Puppies Being Used in Nigerian Money Scams

PIcture used in Puppy scamsAll of our hearts melt when we see a picture of a cute adorable puppy and we’re just about willing to do anything to aid a helpless puppy. That is what a Nigerian money scam is hoping that you will do.

Fradulent websites, newspaper ads or even myspace postings show pictures of puppies that have been stuck in Nigeria and are offered free to new owners or they offer purebred dogs at incredibly low prices. Even though the ads claim the puppies are free, people responding to the ads are being asked to pay hundreds or even thousands of dollars for shipping, customs, taxes and other fees. But the puppies that were promised and paid for never come.

This money scam is continuing to grow and local bureaus across the country are getting more and more complaints. Today, the Council of Better Business Bureaus, Inc. and the American Kennel Club has issued a warning about these scams. They offer the following advice: do your research, beware of breeders who seem overly concerned with getting paid, don’t be fooled by a slick website, take your time, and report a scam.

6 Responses to “Puppies Being Used in Nigerian Money Scams”

  1. Ruth says:

    Nigeria is notorious for scams over the internet and their goverment does nothing to curb it. I have received emails from people wanting to give me an inheritance from some distance relative all for a price. All I have to do is open an account in a bank and send them some money. And I will get millions. I have seen it in our local news of people who have fallen to the scams giving away thousands of $$ to these scam artists.

    Now they are using these puppies to tug at peoples heartstrings. How low can they get.

  2. Traci says:

    My husband is a tutor in Seattle, He tutors math and chemistry. We “just about” had the “tutor” variant (will post Wikipedia link). He got a call a couple months back at about 4am using TTY.


    Message sent was African man having son going to the University of Washington this summer and he wanted Sam to do tutoring (nothing odd it seemed, my husband has had several foreign students) and we have a web page that would be accessible outside the U.S.). Man wanted to pay for several sessions in advance and the conversation went to email after the initial phone call. Of course, when the check arrived, it was a “funny-looking” cashier’s check and was for 4,000 “by my associates error” rather than 1,400. He wanted us to wire transfer the balance back. Uh-huh…


    The disturbing thing about it all was my husband was specifically targetted as a local tutor per his business. It was a “generalized” hoax.

  3. Traci says:


    Here is another useful link I dug up from “my history.”

    It lists names associated with the fraud.

  4. Steve says:

    April 15, 2005
    China and Nigeria signed five economic agreements Thursday night, promising to upgrade their relations to a “strategic partnership.”

    Everything China gets involved in goes to hell apparently.


  5. Anonymous says:

    There Are Way To Many Bleeding Hearts Out There. Maybe Im To Cynical But I Trust No One, Especially On The Web. If You Want To Help A Dog Pick A Breed There Are Plenty Of Breed Rescues Doing Great Work Here In The U.s.a. There Are 3 Chiuahas Born Without Front Legs That Need Wheel Chairs And Homes. Go Rescue A 3yr Old From A Puppy Mill That Was Breed Half To Death And Just Needs To Be Loved And Nursed Back To Health. We Need To Help Our Own Before We Can Help Anyone Else. When That Starts Happening Our Country Can Begin To Get Strong Again. Put It Here First Before We Lose What Little We Have Left.

  6. The American Kennel Club says:

    If you or someone you know have been the victim or potential victim of an internet puppy scam, and are willing to share your story, please contact the American Kennel Club at communications@akc.org.

    This latest internet fraud scheme involves answering a classified ad (internet or print) for a purebred puppy. These ads are usually accompanied by a stolen picture of a cute puppy, along with a false and manipulative tale of how the dogs need to re-homed, or are available for a reduced price. Victims usually end up wiring money to the scam artists to pay for “expenses” such as customs clearance, shipping or travel vaccines. The reality is that the puppy doesn’t exist, and consumers who are expecting to receive a puppy end up losing money they may have already wired to the scam artists under these false pretenses.

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