All of our hearts melt when we see a picture of a cute adorable puppy and we’re just about willing to do anything to aid a helpless puppy. That is what a Nigerian money scam is hoping that you will do.
Fradulent websites, newspaper ads or even myspace postings show pictures of puppies that have been stuck in Nigeria and are offered free to new owners or they offer purebred dogs at incredibly low prices. Even though the ads claim the puppies are free, people responding to the ads are being asked to pay hundreds or even thousands of dollars for shipping, customs, taxes and other fees. But the puppies that were promised and paid for never come.
This money scam is continuing to grow and local bureaus across the country are getting more and more complaints. Today, the Council of Better Business Bureaus, Inc. and the American Kennel Club has issued a warning about these scams. They offer the following advice: do your research, beware of breeders who seem overly concerned with getting paid, don’t be fooled by a slick website, take your time, and report a scam.