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A Scammed Buyer’s Story: The 12 Warning Signs

A Scammed Buyer’s Story: The 12 Warning Signs

A Scammed Buyer’s Story: 12 Warning Signs You Should Look Out For When Buying A Pup

At Preloved, animal welfare is at the forefront of everything we do and we pledge to provide the best pet care advice we possibly can. So for us, the warning signs to watch out for when buying a pup are really obvious, since this is something we research and educative ourselves with daily. But we also understand that for many first time buyers of our four-legged friends, the red flags may not be so apparent. So below, we have tried to emulate a scammed buyer’s story, in order to provide our Preloved community with the best possible answers to these questions: What is wrong with this scenario? What should I do if this happens? Getting a new pet can be one of the most rewarding, fun-packed, and exciting experiences anyone can have. However, you need to make sure you are making informed buying decisions so that you can both live happily forever after. And that’s where we come in- with our mission to ensure all animals are rehomed safely and responsibly. 


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More guidance to make sure your experience doesn’t become another scammed buyer’s story:

  1. Take a look at Dogs Trust 6 simple steps here to avoid being “dogfished.”
  2. Get advice on what a healthy puppy looks like here.
  3. For responsible buying, don’t forget to get a puppy contract here. 


Zoe Allison

Zoe Allison

Writer and expert