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Authorities Urge Caution When Buying Puppy Online

People across the nation are being scammed while trying to buy purebred puppies online.

A Chicago couple went to Google looking for a new blue-eyed Great Dane. They thought they had found one, but to their surprise it was a scam.

The couple sent $800 cash to the company through Western Union. They received a receipt and confirmation of their purchase, but as the weeks went by it took just one phone call for them to realize what had happened.

“I got a phone call saying, ‘I needed to pay an additional $1,500 for this pet carrier thing,” said Wayne Werner, “and had to get three vaccinations to be able to travel.”

It was at that point, Wayne’s wife Pamela knew something wasn’t right.

“That’s kind of when I was starting to … my heart just started to sink,” Pamela Werner explained.

“It was kind of like, you know, there’s no dog. There’s no dog,” said Wayne Werner.

The FTC says this is an international scam that has already affected more than 30,000 people. Officials with the BBB say if you are going to send money across the country, do it with a credit card so that it can be refunded.

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