A puppy for sale on the internet can turn from hopes of a new furry friend, to leaving victims empty-handed right before the holidays. The Better Business Bureau says puppy scams are common this time of year.
Good deals on pricey breeds
Puppy scams often prey on people looking to get a deal on a pricey breed. Tabler says a red flag to look out for is not only too-good-to-be true offers, but when the breeder doesn’t do business directly by phone or makes excuses when asked to arrange a meeting. For example, the Alberta woman who was scammed after purchasing what she thought was a hairless sphynx kitten. It turned out the lack of hair was more about abuse than breeding (CBC News).
Read more about the scam here.