Don’t Get Taken By Impostors!

bulldog scamsWith the English Bulldog being one of the most desired dog breeds in America it has also become a breed that is constantly being used to take advantage of unsuspecting families. I have seen hundreds of ads that scream “SCAM” on newspapers and online advertisements. There’s a good chance that if you open your Sunday paper there will be some lousy scammer running his usual ad in hopes of making some unearned cash(stealing). It’s extremely easy to spot a scam if you know what to look for.

*** Update- In the new age of everything Facebook, we’ve noticed that most Bulldog Scam Artists have now taken their “work” to the social network in search of fresh victims. That’s right, when this post on Bulldog Puppy Scams was originally written only two years ago most of the false ads were found in newspapers, but that’s obviously not so anymore. So much for the good ol’ days. There’s so many reasons scammers are flocking to social media to push their schemes. It doesn’t cost a dime to post your ad on facebook and within 5 -10 minutes you can have a full page of cute puppy pictures listed with a price and your fake phone number. The most encouraging reason; however, that bulldog puppy scammers are using facebook are the enormous Bulldog Fan Pages they can post to where millions of bulldog lovers will see their ad! Yep, puppy scamming is so much easier on facebook now than it ever was by placing an ad in the local paper.

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Here’s an Example of an English Bulldog Scam

Take a look in your local news paper and you will see at least one of these sour deals a month. The other day while reading I noticed an ad in the paper that read “Bulldog puppies for sale,”Champion blood lines”. The ad also mentioned that the puppy had AKC papers and the seller wanted $600. According to this ad  “Mr X” had everything in a new puppy you could ever want and for a steal of a deal.

There were two sure signs this ad was a scam. One, the price of this puppy was supposedly only $600.00. This means the pup could NOT have had a “Champion Bloodline” or been “AKC”. No responsible breeder can afford to sell one of their puppies for such a low price. Two, the ad had an email address, but no contact phone number. “Mr X” never wants to talk to you on the phone for fear of being discovered. “Mr X” may even post another person’s phone number in order to seem more legitimate.

If you call this number it is likely you will reach someone else or no one at all. You will undoubtedly get some crazy story from this scam artist and he will require you to pay him with a wire transfer, money order, or western union without you even meeting him or this puppy. Remember that even if “Mr X” has beautiful pictures of Bulldog puppies or sends you a copy of his I.D. it doesn’t mean he is legit. These Bulldog “scam artists” go to great lengths to make themselves believable.

The Final Analysis

Sometimes it can be hard for someone to turn down what may seem like such a good deal, but going this route and just hoping it turns out ok is recipe for disaster. If this scammer catches you by the tail you won’t escape til you’ve paid every penny. Please make sure that when searching for your new pet you are able to talk to the seller on the phone or most preferably in person. There are many ways you can be conned into a bad deal from one of these “scam artists” so please be careful and take your time when searching for a pet. One faithful saying comes to mind,”If it’s sounds to good to be true it probably is”.

If you ever feel you may have run into one of these “jokers” please report them to the police and the advertising agency that was used. Lastly, if at any point you don’t feel confident in the seller or their claims DON’T give them your money! Contact a reputable seller and save yourself the heartache of being left out in the cold. A lot of good people get taken for a ride by these types of “scam artists” & we hope you don’t run into one them.

– Dan Weese

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8 Responses to Guard Yourself Against Bulldog Scams

  • Candice

    I wanted to report a possible scam to you. I know I should tell Facebook but the guy already deleted his page. The number listed on the Facebook Page was 240 257 8424. The page was called I actually contacted this person based on a suggestion from someone inside a sellers page. We communicated via FB chat. I told him I am looking for an older French Bulldog. He said he has some 4 month olds for 800 dollars. I said my budget is 400 and that I would come pick up the dog, not have it shipped even though it is a 12 hour drive and that if he cannot sell them and decides he can take 400 to let me know. He contacted me a week or 2 later saying he would take 400 so it didn’t seem like a scam. However, last night I asked him to send me pictures of certain dogs in different poses to ensure the dogs are real and see them better. He did not respond and deleted his Facebook page immediately. That is very very odd to me. If he was annoyed why not just block me?!

  • Pam

    I appreciate all the information you post.  However. There is so much more that should be done by the bulldog clubs of America and akc.  I complained on the internet about a breeder.  I contacted akc and the bulldog club of America.  All I got was sued by the bulldog breeder for complaining about him on the Internet.  And to date have spent over 25000.00 just protecting myself against the lawsuit.  Not proving that I did not lie in complaining.  Not proving that the breeder misrepresented himself and the puppies he sells.  Just fighting the lawsuit.  Just pushing the paperwork, doing the discovery answering the papers. Costs more money than we have. This lawsuit has cost us everything we have. Two years and still not in court proving what happened to us !!  All I wanted to do was warn buyers.  Warn buyers about being promised akc papers. Then finding out that most breeders only offer restricted akc registrations !!! And some breeders make buyers of femal puppies raise a litter.  Pay all the costs of that litter.  Than give the breeder his choice of the best two puppies.  So the breeder has puppies to sell !!!!!  And the owner of the female is stuck with puppies that have no akc registration papers. Because the breeder controls who gets full registrations or just restricted registration. So our female was never getting full registration. And we were left with puppies we could only sell as unregistered. This happens every day.  Akc knows.  The bulldog club of America knows.  And they know who is doing it !!!!  But the akc only makes money on registrations. So they want registrations.  And they refuse to help. The bulldog club of America refuses to help clean up their back yard Several of the bad breeders gave champion dogs!!!!  And several are judges for akc !!!!!! Bulldog club members want to win. So they refuse to take down judges that are abusing buyers.  Because the more champions a breeder has the more money the demand for puppies !!  Until the akc and the bulldog club of America cares enough to get rid of the bad breeders.  Nothing will change.  Nothing.  My husband and have lost so much money because I dared to complain on the Internet.  And not only did it ruin us financially.  The bad breeders are still in business !!!

  • Rebecca
    Smith James
    Also known as: Jamie Baltz
    He gave me change of ownership papers and kept my money. I did not receive my Englush bulldog puppy. He tried to bully more money out of me and tell me he was a family man. He gave me 2 phone numbers.
    (240) 412-2389
    (904) 419-8680
    Takoma Park, Maryland

    • Dan Weese

      Thanks, Rebecca, and sorry to hear about your experience. It’s great you’ve included name and numbers so that when they’re searched through google people will be shown your comment and be able to steer clear of this puppy scammer!

    • Jessica

      Thanks for posting this . If not for you I would have sent this same guy with the same email address my money for a boxer puppy. Also stating to transfer ownership over to me and claiming to be a family man. He now from (443) 906-0103 that number . How sad!! Beware everyone

  • Kathy S

    I was scammed also dealing with these people in Philadelphia. The guy responded to me via text, but I thought it was odd from the first beginning but , me trying to give them the benefit of the doubt. I continued on with these long lengthy emails. He even emailed me after he got the money, why I have no idea. He claimed to be sending the pup off the next morning, but did not sent me a text that day later on stating he had some emergency with his daughter. Again I’m still bothered but I kept hope. Of course its 5pm and I emailed him just to see if I would get a response and he has not responded, which now I know he is not going to. I am so frustrated with myself cause all the signs were there. Western Union, I even told him no one uses it. He had an excuse for that as well. The guys name was Michael Wilburn but I am so sure it was made up. I even looked up the address and it was a building not a house. SMH UGh I am so disgusted. All money gram tells me is contact the FBI, really???

  • Christian L

    I Read your article and have to say that myself and my mother were almost taken by one of these scams tonight! Seems these scammers are also posting on Craigslist as well as Facebook. During the text conversation between me and the “breeder” he indicated that he wanted a money gram transfer of half the cost of the bulldog pup and then he would email me the paperwork and then ship me the dog and I would have the puppy before 4:30pm the following day. Our conversation went into the wee hours of the evening. We even started a wire transfer but money gram posted a “hold” on the transaction for further information. Once the rep had some answers to some questions, she declined the transaction and said we would have to go to a location to do a new transaction. Soon after I did some more research and found a ton of stories similar to my own and made the decision to sever my communication with this obvious scammer. Even with SO MANY red flags during our conversation with this person, it was hard to say no. It wasn’t until the money gram rep declined my transaction even after answering ALL of her questions correctly that I was compelled to look deeper. Everyone needs to BEWARE or these scams. As bad as you really want a bulldog puppy, the old saying goes “if it sounds to good to be true, it probably is”.

  • Paula L

    I am brand new to Red White and Bulldogs! I just read your article on Scammers! They make me sick! I was scammed with the purchase of my first bully. This was just last week. was the sight I was looking at and I looked at all the pics and added my favs to my list and then narrowed it down to two. And can I tell you that BOTH of the adds were a scam! The story similair to the one you told Michelle. One was a Pastor doing mission work in Africa and it was too hot for the puppy and he had no time and only wanted for her what it would cost to ship her to my doorstep. I even talked to the jerk on the phone! The same with the other add, she had she was in Montana on the listing, but when it was time to send the money, it was to be western unioned to CAMAROON and when I asked about this the reply was, “oh, no that’s just where our pet payments go to”. I said in my best southern drawl, “Well, mine aint!” I was sick to my stomach! But luckily I found a breeder in Florida and I will go pick up my new Lexie April 20th! I can not wait! I’m so excited I can’t hardly sleep at night! I was very skeptical after the two scammers, but Natalie of Precious Stone Bullies made me feel very at ease with the whole process. I thought I would never find a bully to love, and now I do. So thanks for telling people about these sickos! I don’t know how they sleep at night! Thanks, Paula L.

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