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Be on the lookout! Pet scams are on the rise

LAREDO, Tex. (KGNS) – If you’re looking to grow your family this summer with a furry friend –be on the lookout.

New reports show pet scams are on the rise and scammers are using several tactics to rope in victims.

However, there are some tips on how to look past deceiving puppy eyes.

Whether you’re a dog or cat person— scammers will not hesitate to take advantage of you.

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) reports pet scams skyrocketed during the pandemic—so much that a 25% increase in pet scams was reported in 2020.

Unfortunately, this fraud trend continues.

Jason Meza with the BBB says in south Texas, multiple victims who have lost money attempting to buy a pet online come forward every week.

“It’s happening right here in our backyard, and it’s happening multiple times in a week from $600 to $800 an instant. We’ve seen up to $4,000 to $5000 lost trying to buy a pet that is in high demand,” he told us.

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