Potential Pet Parents Are The Latest To Be Scammed

Wicker and Wilde

You know how Rebecca, Jeff and Kat all love their fur babies, and encourage anyone who has love in their heart and home to adopt from your local shelter.  But if you are thinking of adding to the family scammers are taking advantage of people looking to get a pet to keep them company during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Better Business Bureau reports the number of people using puppies to scam others is on the rise. Almost four-thousand people in the U.S. and Canada reported pet fraud from January to September.

That’s more than double the number of reports in all of last year. Last month, over 330 people reported scams which is up from 77 during the same time frame last year.

The BBB recommends taking these steps to avoid being defrauded:

- See the pet in person before paying any money. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, consider a video call with the seller so you can see the seller and the actual pet for sale.

- Do a reverse image search of the photo of the pet and search for a distinctive phrase in the description.

- Do research to get a sense of a fair price for the breed you are considering. Think twice if someone advertises a purebred dog for free or at a deeply discounted price. And when it comes to a breeder, if you absolutely do your homework.  And consider adopting from a "breed specific" rescue - and yes, sometimes they have puppies.  Save a life......

- Check out a local animal shelter online for pets you can meet before adopting. Wicker and Wilde will always recommend you #adoptdontshop