BBB reports online puppy scams using fake Amarillo addresses | KAMR

AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — The Better Business Bureau is warning the community about potential online puppy scams that use fake Amarillo addresses.

According to the BBB, several consumers across the country reported the loss of money to an online puppy scam that listed an Amarillo address, with the “company” operating under different names and websites. The website can often change and new websites appear with the same Amarillo address.

Mail to address, detailed BBB, was returned by the post office as “vacant, unable to transfer” and a local phone number listed on the website was reported as constantly ringing busy.

BBB has published the following list of puppy breeds that are promoted on fraudulent websites:

  • Fon Pomeranian
  • Atong Pomeranian Puppies
  • Difone Dachshunds
  • Difone Pomerania
  • Kadane Dachshunds
  • Kadane Pomeranian
  • Vafey Dashshund
  • Vafey Pomerania

“Consumers should think twice about sending money before they have the opportunity to meet the animal in person,” said Janna Kiehl, president of BBB. “When spending money online or offline, make BBB your first point of contact. “We can provide you with information to help you make a decision and advice on how to avoid becoming a victim.”

BBB Amarillo’s investigation was sparked when a woman was asked to send $300 for a deposit on a puppy before shipping, but instead of sending the money, the woman told BBB about the incident. .

Many people have fallen victim to this scam, including a California man who was looking for a puppy for his granddaughter and sent $1,000 in gift cards. The man did not receive the puppy, BBB reported.

Two other online puppy scams claiming addresses from Amarillo, Sonia Frenchies and Sundown Maltese Farms are currently being investigated by the BBB, with each company showing an F rating, the BBB explained.

BBB suggested that individuals contact their local animal shelter to adopt a pet they can meet first, as fraudulent sellers often target consumers outside of the area they claim to be in to avoid an in-person visit. nobody.

Additionally, BBB said shoppers can perform a reverse pet image search on one website to find the same photo that might have been used on other websites.

BBB suggested you read and share BBB’s scam studies on pet scams, as they are “one of the most prevalent online scams and target all ages with an unusually high number of victims targeted at late teens and twenties,” BBB said.

Individuals can file a complaint, according to BBB, with the Federal Trade Commission and BBB said a report should be made even if someone shared the credit card number that was given but the transaction did not go through. not been performed. An individual’s personal information will not be made public.

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