DENVER (KDVR) — A new scam in Colorado is targeting owners of lost pets. The scammers behind it all text the lost pet’s owner claiming they have the dog or cat but request a “code” in return for the owner to see a picture of the pet.
“I got a message from a guy saying he found her, he messaged me through Craigslist saying I need to send him a verification code, so he could send me images and I could pick her up,” Omar Hernandez, owner of a Jack Russell/Chihuahua mix that went missing on Sunday said.
Hernandez said his uncle was at his house in Littleton on Sunday while he was at work. He said his uncle opened the gate and his 1-year-old dog named Sol took off. He said his uncle chased her for awhile but had no luck. Hernandez started searching right when he got home from work.
“I went and looked for her for several hours, asked a bunch of different people,” Hernandez said.
Then on Monday he received a text message that someone had found her. But the person asked him multiple times to send him a verification code that was texted to Hernandez’s cell phone number.
The codes having a message included stating: “####### is your Google verification code. Don’t share this with anyone.”
“It’s super low quality to play with someone’s emotions like that,” Hernandez said.
The scammer then started asking Hernandez for his friends and…