Dog Scams and confidence tricks.


Scam Watch Dog 

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If you've been scammed, Go to the police and get a case number. Save all emails and note the website where you were scammed. 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. Scammers work in syndicates, but the more the scams are reported, the more chance of catching them.

If you suspect you have found a pet scam involving South African email addresses, and/or telephone numbers linked to South Africa, please look here:

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

Also feel free to send details of other puppy scam websites, regardless of country, which will be forwarded to AA419, an international anti-fraud group, for termination. Include as much information as possible.

More websites where you can report fraud - the more places you report it, the better. 


You can complain to

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.

Report fraudulent ".com" websites to petscams:  

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.

Blog you can discuss scams on

How to tell if it's a scam

Scam websites

Examples of scam ads   

  That forwarded email - is it spam?  

Find a reputable 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.