Town…………………
    Mobile number…………….
    Land line number………….
    Post code……………….
    Be reminded that these puppies are for good homes and all you will have to
    do is to pay �200
    for the delivery of the puppy to the delivery agency which will deliver
    the puppies to your
    home.Note that that amount include both the delivery fee and the puppy so
    you will not have to
    pay any more money okay.My prayer is that you love and care for this puppy
    just as your own
    children great-full to you if you should.Do get back and you will have
    this puppy deliver to
    your home if all is fine.My New Address
    James Brook man,
    35 Waterloo
    Quay, Aberdeen
    AB11 5BS
    My numbers are

    07023019993
    ply with your address
    you will have
    this sweet and lovely babies deliver to your home this morning . just �200
    for puppy both with delivery fee and if you need two puppies i will give
    you for �400 for two puppies with all papers
    Kind regards.please call us back via 07023087993
    this puppies will be coming with the following
    *Health Certificate by a licensed VET*
    *Health Record*
    *KC Registration Papers*
    *Current on Shots*
    *Current on Dewormings*
    *Girls come with a pretty PINK PET TAXI*
    *Boys come with a nice Green PET TAXI*
    *Pillow*
    *Blanket*
    *PUPPIES ARE VERY SPOILED AND LOVED* please call us

    07023019993

    This was from the email address
    peter cher at petercher87@hotmail.com.

    Just wanted to warn people about this scam!
    Be careful guys

    Comment by Clare — January 4, 2011 @ 1:07 pm

  6. This scam is still going in the freeads we have experienced it today,
    Read hello
    thanks for getting back to me so fast . so i have attach pictures of the male and female Maltese puppies for you to decieded on what sex you are really interested in , so since you cannot make it over to Thurso Scotland i can only arrange for the puppy transportation and home delivery right at your doorstep and please it would cost you a full total of 140 pound as stipulated on the email for one and if them both then 220 pound will be their total price so since you cannot come over for the pickup of the puppy i will be needing these details from you which i will use to arrange for the puppy transportation and home delivery to your home address so they are
    your full names……………
    home address,………………
    city………………………………
    postcodes of city……………….
    mobile numbers…………………
    landlines numbers…………………..
    so ads soon as you sent over these details i will take the puppy down for transportation registration and when i am done the transportation services people will get in contact with you in regards to payment since they will have to process the full traveling papers of the puppy as well as issue the puppy with a home delivery cards as well so please do get back to me if te arrangement can be done today or later .
    thanks and waiting to read from you

    Comment by Tina-marie — January 25, 2011 @ 4:21 pm

  7. Original email from scammer;Hello Dear,
    Thanks so much for the mail and interest regarding this cute little
    puppies we have .We have two female puppies and two male now
    available and they are 11 weeks old, they have very good temperament
    with kids and other pets,very playful love to play around with toys and
    kids,they are health guaranteed and registered…..they are up to date on all
    their shots and Dewormings and they will be coming along side with
    their health papers,playing toys,blanket,menu booklet and vet
    records.First i wish to let you know that we are giving this puppies out because
    we have been transfer to Thurso Scotland for our new job appointment and it is very
    straneouse and it takes most of our time and we cannot continues keeping these
    puppies so all we are looking for is a loving homes for them at the moment so if
    you can assure us of taking good care of the puppies then we will me more than
    happy to offer either one or them all to you depending on what sex you want .
    so present as i told you we are in Thurso Scotland and we will
    spent close to 3months there so i will be more
    than happy if you can come over for viewing so that we can at least
    share a cup of coffee before you taking one of them home with you.
    but if coming will definitely be problem to you them we can equally
    arrange for the the puppy to be transported and home delivered to you .
    -so do you have a befitting home with a playing garden for the puppy?
    Sorry for the questions , but we just want to be sure that the
    puppies are going to the right home and they will be having all the
    love and attention they needs .We are given them out for 140(including delivery fare ) but
    if two then 220 their price cover the delivery fare if you are far from us and nothing more .
    Do get back to us if interested with the email above for more details and pics of the puppies.
    Thanks and look forward to hearing from you k You you can call

    Comment by Tina-marie — January 25, 2011 @ 4:23 pm

  8. I got the exact same email as Clare regarding the puppy advertised in Leeds but then turns out has ‘moved’ to aberdeen. Apart from mine was from Shanti Claer. – shanticlaer@yahoo.com

    This is the email I receieved:
    HELLO
    thanks for the mail regarding my adorable puppies.they are spunky
    little puppies with an outstanding personality and behavior that you
    can’t help it but fall in love with it.They are home raised and potty
    trained.They are up to date in their shorts..They are 12 weeks old.
    All i am interested in is a loving and caring home and a
    home that would give them all the love,affection and attention that
    they deserves.They are KC Reg and would be coming with all their
    clothing’s,toys,blanket,.Due to the mobile nature of my work
    which is the main reason why i’m giving them out is because I got out a
    few days ago for a
    job here in Aberdeen. and it will not be possible for me to take proper
    care of the
    puppies So, my greatest desire is to find someone who can properly take
    care of the puppies
    and if you can i will be so grateful.I will be very happy if it can be
    possible for you to
    come over so as to know you better,but you don’t have to worry because i
    can still arrange
    for delivery if you cannot come right up here in Aberdeen for the
    pick… Delivery am
    sure will be moderate since i spend just too little bringing the puppies
    up here. If this is ok
    by you, i will immediately need the following details in order to drop off
    the puppy as
    soon as possible at the delivery agency so that delivery can be done to
    your home soonest.
    Names in full……………….
    Home address……………..
    City/Town…………………
    Mobile number…………….
    Land line number………….
    Post code……………….
    Be reminded that these puppies are for good homes and all you will have to
    do is to pay �200
    for the delivery of the puppy to the delivery agency which will deliver
    the puppies to your
    home.Note that that amount include both the delivery fee and the puppy so
    you will not have to
    pay any more money okay.My prayer is that you love and care for this puppy
    just as your own
    children great-full to you if you should.Do get back and you will have
    this puppy deliver to
    your home if all is fine.My New Address
    James Brook man,
    35 Waterloo
    Quay, Aberdeen
    AB11 5BS
    My numbers are

    07023019993
    ply with your address
    you will have
    this sweet and lovely babies deliver to your home this morning . just �200
    for puppy both with delivery fee and if you need two puppies i will give
    you for �400 for two puppies with all papers
    Kind regards.please call us back via 07023087993
    this puppies will be coming with the following
    *Health Certificate by a licensed VET*
    *Health Record*
    *KC Registration Papers*
    *Current on Shots*
    *Current on Dewormings*
    *Girls come with a pretty PINK PET TAXI*
    *Boys come with a nice Green PET TAXI*
    *Pillow*
    *Blanket*
    *PUPPIES ARE VERY SPOILED AND LOVED* please call us

    07023019993

    This was from the email address
    shanticlaer@yahoo.com

    Comment by Rebecca — February 3, 2011 @ 1:09 pm

  9. I almost fell for this scam. thank you guys for sharing this information so that other people won’t make a mistake and then get disappointed.

    This is what I got:

    HELLO
    thanks for the mail regarding my adorable puppies.they are spunkylittle puppies with an outstanding personality and behavior that youcan’t help it but fall in love with it.They are home raised and pottytrained.They are up to date in their shorts..They are 12 weeks old.All i am interested in is a loving and caring home and ahome that would give them all the love,affection and attention thatthey deserves.They are KC Reg and would be coming with all theirclothing’s,toys,blanket,.Due to the mobile nature of my workwhich is the main reason why i’m giving them out is because I got out afew days ago for ajob here in Aberdeen. and it will not be possible for me to take propercare of thepuppies So, my greatest desire is to find someone who can properly takecare of the puppiesand if you can i will be so grateful.I will be very happy if it can bepossible for you tocome over so as to know you better,but you don’t have to worry because ican still arrangefor delivery if you cannot come right up here in Aberdeen for thepick… Delivery amsure will be moderate since i spend just too little bringing the puppiesup here. If this is okby you, i will immediately need the following details in order to drop offthe puppy assoon as possible at the delivery agency so that delivery can be done toyour home soonest.your email address…………….Names in full……………….Home address……………..City/Town…………………Mobile number…………….Land line number………….Post code……………….Be reminded that these puppies are for good homes and all you will have todo is to pay £200for the delivery of the puppy to the delivery agency which will deliverthe puppies to yourhome.Note that that amount include both the delivery fee and the puppy soyou will not have topay any more money okay.My prayer is that you love and care for this puppyjust as your ownchildren great-full to you if you should.Do get back and you will havethis puppy deliver toyour home if all is fine.My New AddressJames Brook man,35 WaterlooQuay, AberdeenAB11 5BSMy numbers are 07023019993 ply with your addressyou will havethis sweet and lovely babies deliver to your home Now or Tomorrowmorning just £200for puppy both with delivery fee and if you need two puppies i will giveyou for £400 for two puppies with all papersKind regards.please call us back via 07023019993this puppies will be coming with the following*Health Certificate by a licensed VET**Health Record**KC Registration Papers**Current on Shots**Current on Dewormings**Girls come with a pretty PINK PET TAXI**Boys come with a nice Green PET TAXI**Pillow**Blanket**PUPPIES ARE VERY SPOILED AND LOVED* please call us 07023019993 or07023018951 or 07023064751

    This was from the email address
    makonzesmopaumoconzes@gmail.com

    Comment by Hilla — February 26, 2011 @ 8:24 am

  10. I heard from these people today and I had not answered any ads. I have recently signed up to be notified about puppies on two different sites. Seems the scammers are trawling these sites looking for victims. So please be aware that you don’t have to answer an ad to hear from them!

    Comment by E — March 10, 2011 @ 6:36 pm

  11. Same scam here in England, disgusting

    Comment by grace — October 29, 2011 @ 12:25 am

  12. I have been offered a puppy from belfast and have been conversing with someone via email all week. I clocked on early on that this was maybe a scam, but decided to run with it just to make sure, and low and behold the request for payment through western union to someone in cameroon came and after gooling PUPPY SCAMS i found a similar story so i know for sure it was the same scammer, I dread to think how much money they are making out of poor unsuspecting dog lovers

    Comment by JEAN WEAVER — November 19, 2011 @ 3:14 pm

  13. Spotted another very familiar ad doing the rounds at the moment, watch out!!

    Adorable Ready Pocket Beagles – – Very Spoiled & Great With Kids!, Male, 1-3 months, , We have some adorable Tri pocket beagles ready to go home now! …Pictures just taken … -refundable deposit each pup (deposit does apply to the purchase price) … They are great with kids, other animals and come pre-spoiled. … Amber (girl) Troy(boy0… We would love to see them go home with another litter mate – so let us know if that is a possibility. Parents are both less than 20 lbs … … PET PRICED… They will come with age appropriate shots, vet checked, regular de-worming and written health guarantee too! …, £270.00, Ellesmere Port, 07042691830.

    I replied via email asking for details, this was their reply, great english eh and the story sounds very familiar.

    Hello Dear,

    Thanks so much for the mail of interest regards the puppies we have ..We have one male and one female puppies now available and they are 11 weeks old, they have very good temperament with kids and other pets,very playful love to play around with toys and kids,they are health guaranteed and registered……they are up to date on all their shots and they will be coming along side with their health papers and vet records…… First I which to let you know that we are given these puppies out because my mum just died. She is located in Kirkwall and all of us are there now ..She was the owner of this cute little babies. Since she is now late , We can’t keep the puppies here in such condition because each time we see them , we keep thinking of her .So we want to give them out to a lovely and caring home ,where they can be treated as such and keep us up dated on monthly progress.These puppies will be coming from Kirkwall.. But if you would be able to come over here for the pick up , we shall be very great full, but if you can’t come , we can arrange for home delivery with the animals delivery service and they will get the puppy delivered at your doorstep.
    Below are just some few question we asked.

    Where are you located?
    Do you have any kids ?
    Have you ever own a pet before ?
    Have you ever own
    this breed of puppy before?
    Why are you interested on this breed?
    How soon do you need the puppies over?
    Which sex are you interested on? or -Will you be taking both?

    sorry for too many questions just that I will really like to know the kind of home my puppies will be going to , Immediately i get all that requested, I shall then determine the family to give my puppies to. Your case will be treated immediately you respond positively and promptly..We are given them out for £300 with delivery inclusive, contact us back for more details of the puppies and pictures.
    Best Regards

    When I got this response I thought I’d pose them a few questions to see how they would reply.

    Hi,

    I have a few questions of my own before I wish to answer yours.

    You have said that the puppies are registered, with who?

    What is the health guarantee that they come with?

    When were they last at the vets and what shots/inoculations have they had?

    Where do the puppies come from i.e what were their parents, are they available to see and are there any health issues with them?

    You said that the puppies are at the home of your late mother, who is looking after them at the moment and where is Kirkwall located in the UK?

    What are you proposing regarding payment?

    What guarantees are there for the purchase of puppies delivered sight unseen?

    I need to see some pic and a telephone contact number would also be useful.

    Regards,

    Hi,
    I believe that a combination of health, temperament, looks and intelligence is what makes the perfect pet.
    I guarantee that the health of each these puppy is excellent to the best of my knowledge.
    They last have their shot two weeks back.
    They are coming from kirkwall scotland.
    Regarding the payment,you will be making payment upfront and directly to the courier service which i will be using.
    I and my sisters are the ones taken care of the puppies since we lost our mum.

    I remain unsatisfied, you have not answered my questions nor given me your contact details.

    Do not further waste my time with this scam.

    Comment by John Broadbent — April 21, 2012 @ 4:01 pm

  14. I have been searching for a golden retriever puppy in Aberdeenshire and online the breaded listed their location as a village in Aberdeenshire, yet web questioned about where they were located it then became they loved in Belfast, his wife just died, he can’t bare to look at them anymore as they are making him sad etc… He has so far refused to give any substantial information and this worries me greatly as the email he sent follows exactly the same models listed above from the hello dear to the information provided its even set out exactly the same only difference is in our emails it states adorable golden retriever for sale!! How do I report such a scam?!

    Comment by Matthew bell — September 3, 2012 @ 10:55 am

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