New BBB Study Finds Pet Scams Victimize Consumers Globally

October 03, 2017

Columbus, OH -
October is Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month, encouraging consumers to adopt and not shop when it comes to welcoming a new furry friend into your home. According to recent findings from BBB, 80% of online sponsored advertisements about pets may be fake - making your local animal shelter a better choice for more than one reason.

Your BBB Serving Central Ohio has received recent complaints against companies that have not provided pets to consumers after payment. All of the companies listed below have an F rating with BBB and are using a Central Ohio address, but are not actually located in Central Ohio:

Classic Labrador
Fountain Chihuahua
Viva Maltese
Stephan Havanese Pups
Rickney Golden Retrievers
Robert Dachshund Pups
Top Side Golden Retriever Home

Nationally, BBB Scam Tracker has 907 reports of pet scams, with the Federal Trade Commission finding over 3,000 similar reports. BBB International Investigations Initiative conducted an online puppy scam study, looking at the scope of who is behind it, how large the problem is and the need for law enforcement and consumer education to help tackle the issue. You can read the full study here or download a PDF here.

To read more about the report’s key findings, click here.

To find out tips on how to avoid puppy scams, click here.


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Kip Morse

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