Gloucester Township Police Community Bulletin:
GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP NJ--Gloucester Township Police Criminal Investigation Bureau is currently investigating two cases in which residents attempted to purchase dogs using what appeared to be legitimate online websites. In both cases, the sellers asked for payment via CashApp and Bitcoin ATM. After sending the payment, the victims received notifications from animal delivery companies and asked to provide another $950 of Bitcoin and Cashapp. Both victims realized it was a scam, and did not send the additional money. GTPD Detectives have since discovered that the suspects in both incidents were using false names and VOIP phone numbers to conceal their real identity. Their investigation is ongoing.
The Federal Trade Commission recommends that while shopping online:
Know who you're dealing with: Anyone can set up shop online under almost any name. Confirm the online seller's physical address and phone number in case you have questions or problems. And if you get an email or pop-up message that asks for your financial information while you’re browsing, don't reply or follow the link. Legitimate companies don't ask for information that way.
Pay by credit card: If you pay by credit or charge card online, your transaction will be protected by the Fair Credit Billing Act. Under this law, you can dispute charges under certain circumstances and temporarily withhold payment while the creditor investigates them. In the event that someone uses your credit card without your permission, your liability generally is limited to the first $50 in charges. Some companies guarantee that you won’t be held responsible for any unauthorized charges made to your card online; some cards provide additional warranty, return, and purchase protection benefits.