Police: Beware of Expensive Dog Scams Online

July 16, 2017 11:41 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- On Sunday, the Albert Lea Police Department was urging residents to be aware of expensive online dog buying scams.  

Police mentioned on their Facebook page someone who filed a report on Sunday and was scammed several thousand dollars while attempting to buy a dog online. 


In the post, police wrote,  "The 'seller' may even offer to ship the dog for free. The dogs are often some sort of purebred/high demand dog. The 'seller' will take the initial agreed upon payment, usually by money transfer. Then, there will always be some sort of problem. Many of the purported problems involve an issue with the shipment such as additional insurance costs, quarantine costs, deposit for a special shipping container, and other misc. fees. The “seller” will need the additional money to be sent before the dog will arrive. Ultimately, no dog will ever arrive as there never was a dog, to begin with. All sent money is long gone."

Police continued to say on their Facebook post to use extreme caution when buying online and go to the Humane Society of Freeborn County instead when thinking about pets.




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