By ANYSSA BOHANAN
CENTRAL OREGON DAILY
After Thresa Jenkins’ daughter and grandchildren moved out, the Bend woman decided she’d like to purchase a puppy.
“I just wanted a companion, you know? Someone to take care of,” Jenkins said.
In late September, she came across an ad in the Oregonian for ‘Exclusive Pets Home’.
The woman Jenkins’ contacted through the ad told her that for just $550, which included shipping, they’d send her a teacup poodle from Virginia.
Jenkins’ family sent the money over through Visa gift cards, and the breeder even sent Jenkins a certificate of ownership.
But as the day drew closer for Jenkins’ new puppy to arrive, things took a suspicious turn.
“She called me, she’s saying that they need 900 and something (dollars) to insure the puppy, that the puppy had to be insured,” Jenkins said. “And I said, ‘Well I’m sorry, I don’t have that money, you’ll just have to keep the puppy.'”
Jenkins says this is when she realized it was all a scam.
“I talked to her on the phone, her website looks really, really good, she has testimonials, the whole thing,” Jenkins said. “But then as soon as she called me from supposedly the airport, I knew with that additional money it was too much for one thing.”
According to the Better Business Bureau, Oregonians lost nearly $40,000 to online purchase scams in the last year.
After the incident, Jenkins filed complaints with the Virginia Attorney General’s office and the Better Business Bureau.
While she may have lost her money, she has words of wisdom for those who may also find themselves in a similar situation.
“My advice for anybody is: Don’t get a dog that’s not local.”