The Trenton Police Department alerts residents of potential scams involving pets.
The department notes scammers may use free websites, Craigslist, newspapers, online market places, or social media to facilitate their scams. They may advertise expensive animals, such as bulldogs or toy breeds, for purchase at low prices or waive adoption costs upon purchasers paying for shipping. Use the names and/or logos of legitimate pet shipping companies.
Other vices those perpetrating a scam may include instructing potential buyers to purchase or rent a special crate to ship the pet and make additional requests for special insurance or shots for the animal. Claim the pet is stuck at an airport in transit, and additional money is needed for food, water, or lodging. Instructing potential buyers the pet must be shipped from a remote location. Avoiding arrangements for an in-person meeting with potential buyers. Instructing potential buyers to send money to a supposed third party who will take responsibility for transporting the animal.
The police department adds that requests for money will continue as long as a victim continues to send money.