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Fraud Watch: Seasons Cheatings II | Lifestyles


Seasons Cheatings! The hills are alive with the sound of scammers.

Recently, the Federal Trade Commission issued a scam warning for National Pet Adoption Week. This season is a time of the year when many consider pets as great holiday gifts, but scammers see opportunity. Well-designed websites or social media posts advertise pet adoptions (aka purchases) as perfect family gifts. Stock photos display fake details, including mention of pedigree credentials and appropriateness for “loving” families.

Knowing that pets with credentials can run in the thousands of dollars, criminals guarantee expedited delivery but require payment by Venmo, gift card, wire service or even cryptocurrency. Once payment occurs, the “breeder” is gone, and the untraceable payment vanishes. Avoiding this type of scam requires…

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