AG Nessel warns of puppy scammers taking advantage of COVID blues
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel on Monday warned prospective petbuyers to beware scammers are preying on people's post-lockdown loneliness by selling them pets that do not exist.
"Given the increased number of those staying at home during the ongoing public health emergency, many are turning to the internet to adopt a furry friend for companionship," the statement said. "Scammers are taking advantage of the pandemic as they use it as a reason to avoid in-person vis its and demand additional fees."
Of the 50 complaints the AG's office has received about pet scams since 2018, 26 have come this year, the statement said.
Among the state's tips for avoiding a scam: use a credit card rather than a wire transfer app, as credit card transactions are easier to trace, and never purchase a pet "sight-unseen."