Even though posting a lost pet message on social media sounds like a great idea. However, in reality, it can put you at risk for a scam. Unfortunately, con artists comb social media targeting people who have lost their pets.
How the Scam Operates:
When you lose your pet, more than likely, you'll turn to social media to alert friends, family and neighbors. You may create either a group or public post to help spread the word. You then share your phone number and other important information.
A few days later, you receive a text message from someone claiming to have found your lost pet. When you ask them to describe the pet, the scammer will give excuses such as being out of town or not having access to a camera. Then, the “finder” ends up pressuring you for money or a gift card to return your pet. Your first instinct is to give them money because you want your pet back, but you must listen to your gut! The scammer does not have your pet; they just want your money.
Follow these tips to prevent getting wrapped up in this scam: