Updated: Mar 11, 2021
Yes, as you might have guessed, as there are less puppies available during the COVID-19 pandemic, there are a lot of puppy scammers out there right now, and they are getting away with it. They are even more likely to choose popular breeds like the Mini Goldendoodle.
According to CBS12.com, here are some things to look out for. We are going to respond to them as a breeder.
“If there’s a post office box number, a method of payment, phone number, name, these things should be included in the website so you know who you’re actually talking with. And then do your due diligence and try to verify some of this information,” Badler says.
We do not put our address or phone number on our website. As a small in-home breeder, we would never be able to handle the volume and time needed to respond to so many calls. Also, we do not welcome people to drop by our address at any time. We do however have a lot of families that fly here and get their puppies from us. The reviews verify that we are legitimate.
And as for obvious red flags, Badler says pay close attention to the language used on these sites and always do your research, after all, if something seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Agree. Puppies are in great demand, so prices should reflect quality.
“There are things to look for on the website. One of the things is ‘no refunds.’ That’s a dead giveaway.”
For sure. Also look at history. We will always refund a buyer if we are unable to produce the puppy that they are getting.
Badler says price also can present obvious red flags. “If you do your homework and you see a particular type of dog is going for $2,000 and they want to give it to you for $750, something is wrong,” he said.