Government warns of online pet scams

Government Warns Of Online Pet Scams
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ST. LOUIS, Mo. –  The Better Business Bureau says there’s an increase in online pet scams this holiday season.

Scammers receive hundreds of dollars for pets that ultimately do not exist. Since scammers are especially persuasive during the holiday season, the BBB advises extreme caution if shopping online for a pet.

In addition to the shortage of “quarantine puppies”, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suspended the importation of dogs to the U.S. from 100 countries. A high risk of rabies in certain regions has decreased the overall amount of pet imports in America.

A St. Charles couple in Missouri reported losing $800 to a pet scammer. She and her husband tried to buy a French bulldog puppy via Craigslist in August 2021. The woman told BBB Scam Tracker the breeder provided videos of the dog and an American Kennel Club breeder license. The breeder requested the woman send money via Apple Pay to a pet shipping company, which subsequently demanded additional fees for insurance, a crate, and a distemper vaccine.

People shopping for pets online are very likely to encounter a scam listing in an online ad or website. Knowing the steps associated with this scam can help consumers avoid heartache and losing their money.

The dog was in critical condition at a New York airport, according to the shipping company. The woman requested video proof but received one of the videos the breeder had originally shared with her. She reported the incident to the BBB and concluded she was caught in one of many online pet scams.

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