Police Warn of Puppy Scams on Social Media During Holiday Season

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PALOS PARK, IL — The Palos Park Police Department is alerting residents to be vigilant against online puppy scams proliferating on social media platforms, especially as the holiday season nears. 

Notable warning signs include surprisingly low prices for sought-after breeds, sellers demanding upfront payments, and absence of credible breeder details. Scammers frequently exploit the heightened demand for pets, particularly puppies, during Christmas, leveraging both emotional and financial vulnerabilities.

To safeguard against these scams, the department advises thorough research of sellers, asking for references, and insisting on meeting the puppy either in person or through a live video call. 

Moreover, it’s crucial to verify the seller’s credibility before any financial transactions and to report any dubious advertisements to Facebook. The emphasis remains on being extra cautious to avoid falling prey to these deceitful schemes.

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