Roseville Pet Scams-Internet AND Email!
ZOWIE! Roseville dog lovers BEWARE! Apparently there is an old pet scam turning into new pet scams and none of them are nice! These pet scams-internet AND email- are happening all over the country INCLUDING HERE IN ROSEVILLE CA! Here are some of the details!
Online Pet Scams
In the past, many dog lovers would research purebreds, including looking long distance in search of a great purebred dog at a great price! They would find an interesting place but NOT NECESSARILY CHECK IT OUT PROPERLY, send in their money but NEVER get the dog!
Now, apparently, pet scammers are taking it one step further. Some (many?) are emailing YOU with a lovely letter and gorgeous pictures of dogs. BUT BEWARE. The dog photos may be adorable, the price may be unbelievable BUT IT MAY ALL BE SMOKE AND MIRRORS. You send your money but you NEVER GET THE DOG.
BBB.org Tips To Avoid Pet Scams
The Better Business Bureau has some excellent info and tips for all of the US including Roseville in dealing with pet scams, including:
“BBB urges the public to be on guard against online puppy scams; inspect an animal in person before paying money, and pay by credit card if you do make an online purchase.” https://www.bbb.org/article/investigations/14214-puppy-scams-how-fake-online-pet-sellers-steal-from-unsuspecting-pet-buyers-a-bbb-study
Also, per the BBB – “What if I’ve been a victim of this pet scam fraud?
• File a report with BBB’s Scam Tracker
• Complain at Petscams.com
• Complain to the Federal Trade Commission. Call 1-877-FTC-HELP
• Homeland Security Investigations at the Department of Homeland Security also handles international fraud. Call 866-DHS-2-ICE (866-347-2423) (from U.S. and Canada)
• In Canada, call the Canadian Antifraud Centre: Toll Free 1-888-495-8501”
Pet Scams – EMAIL
NOW they seem to have expanded into sending emails out! One sweet Roseville friend gave me the scoop on this. They received an email that looked intriguing but also (being very smart and savvy!) wondered if it really was legit. They copied the email address into google and were sent straight to the site – Petscams.com There you will read some very concerning warnings and can check out any fraudulent email YOU might receive. And YES. As you can see, my friend discovered that even in Roseville pet scams-internet and email-are abounding! I really appreciated her sharing this info to me to pass on to all of y’all!
Pet Scams – CraigsList
Practice Safe Puppy Buying!
I highly encourage y’all to follow the BBB.org tips for staying safe and avoiding Roseville pet scams-internet, email, craigslist, or any others! You, your family, and your new pet will all be glad you did!
P.S. Roseville pet scams aren’t the only type of scams in Roseville. Here’s a great article from our awesome Roseville California Police Dept. on recent scams and how to stay scam safe! 🙂