Detectives with the Indiana State Police are investigating several fraud incidents after ISP says a Warrick county resident lost $3,700 in an online dog scam.
According to ISP, a Warrick County resident recently attempted to purchase a dog through a website and paid $900.
The dog was supposed to be shipped to the buyer and required insurance and vaccinations - tacking on an additional $2,800 to the Warrick County resident's bill.
After paying the additional funds, the resident was informed by the company that the insurance was expired and more payments were needed.
The resident became suspicious, refused to send any additional payment, and contacted ISP. The victim paid a total of $3,700 and never received a dog.
Date from the Better Business Burea says nearly 10,000 scam reports and complaints have been received over the last three years about businesses selling puppies and dogs.
The Federal Trade Commission estimates that only around 10% of victims report these crimes, so this number could be much higher.
Here's a list of tips from ISP for those considering purchasing a dog online:
- Avoid classified sites
- Communicate with the seller
- Research prices
- Meet the seller and puppy/dog
- Get a contract and check references
- Be wary of shipping services
- Never wire money or use gift cards for payment
- If the price is too good to be true, it's likely a scam