Preying on Puppy Love: Scammers Target Lonely Dog Buyers

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Spending extended time at home — often alone — has prompted many people to ponder purchasing a puppy. But if you’re shopping online for your next four-legged friend, be aware — many of the puppies you see advertised might be bait set by con artists.

Several NBC Bay Area viewers have told us they were ripped off when they sent money to supposed breeders for a puppy, but got nothing.

Lillian Menezes in Vacaville is among them. She was looking for a west highland terrier, and responded to an online ad offering puppies. Menezes says she sent $2,400 to someone who said they were in Oklahoma, but she hasn’t heard from them since.

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