Been Scammed Buying A Pet? Here’s What You Need to Know And What Action To Take


Purchasing a pet can bring immeasurable joy and companionship to one’s life. However, with the rise of online pet sales, unsuspecting buyers often fall prey to scammers masquerading as legitimate pet sellers. If you’ve been scammed when buying a pet, rest assured that you’re not alone. In this article, we will shed light on this unfortunate situation and share helpful tips to prevent falling victim to pet scams and what action you can take.

-Low prices that seem too good to be true

-Requesting payment via wire transfer or gift cards

-Lack of personal contact or refusal to provide additional information

-Using high resolution google pet images

-They only wish to negotiate via email

-They provide a false or international contact number

-They are generous and a take less price

– Offer you a deal that makes you feel like you cant refuse

-They may act desperate or guilt trip you

-Opt for trusted websites or local shelters with a good reputation

-Read reviews and testimonials from previous buyers

-Speak with pet owners who have successfully brought pets online before

-Ask for additional photos or videos of the pet

-Request a video call to interact with the pet in real-time

-Request veterinary records or references for the seller’s credibility and check them out

-Visit the pet in question before buying

-Limited availability or urgency to complete the purchase

-Inconsistent information or vague answers to questions

-Unwillingness to allow a pre-purchase visit

-Unwilligness to provide a direct contact number

– Report the Scammer immediately to us so we can remove them to avoid another victim

– Contact your bank immediately and explain what has happened they maybe able to help you recover your money

-Contact your local police and give them every bit of information you have (you can also contact us but due to data protection we are limited to what we can provide you)

– Report to Action Fraud by clicking HERE

While falling victim to a pet scam is disheartening, it’s essential to learn from the experience and take precautions to protect yourself in the future. By familiarizing yourself with the warning signs, researching sellers diligently, and being cautious throughout the process, you can ensure a safe and joyful adoption experience. Remember, a little due diligence can go a long way in bringing a furry companion into your life without any unexpected surprises.

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