Online Puppy Scams: Promising a Puppy that Never Arrives

September 29, 2017

Source: ABC News

Consumers are turning to the internet to purchase pets, but the pets aren’t arriving. Your Better Business Bureau serving San Diego, Orange and Imperial Counties is advising against vastly prevalent online puppy scams originating in the West African country of Cameroon. From transportation arrangements to special insurance, buyers are pelted with fees throughout the process before realizing the puppy of their choice doesn’t actually exist. Just under forty thousand complaints involving pets have been reported with the Federal Trade Commission. Photos of popular or difficult to obtain breeds are exploited across seemingly legitimate websites, luring puppy seeking families into their scam. Individual victims have lost as much as $5,000 to puppy scams. For ways to avoid puppy scams and actions to take if you are a victim, click here:

It is encouraged that consumers report suspected scams to BBB Scam Tracker.