CROMWELL, Conn. (WTNH)—There has been a widespread amount of people who have fallen victim to online puppies supposedly for sale but losing thousands of dollars instead.
People who are searching for a potential addition to the family have seen dogs for sale online and have turned over their credit cards to supposedly pay for these dogs only to realize that they have been cheated.
Scammers are able to create websites by copying pictures and descriptions of puppies from other websites to try and fool viewers into handing over their money. Usually, viewers are tricked by these scammers saying they have purebred puppies for sale at about half the price of a typical purebred. They then tell the customers to pay additional fees for the cost of shipping the puppy, veterinary visits, vaccinations, etc. Customers then hand over their money only to come to the realization that they have been scammed when they go to the airport to pick up their puppy, but it never shows up.
When considering whether to purchase a dog, here are a few tips to help avoid the potential of being tricked:
- Think about buying a puppy from inside the state- having a puppy shipped from out of state can bring up many different issues as to whether the dog is even real.
- Do not think that a website is reputable if it looks professional.
- Do your research- if the price of a dog you find online is low, this could be a sign of a potential scam.
- Get references- bbb.org lists all reputable online sellers so make sure to check before purchasing a dog.
- Make sure to get medical records of the puppy.
The only way to make sure that you are not one of the people to lose money is to do thorough research before making the decision to purchase a puppy, especially if it is online.