If you have a contract, then you could probably try a lawyer, but if not then there is not much you can do. It was probably a scam. That is why a contract is soooo important in any puppy purchase. Sorry about your luck
Sometimes those deals that sound to good to be true, really are. I have been dealing a lot with several different people who give me the same story, they are Christian missionaries in Africa. So far all of those that I have found, are scams. Sorry to hear about your turn of events
This woman, has scammed us too...We are beside ourself right now. We spent all last night at the airport looking for a dog that doesn't exist. I can not believe this happened. We have done some digging and she is a professional at this sort of thing. She has ad's for Yorkies and Bulldogs all over the internet going back over a year! I can't believe she hasn't been stopped.
ANY suggestions to get our money or at least take action against her would be EXTREMELY appreciated!
-Steve & Marie
***Edited By: pyrmom on 5/19/2009 5:17:22 AM*** Reason: removed name
Steve and Marie, Thank you for posting the name of the woman that scammed you. I just got an email from her, and something didn't seem quite right. For one, if the price of the dog seems too good to be true, it's usually a scam. She's a little better though. Her price is a little more expensive, and she claims AKC registration. Most don't even go that far. Anything having to do with relocation of people to Africa needing to place their dogs because it's no climate for the dog, is always a scam. The best you can do is report her to this site, and report her to the Internet Fraud Complaint Center - www.ic3.gov. They are a division of the FBI. Hopefully you can get somewhere with that. If she's a scammer, there are no puppies. She most likely stole the pictures from someone elses website. The other thing to look for is perfectly taken, professional pictures. The dogs look perfect, and the price is cheaper. Please report her to the Internet FBI site. That's the only way to stop people like this. Lisa
i am so mad at these scamers out there... i mean god how can they slep at night.. and dont they care if this person has saved up for a year for this pet maybe a older lady not wanting to be alone. or some childs birthday wish.or something we wanted for years... i know this is not going to help now but who ever is reading this please never send money unless it is though paypale or cash in person or get the person on the phone and they speek english and give you a real adress and you can see the puppies in person if they tell you u can not then dont buy it or if they dont have a web site or the letter they writses you looks copyed pasted. or u see a red light. that the red light and stop. if u cant see the puppies then there is no puppies. if you are shiping a dog make sure u have #'s and remmber a real breeder will not get off the phone and will be there for any thing you need to ask. and might even met you part way... if u give something for gas. please report this. was this person from the usa??? or over seas? do u know? i have english bulldogs pupies and i know others that do also if you want there phone #'s and adress. goodluck, wolfecreekbulldog.com
Looks like this is very common now. We bought our bulldog 2 weeks ago and while looking for one emailed a few people. Some prices seemed to good to be true so asked why so cheap and got told they had moved away and couldn't have the puppy when I asked about going to see it I got told he would send it to be shipped to me the next day I just had to pay him and pay the shipping. Was not able to go see the dog. When I asked why he said just send your address and I can bill you for the dog and he will arrive with you first thing in the morning. I still have his email address so think I might report him to the address posted on here. it's sick that people can do this and actually get away with it but it's happening with so many things cars etc
Brucie, thank you for using common sense. While at first you didn't realize it was a scam, the good ole' too good to be true instinct kicked in and you listened to it. You also got unsatisfactory answers to you requests that helped you avoid a scammer.
So many people get scammed for not using common sense.
I don't know if these scammers will ever stop. I live in Alabama and my best friend lives in Michigan. She really wanted to get her daughter a puppy for Christmas last year and so she began searching on the web.
She started forwarding emails to me from people who would send replies to her in broken English. One guy even told her that his wife had died in a car accident just 2 weeks prior and he needed to sell the puppies so he could move back to the UK with his family. Strangely enough, he would never provide her an address where she could come and pick up the puppy in person or see the parents. Apparently the mother of the puppies was in the car with his beloved wife. The photos that were attached were hijacked from someone's website and it was a total nightmare for her. This "breeder" gave her email address to at least 10 other people all provoking the same scams.
I advised her to find someone local and go see the puppies and parents. Well, local for her was a 3 hour drive, one way but she did actually rescue a YorkiePoo from a horrible and abusive situation. Now Snickers is happy in his new home.
My husband is Army and what kills me is the ones who claim to be in the US Military and "can't get home to take care of the new litter, but they have a shipper who will take care of the arrangements" to send the puppy only after you Western Union your hard-earned money directly into their greedy hands. Now they're claiming to be missionaries???
May The Good Lord have mercy on their souls for trying to fool innocent people into believing that they are missioning for Christ. Best of luck to everyone and please, be safe.
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