As we all know, the world is filled with dishonest people. There are so many scammers out there and when in the panic of trying to get your pet back, you want to make sure you keep a level head and do not fall for their games.
The first indication of a scam would be someone demanding money or payment from you to receive your pet back. This is a red flag!
The following are some REAL examples of what some of these scammers will say to scare you and try to trick you into sending money.
"Hello I have found little Rebecca. She is safe with me, if you want to see her again I will want $250"
"Hello Jim I have found Brandy, if you would like too see her again I will want a payment. Message me back asap or she will be sold."
"Hello, I have found your dog. She is safe but if you wanna see her again I will want $400."
Occasionally they will send a neutral message or two first to gain your trust. Keep an eye out for grammar mistakes too, as there can often be a language barrier.
If your phone number is listed on your "lost poster", which of course we all do, then this gives everyone access to your number, so texting scams are a thing as well. Be wary of any links, confirmation code requests, if they ask for your email address etc. All you need to see is a photo of your pet, so do not fall for their horrible acting.
Scams on social media will happen as well. The typical scam on social is someone will comment on your post stating something like "I used this pet tracker to find my dog" and will include a link. From there you will be instructed to pay the "Pet Tracker". Always be cautious when money is involved. There are SOME legit pet trackers or pet detectives out there, but they will have a website, plenty of reviews and will meet you in person, call you, facetime etc.
At the end of the day, if you are unsure if you are being scammed or not, please contact us. We have the ability to look up conversation history & usually a scammer will reach out to multiple people, not just you. We can confirm for you if in fact the person messaging you is a scammer.
Do not send anyone money unless you are in person with them and your pet is in sight.
Again, if there is any uncertainty, please reach out to us.