Want a break from the anxiety of the pandemic? Bring in the puppies, kittens and other pets. About 14% of people who responded to a recent survey from the American Pet Products Association said they acquired a new pet in 2020 and called covid-19 a significant driver of their decision. But pet investments can be tricky.Falling in love on the internet is easy — if you’re looking for a puppy, that is. You don’t have to search hard to find heart-tugging photos and videos like these. Just scan the social media feeds of your friends and relatives. Once you’re hooked, it’s a simple turn onto the slippery slope of digital doggy desire.Tom Stephens, president of the Better Business Bureau of Northeast Florida, which serves Savannah and the Lowcountry, says the feelings are real. The dogs? Not so much.Consider this: most money-losing scams reported to the BBB Scam Tracker are online purchases — and pets are the riskiest product category. “The number one dog scammed is a French bulldog,” Stephens said.Puppy scammers post ads for nonexistent litters online using stolen or stock photos. Unless you’re careful, you could quickly find yourself deep in conversation with a scammer in a losing quest for the perfect pup. “They say, ‘okay, you need to send us a deposit of $250 or $500, something like that. And then we’ll ship the dog to you. Once they have the money, they send you fake ownership papers. And then they say, ‘Okay, the dog will be shipped tomorrow.’ And then you get an…

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