CoffeeCakesAndRunning Buyer Beware |The on-line puppy scam

Buyer Beware |The on-line puppy scam

Puppy Love

After much thought, research & deliberation I’ve decided to get a puppy.  I know the breed I want, and am now researching how to get a puppy here in Dubai.  I would love to adopt, but so far I’ve had no luck and so over the weekend I took to the internet to try and figure out how to find a puppy here.

Whilst doing my research a few friends mentioned that I should watch out for on-line puppy scams as a few of them had been caught out by these before.  So here’s my story …

Free Adoption?

Within ten minutes of starting my on-line research an International site popped up, with a few puppies that I was looking for being offered for free adoption and, they were located in Dubai. Thinking that ‘this is too good to be true’ I sent them a quick email enquiring more.  Within a few hours I had an email reply, essentially asking for me to reply saying how I could be a good adopter and whether I wanted one or both puppies.  I wrote myself a glowing report as a model owner and responded back with my phone number.

The Scam

Within thirty minutes I had a WhatsApp message from the seller saying I could have one of the puppies as I sounded like the idea person.  I asked when I could come and meet the puppy, not an unreasonable request as he had advertised that the puppy was in Dubai.   He replied that the dogs were not in Dubai and that he had just relocated to Cameroon with work unexpectedly at short notice.  He then advised that the puppies were with him in Cameroon.   “No problem he said” just pay 1500/AED and he would fly the puppy to me!  I pretended to be interested and then asked for a current photo, which of course he couldn’t provide telling me to look at the one on-line.  I had – I’d done a reverse image search on the photo earlier and found it on multiple sites dating back as far as January this year, so clearly this guy had been working this little scam for a while! I told the guy I thought it was scam and quickly left the conversation and blocked the number.

The Search Continues

I’m in no rush, so will wait a while and see if any suitable puppies come along either for adoption or purchase locally.  I’ve made contact with K9 Friends and a few other adoption sites here as well as making contact with a group specifically for French Bulldogs which has been helpful.  I’ve done some due diligence on an official route to import a puppy if all else fails. In the meantime, the saying “if it’s too good to be true, it usually is” springs to mind – thanks mum for the timely reminder.   So if you know of anyone with a Frenchie for adoption who is in the UAE, please do shout, in the meantime my search will continue.


If you are looking to adopt or foster a dog in the UAE then please do visit K9 Friends who provide a wealth of information on their website.  There are also a lot of other adoption friendly pages on Facebook.

I did a reverse image search on Small SEO Tools

Have you been caught out by any on-line puppy scams?

Do you know someone who has a Frenchie for adoption please comment below and get in touch, as I said I’m in no rush – am waiting for the right little one to come along.





  1. A friend of mine bought a german shepard puppy recently from someone in Sharjah. A vet looked at the pup too and said it was possibly a Belgian shepard. Every time they bathed her though, black colour kept running down the tub. A year later, turns out that they had spray painted her to look like a german shepard but she's in fact a mix breed of something else! It is such a scam really!
  2. OMG that's bad. I've heard some terrible stories but that's awful. We've adopted a rescue puppy who is half German Shepherd and half who knows what lols. She is an adorable ball of fluff who looks a little bit like a baby wolf for now. X
  3. I tried purchasing a French Bulldog, this individual asked to be paid through Ansari Exchange. I was skeptical about the sell so I looked up tips on identifying scammers, I used one of their tactics. I asked for a video of the puppy I picked out with a piece of paper next to it with todays date and my name just to make sure it wasn't a scam. They acted like they were so insulted saying "if you can't make the deposit, leave it" and when i asked what the problem is they said "go find another seller, leave it." So rude. I argued with them for a while, they said that they will send the video after I deposit the money. I obviously declined. Their number is 05********. They claim to be located in Ajman, but dont be fooled. They will ask you to make the deposit with Ansari Exchange under the name Janet *****. Located in Canada, State: Ontario, City: Brampton. BEWARE.
  4. Hi thanks so much for sharing your story. Great to hear that you challenged them and called them out. I'm sure lots of people are still falling for the scam which is bad. I've edited your post to remove the number and surname as there are privacy protection laws which I don't want to get caught up in. Thanks for sharing. Hope you get your Frenchie. I don't think they can be transported from abroad until it's cooler now.
  5. Hey, just because I'm curious and also would like to adopt a Frenchie: Were you successful in finding a puppy to adopt in the end? I only found scams online as well, and really would like to give home to an actual dog :)
  6. Hi, sorry for the delay in reply. In the end we decided to foster and then adopt a rescue puppy and we are happy that we did that, although I still have a hankering for a Frenchie.
  7. This sound so familiar. Yesterday I have contacted 2 different person from the same website and both were scam with the exact same story. Can we somehow report them to the authority in Dubai?
  8. Yes it's possible to report to the authorities. I think the issue is that these spammers change numbers regularly and it's hard for them to be tracked in time. In the end we adopted a dog through rescue centre and we're happy we did that instead.

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