DETROIT – Puppy scams are on the rise in Michigan.
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has visited the Michigan Humane Society to warn anyone wishing to add a pet to the family before the holidays.
“So many people want a cat or a dog for their family members for Christmas, but we want people to know what they’re getting into,” Nessel said.
Seeing a photo of a cute pet online can be heartwarming, but breeders and sellers are on the lookout for the days before Christmas.
“Please always review the reviews before engaging with a breeder, seller or shipper. And always on Google the name of the seller or the shipper of the breeder, ”Nessel said.
The best way to avoid scammers is to adopt at your local shelter or a humanitarian company.
“What I recommend more than anything you know here, you know, Michigan Humane. There are so many wonderful animals that are available for adoption, ”said Nessel.
“There’s a 100% chance it’s valid and legitimate. You’re not going to get ripped off, ”Nessel said. “These animals could use a good house.”
When choosing a breeder, it is best to avoid using payment apps like Venmo, Zelle, and Cash if you decide to pay for a breeder.
When it comes to shipping, be on the lookout for illegitimate companies that may appear legitimate.
“And one case we have involves Delta Airlines. The scammer used Delta’s airwaves and logistics even though they were not related at all, ”Nessel said.
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