Pandemic Pet Boom Leads To Increase in Pet Scams | Ap | #daitngscams | #lovescams

Pet scams alone make up one quarter of all online shopping cons in the United States, costing potential pet owners $ 2 million last year, not to mention the emotional cost.

The number of people falling victim to pet scams is rising. During the COVID-19 pandemic, more people adopted pets than ever, seeking companionship while isolated.

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