Better Call Jackson Investigates online puppy scams

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Finding the right pet for you and your family can be difficult. There are a lot of options from going to the local animal shelter to searching online. For Teresa Brown, she found her “forever friend” on the internet, so she thought.

Instead, Brown was constantly paying money to have her dog delivered. She got suspicious when the seller asked for $943 for a city permit.

“At that point I know I had been had, but it was too late,” Brown told me when I visited her.

The Facebook page offering the dog was shut down. Brown says she realizes her mistake and knows her money is long gone. Brown called me because she couldn’t stand the thought of anyone else being taken.

“If I can prevent one person from doing that, then I’m fine with that,” she said.

When the page re-surfaced a few days later, she posted on the page to warn others about the potential scheme.

The Federal Trade Commission reports incidents like this are concentrated in about a dozen states, including Ohio.

The best way to avoid a fraud is to inspect the pet yourself by arranging to meet with the seller in person. Most legitimate breeders will welcome the visit.

If you’ve been a victim of this fraud, file a police report, contact the Better Business Bureau and complain to provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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