National Puppy Scam Hits Delaware

The recent national findings from the BBB Study on Puppy Scams has hit close to home for Delawareans.
September 28, 2017

Better Business Bureau Serving Delaware has had it's share of "Puppy Breeders" claim to be from the First State. Like the results of the national investigation show, these people use phony addresses and set up fake websites to entice excited consumers.

"It's really sad," says BBB Delaware President, Christine Sauers. "Individuals become very emotionally attached to the pictures and idea of the puppy that they will soon own. When it doesn't happen, and they realize they were scammed, it hurts both their pockets and their hearts."

BBB Serving Delaware received more than a dozen complaints from consumers that have been scammed by breeders that have claimed an address in Delaware. 

Read more about the comprehensive BBB investigation here and be sure to follow a few tips:

  • Don't buy a pet without seeing it in person.
  • Never pay a stranger with a money order or through Western Union or Moneygram.
  • Research prices for the breed you are interested in adopting.
  • If someone is advertising a purebred dog for free or at a deeply discounted price, you could be dealing with a fraudulent offer.
  • Consult the Humane Society of the United States. It refers consumers to local shelters.