Woman scammed after trying to buy dog online
BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) — When you scroll through Facebook these days, anything can pop up. “I was browsing Facebook and saw these cute little white Maltese puppies. I was like oh, you know I really want them,” says Jennifer Collins. However, just because dogs are cute and they’re at a good price, it may be too good to be true.
Collins says she was scammed out of $300 when she tried to buy one of the Maltese puppies she found on Facebook. “This contract they sent me, so I was like okay, well, they want a contract, so it must be reputable.”
Before she even got the dog, Collins says she paid the $300, one transaction through Zelle, the other through PayPal’s Friends and Family option. Some cash apps will allow the money to go directly to the seller, making it harder for consumers to dispute it if something goes wrong.
“I had on Google Earth and saw where it was, the address they gave me. Eventually they gave me a phone number. So we’re still having lunch, just to have fun, and I give it to my daughter who comes back and says, ‘Mom, that’s a Google number from Michigan,'” Collins explains.
When Collins confronted the seller about the fake number, she was blocked from contacting her through Facebook Messenger.
Carmen Million of the Better Business Bureau says it’s a scam that happens too often. “You want to make sure whoever’s selling it is a legitimate breeder. You want to make sure they’re properly registered, they have other licenses. You want to look at their reviews.
Millions say it’s best to ask questions, do research, and never buy a pet without seeing it in person.
If you are still unsure about buying a dog online, you can go to the American Kennel Club or the Better Business Bureau where they will give you credible websites to buy from.
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