Cute pup pics may get you in hairy situation

AUSTIN (KXAN/CREDIT.COM) — New scams are enticing people online with pictures of cute puppies in hopes of obtaining the money of prospective buyers.

According to, people are promised a “got-to-have” puppy online and asked to send over money — and then end up never receiving the puppy afterward.

Average losses have totaled about $1,000 per customer.

Experts say the best strategy is to never pay for anything you are buying online unless you see it in person first. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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