Beware of Pet Travel Scams
Pets scams can happen to anyone! When the Cahill family received an email offering two free Siberian huskies, they jumped at the chance. The details were fairly simple: send $400 via Western Union to pay for their safe shipping from overseas. "They almost had me convinced," says Miss Cahill, "but ..." (Click here to read full article)
Just because there is a photo of a cute puppy (or other animal) and a promise to ship it does not mean there is a puppy! Scammers play on your emotions. When purchasing an animal from a breeder, broker, or a third party make sure you are dealing with a legitimate company. If they claim they are an IPATA (International Pet and Animal Transportation Association) member, look them up in the on-line directory. Please read the info below about scams before you start sending money!
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There are many legitimate websites offering pets and other animals for sale and animal transportation services, there are also many scams on the Internet. What used to be "puppy scams" has grown to include birds, monkeys, horses and all other types of animals.