Headlines Arkansas AG Warns of Pet Scams Con artists see families considering a new pet as an opportunity. Published 6 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 Thief Takes 50 Animals From Florida Pet Store 7 Charged in Scheme to Trap Flying Squirrels, Traffic Them to South Korea 2 Alligators Stolen From Pennsylvania Pet Shop Promoted Headlines Let’s Hear it for the Comfort Zone Tall Tails Category Spotlight: Terry Naturally® Animal Health Category Spotlight: eTailPet Advertisement Latest Trending Videos Press Releases6 hours ago Scenthound Franchise Selects 919 Marketing Company to Lead National Franchise Development Strategy Do You Or Don't You1 day ago Do You Have a Community Water Bowl at Your Pet Business? Press Releases1 day ago Boss Nation Brands Gets National Recognition for Charitable Giving Headlines1 week ago Open Farm Receives $65M in Private Equity Investment Headlines1 week ago Mars Petcare Plans $145M Expansion in Arkansas Columns6 days ago Top 5 Things to Share with Customers of Reptile Pets Trace's Store School2 months ago Video: Trace’s Store School: How to Build Community — and Grow Revenue — with Other Businesses Trace's Store School2 months ago Video: Trace’s Store School: Get Ready for Black Friday and Small-Business Saturday Trace's Store School3 months ago Video: Trace’s Store School Teaches You How to Start a Produce Co-Op for Pets Advertisement SubscribeBULLETINS Get the most important newsand business ideas from PETS+. Advertisement Most Popular Headlines1 week ago Open Farm Receives $65M in Private Equity Investment Headlines1 week ago Mars Petcare Plans $145M Expansion in Arkansas Columns6 days ago Top 5 Things to Share with Customers of Reptile Pets Photo Gallery3 days ago LOL at These Pet Industry Bernie Memes Products1 week ago 5 New Products to Help Keep Reptiles Healthy and Content Press Releases1 week ago Matrix Partners Now Creating Virtual Show Booths Press Releases5 days ago Canopy Animal Health Pet CBD Products Awarded NASC Quality Seal Do You Or Don't You1 day ago Do You Have a Community Water Bowl at Your Pet Business?