The biggest challenge in identifying the online puppy scammer is that the fake seller and website look almost real.
It’s difficult to tell that they are cheating on you or there’s no puppy you are paying to be “shipped” to you.
Look for tell-tale signs like if the seller offers puppy for free. If they ask only for shipping cost or sell puppy lower than market price. If the seller refuses to meet you or show the puppy in real.
Ask for referrals of people who have bought puppy from them.
How to avoid online scammers?
If they tell you that your puppy needs shots, crates, food and water because it’s stuck in transit that means you are being cheated. Don’t send money on Western Union or MoneyGram without verifying the seller.
“This is certainly not the only scam to be aware of, but it is a common one,” says AKC spokesperson Lisa Peterson.
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