If you were the victim of a scammer, who took your money with no intention of sending you a puppy in return, as there was no puppy to begin with (this is different than a breeder you are in dispute with who kept a deposit)...you can report them to the Internet Crime Complaint Center (www.ic3.gov) as well as the advertising site you found them on.
Unfortunately, in most cases, the money you sent to the scammer is lost forever. Many of these scammers are out of the country (nigeria, etc.) and trying to get a refund is near impossible. I have heard of some rare cases where the money was recovered, but the chances of recouping your funds is slim-to-none.
You can also contact your local authorities to see if they have a computer crime division. It is worth the effort to try to get some resolution or at the very least, to make sure the individual can't advertise on whatever venue you found them on again.
Nigerians are the root of a lot of different scams. Lotto scams. Money held in escrow scams.419 scams, you know the e-mail send me $7000 and they will get you a million dollars $$. Also scams from trying to sell your car. its called a refund scam they tell you that they want to but your car but have to send $8000 for brokerage fees and ask you to Western union it back. Dateline did a story on this type stuff. Like fake money that is all black cardboard that they want to sneak out of the country.
There is one good way to stop this. Don't do it. back to the dogs if you are buying a pup ALWAYS go see it and get it in person. We drove almost a thousand miles one way to get our boy.
BernerGuy, You don't always have to drive and see a puppy in person so as not to get scammed. Believe it or not, there really are some honest ethical breeders out there. Would have loved to seen the gal from Sweden drive here for her pup and the one from Finland as well. LOL
He's your friend,your partner,your defender your dog.You are his life,his love,his leader. He will be yours faithful and true to the last beat of his heart.You owe it to him to worthy of such devotion
Windy I am sure there are ethical people selling dogs that way. That is just my preference and I know a lot of breeders that wouldn't sell a dog unless they met the new owners. I have other dogs since that one and I didn't have to go that far. That was just a special situation where the breeder had a decision as to where a puppy was to live.