Street scams are so cruel! This scam is also known as pet scams.
This particular one focuses on puppies and can involve identity theft in the process.
I heard about one of my neighbors, Sam, who wanted a German shepherd puppy for the longest time and decided to look into buying one.
Thousands of dollars was not an uncommon price to have to pay for a puppy like this.
Last month Sam decided to go on the internet to see what he could find and see if he could find one that cost less or go with a different breed puppy.
Many puppies were listed on the website Sam went to, and he fell hard for a puppy that cost $2,000.00.
Sam e-mailed the person that had the website and got a reply back within hours.
The e-mail stated the puppy Sam was interested in was still available and loved other animals and people.
Sam felt totally taken advantage of and felt foolish, because he had no knowledge of this type of scam.
Sam never got his puppy and never retrieved all the money he lost in this street scam.
These phony websites and puppy swindles are normally taken down after a couple of months and new ones go up.
Some of the new websites actually contain some of the same text and photos found on the website that Sam used.
These scammers buy website domains with stolen credit cards using names like puppylove.com, puppylast.com and also buy newspaper ads.
I checked with one of our area newspapers and found that 5 to 6 puppy ads are submitted a week.
The ads are spotted as false because the ads come from across the country, and you keep seeing the same dog pictures, over and over.
Many of the real breeders have placed a warning on their own websites after Scam Alert notified them that his information and identity on their site had been stolen.
Protect yourself with more knowledge by going to identity theft scams.
Check out his business through the Better Business Bureau or the Local Chamber of Commerce in the town of the website owner.
This will verify that they have the puppy that was advertised.
Contact your local Better Business Bureau and your state attorney general if you think you have become a victim of this street scam (puppy scam).
There are other dangerous scams going around so, go to investment scam to learn more about this popular ripoff that is stealing people's dreams of being able to provide a better life for their families.
Street scams are alive and doing great business. They've been around for years but, just rotate the type or, change their look. Be aware of the different ways this type of scam can work.