You can avoid would-be scammers by following
these common-sense rules:
· or other wire service - anyone who asks you to do so is likely a scammer.
· when the fake is discovered weeks later.
· , and does not handle payments, provide escrow, "buyer protection".
· (bank account number, social security number, PayPal info, etc.).
· and know that
Who should I notify about fraud or scam attempts?
· FTC toll free hotline: 877-FTC-HELP (877-382-4357)
If you are defrauded by someone you met in person, contact your local police department.
If you suspect that a PUPPYFINDER.COM post may be part of a scam, please .
Most scams involve one or more of the following:
· Inquiry from someone far away, often in another country.
· Western Union, Money Gram, cashier's check, money order, shipping, escrow service, or a "guarantee."
· Inability or refusal to meet face-to-face before consummating transaction.
Examples of Scams
· These claims are fraudulent, as puppyfinder.com does not have any role in any transaction.
· The scammer will often send an official looking (but fake) email that appears to come from puppyfinfer.com, offering a guarantee, certifying a seller, handle payments.
· You receive an email (examples below) offering to buy your puppy.
· A cashier's check is offered for your puppy for sale as a deposit.
· Value of cashier's check often far exceeds your asking price—scammer offers to "trust" you, and asks you to wire the balance via money transfer service.
· Banks will often cash fake checks AND THEN HOLD YOU RESPONSIBLE WHEN THE CHECK FAILS TO CLEAR, sometimes including criminal prosecution.
· These scams often involve a 3rd party (shipping agent, business associate owing buyer money, etc.).
· Scam "bait" include high value items.
· These scams often claim that an MTCN or confirmation code is needed before he can withdraw your money—this is FALSE, once you've wired money, it is GONE.
· Common countries currently include: Nigeria, Romania, United Kingdom, Ukraine, Spain, Italy, and Netherlands—but could be anywhere.
· Puppy listing may be local, but landlord/owner is "travelling" or "relocating" and needs you to wire money to them abroad.
· Deal often seems too good to be true, price is too low, etc.
· This is ALWAYS a scam in our experience—the cashier's check is FAKE.
· Scammer often asks for your name, address, etc. for printing on the fake check.
· Deal often seems too good to be true.
· Most online escrow sites are FRAUDULENT and operated by scammers.
· For more info, do a google search on "" or "."
· He says he trusts you with the partial payment.
· He may say he has already shipped it.
· Deal often .