All she could think of was that puppy on an airplane

By Robb Hicken/ chief storyteller

It’s amazing how emotions rule and overpower the functions of the mind.

BBB received a call from a Nampa resident, Marian. The 75-year-old said she’s always been aware of Internet fraud and how it’s out there.

“I’m not going to give out my credit card or banking information over the phone to a perfect stranger,” she says. “I know better than that.”

Which is why she was absolutely stunned when she realized she’d been duped.

Marian loves Maltese dogs. Throughout the years she’s purchased dogs from local breeders, but the price just kept going up and up. The breeder  in Preston, Idaho, where she’d bought her last dog, had since gone out of business.

“There were breeders in Oregon, but they were asking $1500 for a puppy,” she says. “That just seemed to be a lot.”

So, she started to hunt though the local classified. Nothing.

She turned next to the Internet, justifying that the younger breeders were all listing their puppies online, rather than in newspapers.

She search and searched. Found an ad claiming for a good home. Looked at the ad, sent an email, and looked at the ad some more. Wired $180 to a foreign country.

“It just looked so real,” she says. “The little girl in the picture had the two cutest puppies.”

When the call came the next day, saying the puppy was stuck in Phoenix, Ariz., and the man, speaking broken English, demanded more money, she said her heart sank .

She knew then, it was a scam.

“I worried all night long about the little puppy on the plane,” she says.


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