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Pet Scam: The Animal Control Officer Who Wants Cash

Posted By Sid Kirchheimer On August 6, 2013 @ 10:42 am In Scam Alert | Comments Disabled

Image by iStock Photo [1]

Image by iStock Photo

On the heels of pet-flipping [2] comes the latest ruse facing dog owners: Scammers posing as animal control officers.

It’s occurred sporadically but not extensively in the past.  Now it seems on the rebound – at least in retiree-rich South Florida. TV station WPTV reports [3] a case in which a couple living in an over-55 community [4] lost $550 to an imposter claiming there had been complaints about the couple’s dog.  He threatened to impound the pooch unless they immediately paid. They obliged.

“He had a badge, had an ID, gave us a business card and represented himself completely as being part of an independent company for animal care and control,” said the community’s HOA president.

If you’re approached the same way, don’t be fooled [5]. Better to make a quick call to the local Animal Control department – or its reported vendors – to check such claims, no matter what paper “proof” of authority is represented.

“If anybody comes to your house and says give me money. I’m from the county. I’m going to take your dog. That’s not us,” said an official with Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control Operations.

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[1] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/400-dog-cage.jpg

[2] pet-flipping: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/06/14/mans-best-friend-used-in-pet-scams/

[3] TV station WPTV reports: http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/region_c_palm_beach_county/lake_worth/animal-care-and-control-imposter-scams-elderly-out-of-hundreds-of-dollars

[4] over-55 community: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/books/info-09-2008/do_age-segregated.html

[5] don’t be fooled: http://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/info-05-2013/avoiding-vacation-rental-scams.html?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG

[6] Steer Clear of These Common Parking Scams: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/07/25/dont-be-a-scam-mark-when-you-park/?intcmp=AE-ENDART1-BL-REL

[7] Cybercrime Costs 508,000 U.S. Jobs: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/07/25/cybercrime-costs-508000-u-s-jobs/?intcmp=AE-ENDART2-BL-BOS

[8] Visit Scams & Fraud Channel for latest on protecting yourself from scammers: http://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/?intcmp=AE-BLENDART-DOTORG

[9] Join AARP: https://appsec.aarp.org/MSS/join/application?intcmp=AE-ENDART3-BL-MEM

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