When buying a dog online one should always interview the seller as much as possible to determine if they are trustworthy, request personal photos of the dogs and avoid sending any payments electronically. One should also consider the breed-specific needs and requirements of the dog before making a purchase.
Purchasing a dog online through a classifieds site presents many challenges, because it can be very difficult for buyers to gauge the reliability of a seller over the Internet. The best thing to do is to research the buyer before arranging a meeting to filter out any potential scams. If the buyer refuses to share any identifiable information about themselves, or they mention living in an area such as Africa, Nigeria or London, it may be a sign of a scam. One should ask the buyer for pictures of themselves with the dog as proof that the seller actually owns the dog in question.
One should also never transfer a seller funds electronically before receiving a dog because there is no way to guarantee that the seller can actually deliver the pet. As such, it is best to meet the seller in person to inspect the dog, then pay them in cash.