Summertime is the busy season for PenderAIR and for pet shipping. Unfortunately, it is also the busy season for criminals running online pet scams. Our very own Pet Travel Coordinators are contacted every spring and summer by individuals desperate to locate the puppy they have already paid for, but have never received. We then have the sad task of having to give these folks the heartbreaking news that the puppy they have been excitedly preparing to welcome into their family doesn’t exist, and they have been the victims of a scam.
You find an adorable purebred puppy online at an amazing price or that is in desperate need of a loving home. All you need to do is pay to have him shipped to you. Once you pay to purchase or ship your new best friend there are problems that require you to send more money. And if you don’t do this quickly enough the person you are dealing with threatens you with legal action for animal abandonment, which they’ll say could result in heavy fines or even jail time. And at the end of it all, your new best friend never makes it to you because they never existed in the first place. This is just one common scenario but many such similar stories are told countless times over by pet scam artists. If it sounds too good to be true, it just might be!
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This is a horrible and heartbreaking situation to find oneself in, but it is happening to more and more innocent people every day. Be extremely careful when looking to purchase a puppy online, and use this article to help you identify a scam when you see one!