Scam of the Month: Online Puppy Scams


Warmer temperatures often spur would-be pet owners to action. Many, looking for puppies, turn to the internet and type in the dog breed they’re looking for, starting their search for the right pet that way. Unfortunately, scammers know this and they’re lying in wait. Better Business Bureau ® of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) has noted an uptick in both phony pet websites and people falling prey to fraudsters, leaving them out serious money and still without a pet.

“What online scammers prey on is the enthusiasm of pet lovers,” said Susan Adams Loyd, President and CEO of BBB of Minnesota and North Dakota. “
They create authentic-looking websites, steal photos from legitimate pet sellers or breeders and then simply wait for victims to come to them.