Scammers using pug puppies to get money from Hoosiers

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (October 8, 2015) - You can buy and sell a whole lot on Craigslist. You can also lose a ton of money if you're not careful.

“I’ve been looking for a pug puppy for like two years now then I finally get the chance to get one,” said one woman who fell victim to a Craigslist scam, looking to sell a puppy.

She found an 11-week-old pug puppy through a local Craigslist ad. All they were asking was $100.

“They are 11 weeks old, they are vet checked, home raised and potty trained, they get along with other pets and are very good with kids,” she said of the potential pet.

Before she knew it, she was sold. Emails from the seller gave very specific instructions on how and where to send the money.

“The next day, that’s when everything started to process with me sending the money and everything, so that’s when I’m like ok, you’re more interested in my information than the actual puppies,” said the woman.

After $100 was sent, she never heard from her seller again.

“You really can’t trust everybody, just make sure that you see for yourself because it’s very hurtful,” she said.

“My recommendation is either deal with a reputable breeder to buy a puppy, or adopt one. There’s rescues, there’s shelters,” said Theresa Redmon, the IMPD Animal Care and Control Liaison.

Redmon deals with dog scams regularly and says this case is a classic Craigslist scam. For years, Hoosiers have been scammed out of thousands of dollars, unknowingly sending their cash to criminals and not a breeder.

“Anytime that happens, it’s a red flag for anyone. Never transfer money to anyone unless you have your eyes on that item. Whether it be a dog, a car, anything,” said Redmon.

If you’ve been victim of a puppy scam, call the Attorney General’s consumer complaint line at 1-800-382-5516 or (317) 232-6330.

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