INDIANA – The Indiana State Police is currently investigating reports of fraud incidents involving the purchase of puppies using online social media platforms. Citizens report that they believe they are making contact with individuals who have puppies for sale.
Once money for the purchase of the puppy is transferred to an account that is provided, the citizen is given an address to pick up their new puppy. Upon the arrival at this address, the citizen realizes it is a scam, loses his/her money, and does not receive the puppy.
Police want to remind all citizens that scam artists are pervasive across the internet and all social media platforms. Scammers’ methods and tactics are primarily intrusive to your personal and financial information. Be vigilant in purchasing anything online.
Tips if you are interested in purchasing a puppy online:
- Communicate with the seller
- Meet the seller and puppy/dog
- Get a contract and check references
- Never wire money or use gift cards for payment
- If the price is too good to be true, it’s likely a scam!
As a reminder, never give out personal information such as date of birth, social security number, or credit card number. Many of these scammers want you to make a hasty decision and may pressure you or use fear to get your money or personal information. Be aware that transactions made by prepaid card or wire transfer are nearly impossible to recover once sent.