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DW (GSDogwalker)

From: DW (GSDogwalker)


80% are fake (bold highlight is mine)

Important Facts from the Puppy Scam Study:

  • Scammers often target people in their late teens and twenties;
  • At least 80% of online pets sales ads and websites are fake;
  • Western Union and MoneyGram are the primary outlets used by fraudsters;
  • Most victims are from the U.S., Canada, and Australia;
  • U.S. states with most scams are California, Texas, Florida, and New York;
  • Most scammers are from Cameroon, West Africa;
  • The average amount victims lose is $300, but in some cases, it was up to $5,000;
  • Most popular breeds are the ones most likely to be found on these fake ads (e.g., Yorkshire Terriers or French Bulldogs) because many people want to own them, and they're more difficult/expensive to get