A person in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, was duped out of $9,000 thanks to an online puppy scam. According to WTAE News, many people lost money after a scammer convinced them to send money for puppies that didn’t exist.
The person behind the scam is identified as 27-year-old Desmond Fodje Bobga, of Cameroon; Bobga is currently living in Romania. The site behind the scam is lovelyhappypuppy.com. The alleged scammer secured the funds by providing fake tracking numbers and convincing the purchasers that money needed to be sent to cover transportation costs and other “problems.” Bobga apparently was working with other people to pull off the online puppy scam.
The man has been taken into custody in Romania and he is facing multiple charges which could result in up to 20 years in prison if he is convicted.
A word to the wise – if you opt to buy a puppy rather than adopting from a shelter, ensure that you speak to the person offering the puppy, visit the breeder IN PERSON, see the living conditions for the puppy’s parents, and check references. Avoid puppy mill operations at all costs.
The writers at the Pet Rescue Report would like to encourage everyone to consider adoption first. If you haven’t found it already, Petfinder.com is an excellent resource for finding cats and dogs who are in need of homes. Each and every day, unwanted pets lose their life because a home wasn’t found in time. Please consider being part of the solution to ending this tremendous, ongoing problem.
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