Another Cavoodle Puppy-Selling Scam

Updated September 13th, 2020

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. You’re welcome to leave a comment about your own experiences 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. 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.

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.

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

39 Replies to “Another Cavoodle Puppy-Selling Scam”

  1. Thank you for having this great resource to identify scammers. I’ve been looking at Premier Cavoodles and fell for Rocky and Max. The website seemed to cover everything but their location. I started to get concerned and after Googling the name I came across a lot of warnings including yours. These vultures will get what’s coming their way eventually.
    Keep up the good work with warning purchasers to avoid these scumbags.

    1. Yep, definitely a scam. No Australian address, bad grammar in testimonials and the wrong date format (M/D/Y) Steer clear of these vultures!

  2. Hi Andrew
    Just in need of some advice. I’ve have been emailing a website called Aussie Cavoodles. Not sure if they are legit or a scam . They have emailed me back with extra pics of 2 puppies that i am interested in. A few things I have picked up by reading your comments is they use miles instead of kms and their website is Ad aussiecavoodles.com/ no au!’ Their contact details are also not very clear. Seeking advice please. I haven’t paid any money yet.

    1. Hi Mary Kay. I had a quick look and congratulate you for your observations. In addition, right on the front page they use the name Cavapoo, which I’ve warned people about as well. Additionally, the ‘about’ page shows the same Thomas Payne picture that I’ve seen on scam pages and is mentioned elsewhere in the comments as originally from Cornwall, UK. Once again, the pictures show puppies in different houses, and the testimonials can be found elsewhere on the Internet being used by scam pages. For example this one, bad English and all: “ So many breeders have lost their ways and have lost their integrity of this breed, but when we came in contact with you guys we knew we where at the right place”

      1. Hi Andrew,
        I’ve been in contact with a breeder from WA, the website is “cutecavoodles.info”
        seems too good to be true. Have you come across this site?

      2. Hi Mary. I had a look and have a few concerns:
        1. The same street address was also used by goldencavoodles.info (site since removed) with the following text: “Please visit us at. 79 Campbell Road, Spencer Park WA 6330. Golden Puppies Australia. Copyright © 2020 Golden Puppies Australia”
        2. No local telephone number listed
        3. The Genetic Testing page has text also found on other pages
        It would be great if you have a contact in Perth who could doorknock the address. Without some physical proof, I would not proceed.

    1. Hi Adam. I just had a look and it certainly does not pass the sniff test. Reasons:
      1. pictures taken in all different places, some with owners in the background
      2. testimonials that can be found elsewhere on the Internet
      3. bad English.
      I wouldn’t be surprised if this is Golden Cavoodles under another name since that site has been shut down – both were listed in Nelson Bay.

      1. Hey Andrew thanks for spotting this and you’re help. Spot on mate, and well done for putting this service out there to help people. My wife was talking to this premier cavoodles until luckily she realised it wasnt right. Cheers

      2. Hi Andrew I have had dealings with Premier cavoodles and they certainly are a scam they incourage you to put down a deposit to hold a puppy you desire but when you ask for the address to view the puppy they ignore your request., they say they are in Nelson Bay but when you ring there mobile number they don’t answer it and the ring tone it makes when calling it sounds like your calling overseas, if you text them they reply with refer to the website, they say there name is David T and they certainly need to be reported and called out on social media. Regards Brett

    2. Hi there Adam,

      Yes it’s a scam. We put money into one “Coco” $1800. The person “David T” didn’t pick up our calls after the money was transferred. Dodgy indeed. His address on the application form was “sold” last year. Different mobile number on the application form as opposed to the email footer. He wanted the money transferred using ‘osko’ services.

      Lots of red flags we didn’t pick earlier. Anyhow we cancelled the transaction hoping to get a full refund. Lodged a police complaint. And notified the federal government scams website.

      Gosh! What a world we live in!

      Be careful.

  3. cavoodlepuppyhome is one I believe I found they mentioned cavapoo in a email and also in the photos of one of the dogs you can tell it’s an American number plate. We almost got scammed until they used that word

    1. Nice work! I had a look and apart from what you say, I also found text that’s been lifted from other websites, puppies photographed in all different and implausible locations, ‘female’ written as FeMale repeatedly, even two puppies that are actually the same (Ginna and Kia). A scam, but with worryingly good photos that are hard to fault.

    2. We have a 3yr old cavi. We just lost her companion a 12 yr old beagle to cancer.
      All her life our cavi has had a partner dog so I cannot get another beagle… emotionally so decided on a cavi as a partner …..but the scams
      Personally I have no clue how people can be so bloody heartless.
      Thanks so much for all the info because when you’re still tender you can be vulnerable.
      Cheers
      Tone

  4. Hi there.
    Wondering if you could check australiacavoodles.com site if they are genuine? Only can talk to them on the site by sending message or through what’s app us. Does whatsapp us mean its whatsapp USA from America? I haven’t seen this before.

    1. Hilarious. Did you see the photos they used on the home page are of Don Burke and Julia Gillard? Then there are: bad English, typos, dodgy email address, use of WhatsApp, no address, a testimonial with a picture of a young girl saying how lucky she is to be retired. Thanks for brightening an otherwise dull day.

  5. Hi, looking at buying a cavoodle interstate and have already been in contact with 2 scammers so are very wary…the site cavoodleforme seems to be legit. They have answered all my questions, have sent many pics and videos with the same puppy/house/garden…they said I will get a tracking number to check before payment…they just seem a bit pushy. what do you think?

    1. Hi Kimberly. I would be VERY suspicious. Red Flag 1: poor English, many typos e.g. this on the homepage: “Cavoodle needs a moderate amount of exercise when fully grown; do not over exercise when young. It should be taken on a daily walk or allowed to play in a large yard and Apartment life”. Red Flag #2: this text appears on MANY websites: “I am a gorgeous puppy with a personality to match. I am also up to date on my vaccinations and vet checked from head to tail, so when you see me I will be healthy”. Red Flag #3: this testimonial is also on the Banksia Park site: “Everyone who meets her loves her, and is amazed at how confident and calm she is. Many have commented that she must have come from a great breeder and we have given you guys glowing recommendations (and in fact a few wrote down your website and will probably reach out to you guys)” If you or a friend can’t visit, my advice is don’t buy.

    2. I’m look at the same website . Thinking that same as you. What puppy where you interested in. Where did they say they said they were located.

    3. Hi Kimberly
      Any recent news?
      I’m about to put my precious money down (I’m a retiree) & am a bit concerned that they are legit.
      Yes, they did appear to be pushy particularly when I asked a few questions.
      I would appreciate your comments
      Thank you
      Sue

      1. If you have any suspicions, trust your instinct and confirm their identity in person. Scammers are getting better and better at talking the good talk. Why on earth would a genuine Cavoodle breeder need to be pushy in today’s seller’s market.?

  6. Hi
    I have just been scammed today from company called Cavapoo for sale now stating they are from Tasmania I paid $2900 which supposedly included transport from Tasmania to Sydney this Sunday. My sister and friend also called the number and asked for the dog I was suppose to get. The mobile was being diverted to overseas.

  7. 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.

      1. Thanks for your diligence. I even visited the Cornish site and have been doing this so long I immediately recognised testimonials I had seen on other scam sites. Maybe this is the source!

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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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