PUPPY SCAM ALERT

With the English Bulldog being one of the most desired dog breeds in America it has also become a breed that is constantly being used to take advantage of unsuspecting families. I have seen hundreds of ads that scream "SCAM" on newspapers and online advertisements. There's a good chance that if you open your Sunday paper there will be some lousy scammer running his usual ad in hopes of making some unearned cash(stealing). It's extremely easy to spot a scam if you know what to look for.

- A scam artist will require you to pay him via wire transfer, money order, or western union without you even meeting him or this puppy. BIG RED flag. NEVER MAKE A PAYMENT VIA WESTERN UNION, WIRE TRANSFER OR MONEY ORDER unless you have met the breeder and the puppies in person and you are sure there is no scam.

- A scam artist will claim to be selling a "Champion" sired puppy at an extremely low price. Personally, I'd be suspicious of any breeder selling a bulldog puppy for anything less than $1500, especially if they claim it's Champion sired.

- A scam artist will GENERALLY only communicate via email. If the breeder is not willing to communicate via phone or in person, that is a BIG RED flag.

I would personally recommend that you ONLY purchase a Bulldog puppy from a legitimate breeder who has a legitimate website and contact information. Do your research. Pet store's can inflate prices by as much as $1500 and you never know what you're going to get from your local 'back yard' breeder.

Sometimes it can be hard for someone to turn down what may seem like such a good deal, but going this route and just hoping it turns out ok is recipe for disaster. If this scammer catches you by the tail you won't escape until you've paid every penny. Please make sure that when searching for your new pet you are able to talk to the seller on the phone or most preferably in person. There are many ways you can be conned into a bad deal from one of these "scam artists" so please be careful and take your time when searching for a pet. One faithful saying comes to mind,"If it's sounds to good to be true it probably is".

If you ever feel you may have run into one of these "jokers" please report them to the police and the advertising agency that was used. Lastly, if at any point you don't feel confident in the seller or their claims DON'T give them your money! Contact a reputable seller and save yourself the heartache of being left out in the cold. A lot of good people get taken for a ride by these types of "scam artists" & we hope you don't run into one them.

You've officially been warned!