For Immediate Release - March 22, 2018 - Tomorrow is National Puppy Day. BBB Serving Greater Cleveland warns would-be puppy buyers to use extra caution if shopping for a pooch online. Last Fall, BBB issued “Puppy Scams: How Fake Online Pet Sellers Steal from Unsuspecting Pet Buyers”. BBB estimates that tens of thousands of consumers in the U.S. and around the world may have fallen victim to the scam, with prospective buyers losing anywhere from $100 to thousands of dollars each to the thieves. A South Euclid woman told BBB she lost $1795.00 to treasuredmicropuppies.com, “I requested to purchase a male teacup yorkie. The following day, I received an email from Danny Jacob stating the purchase was approved and payment of $695 was to be tendered prior to shipping the puppy.” After wiring the money, she was then advised that World Pet Safe Shippers would contact her. World Pet Safe Shippers wanted $550 for a crate. After she wired the funds, the company said another $550 was needed. After wiring the additional money, she was told that $825 was needed to purchases insurance. “I... expressed my discontent and requested a refund because I had no proof the puppy was shipped or even existed. He told me he had no money and his wife was in the hospital!” “Unfortunately, what happened to this consumer is a classic case of a puppy scam,” said BBB president, Sue McConnell. “These online sites lift photos from sites of legitimate breeders, take advantage of unsuspecting victims, then disappear.” For more on the key findings and recommendations from the study, click here.For more information:For more tips on buying a pet online visit: bbb.org/puppyscamIf you have been a victim of this fraud you can report it to BBB Scam Tracker.