Friday, November 14, 2014

Looking for a Puppy? That Cutie Online Could be a Scam

Ten week old female Golden retriever puppy lying on grass. Adam Gault Imagine seeing a puppy or pure-breed dog online that needs a home. Maybe the owner is in the military and got transferred. Perhaps the family simply can't afford it any longer. Or it's just a great deal for breed that can cost a ton. If you're an animal lover looking for a new pet, it can be awfully tempting. But the Federal Trade Commission on Thursday issued a warning that an old scam that involves conning people with photos of an adorable pooch is back -- and more finely tuned than ever. In other words, that cute dog is a lure to get you to cough up some cash. For one thing, the folks with the dogs (or sub in any other animal someone might want) will be far away. Your cost might only be the shipping, they claim. They Got Your Heart -- and Now They Want Your Money At least that's how it starts. Once you go for that initial payment, the scam artists know you're hooked. So, then they'll spring on requests for more money. The reasons: such things as veterinary bills, an inspection fee or crating, the FTC said.

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