The Consumer Protection Unit of the Alaska Attorney General's Office has received reports from Alaskans who thought they had found the perfect puppy online, only to find out they were victims of a scam and had been conned out of hundreds of dollars.
One variation of the online puppy scam involves an offer to give a pure-bred puppy away for free, as long as the recipient completes a money transfer to cover shipping costs. In another version, a scammer poses as a reputable breeder with a website that appears legitimate. The scammer insists on a deposit or full payment by money transfer before shipping the puppy. Both scams have the same outcome—after the money is transferred, the puppy does not arrive.
If you are searching online for a puppy, use caution to avoid becoming the victim of a scam.
If you think that someone is engaging in internet fraud report it to the Alaska Attorney General's Office and the Internet Crime Complaint Center.
Consumer Protection Unit