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3 Ways To Avoid Christmas Scams, Especially The Dreaded ‘Puppy Swindle’!

The following is an article I wrote and posted around this time last year. As it is both timely and relevant, I wanted to get this helpful information out to all who may have missed it. Merry Christmas to all, both fuzzy and smooth!

Where there is desire, there is someone waiting to take advantage.  Yesterday morning, ‘D’ and I set off to an address  on the other side of town to look at a recent litter of French Bull Dog puppies for my sister-in-law who lives in another state.  It was her birthday last week, and her daughter wished to surprise her with a puppy of her favorite breed.  Now, breeders in her state can be fairly pricey, so my niece followed a path we all turn to in need, the Internet.  Can you guess where this story is headed?

She spoke via ‘text’ with the breeder, as this was all the phone number listed on the site would allow {red flag #1}).  My niece went back and forth on sex of the dogs, price, and availability.  All was seemingly well until she mentioned that her uncle would be able to come by the next morning to view the litter.  Suddenly negotiations became somewhat sketchy (red flag #2), and the breeder reluctantly gave the address of where we could view the dogs.  Oh, did I mention they were selling the puppies for $250?…HUGE RED FLAG #3!!  Reminder: If it sounds too good to be true,….IT IS!! Click To Tweet

3 Ways To Avoid Christmas Scams, Especially The Dreaded 'Puppy Swindle'!


‘D’ and I arrived at the house and rang the bell.  No answer.  After 15 minutes of waiting, texting for information, and trying to make contact with this person my niece had spoken to the night before, some sketchy dude pokes his head out and informs us that there are no dogs in his house, and other people have come by looking for the same thing.  Long story short, it’s a popular scam being run right now, where bogus (but legitimate looking websites) are set up telling people they have these dogs, and ‘they are going fast, so if you’ll just send a deposit to hold the puppy….’, blah blah blah…..


3 Ways To Avoid Christmas Scams, Especially The Dreaded ‘Puppy Swindle’!

  1. Always talk to a person on the phone, not text or email (regarding all ‘in person’ sales). For online companies: if you are unsure of a company online, ‘engine search it’! Chances are, if it is a scam, someone has already reported it and you can find out that information in approx. 15 seconds, saving yourself money & heartache!  

  2. Make sure the area code is correct for their supposed locale.  NEVER send anyone any money for any reason unless you are 100% positive it is legit.  Legitimate breeders do not work that way, and if they do, you are probably getting a ‘puppy mill’ dog. This advice goes for any purchase you make online.

  3. The old adage, ‘You get what you pay for’ is correct. Remember, if it seems to good to be true, it probably is!

update:  The next day I received a text from the same number telling me they still had puppies for sale (a different breed altogether mind you) and was I still interested/send my email address/they will send pics ect.  Remember that I had called that number the previous day trying to locate the breeder.  What morons.  Anyway, here is the information that was sent to me by them and their phone number.  If anyone knows where to report them, and is so inclined to do so, be my guest!

1 (703) 662-4858

email address: safechemhouse990@textnow.me

The old adage, ‘You get what you pay for’ is correct! Click To Tweet

Have a safe holiday everyone, especially online!!


Used by permission from Gemma Correll!

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  • Reply
    Sarah Jean Althouse
    December 14 at 2:20 pm

    Oh that’s terrible! I am glad you are getting this info out to help people avoid the same problem.

    • Reply
      December 14 at 3:19 pm

      Thank you Sarah! It can be a messed up world 🙁

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    January 2 at 10:54 am

    Man, some people disappoint me. What a horrible thing to do. Especially when a family is looking to give love to a new pet, this is such a mean thing to do. I’m happy that you were on your toes and I hope this helps others too!
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      January 2 at 7:01 pm

      I hope it helps too! You learn something everyday 🙁

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