Better Business Bureau advises pet-lovers to avoid letting their emotions lead the way when looking for a puppy online.
One popular ruse used by schemers is to use slick phony websites that offer purebred puppies for sale at cut-rate prices. A scenario currently active in our community uses online classified ads to offer free purebred puppies with shipping to be paid by the new owner.
One Colorado victim said she recently responded to an online ad for a beagle puppy and was asked to wire $400 to a shipping company for transport. After the money arrived, she was instructed to send additional money to cover the cost of a “special” crate. She was told the second payment would be refunded upon arrival of her puppy.
She never got the puppy and she never got her money back.
BBB offers these tips when looking online for a puppy:
Anyone who experiences a dog-related scam should report it to local authorities as well as their local BBB (bbb.org).