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Online Puppy Love

Nov 16

Online Puppy Love

Have you ever come across those online ads with a picture of a puppy so cute you immediately want to take it home?  It’s as if the picture alone tempts you to buy the dog at any price.

Well, you might want to reconsider that thought because identity thieves are using cute puppy ads as tactics to lure people out of money.  How it all starts is with a well made website showcasing puppies and then a phone call, or at times an e-mail, to a fake dog breeder.  Once a deal is made, the “breeder” has the buyer send a personal check as the payment method.  The fake dog breeder then lets the buyer know that the dog was priced incorrectly and is willing to return the over payment through wire transfer.  The buyer is asked to provide his or her checking account information and later discovers that the identity thief has drained the bank account.   What’s sad about this is that the buyer’s information is compromised and the potential pet never arrives.  

If you are considering buying a pet online, The Humane Society of the United States provides some helpful tips:    

– Never buy a pet from anyone whose operation you have not personally visited

– Check references for any breeder that you deal with

– If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is

To avoid the hassles and a situation like this all together you can visit your local pet shelter and adopt a pet. There are actually a few good search engines online that can help you locate a pet shelter near you based on the zip code you live in.

Otherwise, the next time you are online thinking about purchasing a pet, you may want to do your homework first so those fuzzy feelings you get will end up with a fuzzy friend.

4 Comments Add your comment

  1. Monica
    Nov 16 at 16:12

    Thanks for the posting a story about dog breeders. I have heard so many horror stories, that it’s good to warn people of what’s out there. Plus, your suggestion about actually going and personally seeing the facilities and mentioning pet shelters, I think are the best way to obtain a pet you’re going to be happy with!!

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  2. PMIDBecky
    Nov 17 at 10:28

    Thanks, Monica! We think it’s important to know who you are buying things from – a key defense against identity theft.

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  3. Alena
    Jan 08 at 01:27

    I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

    Alena

    http://dogfurniture.info

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  4. PMIDBecky
    Jan 08 at 12:45

    Thanks, Elena! We appreciate your comment and we are glad that you are enjoying this blog. We hope you pass it along to your family and friends so they can also educate themselves on identity theft.

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