- Associated Press - Saturday, December 19, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio Attorney General’s Office is warning Ohioans that people offering puppies for sale online could be scam artists.

The office says it logged at least 30 complaints this year from people who responded to ads, sent money and never got the advertised animal. The average loss was about $1,200.

Typically, a scammer will advertise the puppy for sale, then ask for a deposit for the animal to be delivered. Instead, the scammer demands more money for insurance or transportation costs and threatens to turn in the buyer for animal abuse if the buyer refuses to pay.

The office recommends seeing the animal in person before making any payment. Consumers also are encouraged to research breeders and sellers carefully.

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