Tis the season to be jolly, but the scammer is quick to take that yule time cheer even using puppies, kittens, and other cute animals to lure you in. Pet scammers know that during this time, people are looking for that perfect little pet to add to their family. Here are a few tips:
- Never wire money to an unknown stranger.
- Utilize a credit card so you can dispute the charge if you don’t get the product.
- If using an online classified ad, make sure you are meeting someone in person, chances are they will ask for money upfront and won’t meet with you and you won’t see that cute little pet either.
- Check out the online breeders. Do some social media due diligence.
- Ask for references.
- Remember it is always easy to post a picture of a cute little puppy – photos are everywhere.
- Check to see if that pet photo has been used before – check on-line photo’s
- Ask to see a copy of the AKA records and check the credentials.
- Ask to see the vaccine (vet) records and consult with a local vet that you have a great relationship with.
- It is easy to build fake websites, copy real logos, and make up data to make it look real. Scammers are great at making the information on the internet look real.
Remember this holiday scammer will tell you there is only one left and you had better act fast. The fraudster is working on your emotions and knows you need it for the holiday. Don’t let you emotions fool you, says Buster the Fraud Dog.
Buster says also check out your local pet adoption centers in your home town. Buster says you may just save a life, gain a wonderful new loving pet, while helping a great cause.