SCAM ALERT: Indiana State Police Warn Residents About Online Dog Scam


STATEWIDE — Thinking about getting a dog? Be careful if you’re looking to buy one online, say Indiana State Police.

ISP detectives in Evansville are investigating a couple of fraud incidents involving attempts to purchase a dog online.

In Warrick County, a person purchased a dog through a website for $900. The dog was going to be shipped and required additional insurance and vaccinations, which was an additional $2,800. After the person paid the additional money, the company asked for another payment. The buyer became suspicious, refused to send any more money, and contacted State Police. The buyer paid a total of $3,800 and never received a dog.

According to the Better Business Bureau, nearly 10,000 scam reports and complaints have been filed over the last three years about businesses selling puppies and dogs.

Tips if you are interested in purchasing a dog online:

- Avoid classified sites.

- Communicate with the seller.

- Research prices.

- Meet the seller and puppy/dog.

- Get a contract and check references.

- Be wary of shipping services.

- Never wire money or use gift cards for payment.

- If the price is too good to be true, it’s likely a scam!