Puppy Scams and Scammers
I have been contacted by many very nice people that have been scammed when trying to purchase a puppy from a reputable breeder, and since I've been seeing an uptick in this recently I wanted to write out some red flags that I have seen. Many of these flags are very obvious, but some are more subtle. I would like to help you help yourself in this regard. Don't be sucked into a slick website and a fancy contract. The proof is easily visible, and I will show you some examples of sites I have dealt with that have been trying to sell some of my puppies from years ago! Please share this with your family members that are looking for puppies as well, so you can help spread the word. (This page is a current work in progress until this sentence has been removed!) - Talena 5/21/20
Current Known Puppy Scam Sites
Consistent Pictures - Red Flag #1
All of my pictures look very similar. I use the same Nikon camera to take them, and the same editing software. I also sometimes use my phone, but those are also have the same background and same look to them.
If you come across a website with multiple puppies, but every background is different, this is a HUGE red flag. Taking puppy pictures is a lengthy process, and takes me hours to get them right and not something I would set up multiple different backgrounds, or yards, or houses to take.
This is a stolen picture of one of my puppies in their new home that is even WATERMARKED in the bottom left corner. This website appears to be shut down now (greatdanepupshome.com), but not after the scammed several people to buy Thor who was happily in his new home.
Consistent Size - Date of Birth - Colors
I was alerted to a new domain name that has Thor for sale again, but also 17 other puppies. They are in a range of sizes and colors and all are 10 weeks old (most scammers seem to use this age for puppies). In order for this to be accurate, there would have had to be a litter of 18 puppies (which is extremely rare) and all of the puppies have a different structure i.e. conformation. Usually at a young age, for the untrained puppy buyer, look at the heads of the puppies. They should have a similar size and look to them. If they don't, then this is another red flag.
Make sure the puppies are in the right color families to be in the same litter. (Check my color page for help with this.) Ask what color the parents are, to see what they say, and see if that matches with the puppy colors. Also ask for pictures of the parents.
ALWAYS REVERSE GOOGLE IMAGE SEARCH FROM THESE SITES. THEY USE THESE SAME PUPPY PICTURES OVER AND OVER AND YOU WILL HAVE A HIGH PROBABILITY OF FINDING THESE PICTURES SOMEWHERE ELSE ON THE INTERNET FOR SALE OR WITH THEIR RIGHTFUL OWNER/BREEDER.
Misspellings in Text or Grammar that doesn't sound English based (IF a USA Site)
They will love to curdle around kids for the whole day and they get very worried when the kids is sad. Our Great Dane puppies are from champion backgrounds. With their adorable sweet personalities, their intelligence, and great disposition, they are non-shedding, (untruthful statement) and will fit right in with the family. We take pride in placing our puppies in households that will provide a healthy, loving, nurturing environment for our pups. Each year before their birthday we send a birthday card, and do a follow-up to ensure the well being of the Great Dane Standards. We believe owning this breed comes with priorities and responsibilities. We are able to accept those responsibilities and balance them with unconditional love and dedication. Now you must decide if you are to be a proud owner of this exceptional breed the Great Dane.