There is only one way to stop scammers, and that is to not fall for their scams. If they are successful even a small part of the time, they will continue their nefarious ways.
It is frequently brought to our attention that scammers continue to steal our pictures, videos, and website content, as well as those from other reputable breeders. If you are in doubt regarding the authenticity of information regarding a Frenchie puppy that you see advertised, ask them to send a picture of the puppy beside a placard with your name & date. This is generally something a scammer cannot do since they (generally) do not have any real puppies. If you are still in doubt, there are other steps you can take to protect yourself, but this is a good first step.
We are updating this section because it seems that the scammers are getting more sophisticated, and if you are not very careful, you and your money will soon part ways – unfortunately, without a puppy to show for it. A new client was recently scammed out of $9000 when trying to purchase a “toy” Frenchie. Aside from the fact that she was purchasing a “toy” Frenchie (we do not believe reputable breeders will intentionally breed an already dwarf breed down to “toys” due to health concern), she did almost everything right. She contacted the three references that she was given by phone (unfortunately they were throwaway phones). She did get pictures of the puppy (just not ones with a placard having today’s date and her name written on it). They made the payment into a bank account (unfortunately one that had only been set up for this transaction). They were given a legitimate flight on which their puppy would be arriving, but unfortunately their puppy was not on that flight (or any other). The bottom line is that these wonderful people gave $9000 to scammers, who are no better than common thieves.
Update: It is certainly possible that a scammer could have a single puppy or older Frenchie and could use this single dog to perpetrate scams. The best way to avoid being scammed is to only deal with a reputable breeder who has been in the business for several years and has an excellent track record. Also, if you do not give any money up front (other than a typical deposit), you will never lose any significant amount of money, even if you are part of a scam. If there is the slightest doubt in your mind that people you are dealing with are legit, don’t pay for a puppy until he/she is in hand.
Note: If you right-click on a picture, you can do a Google search and find out where the picture is originally posted on the web.
The new technology we have makes it possible for French Bulldog breeders like us in northern Utah to have clients from every state in the union adopt our puppies. But, it also opens the door to unscrupulous people who will take advantage of honest individuals looking for a new companion.
About a third of our puppies are adopted by clients who live close enough to our northern Utah home to come meet us and their puppies, or who fly into Salt Lake City, where we meet them with their puppies, but this means that we deliver about two-thirds of our puppies to every corner of the country with responsible puppy nannies. While the internet makes this possible, it also opens up possibilities of fraud. When buying a puppy over the internet, an old adage comes to mind, “buyers beware”. While there are many good and ethical dog breeders, there are also a lot of individuals who will breed dogs, regardless of quality, in an effort to make a few bucks, and other despicable individuals who will perpetrate any scam they can invent to get someone else’s hard earned money – and puppy scams are becoming an all too common occurrence. If scammers would use only half their ingenuity and efforts to do something productive instead of using all of it to scam innocent people, we would have a much better world, but, unfortunately, some never will, and a wise buyer will be very careful.
If you decide to buy a puppy from an on-line breeder, please do your homework and make sure you are dealing with a reputable breeder – one who is honest, will treat you fairly, and will not misrepresent their dogs and puppies in any way. By the way, most reputable breeders who have been producing puppies for a while and have made a name for themselves usually do not have puppies immediately available, as they typically have clients waiting for each new litter.
Be especially careful of new and poorly done websites, adds from newly created accounts, adds which do not have (legitimate) phone numbers (if in doubt – call and check, and if you do call a number and are directed to leave a message, which is responded to by text, strongly expect a scam – insist on speaking to them on a legitimate phone number), adds that are very poorly worded or which have significant grammatical mistakes, adds giving a sad story as to why the owner(s)/breeder(s) must part (very cheaply) with their Frenchie puppies or adults, adds that just don’t feel right or that ring hollow, and adds from people offering deals that sound too good to be true – they probably are too good to be true.
A scammer will also most likely want you to pay in some odd way which cannot be traced (such as putting your money on a card which is then sent to the scammer’s PO Box), and they will then tell you that your puppy will be delivered to your doorstep within a relatively short period of time. Of course, the money quickly disappears from the card – but the puppy never shows up!!!
If you are fairly close to a breeder, they should be more than happy to have you visit their home (don’t expect them to let you into their kennel) to see the puppies and some of their adult Frenchies. If a purported breeder doesn’t want you to come by, a red flag should go up. Also, some of these scammers will give references, but almost invariably they will only give e-mail addresses (which could be someone else involved in the scam, i.e., family, friends, or even the scammer) and NO legitimate phone numbers on which you can TALK to them (which can be traced). If in doubt, make sure you get legitimate phone numbers on which you can call and actually speak to a person – don’t trust texts. Please do what you can to protect yourselves from scammers.
Update: Some more sophisticated scammers are now using friends or partners in their scams who are purchasing throwaway phones to give positive referrals, so even talking to someone on the phone is no guarantee that you are talking to legitimate breeders.
If you do find out about a scam, please report it to the proper authorities. A fraudulent add should be reported to the organization posting the add; if you lose money in a scam, report it to the police, the BBB, and others who might help put an end to the problem. Please do not let the few bad apples ruin the dog breeding business for all of us reputable breeders and all dog lovers everywhere.
We have had some wonderful Frenchie puppies in the past: standard brindles, fawns, sables, creams; the more rare chocolates, blues, and lilacs in brindle and fawn; and the even more rare tan points and pure coats in black, blue, chocolate, and lilac. We also produce each of these glorious colors in pieds. We are confident we will continue to produce some of the best Frenchies to be found anywhere, as we continue to perfect our kennel. If you are in the market for one or more of these wonderful canine companions, please consider us. We will work very hard to insure that your experience in obtaining your wonderful Frenchie is a very transparent and enjoyable one – one that will result in many years of companionship and joy for you and your family. We have a waiting list procedure for our puppies, and we allow picks to be made by individuals on the Waiting List based on their stated preferences in the order of the dates on which our clients made their deposits to get on our waiting list. We are sometimes able to make some puppies available to clients who contact us who are looking for a puppy right away.