Another Cavoodle Puppy-Selling Scam

Puppy buying scams are everywhere. They prey on the fact that puppies are hard to get, and very expensive. I’ve showed you before my ways to spot a false puppy advertisement. Now I want to lead you through a current example.

Just try this: google “cavoodle puppies for sale” and look at the results. As of 4 Feb, 2020, the top paid ad on my first page is a scam. It’s the screenshot above.

How do I know? Let’s get dirty. You can apply what I’m doing to any site you’re suspicious of. I’ve done a few for you in the comments section at the end too.

This would be fun if real people weren’t getting hurt.

No Updates

I first visited this site 1 month ago, and the top three puppies were Lulu, Usher and Lux. Today, the top three puppies are Lulu, Usher and Lux.

So either they have a magic serum for stopping puppies growing or they aren’t really selling puppies at all.

Image Subject

If you scroll through the images you’ll notice something odd. The puppies are all in different places. They look more like puppies owned by a lot of different people. You’ll also notice that a lot of the ‘puppies’ aren’t really puppies at all. As Cavoodle owners know, everyone mistakes adults for puppies.

So either they have an amazing variety of homes in which to raise puppies and sell all ages or they aren’t selling puppies at all.

Image Source

Pick an image, any image, and upload it into images.google.com

You’ll get exact matches at the top, if they exist, and then the ‘visually similar pictures’ shown here. I did it for ‘Lux’.

You can see the original picture top left, but look at all the other ones. When you look at their source you find they come from a puppy seller based in the USA. There’s no doubt that Lux’s image was taken in the same place, where they call this breed the Cavapoo.

So either they’ve found a way to get around Australian quarantine regulations or they aren’t selling puppies at all.

Dodgy Testimonials

On any dodgy site, it’s always good to see if they’ve just lifted text from somewhere else. Pick a random line of text from the Testimonials page and put it into Google surrounded by quotation marks. I did it for: “my husband COULD NOT WAIT to meet Lauren!!”

Needless to say, this testimonial appears elsewhere online on a teacup Poodle site. Testimonials are always dodgy and should make you very wary whenever you see them.

So either they sell puppies to people who cut and paste other people’s testimonials, or they aren’t selling puppies at all.

Online Reputation

Try searching the site address goldencavoodles.com in Google or Facebook and once you get past their own listings you’ll find lots of excellent people alerting you that this site is a scam.

You’ll also read tragic stories of someone’s mum, or a friend who was both defrauded and devastated.

Price, Typos, Address

There are a lot of other red flags about this seller that you often see in scams. Each might have an explanation, but so many together…

  • Why do the puppies cost less than half of other sellers?
  • Why is their site address .com and not .com.au like most Australian businesses?
  • Why is there no street address or phone number?

How To Avoid Scams

This article is more than just about one website. It will disappear one day and be replaced by others. It’s the principle I want you to see, and some simple steps to detect fraudulent puppy sellers.

It seems easy, doesn’t it? However, part of the reason these scams are so common is that people making emotional decisions are more likely to be trusting. I suspect we can all be vulnerable at times.

Related: A Problem With Pet Shop Puppies

By Andrew Spanner BVSc(Hons) MVetStud, a vet in Adelaide, Australia. These blogs are from a series regularly posted on email and Twitter. Subscribe via email here to never miss a story!
Have something to add? Comments are welcome below and will appear within 24 hours of lodging.

Just a note: I’m happy to look at suspicious sellers for you via the comments but don’t post the full address as it will be blocked by our spam filter (i.e. avoid www or http). Cheers.

Andrew

12 Replies to “Another Cavoodle Puppy-Selling Scam”

  1. Hi was looking at a site cavapooforsalenow.io to purchase a new puppy. They have an address in Tasmania and phone number and have replied to any email from us with more pictures but didn’t answer when we called the mobile. I tried the image search suggested but couldn’t get see any matches.

    Can I get your thoughts on if you think it’s legit?

    Thanks Adam

    1. Hi Adam. Interesting. Here are my thoughts:
      1. It’s a genuine street address so if you know anyone who lives nearby, get them to contact the residents.
      2. ‘Cavapoo’ is rarely used in Australia as a name for Cavoodles (red flag)
      3. Once again, it’s suspicious to see puppies photographed all in different places (ditto)
      4. Reverse image search doesn’t raise any red flags- they’re either genuine, or carefully done
      5. The clincher is searching the ‘testimonials’. These are definitely fake. Here’s one found online that’s a perfect match from October 9, 2017
      “I received great service at Furry Babies. As soon as I walked in the staff observed me and was wonderful. I was impressed with how friendly and fast the process went with no headaches.”
      Don’t buy unless you can confirm the seller is genuine in person. Yes, they could have just been lazy with the testimonials but it’s a major red flag.

  2. Ive been looking for several months since losing my 13 year old dog in Jan.
    Have to say this site looks suspicious as I can find no online trace except for their website.
    Red flags – price seems cheap compared with other sites and they have lots of available puppies. Any thoughts?
    I would prefer not to buy from puppy mill or pet shop .
    cutestcavoodle.com

    1. Hi Denise. Sorry for the delay which was due to the full URL being blocked by our spam filter. Since you posted this, the site has disappeared and there are lots of comments online attesting to this site being a scam.

  3. We were scammed by happy cavoodle to
    The day the dog was supposed to be shipped we got email from courier asking for more money. So heartbroken to think you are getting a puppy and then nothing.

  4. Classics Cavoodles Darwin is a scam ask for your money it goes into a Melbourne account then they ask for a further 1000 to get a cage box that is heated the money is sent to Manila.

    Be careful as we weren’t only lost some money

    1. Thanks Guy- not to be confused with NT Oodles, who appear legitimate. I couldn’t find them online- where do they advertise?

    2. Hey,
      Im not sure if we’re now in the same situation as you. A couple of days ago we bought a puppy through HappyCavoodle.com, and today apparently the puppy is with the courier. We received an email from the courier ‘Global Cargo Service’ with a tracking number. However, the tracking number doesnt work. And the guy kept calling me for my payment of $1K+ for the puppy’s delivery (Although he did say it is 97% refundable). They want the payment through western union. My gut feel is telling me that this is a scam. And even the puppy being with the courier is also fake. I just wanna ask if this was the same experience?

      1. Hi Inah. I’ve tried to look at the site and it doesn’t appear to exist any more. Follow the advice in the article to see if you can find evidence it isn’t legitimate.

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