Fraudulent online pet stores are not uncommon and are continuously causing alarm at a rapid rate. Reported pet scams are frequent within BBB's ScamTracker, with over 900 reports of fraud and false advertising. However, with legitimate sources for obtaining a pet online, it is important to be aware of how you can spot these scammy websites. These schemes of false online pet stores include well-crafted sites that are designed for pet searchers looking for a decent price. With a digital search at the fingertips of scammers, often pictures and descriptions can be stolen or enhanced to appear legitimate.
BBB urges consumers to be aware of these scams and to take precaution when looking for a new companion. Follow BBB's Tips to Protect Yourself From Fake Online Pet Sellers including a detailed full study on the investigation regarding online pet scams.
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