This Tempting Scam Targets Dog Lovers, Police Say in New Warning — Best Life

With nicknames like “man’s best friend” and “fur baby,” it’s clear we really love our dogs, especially here in the U.S. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), nearly 40 percent of Americans, or more than 48 million households, have a canine companion running around. Unfortunately, scammers are always looking for new avenues to exploit, and now they’re taking advantage of dog lovers. Authorities just issued a new warning about a scam that might be too tempting to avoid. Read on to find out what you need to be on the lookout for.

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Scammers are always trying to find new ways to trick people—and as schemes evolve over time, authorities do their best to sound the alarm. Back in May, police in Connecticut and North Carolina started warning residents that they had been receiving reports about scammers using a spoofing technique to impersonate police officers on phone calls. Then last month, an Indiana police department issued an alert about an identity deception scam involving consumers receiving packages for orders they never placed. And just this week, police in Fairfax County, Virginia, revealed that scammers have started targeting people through fraudulent parking tickets on their cars.

But while fear is an easy emotion for con artists to exploit, some…

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