Scam Protection Info
AKC says they receive over 10,000 complaints every year about scammers. Many of our clients have told us the horrible stories of how they’ve been scammed. We feel as a licensed, reputable breeder it is our duty to help our potential clients be aware of what to look for when purchasing a puppy, even if they choose not to buy from us.
- Look for broken English or poor grammar in emails and website content
- A reputable breeder will be available to speak by phone!!
- Scammers prefer email communication only
- Check to see if they are licensed by their state
- Ask for contact information about their vet, if in doubt, call the vet to see if they are a client
- Be on guard if they only want payment in advance and don’t offer you a cash option when you pick up the puppy
- Scammers offer only shipping, (some breeders ship as well) so this one is tricky
- Do a reverse image search to see if they’ve stolen photos from an actual breeder website… check this link: https://www.google.com/search?q=how+to+do+a+reverse+image+search&oq=how+to+do+a+reverse&aqs=chrome.0.0i512j69i57j0i512l8.6936j0j15&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
- Don’t fall for requests to wire money, or use a cash app, or a gift card to purchase a puppy, you won’t be able to get your money back if you’ve been scammed.
- Offers for discounted dogs should be a red flag. Reputable breeders have no problem placing their puppies.
- Check standing with AKC. Ask for the litter registration number and call AKC to verify.
- Don’t pay for or accept a puppy that does not have AKC papers ready at the time of picking up the puppy. Undocumented puppies may be stolen!
- High-pressure sales or insisting that you send money right away is a red flag.
- If you find two websites with the exact same wording or content, most likely one of them is a scammer. Scammers always copy their content from a legitimate website.