The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota is warning about a recent rise in scams targeting people looking to buy puppies.
People in search of a dog have been scammed out of thousands of dollars by sending money to illegitimate websites, the consumer protection organization warns. The dogs are never sent.
Pamela Fisher, who lives in Arkansas, said her 14-year-old daughter had saved money babysitting and giving swimming lessons to buy a puppy from one such scam. She lost more than $1,000 after being told to wire money to a company purporting to be from Minnesota. The puppy never arrived.
“It was heartbreaking for my daughter … she learned a lesson; we all have,” Fisher said.
The scammers will also try to trick customers further. They told the Fishers their dog had been sent to the wrong airport, and more money was needed to get it to them. Others will charge for insurance costs or special crates for dogs that do not arrive.
Other victims have been reported in Minnesota and New Jersey.
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SOURCE: Twin Cities, Katrina Pross