STEWT:AR IN THE LAST YEAR OR SO, FLAGLER COUNTY OFFICIALS HAVE SEEN A RISE IN PUPPY SCAMS, MOST OF THEM ONLI.NE SUMMER: THERE HAVE BEEN AT LEAST 30 VICTIMS IN FLAGLER ALONE, AND AS WESH 2’S CLAIRE METZ REPORTS, INVESTIGATORS BELIEVE THE INCREASE IS CONNECTED TO THE COVID PANDEM. >> THEY ABSOLUTELY HAVNOE REMORSE. THEY KNOW THEY ARE NOT GETTING CAUGHT. A LOT OF TIMES, THEY ARE OVERSEAS. CLAIRE: LAW ENFORCEMENT IN FLAGLER COUNTY SAY PUPPY SCAMMERS IN PARTICULAR HAVE ENBE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE PANDEMIC TO PREY ON PEOPLE WHO SEE THESE FURRY FACES AND JUST HAVE TO HAVE ONE. SGT. HRISTAKOPOULOS: PEOPLE ARE USING THE GUISE OF, WE CAN’T TLE YOU SEE THE DOG OR WE CAN’T INTERACT WITH YOU BECAUSE OF THE PANDEM. CLAIRE: THE SCAMMERS ADVERTISE ONLINE, SHARING IMAGES, EVEN VIDEOS OF THE PUPPIES, AT PRICES THAT FOLKS WHO ARE INTERESTED MIGHT CONSIDER A STEAL. IT’S A STEAL, ALL RHT , INVESTIGATORS SAY — ON THE PART OF THE SCAMMERS. >> THEY’LL JUST FIND AN AGEIM ONLINE. IT WON’T BE EVEN AN ORIGINAL IME.AG IN MANY INSTANCES, THE IMAGE HAS BEEN USED NUMOUEROUS TIMES AROUND THE WORLD. CLAIRE: AND INVESTIGATORS SAY THE FAKE SELLERS MAY ALSO BE ANYWHERE AROUND THE WORLD, HIDING ON THE INTERNET, ASKING FOR PAYMENT THAT CAN BE EASILY REEMDEED BY THE SUSPECTS, LIKE WIRE TRANSFERS OR GIFT CARDS. >> THE AMOUNT OF PEOPLE WHO ARE OPEN TO SCRATCHING THE BACK AOF GIFT CARD OR AN I-TUNES CARD AND SEND IT TO A STRANGER IS ASTOUNDING. CLAIRE: INSTVEIGATORS WARN PEOPLE TO DO…

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