How to Avoid Holiday Puppy Scams by Looking for These Warning Signs
It’s the holiday season and that can mean a lot of things. It’s a time for all of us to show love and kindness to each other. Many of us have created our Christmas list for Santa Claus, each with that one special gift we’re hoping for. Kids and adults alike have a dream gift of a new puppy. Parents and loved ones are searching for that perfect puppy for their family.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of bad actors looking to take advantage of those looking for a cute little furball. Veterinarians.org is warning potential dog owners to be on the lookout for these unsavory pet peddlers.
New Jersey is not high on the list of the most common states for puppy scams. However, New York and Pennsylvania are high on the list.
Here are some tips and warning signs to watch out for when looking for the perfect pup.
Scammers create enticing online listings for puppies, often using fake or copied photos from legitimate breeders or websites. The advertised puppies may be purebred or popular breeds, making them more appealing to pet shoppers.
Scammers typically communicate with potential buyers via email, text, or phone calls. They may use various tactics to build trust, such as providing fake references or claiming to be located in an area a considerable distance from the buyer.
After you reach out to them, scammers request payment for the puppy and may ask for additional fees, such as shipping costs, insurance, or health certificates. They usually insist on payment through methods that are difficult to trace or reverse, such as wire transfers or gift cards.
No Physical Presence
Scammers avoid meeting buyers in person or allowing them to visit the location where the puppies are supposedly kept. They may provide excuses, such as claiming to be overseas or facing travel restrictions.
Excuses and Delays
Once payment is made, scammers may provide fake tracking information or invent reasons for delays in shipping. Eventually, communication may end altogether.
Veterinarians.org says, “Individuals and families can protect themselves from scams by making themselves aware of the typical warning signs of a scam, and by adopting through an animal shelter, rescue group, or AKC-certified reputable breeder.”
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