Metro Detroit woman warns others after falling victim to elaborate pet purchasing scam
DETROIT – A Metro Detroit woman is bringing attention to pet purchasing scams after she was scammed out of her own money. READ: Scammers using coronavirus to prey on grandparents, prospective pet ownersWhen Cindy Riggen saw a boxer puppy online, she fell in love. She spotted the dog being offered by a breeder in North Carolina and arranged to buy the dog. AdThe Better Business Bureau has seen a huge spike in pet scams like that one. READ: Metro Detroit woman scammed out of thousands of dollars when she tries to buy puppy online
Scammers use multiple methods to target victims -- Here’s what to watch out for
DETROIT – Thieves are targeting victims with scams ranging from the election to puppies and even using the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to rip people off. Here’s the latest information on these scams so the public can stay informed and protect themselves. READ: AG Nessel, Humane Society warn consumers of puppy scams during COVID-19 pandemicThe Federal Trade Commission has also been tracking COVID-19 scams and there have been hundreds. There have also been reports of undelivered goods, robo call scams and text and email related scams. Scammers are usually trying to get victims’ personal information, like their social security number.