How the scam works:
You want to get a puppy and come across a Twitter post or classified ad, from somebody willing to give a pet away (or have a bunch of them for a ridiculously low price).
The pictures are cute and you fall in love with the animal. It could even be advertised as a "perfect Christmas gift for your kid or for his/her birthday".
You contact the person and they explain that they just moved out of the country and their pet is having a horrible time accommodating to the new climate. After exchanging a few e-mails and building trust, the owner of the animal will only require that you pay for the shipping, just promise you’ll take good care of the pet.
After you wire the money, it will be the last you hear from them, since the pet never existed in the first place. The scammer just used Internet pictures with the cute puppies. The crook could also approach victims by saying their spouse died and now they need to get rid of all the things that remind them of the deceased.
The crook might also pretend they are using a third party to mediate the deal, to make the transaction seem more secure.
Buy pets from your own town - there must be some that need love. This way, you can go and pick them up yourself.
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