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Pet Adoption Scam: How It Works

(with video below) Be careful if you're trying to adopt a pet. Scammers advertise dogs for adoption all over the Internet. Beware of the Adopt A Pet scam! Let's take a look.

You want to get a puppy and come across an Internet post or classified ad from somebody willing to give a pet away (or have a bunch of them for a ridiculously low price). The pictures are cute and you fall in love with the animal. It could even be advertised as "spend the COVID-19 pandemic with a new friend", "the perfect birthday gift for your kid" or a "great Christmas present". How does the scam work?

Watch the video below to see in action a Pet Adoption scam exposed:

Pet Adoption Scam Video

You contact the person and they explain that they just moved out of the country and their pet is having a horrible time accommodating to the new climate. After exchanging a few e-mails and building trust, the owner of the animal will only require that you pay for the shipping, just promise you'll take good care of the pet.

After you wire the money, it will be the last you hear from them, since the pet never existed in the first place. The scammer just used Internet pictures with the cute puppies. The crook could also approach victims by saying their spouse died and now they need to get rid of all the things that remind them of the deceased.

The crook might also pretend they are using a third party to mediate the deal, to make the transaction seem more secure.


Pet Adoption Scam: How To Avoid

Buy pets from your own town - there must be some that need love. This way, you can go and pick them up yourself. Report a pet adoption scammer in the comments section below.


Pet Adoption Scam: How To Report

Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:

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