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November is the time of year when many families want to buy a puppy for Christmas. But since 2019, pre-pandemic time, there is there have been 165% more puppy scams in the US
In total, nearly 3,000 puppy-related scams were reported between January 1, 2021 and October 31, 2021. ‘s Special Reports team vets.org analyzed data to rank the states with the most reported puppy scams. New York ranked fourth on the list in this data.
Most of the scams turned out to be in California. Prospective owners lost more than a quarter of a million dollars in puppy scams. The amount per victim is approximately $733.69.
Texas, Florida and New York fell not far from California. The average losing amount there is about $700. But if you add it together, say in Taxes, the total amount comes to $220,000.
During the COVID-19 outbreak, Google searches for puppies for sale increased to phenomenal numbers. Social distancing made people want to be around someone, and it helped prevent people from affecting their mental health by becoming isolated. So when the opportunity came in its place, scammers didn’t miss it.
There are some tips for identifying puppy scams and warning signs. First, the seller does not provide enough videos and photos of the desired puppy. The seller will ask you for a prepayment via Zelle, Cash App, MoneyGram or Western Union or even a gift card. The seller asks for additional costs for shipping, vaccinations or transport insurance or life insurance. The breeder’s website does not prove proof of health records or AKC certification. And finally, if you see a website offering puppies of your desired breed for a much lower price, it’s probably a scam.
Having a new member in your family is really great, but with all the stats people need to be aware and know how to secure themselves so as not to get scammed. If you see at least one breeder’s warning sign, it’s better to move one and look elsewhere. By raising awareness, it helps prevent the scams around us.
For more information on puppy scams, visit: www.veterinarians.org