BBB offering ways to avoid online puppy scheme

Ask to pick up the pet rather than having it shipped

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Better Business Bureau is warning potential pet owners that the animal they’re looking at online could be a ploy to steal your money.

The BBB says some schemers will advertise pets online, promising to send them to you after you have wired money. Then they either disappear or ask for even more money for things like shipping costs.

Even if your online pet purchase does arrive, the Dakin Humane Society says it’s best to get to know an animal before you bring it home. “We’ll be able to give you some tips about their behavior,” Carmine Dicenso explained. “And when you talk to us about what you’re looking for for your home, we can better match up what’s going to work for that animal and for you.”

The Better Business Bureau says puppy schemes cost consumers thousands of dollars every year. They said people shouldn’t wire money, and should pay a visit to the breeder whenever they can.

The Dakin Humane Society also recommended looking online for reviews of the breeder you are considering buying from to make sure they are legitimate.