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Scammers Target Owners of Lost Pets in North Carolina

Police believe they’re finding potential victims online through sites such as Facebook and NextDoor.

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Owners of lost pets in  Buncombe County, NC, are being targeted by scammers.

Claiming to be with the Buncombe County Animal Shelter or animal control, they reach out to victims by phone or text, WNCT reports.

The scammers claim that they have the pet or that the pet needs surgery, and they ask for money. In some cases they ask the victim to verify a code.

Police believe they’re finding potential victims online through sites such as Facebook and NextDoor.

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