‘Alarm bells should go off’: Puppy sale scams increase fourfold amid pandemic

It’s a shame that some people still see it as an opportunity to ‘scam’ other people. Selling puppies is such a lucrative business, why do they have to resort to criminality?

If you put two dogs together and give birth to a couple of puppies, market forces (ie, the demand) ensures that you can sell them (each of them) at a substantial profit. Since people are prepared to pay, let them pay – and it’s legal, it’s just the market, it’s just business.

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Puppy prices have soared during the pandemic and so too have the number of scams targeting buyers, with the consumer watchdog reporting people have been swindled out of more than $1.6 million this year.