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PET SCAMS

Pet scam criminals often use free websites, Craig’s List, local newspapers, or Facebook to advertise pets that do not exist.Expensive animals, like Bulldogs or toy breeds, are offered at very low prices.Animals are often offered up for adoption at no cost—all you have to do is pay for the shipping. If you see an ad like this, chances are it is a scam.These scammers are criminals. Their goal is to take your money. They will lie, they will tell you sob stories, they will send you pictures of adorable animals, they will assure you of their faith and religion - anything to get your money! They use the names of legitimate pet shippers; they piratewebsites; they illegally use logos of other companies. If you see an offer that is too good to be true, it probably is. It is probably a scam!IPATA is a trade association. Our members are professional pet shippers located in more than 80 countries around the world. Our members ship pets under their own company names. IPATA does not ship pets, and there is no pet shipping company with “ipata” in the name. If you see a company using our name, please report it to us right away: petscams@ipata.org.