Puppy scams are becoming more common in Michigan, and it's important to know how to avoid them.

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Here are some tips to help you avoid puppy scams in Michigan.

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Research the breeder: Before buying a puppy, do some research on the breeder.

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Check their website, read reviews, and ask for references.

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If possible, visit the breeder in person to see the puppies and their living conditions.

Don't wire money: Scammers often ask for payment via wire transfer or gift cards, which are difficult to trace and recover.

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Instead, use a secure payment method like PayPal or a credit card, which offers some protection against fraud.

Be wary of low prices: If a puppy is being sold for a significantly lower price than other breeders, it could be a sign of a scam.

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Scammers often use low prices to lure in unsuspecting buyers.

Don't trust photos alone: Scammers often use stock photos or photos of puppies that aren't actually for sale.

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Ask the breeder for additional photos or videos of the puppy to ensure that it's real.

Check for red flags: Be wary of breeders who refuse to answer questions, won't let you visit the puppies in person, or pressure you to buy quickly.

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These are all signs of a potential scam.

Use local resources: Check out breeders in your area as well as local shelters.

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Try to see the pet in person, meet with staff and the animal, and ask for references.

Report scams: If you've been the victim of a puppy scam, report it to the Better Business Bureau, the Federal Trade Commission, and your local law enforcement agency.

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By reporting scams, you can help prevent others from falling victim to the same scam.

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You can learn more about Puppy Scams in Michigan by clicking here.

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