MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A puppy scam victimized people in four different states, the BBB said.
According to the Better Business Bureau, a company with a website, cylixfrenchies.com, claimed to be “a small family-owned kennel concentrating on breeding superior Teacup French Bulldog Puppies as family pets.”
The company also said they were located in “beautiful Memphis, Tennessee,” but didn’t give an address on the site.
The BBB said the website was created on June 10, 2020, and didn’t have any contact information publicly available.
The scam had victims Alaska, Missouri, Nevada and Memphis.
All of the victims filed scam reports with the BBB.
The BBB has tips just in case you find yourself in a similar situation.
Never send money to people or companies you don’t know and trust.
With person-to-person cash transfer apps, once the money is sent, it’s gone for good. The same goes for the money on prepaid debit cards or gift cards when you give the numbers to someone else.
Don’t buy a pet you can’t see in person before making a decision.
This is the only sure way of making sure your cat or dog really exists and will be delivered to you without fail.
Make sure you know roughly the going rate for the specific breed you are interested in. If someone is offering a purebred puppy at an extremely reduced price, chances are it’s a fraud.
Be wary of websites that display cute pictures of pets but little or no contact information.
A website that asks you to communicate via a “Contact Us” form, an email address or text may be suspect. Without a phone number and physical address, it’s almost impossible to trace the company if problems arise.
Check out the registry of the company’s website at whois.com.
Newly created websites that lack contact information may be one red flag that the site is bogus.
Pay with a credit card if possible.
You have more protections under federal law with credit cards than debit cards or other payment methods.