We paid thousands for a teacup sized Pomeranian – but what we got was very different, we were heartbroken

A COUPLE claim they have been scammed after paying thousands for a teacup Pomeranian breed puppy.

The California couple used a website to find the specific breed of dog, which can cost anywhere from $1,500 to $6,500.

The breed of dog the Californian couple thought they were buying can cost anywhere from $1,500 to $6,500


The breed of dog the Californian couple thought they were buying can cost anywhere from $1,500 to $6,500Photo credit: Getty

But they later discovered the pet didn’t exist – leading to the arrest of a Texas woman.

Elizabeth Montes, 44, of San Antonio, was convicted of conspiracy and theft in March 2022 for taking $2,000 from the couple and not sending them anything back.

According to Santa Clara prosecutors, Montes was under the impression the couple bought a small Pomeranian dog named “Jake” to keep them company amid the pandemic.

“Scammers around the world are using love and loneliness during COVID to steal people’s money,” the Santa Clara County District said
said attorney Jeff Rosen in a press release.

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“We’ll find the crooks. We track the crooks. You pay for Jake, you get Jake.”

Investigators determined that Montes opened cell accounts through various banks and received money from victims of the scam.

Montes’ victims are said to have attempted to make puppy purchases through the websites skylightpomeranian.com and Trans-Pet Express.

Bank records showed that Montes was linked to more than 75 fraud victims who never received their puppies, according to prosecutors.

Santa Clara County victims sent her $600 via cell in April 2020 to purchase a tiny Pomeranian puppy named “Jake,” which was listed for sale on skylightpomeranian.com.

They said that everything seemed normal in the contract and shipping information as this part of the transaction was facilitated by the Trans-Pet Express company.

The couple later received an email saying they had to send it
an additional $1,400 to the seller to avoid keeping the puppy in one
14-day COVID-19 quarantine.

The couple realized they were being scammed and reported the crime when they received another email asking for an additional $1,300 for an “approval.”


PaulLeBlanc is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. PaulLeBlanc joined Dailynationtoday in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: paulleblanc@dailynationtoday.com.

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