The Scoop On Pet Scams Craiglist
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The Scoop on Pet Scams Craiglist

SCOOP ON PET SCAMS CRAIGSLIST

Craigslist is a melting pot of all deals good and bad. Pet scams Craigslist is one major example of those bad deals – especially now that more and more people are starting to look at Craigslist and other similar venues for pets, all in an effort to shy away from purchasing from pet mills. Shying away from these scams, however, is just as good a goal as shying away from inhumane pet mills, so here’s the scoop on the pet scams available on Craigslist:

PET SCAMS ON CRAIGSLIST

The most basic of pet scams on Craigslist involves the falsification of pet information. Some owners wish to get rid of their unruly pets AND get some monetary remuneration as well. They advertise their pets as purebred, healthy, vaccinated, spayed/neutered, well behaved, well adjusted, and/or housetrained when, in fact, nothing can be further from the truth. These owners particularly target victims who live in another state or city – the further they are from you, the easier it will be for them to bolt as soon as you get your hands on their pet (or their hands on your money).

Other, bigger scams, however, have even more nefarious motives at hand. Some pet scams on Craigslist seek to extort information and money from their victims. A common MOA among phishers involves the extraction of personal information, all under the pretense of having to know every detail about the next home their pets get transferred to. Extortionists, on the other hand, target people from other cities/states, refuse to do any meet ups, and ask for exorbitant fees that are supposed to be directed towards the “shipping and handling” of their beloved pets.

What should you do, and what are your other options?

1. Get as local as you can.

If Craigslist remains a top option for you, make sure that you transact with people who are, at most, an hour away from where you live. This will give you the opportunity to observe the environment in which a potential pet has been raised, the actual behavior of the pet in a home environment, and the very demeanor of the people putting the pet up for adoption. It will also give you the advantage of being able to maintain contact with the family/individuals you will be adopting from – this is particularly useful, should there be any further concerns regarding the pet in question.

2. Adopt from a local shelter.

Adopting a pet is not like getting a gadget: with pets, newest does not always mean best. Visit your local shelter and be amazed at how home-worthy many of the animals there are. Choosing this option will also let you take part in providing a solution for lessening the burden of pet overpopulation. Lastly, this options lets you give a perfectly loving animal a chance at a forever home – a feat that is highly rewarding in and of itself.

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3. Look at an online pet adoption registry.

The mention of the word “online” strikes another warning at possible scams. Here the thing, though: if you are looking for a pet online, it is best to do so at a place where they specialize on pets. The advantages of online pet registries are: (1) most pet registries have a location-oriented search function that allows you to gain access to pets that are nearest you and (2) pet registries also have access to pets up for donation in many local shelters (ideal if you’re looking into adopting from a local shelter but just do not have the time to visit).


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