Puppy scam costs B.C. resident $1,600

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When it comes to buying pets online, double- and triple-check before sending money.

That’s the advice police in Merritt, B.C., issued on Thursday after saying a local resident was recently swindled out of $1,600 after trying to buy a puppy.

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Police say the resident tried buying a French bulldog through an ad on Facebook Marketplace, but, after sending the money via e-transfer, didn’t receive the puppy and never heard from the seller again.

“These puppies may look cute, but you won’t actually get them if you send your money to a scammer,” said RCMP Sgt. Josh Roda.

“Please double and triple check the validity of the sellers before sending them money.”

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