I too almost fell into this trap, below are the emails that I received from the scammer, boy do I feel silly, but relieved I googled it first before moving forward, it just seemed odd that they would post an ad in a local paper, but wanted to then ship the puppy:
Hi, thanks for contacting us on our baby. We are not selling her but we are giving her on adoption to a good home. She needs a good home where she will spend the rest of her life happily. Before giving you our girl, we will first need to know a few things from you. We need to know if you are a breeder because we are not interested in giving our little girl for breading. We also need you to assure us that you can take good care of her. Also let us know when you want to take her home. Pleas answer the following questions.
Why do you want a puppy at this time?
Do you have any experience with pups?
Will you send us updates and pictures about her from time to time?
We are just being concerned about the type of home she will be going to, so that is why we are curious to know. We love her so much and we want to make sure she goes to a family that will show her the affection she deserves. This are some pictures of her attached to this mail. Let us know if you like her.
Her name is Gina, and she is 12 weeks old.
Thanks and hoping to read from you.
Oh My God, Your home sounds loving and perfect for Gina. Thanks for your soonest respond and assurance. I am Paula the wife of Mike. I must say that we are so excited to let Gina to your loving home. We trust you so much now that you have assured us a loving home. We have chosen you as the new parent of Gina. Gina would get along well with your family. Gina is a very intelligent, beautiful little girl with a super personality. She has a heart of gold, and warms up to everyone quickly. She is an Outstanding Quality Puppy with Champion bloodline, very healthy, very socialized. She is good with children and other animals, Shots up to date on all vaccinations and de-worming ... Health Guarantee. Likes playing with kids and children well trained and comes with vet papers and health certificate. She is ready to meet her forever home where she will spend the rest of her life. I really hope you are a pet lover because i want the best for my puppy, I know i will be missing my girl dearly but providing all her needs makes me very happy, Please I just want you to promise me you are going to take very good care of her.
To tell you a bit about myself, I am 29 and I am expecting my first baby. I got married 3 years back and we are so happily married. I have been with dogs all my life as my Grand Father was a pet lover. I usually go there on holidays and would spend much time with the animals and house pets there. Gina’s mother Milo was given to me as a wedding gift by my grandfather. Milo died of heart disease a month ago.
We traveled to Cameroon on research base. We are out to carry out biological research on the bark of tress in Cameroon. The country is good in wood and some of the trees serve as medicines. We would be in Cameroon for 7 months before coming back. The climate here is not too good for English bulldogs. So that is why we have decided to send her back. It will really do us much good if you can take good care of her because she needs much care. . There will be no problem flying her to you as she has all her health papers and she will come with them. She is perfectly healthy and her shots are up to date. All you will need to do is to get back to us with the name of the person who will pick her up from the airport and the name of the nearest airport to your location. Then we will fly her there so that you can pick her from the airport. Also, you will have to take care of the shipping fee which is $180 and that includes airport charges so you will not have any other fee to pay. She is ready to go on adoption right now so as soon as you are ready, we can fly her to you.
You will pay the $180 directly to the shipping company. We will make the shipping arrangements and have them contact you to let you know how the payment and delivery works.
What we want is a loving and caring home and you have promised us that, so that is the reason why we want you to accept our little girl into your lovely home and take her as your new family member. We really count on you if you can be there for her.
It really hurts to let her go but we have to for her own good.
Thanks and email back asap.
Paula and Mike.