Facebook Puppy Scamswritten by: Daniel Weese These days, you'll no doubt find a ton of Bulldog scams each week in your local newspaper, but they've recently become most prevalent on Facebook. Only three years ago I would have agreed with you the classified section in your newspaper was the avenue of choice for scam artists, but no more. Yes, the times they are a changin'. Each month in America, hundreds of claims regarding puppy scams are filed with the Internet Crimes Complaint Center and the BBB. It is estimated that 90% of crimes involving puppy scams which result in the buyer's financial loss are never even reported to the authorities. Of the remaining 10% of claims reported, as little as 4% end with prosecution of those wielding the scam. Only in extremely rare cases does the consumer ever see justice.
See a Wolf, Warn The SheepOur Facebook Page is constantly bombarded with scam activity. At any given time you can find 2-3 posts from bogus Facebook account holders who are trying to push their scam on our Fan Page. For the longest time we quickly deleted the ads from our page in fear someone would fall prey, but recently we learned it's far better that we leave the false advertisement there. Why? Well it's certainly not because we feel sorry for these scammers, that's for sure. No, but by leaving the ad and commenting "SCAM" under their post, we provide a live representation of a scam in progress! We point out the flaws in the ad and provide our fans a clear example of what they need avoid. It's simple. When we spot a wolf, we call him out and herd the sheep back to a safe distance. Report a Scam/Fake Facebook Page and have it removed!
Spot a Facebook Puppy Scam.It's extremely easy to spot a scam on Facebook if you know what you're looking for. Often times the scam artist finds you. He frequents big Bulldog fan pages and litters his stolen pictures everywhere. Some fan pages can have as many as 100k - 1m followers making it easy for the scam artist to instantly share his scheme with thousands. It's difficult not to look at the ad noticing the nice looking profile pic(usually a young woman) of the person who posted and gain a misplaced since of security in pursuing the puppies being offered. Have you ever considered the amount of time and trouble these scammers go through to make their counterfeit facebook account? Well, it's about 5 minutes! Yep, they just right click and save a profile pic along with a few of the cutest puppy pictures on the internet and they're done.
Facebook Wolves Travel In Packs!I've noticed these guys like to work together too. When one of them lists their Puppy for sale or free, others may comment on the post, "beautiful puppies you have", or they'll "like" the post for their fellow scammer in an effort to make the post more enticing. In many instances the swindler just makes a bunch of fictitious accounts, befriends them all and then using those accounts, "likes" and comments on his own posts. Again, they take every effort possible in hopes of appearing legit to you and scoring some cash. Look at the person's facebook account. Did they just create it last month or yesterday? It's fake! These scammers do hilarious things! They always use profile pics with puppies in them and it's typical to see that every single thing on their page, even their friends, are centered around puppies. Maybe they just really love puppies?? No! Not too smart are they? But they're learning mind you. That's why we have to stay alert. Actually we receive mysterious visitors to this website daily from places like Dubai, Nigeria and Cameroon by people who's search query include words like "puppy scams on facebook", or "bulldog puppy scams". These are most likely beginners learning for the first time how to spread their wings in a facebook puppy scamming operation. I guarantee they'll be reading this page plenty. *Note,that I realize not all visitors from those countries mentioned are involved in scamming activities.
How Puppy Scams Work.Scammers are inventing new deceptions with every new hour. No matter the arrangement, the scam artist will not talk on the phone with you even if he provides a number to call. There's always a funny excuse as to why he can't chat with you. You'll never see him in person and as you'll see below in my Conversation With a Facebook Puppy Scam Artist ,If you don't send him money within a few days he'll become forceful, or become impatient with you and move on.
Free to Loving Home Puppy Scam.In this deceitful game, the criminal initially offers his puppy or puppies to anyone who will just "promise me you will take good care of the babies" and at no charge. You see he'll feed you lies like.....he's a missionary to Africa and it's much too hot there for his poor bulldog puppies. That's a line my wife and I nearly fell for 10 yrs ago before we got our first Bulldog Lily. Once the buyer makes contact with the seller, the seller mentions the puppy is free, but there will be a shipping charge(usually $350). He must get you to send him money for shipping via an unprotected and untraceable payment method like Western Union, Money Order, or Wire Transfer. If you get a little weary of the deal, he'll provide you with I.D. , the name of his pastor at church, Phone numbers of those who can vouch for him, whatever it takes to get your money. He gives you real contact names and numbers, but no one ever answers the phone. It's all just a mirage. If the buyer succumbs to this fast talker's deception he'll be out at least $350 and he'll never lay eyes on any puppies. Many times the scam artist will play double or nothing with his victim. He may come back days or weeks later in attempt at stealing more cash.
Conversation With Facebook Scammer.I Had a "Free To Good Home" Conversation With One of These Cheats Just The Other Day. The scammer called himself Loveline Brakes of all things! Weird, I know. You'd think they could at least pick a normal name. At first I tried to ward him off, but when he persisited, I figured I'd try and turn the scam on him. Get him to send me a little cash maybe? Let me share it with you, but I warn you; I didn't know I would be showing it to the world and I was a bit crass in my discussion with him/her. Actually you may find it hilarious. Just to see the way ........well here it is:
- Loveline Brakes January 11 - Hello please what do you mean by scam i do not understand such word okay and you can text me or ring me at (509 619-7647) so we can talk better on how you get these my puppies home asap.
- RedWhiteandBulldogs -You might as go someplace else with your scam
- Loveline Brakes January 12 -what do you mean by this am given out these puppies out but for free adoption okay so if you can okay with that then just drop me your number so i can call you or text you better and please where are you located just let me know asap.
- RedWhiteandBulldogs -I see. sometimes i get a little worried and want to be careful.
- Loveline Brakes January 14 -Hello am so sorry for the late reply okay but i have just text you on phone please can you get back to me asap here is my number (509) 619-7647
- RedWhiteandBulldogs January 14 -I don't have free texting
- Loveline Brakes -okay that is fine so can we talk here
- Loveline Brakes -and i want to ask if you saw the massage i sent to your phone
- RedWhiteandBulldogs -Yes i loved the massage it felt absolutely incredible especially on the feet
- Loveline Brakes -please i want you to know that am now in Texas okay but i want you to know that am given these puppies out for free adoption okay
- Loveline Brakes -so are you ready
- RedWhiteandBulldogs -Yea you sending them by plane candy gram or helicopter or fedex or what??
- Loveline Brakes -what do you mean please? we will begin shipment soon okay. you there
- RedWhiteandBulldogs -Ya right here on the crapper sorry
Dodge Puppy Scams On Facebook.First of all, it may be best you don't do your puppy shopping on facebook. You don't want to be lured in by any random puppy picture posted by Joe Scammer on the Bulldogs Are Awesome Fan Page. If you see a puppy you've just got to have, we recommend you don't do anything until you've personally seen the puppy and met the breeder. Never pay with Western Union, a Money Order, or by Wire Transfer! Always, always, always check up on the breeder by searching their name on Google and Yahoo. Dig for dirt on these people and if they look clean, ask for references.
Google Search This GuySpeaking of Google. Did you know you can right click any picture, save it to your computer and search for it on the web? This is a wonderful tool you can use if you think you've found a bogus deal. The work of a scam artist isn't exactly what you'd call "first rate." When setting up their crooked deals, they often pick names that are obviously fake and use the most popular of puppy photos from the web. See the screen shot (at right) and notice the text in this scammer's post on our Facebook Page? " Were given out to families that truly love the bulldog breed as much as we do at a very low cost." Ya, I bet! Legitimate breeders don't sound like used car salesmen. Or maybe I do sometimes? That's not the point. I saved the red Bulldog puppy photo and searched for it on Google. Instantly, I found the same puppy listed for sale in at least 10 different websites with different prices and dates of birth, all by people with completely different names.
Report Puppy Scams On FacebookYou've been had! Don't let the whole ordeal make you feel like a fool. This really does happen to the best of us. I know that's cliche, but it's true. Report these crooks to the Internet Crime Complaint Center. The ICC is the place to go if you've been cheated on the internet, but unless you have real information to describe the crook like addresses or names your case won't be solved. As stated in the beginning of this article over 90% of claims are never resolved and that's precisely the way they were designed by the scam artist who took your money. If you think something is fishy with a deal you're pursuing on line, it's better just to walk away from it. I am available by email or you can Message Me on Facebook or Google Plus if you would like advice on the matter. Stay Safe!
Had an Interaction With One of These Jokers?Please Comment Below About Your Experience So Others Can Know What To Watch Out For. At the very least, we ask you list the scammer's phone number and website name. Your help may end up Saving someone a Few Hundreds Dollars!
How to report a fake/scam facebook account?
When you come across a Puppy Scammer's Facebook Page
- Go to the Timeline
- Click in the pages header/banner and then select Report/Block
- Follow the directions to file your report to facebook
Impersonate you, a business or someone else
Steal and use your photos
Use a fake name
Don't represent a real person (fake accounts)