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Pet holiday scams are nothing new, but they cost victims more

Pet holiday scams are nothing new, but they cost victims more

Stock images of cute puppies can be used as part of online scams involving the sale of pets.  Money sent, no pets show up.

Puppy scams are not only one of the most emotionally devastating scams, but a new study update from the Better Business Bureau also reveals that victims are losing more money per incident than ever before.

In fact, the average monetary loss, with an average loss of $850 in 2022, is up 60% since 2017.

The BBB has been tracking this since 2017, when it released an in-depth study Puppy Scams: How Fake Online Pet Sellers Steal from Unsuspecting Pet Buyers.

Yorkies, Dachshunds and French Bulldogs account for nearly 30% of all puppy scams, according to 2022 BBB Scam Tracker reports.

However, consumers mentioned more than 40 breeds, meaning buyers should exercise caution when shopping for any breed online.

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