Many people buy puppies as holiday gifts and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is warning people to be on the lookout for scams related to puppy sales. There are many varieties of puppy scams, however, often the scam involves a phony website that purports to be the website of a breeder of purebred, American Kennel Club registered dogs that are being sold at what appears to be attractive prices. The scammers send photographs of the dogs they are purporting to sell. Generally, these photographs are just copied by the scammers from websites of legitimate breeders. In many cases, after a price is agreed upon, the scammer requires additional payments for shipping, insurance and veterinarian fees. Once the money is wired or sent by credit card, the victim is told to go to the airport to pick up the dog. The notice to pick up the dog at the airport often comes by way of an email that appears to be from a legitimate airline, but the email is a forgery and a phony. Of course, when the victims get to the airport, there is no dog.
Even if you make contact with a breeder over the Internet, do not buy a dog without seeing both the dog and the facility that is selling the dog. Get an independent veterinarian report on the dog. Also, if the price that you have agreed upon for the sale of the dog continues to increase, that is a good sign that the seller is a scammer. In order to check and see if the photograph you are sent has been taken from another source, you can go to this link for instructions from Google as to how to conduct an image search. https://support.google.com/websearch/answer/1325808?hl=en
Finally, check out the seller with the American Kennel Club to confirm that he or she is legitimate.