Imagine their surprise when people started showing up to get the French Bulldog puppy they had bought online. Investigators traced the website which advertised purebred French Bulldogs to a location in Cameroon.
You remember Cameroon, the country near Nigeria where that missionary has the free purebred puppy he wants to give you.
Americans finally seem to have gotten wise to the ads for free healthy 4-week-old AKC and CKC registered puppies that are DNA tested, potty trained and understand many languages. As scammers move on to new scams, the French Bulldog is at the forefront..
The French Bulldog has moved up in popularity through the years, and it has now made it to the AKC top 10 most popular breeds. In New York City and Los Angeles, it is Number 1.
Popularity is not a good thing for any dog breed.
Greedy puppy millers and people running scams step in to fill the demand. French Bulldogs can sell for $4000 to $5000 and up. But breeding healthy puppies calls for a huge commitment. Like other Bulldogs, the French Bulldog is almost always by necessity impregnated by artificial insemination and the puppies are born by c-section. There is a time commitment too since Bulldogs are seldom the canine Mothers of the Year.
What buyers find on some French Bulldog websites are pictures of adorable puppies sometimes advertised below market price. They read descriptions of the way the puppies are raised in this lovely Maryland home with a real U.S. address where they frolic in the meadows and bask in human love.
Buyers are asked to wire a deposit with the assurance that the puppy can be picked up at this lovely home on a certain date. Of course the puppy pictures are taken from another website and the owners of the house know nothing about it.
Breeder are also pretending to be breed rescues, which opens up more possibilities to scam buyers.
When someone falls for one of the many online puppy scams, unfortunately their money is gone. Sending a wire transfer to a scammer is like flushing your money down the loo and the scammer is almost never caught.