BBB warns of puppy scams amid COVID-19


The Labrador Retrievers Lincoln (L) and the 14- week-old puppy Rommy sit at the American Kennel Club’s (AKC) Museum of the Dog on March 20, 2019 in New York City. Labrador Retrievers were announced the most popular breed in the US. (Photo by Johannes EISELE / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP via Getty Images)

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRProud) – The Better Business Bureau warns a new scam involving buying a new pet online has evolved amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The BBB’s Scam Tracker reports show potential pet owners are being told they have to pay extra for a crate or insurance, to have a pet shipped because of the coronavirus. According to the BBB, some victims were even asked to provide an alternate payment, such as a gift card, or mobile banking option that was not part of the original transaction.

If you come across either of these requests, it is a red flags that the offer or the seller is not legitimate.

The BBB has provided some tips on how to avoid puppy scams:
• Don’t buy a pet without seeing it in person.
• Avoid wiring money, if possible. Use a credit card, in case you
need to dispute the charges.
• Research prices for the breed you are interested in adopting.
• Consider reaching out to your local animal shelter.
• Learn about fraud in your area at BBB Scam

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