The answer is an emphatic, “NO!”
There are many cybercriminals today who are using the names of reputable pet transport companies to perpetrate puppy scams. We think it’s important to let everyone know what’s happening and how you can protect yourself from puppy scams.
These cybercriminals fraudulently assume the identity of the company by using their name, logos, and fake email addresses. Then the fraudsters falsely claim, using the legitimate transport companies’ names, that they are selling puppies and promise delivery of the puppies to the victims. The criminals then ask for money (ranging from hundreds to thousands of dollars) to be wired via Western Union or Moneygram — often to Africa — bamboozling innocent individuals looking to purchase puppies.
The puppies don’t exist and the criminals take the money with nothing in return. That’s when we get the call from the disappointed victim, asking us where their puppy is. This is a scam that is affecting many innocent individuals as well as innocent pet transport companies who have no relationship to these international thieves. WorldCare does not sell puppies or kittens or animals of any kind.
If you are ever approached by one of these scam artists, we suggest you immediately report the cybercrime to the FBI or the equivalent authority in your country. For Canadian citizens, please call the Canadian Antifraud Center.
If you are looking to expand your pet family, there are many loving animals to rescue in shelters or a local breeder can certainly help you. The Humane Society of the United States is a great resource to find a local shelter near you.
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