Planning a puppy present? BBB says beware potential pet purchase ploy

Planning a puppy present? BBB says beware potential pet purchase ploy Photo: KSTP

December 07, 2018 02:35 PM

Don't fall for this scam when online shopping this holiday season If you are planning on putting a puppy under the tree this holiday season, the Better Business Bureau says to watch out for a potential pet purchase ploy.

According to the BBB, the scam begins when you find "an adorable puppy or cuddly kitten" online. The scammers often pose as breeders or "distraught pet owners."


After showing you videos and pictures of the pet, the scammers will ask you to wire money for the purchase. The scammer promises to ship the pet right away, but according to the BBB, this is when "unexpected" problems arise, such as a specific pet crate required for shipping, or an expensive vet visit or pet insurance.

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"Unfortunately, your dog or cat never existed in the first place," the BBB said in a release.

To shield yourself from scams such as these, the BBB offers the following tips:

  • Never wire money to people or companies you don't know and trust.
  • See the pet in person before making a purchase.
  • Research prices.

If you have been targeted by this scam, you can report it to the BBB's Scam Tracker.

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