Attention buyer! Here are some of the top scams to watch out for in 2022

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The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers about some of the top scams to watch out for in 2022.

Heather Sommers loves her puppy, Cannoli. The problem is, she only got it after she lost $900 on another dog that didn’t exist.

“I was shaking when it happened. It’s heartbreaking,” Sommers says.

Sommers chose a puppy from a website run by a so-called dog breeder. She realized something was wrong when the breeder kept demanding more money, supposedly for a special air-conditioned crate. When Sommers called the police, they learned that the breeder and the dog were fake.

“We did what I thought were all the right things. We asked for proof of puppyhood. We were sent additional photos,” says Sommers.

Melissa Companick of the Better Business Bureau says the puppy scam is one of the most common her agency sees on its scam tracker.

“You’re just going to run out of money. There is no puppy,” Companick says.

She advises consumers to buy pets in person, check the breeder’s credentials with the Better Business Bureau or the Department of Consumer Affairs, and be aware of deals that seem too good to be true.

“When you’ve researched what type of animal you want, and there should be a price, and you find a really discounted price, that’s kind of a #1 red flag,” says Companick. .

If your New Year’s resolution is to find a better job, you should be aware of another of the BBB’s top scams – employment fraud.

“I have to say – hook, line and sinker. I was there,” says Steven Gogerty.

Gogerty was fooled by one of the most common employment scams. He was hired online as a mystery shopper. His so-called employer sent him money, which he then used to buy stacks of gift cards. He sent the gift cards to the so-called employer. But by the time he realized the checks were forged, his account was overdrawn by thousands of dollars.

“I feel like I was cheated. Just scammed,” Gogerty says.

The BBB says that with so many online-only job interviews, employment scams are skyrocketing. They say those looking for a job should research potential employers, call the main number and ask who they will be dealing with. Don’t give out personal information until they know the business is legitimate. Potential employees should also avoid anyone offering a lot of money for a simple job.

“It’s completely illegal. You don’t want to get involved in this. There is no paid job that does that. And if you could make an exorbitant amount of money just doing that, there would be a lot of jobs doing that,” Companick says.

And for anyone shopping online, make sure you get what you pay for. The BBB says counterfeit products are also one of the biggest scams out there right now.

“Credit cards give you the best protection if something goes wrong with your purchase and the best way for you to try to get your money back,” Companick says.

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