People interested in purchasing a puppy from this site(or any site)please be careful! We attempted to purchase an american bulldog puppy from a seller on here and got scammed. The seller and puppy were out of our state and dog was supposed to be flown in. It was all a scam and unfortunatly we fell for it. Please beware of sellers who want a money order. This sellers site said they accept paypal but at close of deal after phone calls and emails insisted on money order. If you are looking for an american bulldog puppy pls. beware the ad w/the heading "Big Bully Pups" in Oklahoma. Thanks for taking the time to read this.
I have turned in soo many scams recently it is pathetic. A person really has to be careful these days when purchasing anything online. I have bought a puppy from a person online, but I met them halfway and paid cash when we got there. She completely understood that I didn't want to send a money order or give her access to my paypal account - so I guess I was lucky. I am REALLY sorry that this happened to you, and hopefully you will be able to do something about it.
I also got scammed. My daughter saved money all school year to buy a maltese puppy. We sent $300 and were to send another $100 when we received the dog. it was to be shipped from Montana. The guy was out of town over memorial day and I sent money to his sister and she picked it up on Tuesday. dog was to shipped out that same day. well, almost a week later he has stopped answering my emails and we still have no dog. the guys email is firstname.lastname@example.org so everyone beware!!
Be very careful, if the price is too good to be true, especially be careful. Get a copy of the contract and registration papers before you send money. I do not require money until pickup or delivery and screen my adoptive parents first. Vet check, friends etc. So be very cautious of someone who just wants the money.
I'm sorry to hear that this is a common problem online. But I am sure there are good, legitamate breeders on this site too. I'm not going to stay off here just because a scammer got me. I will just use more common sense next time. It is hard though when you see that little face and fall in love!
Those breeds are both popular and expensive. Since they are wildly popular, there are lots of potential customers that may not be savvy. Since they are normally pretty expensive breeds, it's easier to lure the unsuspecting with a low price.
How many people would jump at an ad for a lab pup in Africa -- free -- just $400 shipping?
The same thing happened to me last week. Purchased an English Bulldog, advertised on this website. I could only pay with money gram. Never received the dog. Since yesterday, the person does not answer his email or hangs up the phone. Its hard to tell your children (8 and 11) that there will be no dog.
I think the reason why they're picking bulldogs is because they're expensive and they know that you really want one if you're willing to spend that kind of money. There's that scam where they're selling a bulldog but you get an email saying that the bulldog is with his owner in africa on some mission..they're selling the dog for $300 but there is no dog!!! Money talks, bulls*** walks!!!
rule 1- if you can't pay by a payment method that doesn't allow for a recourse from the buyer (i.e. credit card or paypal), don't buy the dog. rule 2- if you can't see atleast one of the parents in person, don't buy the dog.
i feel really bad for you guys! these 'scammers' use money orders are a method for payment b/c there is nothing that you can do to get your money back once it has been cashed.
What upsets me the most is that I informed Terrific Pets 3 times about our family being ripped off by this alleged breeder and they did nothing. The ad is still up and is on next day pets as well. I really wanted to stop this happening to anyone else but it appears Terrific pets could care less. I did find a beatiful puppy from an A+ breeder who takes only paypal. We are, in the end, very happy. The dog we got scammed with "Teelie" is still up for sale on this site. The comment about not sending any m.o. is so true. It's so easy to fall for a darling puppy and put caution aside.
When I bought my shih tzu online, I called the lady and asked her abunch of questions, as well we emailed each other back and forth alot. So that I felt secure about the dog, I asked for her address. I then after typed in her number on the internet to be sure that it went to the right address, and name.
I sent her money by depositing money into her bank account, and made sure that I had gotten a receipt. Also this way I needed her real name, and banking information.
My dog was mega cheap too, only $300!!! pure breed... but, shipping cost me another $150... the only why I can say I got scammed is she had posted pictures of the dogs when they are 7-8weeks of age, but they were 12weeks and much bigger by the time she sold them... so, when I was expecting a small puppy, I was surprised to pick up a pup abit older lol... but I love her none the less...
Sadly, the breeder won't return any of my emails now... as I email her once and awhile with updating pictures and information and she never replies back...
She sent me many emails and phone calles via operater (supposedly deaf) and sent me a money gram. I never knew that you could fake a money gram. Well, I ended up sending her the "transporter money" and I'm out 2,000.00 dollars. I don't have that. I'm a single mom with no child support who works six (6) days a weeks and some nights! I can't pay my bills now.. Now what am I gonna do..
I also reported her and not even an email back saying they got it!!!! What's the use!
It does go both ways. I have been 'scammed' more than once by puppy buyers out of State, getting puppies and not following through with payments. Or bounced checks. Not all breeders have a way to pay by credit card, and if they do (Paypal generally) buyers should expect to pay the fees for the convenience.
The other thing....to breeders, is if you accept deposits with paypal, put on the paypal transaction that the deposit is non-refundable. If you don't they can retract their deposit from your account with out permission at any time.
Bottom line, puppy buyers and sellers need to be comfortable with the other person, and the trasaction. If a deal is too good to be true (either way) it normally is.
Breeders, don't let people make arrangements to ship their dogs. Normally is a scam. You make the arrangements for your puppy.
My last... inconvenience was over shipping. About 4 weeks ago I had made flight arrangements for my last litter of boxers to fly out. It was spring, so I didn't think there would be any shipping problems. However when I tried to send the first puppy out with Northwest, they turned her back, because it was too hot for their snub nosed puppy flying restrictions.
I knew, it was going to likely be too hot for the rest of the summer to use Northwest. That was a problem, because Northwest allows the 'buyer' to pay for the puppy airfare when they pick up the puppy. I had not charged any one for airfare.
The only shipping option with out heat restrictions was Continental. Continental only allows people to pre-pay. I felt like I knew and trusted all the puppy buyers-- that had fully paid for the puppies and that I had been speaking with for several weeks.
I explained the situation, and in order to get the puppies out the following day, I said I would pre-pay all the flights, and that they needed to get the checks out to me for reimbursement as soon as the puppies arrived the next day. Everyone was very happy that I would still be able to ship out the puppies the following day, and agreed.
I didn't insist that they pre-pay, or no puppy, because I didn't want them to think I was a scam.
Puppies went out, final airfare total was nearly $1l00. Called, every one had their puppy safe and sound. Ten days later, no shipping money.....
Not one person had sent the $$. Once I e-mailed heard nothing. Called every one again. Once said 'the check was in the mail'. Never came. After a week, he did paypal me. The second one also sent paypal the following day.
The others are still not here after a month. One is a co-ownership and I trust her and I know that it will eventually come. The other payment... I am just crossing fingers.
Boxers are like cookies you can't have just one :)
My husband laughs at me because I did so much research on puppy buying. Well I just do a lot of research period. Anyways, both breeders that we purchased our puppies from were excellent. I still email the breeder of our Doberman and keep him up to date, same with the breeder of our Lab. I am sorry that yall have been scammed, it's unfortunate that people would actually have the audacity to do something like that. Some people are just so cruel and money hungry. But everything is always a lesson learned! I would always recommend using paypal.
"A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions" - Confucius
Its sad that so much scamming is going on . Anymore, unless you know the breeder or are picking your pup up in person, there are no guarentees. I was amazed at the huge amount of scammer ads i came accross when looking for our French Bulldogs. French and English Bulldogs, Yorkies, and a few other breeds, are high on the scammers list because of the cost of the breed. I have had two of my three frenchies pictures stolen from their dogster page, and placed for sell on puppyfind. I was totally shocked to come accross those ads. Beware of anyone that only accepts western union as payment. Also anyone that uses improper grammar in their ads. A good breeder should also be able to provide you with several references and vet information that you can call and verify. They should also provide you with a HOME telephone number. Learn what a good quality pup sells for in the breed you are looking for. If you see pups that are priced far below the norm, then run ! If they are using a kennel name, google it and see what comes up. We can not stop the endless amount of scammers that are popping up all over the internet, but we can protect ourselves from falling prey to them. Educating ourselves to know what to watch out for is the best defense we have against them. Knowledge and instinct are our best defense against scammers. If it doesnt feel right, it probably isnt.
If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater, suggest that he wear a tail.
I'm surprised to hear that breeders get scammed too. My lingering resentment is that the site (terrific pets) should have to take some measures when a user has legitimate concerns. We should be able to open up a dispute with a buyer or breeder and the site should take some sort of investigative or disciplinary action. I'm still in shock that the site has kept a scammer's ad up all this time! The "scam alert" for users for purchase and selling is insufficient. The site should list complaints so that other potential buyers or breeders have at least a possible knowledge. The person that ripped us off is not listed on the scam alert page. I am making it a mission to get Terrific Pets to acknowledge the problem with this particular breeder even if they will not take action. I should at least get an email from them in response. Will keep trying.
Eli, I had someone do the deaf call assitance with me too, or at least they tried. Its a program that deaf people use on the internet to call someone, its called internet relay service, an operater tells you what the deaf person types and also types back to the deaf person what you say. Only this one called at 1:00 AM asking about a puppy and when I tried to ask a question he quit responding so i typed in his name on a google and it came up SCAM SCAM SCAM. The guys name was Robert Beers and has been banned from most classifieds sites. He cant email you from the website due to being banned but he can still dial a phone number posted on it. Anybody that is a seller beware of Internet Relay Service calls. I tried getting a hold of the relay service company to alert them to the abuse of the system but never could get anybody.