Online puppy scams in Oklahoma prompt consumer alert by Better Business Bureau

Posted at 11:34 AM, Dec 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-19 12:34:23-05

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Several puppy scams in Oklahoma have prompted a consumer alert from the Better Business Bureau of Central Oklahoma.

The Oklahoman reports the local branch of the nonprofit organization has received numerous calls, complaints and reports regarding online pet scams being run by several companies that claim to operate out of Oklahoma. Officials say some people have nearly paid $1,000 for puppies they never received.

A Better Business investigation revealed that photos of puppies on some websites had been lifted from other websites. Spokesman Sean Rose says several people were scammed a second time when website operators would put them in touch with shipping companies that requested additional amounts of money for transportation.

The organization is advising consumers to avoid buying pets online and to check a breeder or shelter's credentials.

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