Pet scams continue to take a heavy toll: beware online pet purchases and donations during National Puppy Day

Pet scams continue to take a heavy toll: beware online pet purchases and donations during National Puppy Day 81 logo
A female boxer and her puppies wait for a family to rescue them at the San Diego Animal Shelter.

National Puppy Day is March 23 and consumers can expect a nearly constant stream of images of cute puppies across most social media platforms celebrating everyone’s best furry friends. After viewing these images, some consumers may decide that the time is right for one (or another) dog of their own and will begin the process of searching for and purchasing a canine companion. However, it is important to be careful when shopping for the perfect pet online.

Pet scams continue to seriously affect consumers across the country and in Texas. According to the BBB’s 2021 Scam Tracker Risk Report, pets were the most common type of purchase used to perpetrate online shopping scams, and current data shows little indication that 2022 will be much different. In Texas, more than $25,000 has been lost to pet scams so far in 2022, accounting for half (50.1%) of all monetary losses from online purchases. Of those who reported a loss of money due to a pet scam, the average amount lost is a staggering $1,363.

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