Puppy scams have been on the rise since interest in buying a new pet has surged while so many people have been working at home during the pandemic.
Puppy scams occur when a scammer poses as a seller of a dog that does not exist or will never be available for sale. The scammer may post a fake ad or even make arrangements to drop off the puppy to the consumer but then does not show up.
Signs of a scam are the following:
- The consumer finds the scammer through an e-commerce marketplace such as Facebook or Craigslist;
- The consumer has to make a deposit before the scammer will agree to any contact;
- Puppies are available immediately;
- Cost is significantly lower than ads for the same breed;
- Puppy must be shipped;
- Pictures of the puppy look staged;
- Gift cards are the required form of payment.
If you are the victim of a puppy scam, contact Pine Street Legal for help at 215-345-9214 or firstname.lastname@example.org.