By: KDKA-TV News Staff
WHITEHALL (KDKA) — The Whitehall Borough Police Department is warning residents of a recent online pet scam.READ MORE: Mon Wharf Reopening For Parking On Monday
Police said that scammers told people online to send a gift card to receive a puppy and then instructed them to go to an address to receive the puppy. Whitehall Police said that the addresses were not associated with the advertisement or had any puppies for sale, so a few local residents were confused to find some families at the doors, expecting to receive a puppy.READ MORE: University of Pittsburgh Main Campus Shifts Into Lower-Risk Classification For The Coronavirus
Whitehall Borough Police advise always seeing the seller in person before sending a payment for a pet.MORE NEWS: Baldwin High School Students Raise Thousands Of Dollars Through Polar Pop Event For Special Olympics Of Pennsylvania
They also recommend people looking to buy a pet to be cautious about extra fees, to stop association with the seller if there are requests for payments via wire transfers, gift cards or the seller offers to mail you a check, to look up photos of the breed you want to see if the seller is using a random photo from the Internet, and to check with local shelters or the Better Business Bureau if you are interested in adopting a pet.