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Features July 2017 Issue

Beware ‘Lost Dog’ Scams

Beware ‘Lost Dog’ Scams

How to protect yourself from those who prey on your emotional bond.

When Amy Gonzales’ Chihuahua, Red Eye, escaped from her Buckeye, Arizona yard, she searched the neighborhood, put up pictures of her pet with her contact information, and in hopes of reaching a wider audience, made use of social media by placing the same information on her Facebook page. After several weeks, a call finally came through from an individual stating that he had her dog. But rather than discussing how to reunite Red Eye with his owner, the caller demanded a $500 payment to return the pet.

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