A consumer called ScamPulse.com to ask if Salim Bird Breeders Farm was a safe place to purchase a parrot. ScamPulse.com found the website, http://www.salimbirdbreedersfarm.com, was created on 10.30.19, and updated on 12.10.19.
ScamPulse.com warns online pet shoppers to research the seller, don’t wire money for pets and avoid prices that are too good to be true. When you hear or read the words “wire money”, that is a red flag. Do not send money via Western Union, MoneyGram or through prepaid gift cards.
To avoid pet scams, follow these ScamPulse.com tips:
Always visit the breeder. Responsible breeders and rescue groups will be more than happy to give you a tour.
Search for website warning signs. Fake breeder websites usually look real because the content is typically stolen from another site. Look for duplicate sites by copying a line from the website into a search engine and looking for identical wording elsewhere on the Internet. Also, search for the domain name on "WHOIS Lookup." Make sure the site is hosted in the country where the breeders claim to be located.
Pick up your pet in person. Don’t rely on the breeder to ship the animal.
Check references. Talk to others who have purchased pets from this breeder and the veterinarian the breeder works with. Search bbb.org for their Business Profile and customer reviews.
Pay with a check or credit card. If a breeder pressures you to pay by wire transfer or prepaid debit card, it is probably a scam.