LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- Nevada Attorney General Aaron D. Ford on Thursday issued a warning to Nevadans to be cautious when shopping for a new puppy or pet online.
According to a news release, during the state of emergency, more people have turned to online shopping to find a new pet to add to their family. However, according to the attorney general's office, scammers are taking advantage of buyers by falsely advertising and posting pets for sale.
In many instances, Attorney General Ford says, potential buyers respond to an online post offering an animal for sale. The scammers then ask for payment upfront, make excuses why the buyer can't see the animal in person, and, ultimately failt to complete the agreement because the pet doesn't exist.
The attorney general's office also notes that sometimes, the fake seller may demand that the buyer pay for things such as climate-controlled created, insurance or non-existent COVID-19 vaccines for the animals.
“Many households are using this time at home to welcome a new pet into their family,” . “However, some Nevadans are left heartbroken when they’re tricked into buying a pet that doesn’t exist.”
In order to avoid pet-selling scams, the attorney general's office issued the following suggestions: