Better Business Bureau (BBB) of the Upstate is alerting consumers about a local “pet breeder” business scam named Geeks Mini Schnauzers. The business also goes by Coly Pembroke Welsh Corgis, Coly Bernese Puppies, Destiny German Short Haired Pointers, Geeks Mini Aussies and Kelvy Whippet Puppies. Each business has a separate website and all list the same phone number.
The address provided for the business by a consumer was checked by BBB and, in fact, lists the address of a house in Spartanburg.
This consumer reported an $800 loss to this “pet breeder.” She thought she was adopting a miniature schnauzer, but she later found out this was a scam.
“I just don’t want this company scamming other people,” said the consumer. “I just wish they could be shut down.”
BBB has reached out to the company via telephone and the representative stated they were based out of South Carolina. However, when asked more questions, the business hung up. Additionally, when sent emails and letters in the mail, the BBB received no responses.
How the Scam Operates:
You want to adopt to a puppy, so you search online for breeders. When you come across a website that offers puppies for sale, you see photos of puppies and guarantees of their health and vaccinations.
So, you email the breeder. The puppy is still available and so, the breeder lets you know they would be happy to ship the dog. All you need to do is use a wire transfer to send money to the breeder.
Don’t fall for it! The dog doesn’t exist and the photos you’ve been seeing are pictures from other breeders’ websites.
BBB offers the following tips when shopping for the puppy online: