Kalamazoo woman out of thousands of dollars after puppy scam

 Kalamazoo woman out of thousands of dollars after puppy scam

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — If you’re looking at adding a furry friend to your family, beware of buying online.

For 2021, puppy scams continue to be one of the most reported scams.

“I think that the folks that got me really took advantage of that emotional piece for me,” said Amy Richards who was scammed out of thousands of dollars.

Pictures and videos were all it took for Amy Richards to fall in love with a french bulldog.

“I was looking mostly locally in Kalamazoo, and I had come across Hoobly,” said Richards.

That credible website is a platform breeders use to sell puppies.

Richards looked through the listings and found a post for french bulldog puppies in Kalamazoo.

“I texted that I was interested, didn’t hear back for a couple days, and then got a text from the person that said, you know, I don’t have any puppies left, but please email my son-in-law, he has two pups left in the litter,” said Richards.

Richards said she crafted a long email…

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