People considering adopting a pet are being warned about a growing number of Internet scams that ask for money up front and then fail to deliver the animal, bilking unsuspecting victims of hundreds of dollars.
Buyers should know who they are purchasing their pets from, the American Veterinary Medical Association advises. They should meet with the breeder directly before a purchase to see the conditions under which the pet has been bred and raised.
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"Many reputable breeders, who are concerned about making sure the pet receives a suitable home, will not sell animals unless they are able to meet and interview their potential owner or owners," Dr. Gail Golab, director of AVMA's animal welfare division, states in a media release "If extenuating circumstances prevent you from meeting with a breeder face-to-face, you should check references and credentials first, and never send money without speaking to the breeder."
Dr. Walter Woolf, owner of Air Animal Pet Movers, a pet-moving service, researched these scams after his company began being mentioned in Internet postings by Cameroon-based scammers promising pets at below-market prices.
The scammers offer pets to buyers who wire money to Cameroon or a money-drop in the United Kingdom. Air Animal Pet Movers and other animal transport companies in the United States are listed as carriers in the postings to make the scam seem legitimate, Dr. Woolf says.
Unsuspecting buyers send an initial amount to the scammers and are later asked for more money for insurance costs, unexpected veterinary services, permits or transportation costs, Dr. Woolf says. The requests for money continue until the victim realizes he has have been scammed.
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AMVA advises scam victims to contact local authorities and to file a complaint with the Better Business Bureau at www.bbb.org.