March 24, 2024

The demand for “quarantine puppies” and other pets increased dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic, bringing with it a spike in scams that has persisted even as virus-related lockdowns have abated. 

Online pet scams – in which an online search ends with a would-be pet owner paying hundreds of dollars or more to adopt a pet that doesn’t exist – are especially pervasive during the holiday season, when families may be looking to add a furry family member as a gift. The Better Business Bureau advises extreme caution if shopping for a pet online.

Kelvin Collins is president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving the Fall Line Corridor.

In addition to a shortage of puppies available because of high demand, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suspended imports of dogs to the United States from 100 countries deemed at high risk of rabies. The U.S. imports 1 million dogs each year.

People currently shopping for pets online are very likely to encounter a scam listing in an online ad or website. Knowing the red flags associated with this scam can help consumers avoid heartache and losing their money.

Read more…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *