Emily Petersen asked in PetsDogs · 9 years ago

Trying to buy English Bulldogs.. Does this seem like a scam?

I found an add on dogs.oodle.com for free English Bulldog puppies. I emailed the person who had advertised and they said they were out of town for a few months so the puppies would need to be shipped here for $150. They said I will be making the payment directly to the delivery company who will be in charge of the delivery so it seems like it may not be a scam..? I am not sure.

14 Answers

Relevance
  • Anonymous
    9 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    Actually every reputable breeder i know calls them english bulldogs, that is what they are. bulldog is just the group they are in. any dog over 50lbs is considered a bully breed dog. AKC will also refer to them as english bulldogs or do you guys not read articles on there?

    and yes this is a scam. anything on oodle is a scam. theres no such thing as a free bulldog. they tell you 150, it goes to a scammer, then total you will pay over 600 for a dog that does not exist and then you lose money, they profit from you, you get no dog. it's also a way of identity theft. there was a woman who had her identity stolen by these people and the scammer we came across used this womans info without her knowing. they get all of your personal info such as address and such and find out your bank info and stuff and then they steal your identity to use when they scam other people. theres no cheap bulldog. a bulldog under 1500 is a scam or the dog has issues or is bred wrong, over 2,000 is a scam. the average for a well bred bulldog is 2,000.

    a lot, in fact most reputable breeders will ship but there are wheather requirements. just because they ship does not mean they are not legit or reputable.

    the best place to look for a breeder is AKC.org. anything else is really not legit or is not that good. AKC actually has standards for healthy bulldog puppies and does not just allow any dog to be registered like every other club does.

    also if you adopt a bulldog they always come with health problems because they were not properly cared for or can't be around kids or other pets and will usually have some sort of aggression issues. adopting a bulldog is NOT always the best option if you want a healthy puppy.

    • Login to reply the answers
  • 9 years ago

    SCAM

    Think about it - why would anyone need to ship bulldog puppies? These are a very popular breed and they would have NO problem finding a local home if there really were any puppies. And shipping is going to cost you well over $500, not $150

    This is just a scam to get you to send $150, which will be picked up at a western union office in Cameroon and you'll never hear from the scammers again. $150 is 3 months wages for the average person in Cameroon

    • Login to reply the answers
  • 9 years ago

    If at anytime money is involved over line in something like this.. It's a scam. To be sure Check out the delivery company on BBB website.

    • Login to reply the answers
  • 9 years ago

    Yes it is a scam. Anyone selling free bulldogs is a scam. Don't bother with the adds on that crummy site. Talk to real breeders through this website.

    http://thebca.org/breedref.html

    Bulldogs are a very popular breed for scammers, which means you really have to pay attention to who you are dealing with.

    • Login to reply the answers
  • How do you think about the answers? You can sign in to vote the answer.
  • 9 years ago

    This is definitely a scam. English Bulldog puppies are very expensive which is why they are a perfect target for fraud. I maintain a web site for a US breeder and we are constantly running into scammers stealing our photos, customer testimonials and even photos of the family for use on these fraudulent web sites. We maintain a list of these to hopefully help people avoid falling prey to these schemes. (http://www.englishbulldogpuppychase.com/about/frau... Unfortunately as soon as we get one web site shut down, another one pops up.

    • Login to reply the answers
  • 9 years ago

    100% scam.

    There are no English Bulldog puppies.

    There is only a scammer trying to steal your hard-earned money.

    The next email will be from another of the scammer's fake names and free email addresses pretending to be the "shipping company" and will demand you pay for the shipping fees, in cash, and only by Western Union or moneygram.

    Western Union and moneygram do not verify anything on the form the sender fills out, not the name, not the street address, not the country, not even the gender of the receiver, it all means absolutely nothing. The clerk will not bother to check ID and will simply hand off your cash to whomever walks in the door with the MTCN# and question/answer. Neither company will tell the sender who picked up the cash, at what store location or even in what country your money walked out the door. Neither company has any kind of refund policy, money sent is money gone forever.

    Now that you have responded to a scammer, you are on his 'potential sucker' list, he will try again to separate you from your cash. He will send you more emails from his other free email addresses using another of his fake names with all kinds of stories of great jobs, lottery winnings, millions in the bank and desperate, lonely, sexy singles. He will sell your email address to all his scamming buddies who will also send you dozens of fake emails all with the exact same goal, you sending them your cash via Western Union or moneygram.

    You could post up the email address and the emails themselves that the scammer is using, it will help make your post more googlable for other suspicious potential victims to find when looking for information.

    Do you know how to check the header of a received email? If not, you could google for information. Being able to read the header to determine the geographic location an email originated from will help you weed out the most obvious scams and scammers. Then delete and block that scammer. Don't bother to tell him that you know he is a scammer, it isn't worth your effort. He has one job in life, convincing victims to send him their hard-earned cash.

    Whenever suspicious or just plain curious, google everything, website addresses, names used, companies mentioned, phone numbers given, all email addresses, even sentences from the emails as you might be unpleasantly surprised at what you find already posted online. You can also post/ask here and every scam-warner-anti-fraud-busting site you can find before taking a chance and losing money to a scammer.

    If you google "fake pet scam", "Cameroon pet fraud", "Western Union puppy scam" or something similar you will find hundreds of posts of victims and near victims of this type of scam.

    • Login to reply the answers
  • Jenny
    Lv 5
    9 years ago

    Yes, absolutely a scam.

    If you want a Bulldog, either adopt from a shelter or rescue, or buy from a reputable breeder:

    http://www.hkc.org/breederchoice.htm

    Here's the Bulldog Club of America breeder directory:

    http://thebca.org/breedref.html

    Rescue listing:

    http://www.rescuebulldogs.org/display.pl

    And also check www.petfinder.com

    • Login to reply the answers
  • Foon
    Lv 5
    9 years ago

    I know it's exciting to find a dog. However, allow yourself to really think about this for a minute. Bulldog pups can be expensive. Wouldn't somebody close to them have adopted them by now? Giving a way a free dog worth a lot of money and they have to get someone out of state to take the dog?

    • Login to reply the answers
  • 9 years ago

    if it sounds too good to be true.. then it is a scam

    This is definantly a scam. If someone really had free bulldog puppies, they'd have plenty of local people willing to jump thru hoops to obtain one, they would not have to ship.

    If you cant go and pick up the puppy yourself, then consider it a scam... dont deal with anyone who tells you that the pup has to be "shipped"

    • Login to reply the answers
  • 9 years ago

    Well 1st any reputable breeder would not call the dog an "English" Bulldog because its just Bulldog. 2, yeah its a scam. Have heard this exact story 500 times.

    • Login to reply the answers
Still have questions? Get your answers by asking now.