Elliott Greenblott | Fraud Watch: Holidays are prime time for pet projects for scammers. Stay alert | Columnists

 Elliott Greenblott | Fraud Watch: Holidays are prime time for pet projects for scammers. Stay alert | Columnists

Seasons cheatings!

The hills are alive with the sound of scammers. Recently, the Federal Trade Commission issued a scam warning for National Pet Adoption Week. This season is the time of the year when many consider pets as great holiday gifts, but scammers see opportunity.

Well-designed websites or social media posts advertise pet adoptions [aka: purchases] as perfect family gifts. Stock photos display fake details, including mention of pedigree credentials and appropriateness for “loving” families. Knowing that pets with credentials can run in the thousands of dollars, criminals guarantee expedited delivery but require payment by Venmo, gift card, wire service or even cryptocurrency. Once payment occurs, the “breeder” is gone and the untraceable payment vanishes.

Avoiding this type of scam…

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