NASHVILLE, Tenn.- The Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs has issued a warning to animal lovers about a pet-selling scam that is making the rounds on the Internet.
Officials said that the scam starts as an ad on the Internet or even in the newspaper. Almost always it promises a high-cost breed or exotic animal for FREE, all you have to do is pay for international shipping. But beware, more often than not it's a scam and there really is no animal. In fact they may even try to hit you twice.
"Unfortunately, you'll get a repeat call or an email or an invoice that says oh the animal developed an illness in route so we need a vet to come look at it and in addition to that there may have been some problems with getting through customs and there's an added charge," said Gary Cordell with the Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs.
Officials say an immediate red flag it's a scam is asking for money to be wired. Once you wire money the chances of getting it back is very slim.