From Consumer Affairs, “The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning pet owners that public posts about missing pets that include a phone number and other details can catch the eye of scammers.
To prevent pet owners from falling victim to a scam, the BBB is urging consumers to use caution when posting about missing pets.
A few days after a pet owner posts on social media about a missing pet, they may get a text message from someone claiming to have found their pet.
But when the poster requests a description or photo of the pet, the scammer will give excuses, such as being out of town or not having a working smartphone. The scammer will then pressure the owner for money to return their lost pet, despite the fact that they did not actually find the pet.”