Scammers targeting pet owners when their animal goes missing

Better Business Bureau warning

SYRACUSE (WSYR-TV) - The Better Business Bureau says vulnerable pet owners are being fooled after posting their phone numbers on social media, in the hopes of finding their missing pet.

Days after posting the information owners gets a text message or call from someone claiming to have found the missing animal. Then the conversation takes a weird turn.

The person avoids sending a photo of the pet for confirmation and instead asks for money to return the animal.

More than likely they won't have your pet and will steal your money. 

To avoid this latest scam, the Better Business Bureau has some tips for posting your missing animal online: 

- Don't post details about your pet's appearance

- Be cautious of fake phone numbers, and make sure the call-back number works

- If someone you don't know claims to have your pet, ask for a photo

- To help avoid this scenario altogether, make sure your pet has a microchip, a collar and ID tag.

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