Headlines Arkansas AG Warns of Pet Scams Con artists see families considering a new pet as an opportunity. Published 3 months ago on July 29, 2020 By PETS+ Staff Share Tweet Scam artists are targeting would-be pet owners online, the Arkansas attorney general warns. In many cases, they’re posting ads on free buy-and-sell websites and use endearing photos of animals they have no intention of sending, or may not even own, according to a press release from state AG Leslie Rutledge. “Con artists see families considering a new pet as an opportunity to get into Arkansans’ wallets,” Rutledge said. “We have seen scam artists using fake email addresses to trick consumers into paying additional fees for shipping the animals via air travel when these cons do not even have a pet for sale.” Rutledge and the Federal Trade Commission released the following tips to avoid falling victim to a scammer selling a pet that does not exist: Visit the breeder or rescue group in person offering the pet. Responsible individuals and organizations will allow potential customers to tour their facility. Arrange to pick up the animal from a kennel instead of meeting the breeder at a potentially unsafe location. Do not rely on the breeder to ship the animal, and never pay for shipping. Advertisement Search the user’s profile for warning signs that it may be a scam. Fake breeder websites can often look real because they steal content from legitimate rescue sites. Look for duplicate sites by copying a line from the website into a search engine and looking for identical wording elsewhere on the Internet. Check the organization’s references. Talk to others who have purchased pets from this breeder and the breeder’s veterinarian. Research prices for the breed you are interested in adopting. If someone is advertising a purebred dog for free or at a deeply discounted price, you could be dealing with a fraudulent breeder. Pay for the puppy with a check or credit card. If a breeder pressures for a wire transfer or prepaid debit card payment, it is probably a scam. Rutledge encourages Arkansans to do their research regarding adopting and purchasing pets. If you have questions about a potential pet shipper, the International Pet and Animal Transportation Association provides a list of trusted shippers across the world. For more information and tips to avoid scams and other consumer-related issues, contact the Arkansas Attorney General’s office at (800) 482-8982 or visit ArkansasAG.gov. Advertisement Related Topics:Latest News Top click to Comment(Comment) Advertisement You may like 2 Alligators Stolen From Pennsylvania Pet Shop $15K Worth of Exotic Birds Stolen from Pet Shop Animal Hospital Employee Accused of Credit Card Fraud Promoted Headlines Category Spotlight: Terry Naturally Animal Health Category Spotlight: eTailPet Are You Ready For Adventures Beyond The Backyard? Tall Tails Advertisement Latest Trending Videos Columns8 hours ago 5 Ways to Prepare Your Salon for the Holidays Trace's Store School10 hours ago Video: Trace’s Store School Covers Lessons Learned from COVID-19 Press Releases21 hours ago EQyss Starts Producing Human and Pharmaceutical-Grade Hand Sanitizer True Tales3 days ago Employees: Leave Your Pot at Home to Keep Your Job Columns1 week ago How Beer Helped Me Promote My Pet Business Columns7 days ago 3 Things Customers Want and Need from Pet Businesses Trace's Store School10 hours ago Video: Trace’s Store School Covers Lessons Learned from COVID-19 America's Coolest2 weeks ago Video: Take a Tour of Bark Life in Seminole, FL Trace's Store School2 weeks ago Video: Learn How to Do Holiday on a Budget at Trace’s Store School Advertisement SubscribeBULLETINS Get the most important newsand business ideas from PETS+. Advertisement Most Popular True Tales3 days ago Employees: Leave Your Pot at Home to Keep Your Job Columns1 week ago How Beer Helped Me Promote My Pet Business Columns7 days ago 3 Things Customers Want and Need from Pet Businesses Columns1 week ago 5 Consumer Behavior Trends Reshaping Holiday Shopping Candace D'Agnolo1 week ago Complete These 7 Important Tasks at Your Pet Business Before the End of 2020 Headlines7 days ago Yelp to Flag Businesses Accused of Racism With ‘Consumer Alerts’ Photo Gallery3 days ago 19 Photos That Show Why Dexter’s Deli Is One of America’s Coolest Pet Stores Behind the Pages1 week ago Podcast: Should You Carry Poop Bags Featuring the Faces of Donald Trump and Joe Biden?