Even people who deal with scammers every day, like Utah Better Business Bureau President Jane Driggs, are floored by how pervasive puppy scams have become. A report from the BBB reveals about 80percent of the advertisements out there for puppies are “fake.”
“That’s a huge number,” Driggs says. “I knew they were out there, but 80 percent is amazing."
Photos of dogs are posted on online classified ads, but more often than not, the dog does not actually exist. Scammers will often ask for money to be wired to cover vet bills or shipping.
Most victims are in their 20s and 30s and end up losing between $100 and $1000, though some have lost considerably more,” the report states.
The best way to protect yourself is it see the dog, Driggs says.
“The big thing is you want to see the puppy. You want to know that the puppy actually exists and never ever wire money to get a dog."
Our affiliate KUTV in Salt Lake City, Utah contributed to this story.
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