Consumer Alert: Pet Scams

According to AARP, “several thousand Americans a year are victimized by scams that promise a new dog, cat or other pet… these scams peak at Christmas and Valentine’s Day.” The scammers produce websites that highlight cute pets but these animals do not exist and are just a way for scammers to steal money from you. Scammers will often use Western Union or MoneyGram wire transfers but could also ask for gift cards to drain the cash.