The International Pet and Animal Transport Association (IPATA) warns that Pet Scams are impacting pet lovers worldwide.
“Scammers” offer to provide free or inexpensive puppies, just for the price of shipping. There is usually no dog and no shipment, so please take precautions before paying money for services that may not exist. Other animals frequently offered are monkeys, birds, snakes, and small exotic animals.
Unfortunately, these criminal “scammers” pretend to be legitimate pet shippers like Pet-Express and other reputable pet shippers.
IPATA states that;
“Pet scam criminals often use free websites, Craig’s List, local newspapers, or Facebook to advertise pets that do not exist. Expensive animals, like Bulldogs or toy breeds, are offered at very low prices. Animals are offered up for adoption at no cost—all you have to do is pay for the shipping. If you see an ad like this, chances are it is a scam.
These scammers are criminals. Their goal is to take your money. They will lie, they will tell you sob stories, they will send you pictures of adorable animals, they will assure you of their faith and religion – anything to get your money! They use the names of legitimate pet shippers; they pirate websites; they illegally use logos of other companies. If you see an offer that is too good to be true, it probably is. It probably is a scam!”
Scammers also regularly use Western Union or Money Gram as a payment method. Unlike PayPal or a recognized credit card merchant system, Western Union and Money Gram payments are often untraceable and non-refundable.
If you believe that you are being “scammed”, ask the shipper for their name and Pet-Express booking number, and then contact our office to confirm that the shipment is legitimate.
Pet-Express also encourages animal lovers to rescue lovable dogs and cats from your local shelter, instead of buying and shipping unknown animals from international or interstate locations.