ST. LOUIS – A St. Louis woman was scammed out of hundreds of dollars after prepaying for a puppy she found online.
In April of this year, she had put a $500 deposit on a Cavapoo puppy through Zelle, an online money transfer service. The seller had sent her photos of the puppy and then asked for the remaining balance via Zelle, according to a press release.
The transaction was flagged as fraudulent through the woman’s bank. She then asked for a refund from the seller and never received it. The puppy is still listed on the seller’s website.
When purchasing pets online, the Better Business Bureau offers these tips:
- See the pet in person before paying.
- Do a reverse image search of the photo.
- Research the breed and compare prices.
- Visit local animal shelters.