Metro Detroit woman warns others after falling victim to elaborate pet purchasing scam

DETROIT – A Metro Detroit woman points out pet purchase fraud after being scammed out of her own money.

Her family hoped a dog would lift their spirits, but instead they were devastated by the situation and had lost nearly $ 1,000.

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When Cindy Riggen saw a boxer puppy online, she fell in love. She discovered the dog offered by a breeder in North Carolina and arranged for the dog to be purchased.

The seller wanted to be paid with gift cards. Riggen sent Severa. Then she was told she had to send more money to cover the shipping and the dog’s crate.

The dog never arrived. The fraudulent business stopped contact and removed messages online. Riggen had nothing but heartache.


The Better Business Bureau has seen a huge increase in such pet scams. You should never buy a pet unless you’ve seen it in person. Do some research. Never pay someone online with gift cards.

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