Somebody in America is doing these puppy scams.
Consumer groups say [puppy scams] have become more common this year as more Americans seek to foster, adopt and buy dogs and cats as they isolate at home. In November, the latest month for which it had complete figures, the Better Business Bureau received 337 complaints from people about such scams, compared with 77 in November 2019.
Scammers are notorious for preying on people who are vulnerable during natural disasters, but the isolation of the pandemic has created fertile ground for those looking to exploit people who are seeking the comfort of four-legged companions, mostly puppies, consumer advocates say. Many use social-distancing mandates to explain why buyers cannot see dogs in person before committing.
“The pandemic has given scammers a new tool in their arsenal,” the Better Business Bureau said in a report this month about the rise in puppy scams.
In what it called a “Covid-19 bump,” the bureau’s Scam Tracker, a forum for victims to report how they have been cheated, showed a spike in pet fraud reports in April, as states were imposing restrictions on Americans’ movements.
The majority of the reports are for undelivered puppies, especially for Yorkshire terriers and French bulldogs, but kittens account for about 12 percent of the complaints, the bureau said.
Total losses from pet scams this year are projected to reach $3.1 million, the Better Business Bureau said, reflecting a steady increase since 2017, when consumers reported $448,123 in losses.
The scammers’ tactics are evolving. Many now use mobile payment apps like Zelle and CashApp, replacing wire transfers. They often use fake online forms to process credit card information. Then, when the cardholder gets an error message, they ask for electronic funds and often use the credit card information to fund their scams, the bureau said.
The Federal Trade Commission, which has been warning about online puppy scams for years, also said that the coronavirus had provided scammers with a new pretext to charge extra fees for virus-related “regulations.”
Some ask for money for special climate-controlled crates, “reimbursable” pet insurance and nonexistent coronavirus vaccines. Others ask for money for a Covid-19 “permit,” according to Petscams.com, which tracks fraudulent puppy websites.
Fraudsters also illustrate their sites with stock images of puppies and commonly tell buyers they cannot pick up the pet because of Covid-19 restrictions.
Scammers often go to elaborate lengths to appear legitimate, advertising their dogs as being registered with the American Kennel Club to “entice” a customer, said Brandi Hunter, a spokeswoman for the club.
She said potential buyers could contact the club for verification. The club also recommends using Google’s image search function to see if a puppy appears on several websites. Ms. Hunter said consumers should avoid money-wiring services and be wary of conversations that happen only by text and situations in which money is requested right away.
“Puppy scams are prevalent around the holidays and generally involve someone who has no puppies at all, who is playing on the emotion of getting a new puppy to scam people out of money,” Ms. Hunter said.
I would be extremely surprised if it was normal white people doing these puppy scams. It is almost certainly going to be Moslems, Indians and maybe some other foreigners.
This is a small thing, of course, but it’s telling of the larger issue: we are living in a world of mistrust, due to the decision by our government to flood us with all of these strangers, who come to our country to exploit us.
White people are biologically programmed to assume that if they’re talking to someone who seems to be normal, that person is not going to try to trick them.
This first makes it easy to exploit us. Then, after we’ve been exploited, something much worse than that happens: we become unwilling to trust one another.
The Robert Putnam studies on diversity showed that racial mixing in a society increases general mistrust. People begin to mistrust their own kinfolk. A society where basic trust doesn’t exist is on a road to hell. Humans can hardly even live in such an environment.
Putnam’s studies were scientific. They are not debated. This is what happens in a multi-racial society: trust collapses.
We should be asking: is this worth it?
What are we gaining from this diversity?
The media and the government tell us that “diversity is our greatest strength,” but what does that actually mean, in real terms? If we collapse the basic trust that is the basis for any society, how does that make us stronger?
We need to get past this idiotic, childish thing where anyone who asks these questions is called a racist, and start actually demanding to understand what exactly is going on, and what the plan is. We are headed towards a situation where everyone in the entire society is suspicious of everyone else. This is going to be a deranged, paranoid hell.
Is this something that we deserve to have happen to us because of the Holocaust and slavery?
A Quick Note on Puppies
I have something here that is totally unrelated to anything political: a puppy might not be the best decision for you.
Puppies are cute, and they bring some high energy to the home, but they are also a huge amount of work. Most people I know that just want a random dog to hang out with go to the pound and get an adult dog, maybe 2-3 years old, that has lost its family for some reason. You can get a mutt. It doesn’t matter. When it’s an adult, you get to measure its personality clearly, and you can see if you’re compatible. You also usually have a good amount of information about its health.
If you do this, you’re saving a grown dog who otherwise might be put down, you’re depriving the unethical puppy industry of money, and you’re avoiding getting ripped off by foreigners.
If you are going to buy a puppy, obviously buy it from a breeder, and make sure the breeder is white. But I do advise you: if you’re in the market for a dog, consider getting an adult one.