A Florida sheriff’s office is warning residents about puppy scams. They outline what to watch out for and some other tips on adding a furry companion to the family.

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office said that they have received dozens of complaints about puppy scams throughout the county.

In recent cases, they said that victims have responded to ads on sites like Craigslist and social media platforms. Victims showed interest in a puppy for sale and went to reserve the puppy by putting down a deposit or the entire amount. At this point, the seller disappears.

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The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office and the Flagler Beach Police Department are teaming up to educate the community on preventative measures, including teaching residents how to verify a legitimate business and how to protect yourself and your family from a scam.

There are a number of red flags that they said you should look out for:

  • “The seller prefers to handle communication solely via email and not over the phone.”
  • “Photos posted of the dogs or shared with potential buyers are stock photos. Photos and descriptions of the animal can be found on multiple websites.”
  • “Untraditional payment requests, where the seller asks for…

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