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Online pet scams have tripled since last year as people look for furry friends in quarantine

Added 09-02-20 07:14:01pm EST - “"Pet scams are not only the riskiest scams, they are also one of the most heart-breaking," warned the Better Business Bureau.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “Online pet scams have tripled since last year as people look for furry friends in quarantine”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Puppy buyers beware: online pet scams have skyrocketed since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Better Business Bureau. Reports of this particular scheme, in which fraudsters set up phony websites or post fake advertisements online for dogs that don't exist, have tripled since last year, according to the BBB.

Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, the demand for dogs has increased so much that some shelters have stopped accepting applications to foster animals, and breeders have seen waitlists for puppies balloon, according to The Wall Street Journal. In turn, scammers have taken advantage of folks looking for a little canine companionship in quarantine. 

"Pet scams are not only the riskiest scams, they are also one of the most heart-breaking," warned the BBB in a new report.

The non-profit consumer protection organization says they have seen over 2,000 reports of pet scams in the past few months, and have also seen the usual amount of money lost per scam rise from $600 to $700.

One woman told the Better Business Bureau that she was scammed multiple times in her search for a pug. She lost over $1,100 in the process. 

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