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Criminals used her new home as a puppy scam headquarters — bobsullivan.net

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Day after day, week after week, month after month, the strangers came knocking and asked one question: Where’s my puppy? Rochelle Dallons couldn’t help them. She had recently purchased her dream home, in charming Leesburg, Virginia, outside Washington D.C. But criminals took a liking to her home address — the site of a long-empty home, the perfect spot for a scam.  They deceived pet-seekers into placing orders for puppies that didn’t exist, then sent them on a wild goose chase to Dallons home.

A small army of victims would drive to her home, sometimes from 12 hours away. Cars full of excited children, eager new pandemic puppy parents, and lonely elderly folks drove up, knocked on her door, and went away sad. Some got angry. Some called the police, thinking Dallons was in on the crime. Things got so bad she had to put a “no puppies” sign on her door, along with directions to the local police station.  And police interrogated Dallons over…

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