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How To Avoid Scams

Here are some tips for avoiding puppy scams. Please take note

1. Use Common Sense: Trust your instincts and be cautious.

2.Avoid Shipping: Most dogs cannot be shipped, so be wary of sellers who suggest otherwise.

3.Buy from Verified Breeders: Seek out breeders with credible reputations.

4.Safe Meeting Places: Do not meet sellers on the side of the road; opt for safe, public locations.

5.Feel Comfortable with Your Decision: Take your time and ensure you’re making the right choice.

6.Be Skeptical of Low Prices: Unrealistically low prices may indicate a scam.

7.Check for References and Contracts: Legitimate breeders should have references and offer health guarantees.

8.Engage in Intelligent Conversations: Speak with the seller over the phone to assess legitimacy.

9.Verify Websites: Ensure that websites are professional and have multiple links.

10.Beware of Free Offers with Shipping Costs: Offers for free puppies with shipping fees may be scams.

11.Avoid Emotional Manipulation: Be cautious of sad stories or pressure tactics.

12.Use Reputable Platforms: Avoid using Craigslist to find breeders.

13.Verify Location: Stick to sellers located in the US for safety.

14.Image Search: Search for the pet’s image online to check for fraud.

15.Secure Payment Methods: Avoid wiring money or using gift cards for payments.

 

If you’ve fallen victim to a scam

File Reports: Report the incident to BBB’s Scam Tracker, the Police Department, FTC, Homeland Security Investigations, or the Canadian Antifraud Centre.

Contact Payment Companies: If you used Western Union, MoneyGram, or Green Dot, contact them directly for assistance.

File Police Report and Contact Bank: File a police report and contact your bank immediately to file a claim.

Remember to stay vigilant and prioritize safety when purchasing a pet.

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