There are three main types of pet scams:
an overpayment scheme, a Nigerian pet scam and a sale
that provides you with an ill or dying puppy -- or no
puppy at all.
Because the scammers frequently operate from overseas, it's often impossible for victims to recoup their money or take legal action. In the United States, California, Florida and Louisiana are hot spots. Victims lose anywhere from $250 to $2,000 to the scams, according to Alison Preszler, spokeswoman for the Council of Better Business Bureaus.
Here's how to recognize these scams and
how you can protect yourself while shopping for a furry
How it works: This is a
variation on a popular fraud scheme. An animal owner
publishes an online ad offering a pet for sale. The
fraudster contacts this person, negotiates a price and
sends payment for the animal in the form of a cashier's
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