They say they can find your pet for money. No, they
can't! They may saying they have a pet rescue team
who will send 75 people to search for your dog. No
they won't! They will find your dog or refund your
money. No they won't!
They call in the middle of the night. This is a
tip-off that you are being scammed by someone
They ask for money by Western Union or Money Order.
ALWAYS pay for online purchases with a Credit Card
or a payment service like
PAYPAL. DO NOT EVER give your credit card to
someone on the phone unless you absolutely know who
you are dealing with and trust them. NEVER EMAIL
your credit card number.
credit card company or PAYPAL will provide you a
means to dispute any payments. Scammers need you to
pay them by a means that cannot be tracked like
Western Union or prepaid credit card.
They say they picked up your pet on the way to the
airport and need money to ship him back. Nope, no
one does that, but apparently some overseas scammers
think you will fall for this.
They ask for a reward. This should raise a red flag.
It might be legitimate, but it could be a scam. If
you think they have your dog, do not argue. Ask them
to text or email you a photo.
BE CAREFUL OF PHOTOSHOPPED PHOTOS. If you think they
do have your dog, agree pleasantly to pay the money and meet
them in a public place. Bring back-up. Bring police if you
can. Sometimes people who find purebred dogs offer them for
sale in the hope of getting a reward or a sale. You don't
want to turn down a chance to get your pet back, but you are
not obligated to give a reward, even if you said you would.
You may find it easier to deal with these calls if you use a
cell number and save unwanted callers in your contact list
with names such as "Don't Answer."
partner with many different volunteer groups that
may call you and offer assistance. These
groups DO NOT ask for money and their assistance is
FREE. HelpingLostPets.com is also FREE and we do not
have employees or volunteers calling you to ask for
Report Scammers, Spammers and Fraud Artists to appropriate authorities.
Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre
Federal Trade Commission
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