Brisbane Courier Mail Article
Scamwatch - Aust Govt Site
Adelaide Animal Hospitals Website
Buyer beware - there are scammers in this Breed
With the rise in popularity of the French Bulldog in Australia, the scammers are taking this to their advantage
We will list known scams here as they come to light, but there are certain things that you should always look out for.
Never ever make any payment for a puppy or adult through Western Union. This is most certainly going to someone in a foreign country.
PAYPAL AND CREDIT CARD
Never make a payment for a puppy with Paypal or a Credit Card. All Australian Breeders have Australian Bank accounts. There is no way or assuring your payment is going the person you think it is, unless money is paid directly to the Breeder or into the Breeders Bank account.
More often than not, email communication is written in a way that indicates you are not speaking with an Australian. Spelling for example of mum, is often written as 'mom'. Toilet training is referred to as 'potty training'.
Ads on Free Classifieds site on the internet with puppies for sale at amounts less than the average price for the Breed. Gumtree, the Trading Post and many others have been platforms for scammers.
Scammers are stealing the identites of known Breeders and creating Facebook profiles that look like the legitimate Breeder. This has occurred at least three times now to Australian Breeders.
Some of the tactics Scammers use. They offer you a puppy or adult dog at a reduced price. They tell you that they live in a remote part of Australia, and that it would take too long to drive to them. They send you photos of puppies and the parents, photos stolen form the websites of other Breeders.
They then ask you to either pay for the transport and cost of the puppy. Usually into a Western Union account. Once that payment has gone through, the mobile phone will no longer be reachable, and no further emails will be replied too. We have been informed by Scamwatch, that these people are almost always from a foreign country.
A recent Ad on the Trading Post had an adult entire female for sale, supposedly purchased from a Breeder as a puppy, but was no longer wanted. The Ad contained a mobile number.
After speaking to the person on the mobile, and being directed to a website of the Breeder of this adult dog, the person decided after looking at the photos and pedigrees of this Breeder, that they would purchase the dog. They paid a deposit of $1000.
Once the deposit was made, into an Australian Bank account, the mobile became inactive, and the Ad removed from the Trading Post website.
The purchaser made contact with the Breeder, and questioned sale and breeding of this dog. Unfortunately, too late. He was to later find out that there had been no litters by the Breeder enabling a 12 month old dog to exist, and that the price he was quoted for the sale of the dog, was $1500 more than the Breeder charges for their own dogs.
Another tactic is asking for payment for shipping of a puppy or adult dog that the seller can no longer keep. They offer you a free dog to a good home, you just need to pay for the transport. They give you a time and date to collect the puppy at the airport, but that puppy never arrives.
They have even gone so far as to quote Pet Transport Company names and who to contact there etc.
What can you do?
If in doubt, ask the seller for their Breeders registration number, and address. Contact the Canine Council in your State, and refer the number given to their register.
Contact one of the French Bulldog Clubs and ask if they know of the Breeder.
Make sure you speak to the Breeder on the telephone if you cant go there in person.
Ask for photos of the puppies at different ages. Make sure they match up from baby photos to older puppy photos. Look for things like markings, carpet colour, furniture, even rings on fingers.
Ask the Breederif you can collect the puppy in person, even if you can't. If they say no, then stay away.
Remember the old saying...
If it's too good to be true, then it probably is.