Craigslist Puppy Scam Targets Sebastian, Vero Beach

Craigslist ad showing puppies for sale in Sebastian and Vero Beach, Florida.
Craigslist ad showing puppies for sale in Sebastian and Vero Beach, Florida.

SEBASTIAN – If you’re looking to buy a cute puppy, you may not want to buy one from a Craigslist ad targeting Sebastian and Vero Beach buyers.

Last Thursday, a woman saw the ad and a picture of a cute puppy for sale. She called the number and was told to email the seller.

The buyer instructed the woman to pay for the puppy using a $200.00 eBay gift card. The seller told the woman the puppy would be shipped for free. The buyer followed the link and paid for the eBay card.

The seller then instructed the woman to pay another $200.00 for insurance for shipping the puppy on a flight. She became suspicious and then contacted the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies determined that the link where she paid for the gift card was a “spoofed” version of an eBay website.

Investigators are still following up on leads to the case.

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About Andy Hodges
Andy Hodges grew up in Jupiter, Florida where he began his career in radio and TV broadcasting for over 12 years. He would make a career change to computer programming. Andy spent seven years working for tech companies in Atlanta before moving to Indian River County in 2002. He returned to the news sector in 2005 as a writer. Andy joined Sebastian Daily in 2016 as our editor in chief.