Orlando, FL, February 01, 2020 --(PR.com
)-- Chews A Puppy
of central Florida is warning consumers looking to add a puppy to their home to beware of online scammers. In the excitement of searching for a new furry friend, many people have been ripped off by online scams meant to pull at your heartstrings, take your money, and leave you without a new pet. In today’s world of digital advertisements, it is important to know what to look for when searching for a pet to avoid the red flags, regardless of whether you want to purchase or adopt a pet, scammers are waiting to take your money and leave you empty handed. According to the Better Business Bureau, nearly 10,000 scam reports and complaints have come in during the last three years about scammers advertising to sell puppies and dogs. Meanwhile, the FTC estimates that only about 10 percent of victims actually report these crimes so the numbers could be much higher than reported.
1. The price seems too good to be true.
Do your research. If the price seems to good, it probably is. Breeders, retailers, and rescues work hard to provide for the puppies and dogs in their care. They provide quality health care, housing, and limitless love. There is a cost to that.
2. The seller asks for payment by wire transfer or gift cards upfront.
Once money is wired or gift cards are sent, there is no way to get it back.
3. The seller prefers to communicate by text or email and is difficult to reach by phone. Scammers are often outside of the U.S.A. and may be hiding their international phone number.
4. There is no written contract.
Most breeders, retailers, and rescues require a contract to be signed by both parties. This contract typically outlines protections for the buyer and seller and includes the health history of the pet including vaccinations, and the terms of the sale including any health warranties offered.
Where to safely search for a new furry friend? Legitimate sources will always take the time to speak with you, let you meet the puppy or dog, and ensure that the dog you are choosing is a good fit for your family. Regardless of whether you are obtaining from a rescue, retailer, or breeder, it is important to feel comfortable before handing over money. Chews A Puppy offers a specialty retail location open seven days a week where consumers can drive to meet and spend time with the puppy of their choice to ensure it is a good fit for their family and lifestyle. This type of environment offers the utmost protection for the consumer and their wallet.