A WITN viewer from Plymouth contacted us about a scam she ran into this week. Nancy Conner said she answered an ad for free Yorkshire Terrier puppies in the News and Observer classified ads.
The owner of the puppies said his family just moved to Africa for missionary work, and he wanted the dogs to have a good home. He sent pictures of two Yorkshire Terrier pups, just as the ad said. As the email exchanges continued, the owner said Nancy would have to split the shipping cost with him. Her charge would be $425, which he wanted her to wire to another person.
Nancy caught on this was a scam before she sent any money. Any time you're asked to wire money to a person you don't know, that's a red flag. Once you wire money, it's gone; there is no way to trace it or get it back. Puppy scams have been going around for a few years now.