Updated October 1, 2021
*Note: if you’re here to check on a possible scam site, scroll down to the comments where there’s a lively discussion! Here is a quick summary of what’s been found:
List Of Cavoodle Scam Sites
This list changes quickly as sites appear and disappear so accuracy cannot be guaranteed. Asterisk (*) indicates site since taken down.
- Aussie Cavoodles aucavoodles.com aussiecavoodles.com & australiacavoodles.com*
- Bayside Cavoodles baysidecavoodlepuppies.com (the .com.au may be a legitimate seller)
- Boyle De Clan Cavoodle Home boyledeclancavoodlehome.com
- Cavapoo for sale now cavapooforsalenow.io
- Cavoodle Club cavoodleclub.com
- Cavoodle For Me cavoodleforme*
- Cavoodle Homes cavoodlehomes.com
- Cavoodles Puppy Home cavoodlepuppyhome
- Cavoodle Pups Haven cavoodlepupshaven.com
- Cavoodle Royalty cavoodleroyalty.com
- John Cox Puppy Home coxhome.com.au – note the “.com.au” address
- Diamond Cavoodles diamondcavoodles.com
- Fabulous Cavoodles Australia fabulouscavoodles.net
- First Class Cavoodle Puppies firstclasscavoodlepuppies.com
- FurExpress Australia furexpressaustralia.com
- Kevin Cross Homes kevincrosshome.com
- Lewis Cavoodle Puppies lewiscavoodlepuppies.com
- Potty Trained Cavoodle pottyrainedcavoodle.com
- Premier Cavoodles*
- Priority Cavoodle prioritycavoodlehome.com
- Puppy Crush Cafe puppycrushcafe.com
- Sunshine Cavoodles sunshinecavoodles.com
- Whitty Cavoodle Home whittycavoodlehome.com
Now dive deeper…
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 by looking up the domain registration and image sources. This time I’ll show you an easier way.
This test was done on 4 Feb, 2020 but it’s just as useful now for the latest scams. I Googled “cavoodle puppies for sale” and the top paid ad on my first page was a scam. It’s the screenshot above.
How did 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. You’re welcome to leave a comment about your own experiences too.
This would be fun if real people weren’t getting hurt.
I first visited the site 1 month earlier, and the top three puppies were Lulu, Usher and Lux. When I went back, the top three puppies were Lulu, Usher and Lux.
So either they have a magic serum for stopping puppies growing or they aren’t really selling puppies at all.
If you scroll through the images on these scam sites you’ll notice something odd. The puppies are all in different places. They look more like puppies owned by a lot of different people. Sometimes you’ll be lucky enough to spot a detail like an American license plate.
Reverse image search that I’ve used before doesn’t work so well on these pictures because they probably take them from social media. I did get lucky with ‘Lux’s picture (top left at the start) – you can see that all the similar pictures come from a breeder in the USA.
So either they have an amazing variety of homes in which to raise puppies or they aren’t selling puppies at all.
On any dodgy site, it’s always good to see if they’ve just lifted text from somewhere else. I suspect most of these sites are made offshore by people with poor English.
Pick a random line of text, in this case 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.
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? Note: Some scammers are now using .com.au addresses.
- 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.
What To Do If You Have Been Scammed
Raise a report at https://www.cyber.gov.au/report. This ensures that details and grievances are properly assessed prior to being allocated to Police.
This gives a list of steps to take when you have been scammed.
Related: A Problem With Pet Shop Puppies
Have something to add? Comments are welcome below and will appear within 24 hours.
By Andrew Spanner BVSc(Hons) MVetStud, a vet in Adelaide, Australia. These articles are from a series regularly posted on email and Twitter. Subscribe via email here to never miss a story!
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). And please, no more comments about John Cox!