Warning about Dog and cat scams and confidence tricks.


Scam Watch Dog 

Where to report scams

            Pawprint marked, "Scam"                                                    


If you've been scammed, get a case number from your local police station. Give them as many facts as you can - the scammer's name, cell number, where you saw them advertise, etc. Save all emails and note the website where you were scammed. Know the date & time you paid, and the scam bank details.  You are unlikely to get money back if you don't have a case number. The criminal may be caught for something else, and the more cases against him the better.

By reporting it, you are helping others not to be deceived by the fraudulent website.

Ephesians 5:11, NIV: "Expose the deeds of darkness!"

Scam Pup

If you have found a scam, please click here:


Details of puppy & kitten scam websites, regardless of country, will be forwarded to AA419, an international anti-fraud group. Include as much information as possible.

Please try and save all email headers as well. Google it for help on how to do it!


More websites where you can report fraud - the more places you report it, the better, but the main one is Scampup. (above) 

Put all cell numbers on with the name of the scammer or website.

IPATA has a list of organisations where you can report scams especially if a transport company is involved:

Pressure needs to be put on the free classifieds websites to stop running ads for puppy scams. Misleading advertising is surely a crime? The more people that complain, the better. You can report misleading advertising to the Advertising Regulatory Board.   It will help if you have a police case number or a reference number and date of the ad.

If the scam is in a newspaper, tell the editor. Some websites, like Gumtree, Olx, Ananzi, and free classified sites, have a "Report Abuse" button near the ad. If it's a Google ad it is more difficult but not impossible. Gumtree etc need to know if Google ads and other puppy scam ads are getting their site a bad name.


It is written in the Bible, "O God, you hate all who do wrong. You destroy those who tell lies; deceitful men, the Lord abhors." Psalm 5 verses 5 & 6

"puppy SCAMS in South Africa" is a facebook group where you can share your story to warn others. It started off as puppy scams but now includes kitten scams & all pet scams: parrots, chickens, reptiles, livestock.... Same circus, same scammers.

You can complain to


How to tell if it's a scam

List of Scam websites

Cell numbers used in scams

Examples of scam ads   

  That forwarded email - is it spam?  

Find a reputable dog breeder

Do copy the link to this page from your facebook page and website. The more we can spread the word, the quicker we can collect information on scams and help to prevent it.