March 30, 2024

Some people are losing a lot of money in this scam.

We’re talking thousands of dollars. Thieves are preying on your emotions.

One woman in Canton Township lost more than $1,000. Her story is not unique. Scammers are out there trying to find you, and we have a warning that you need to know about.

How the puppy scam works

Our scam victim saw this mini golden doodle puppy online recently and the cute dog not only caught her attention but pulled at her heartstrings. She knew she needed to make him a member of her family.

She found the dog during a quick Google search and landed at the website, the website She sent more than $1,000 to the breeder, and he encouraged her to use the digital payments network Zelle. She also paid for shipping.

And then a phone call came saying that wasn’t enough, there are additional charges.


“I was told this transportation company was going to be overseeing the transfer of the puppy and they would be in contact with me the next day and had all these extra miscellaneous fees, $600 for this and $1,200 for this,” she said.

She wanted the dog, so she sent more money. When she was told to buy a gift card, she knew something was up and contacted the Better Business Bureau (BBB) here in Southeastern Michigan and quickly learned she had been scammed.

“It’s very violating. I never thought I would fall victim to something so stupid as this,” she said. “But they’re really sophisticated and good at what they do.”

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