Scams spreading online that can cost you thousands.

Scams have been everywhere around us for years; no matter how we educate ourselves, it is common for Americans to still fall into the trap.

I found it very interesting that robocalls slowed down when the pandemic began. now, call centers are beginning to reopen, and the number of robocalls are increasing once again.

Scammers are posing as close friends and family on facebook. The scammers offer grants of up to $1,000, which sounds too good to be true during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Scammers are also posing as individuals or breeders who post photos of their animals on social media sites, Craigslist, as well as pet websites. Once a customer falls in love with an adorable pet, they reach out to the scammer who responds with follow up questions that release the customer’s personal information. The sad part of this pet scam is that the pets do not exist, the scammers stole pictures from online, and if you want a pet, you should go directly to websites like Petfinder and The Shelter Pet Project.

New pets typically can cost up to $1,000 depending on the breed, so this pet scam can be taken too far and really upset people that enjoy browsing social media and websites peacefully.