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Christopher Dahm Says Florida Residents Should Beware of Pet Scams

September 9, 2011

The business of scams, Christopher Dahm says, is alive and well. Even as more and more people learn how to spot scams and avoid becoming victims themselves, other people haven’t quite learned the lesson. If even one person falls for these scams, Christopher Dahm says, the scammer wins. One current and popular scam revolves around the sale and transfer of pets. According to Christopher Dahm, scams like this can be incredibly sad for the victim.

In pet scams, Christopher Dahm says, the victim might see an Internet ad for a pet. The price seems incredibly low, but there are photos and the site looks legitimate. The victim begins to show and interest, and the victim and the scammer start to trade email messages. According to Christopher Dam, scams like this are slightly unusual because the victim and the scammer talk over and over. The victim begins to fall in love with the animal and get excited to own the animal.

In the next phase of these scams, Christopher Dahm says, the victim is told that the pet is in a foreign country such as Nigeria or Cameroon. All the victim has to do is pay a shipping fee and the low pet fee, and the pet will be shipped. The victim is told to pay via wire transfer. This is an important thing to note, per Christopher Dahm. Scams like this rely on the scammer’s ability to disappear, and wire transfers aren’t refundable or traceable. Once the funds are transferred, the scammer is gone and the pet never arrives.

Rather than falling for these scams, Christopher Dahm says, head to the pound for your next pet. You’ll know who you’re dealing with, and you’ll be able to hold the pet in your arms when the money changes hands. Plus, you’ll save a pet from the shelter, and this is something to be proud of.

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