Last month I started searching for a Yorkshire Terrier to adopt. I started emailing different adoption centers I found on PetFinder and local ads online.  A few days later I received an email from a woman named Tiffany, stating that she had three Yorkies in need of homes. Tiffany’s email basically said that she adopted the dogs from a friend, but could no longer take care of them. She said that if I filled out the application, I could adopt them for free. I filled out the form and was approved—all I had to do was send $150 to cover the cost of shipping. Tiffany lived in Georgia and I was in Ohio, so it made sense.

I soon received an email from PetFlyers—the airline that would supposedly be flying the dog to me. It stated that all the flight information would be emailed once I sent the money via MoneyGram. Tiffany contacted me, and said that her brother worked for Petflyers and that it would be easier to send him the money directly—so I did. The next day, PetFlyers emailed requesting an additional $420 for a dog crate—that the one Tiffany supplied was not in good condition. At that point, I started doing some research and found out that PetFlyers did not even have a website. So I sent an email requesting that the manager call me.

A few hours later, I received a call from a man. His first words to me were “you send my money yet?” Well, I knew at this point I had been scammed. I contacted MoneyGram and was lucky to get my $150 back. I wanted to share my story so no one else falls for this scam.
—Nicole, Ohio

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