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Don't fall for this Facebook pet scam

Don't fall for this Facebook pet scam
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Bulldogs are so adorable, how can you possibly resist one? They've got squished faces, funny round bodies, tiny legs and little knobby tails. They're playful, too.

But, if you have ever bought a purebred bulldog, you know they don't come cheap. To buy one from a trustworthy breeder, with all its shots and papers, you're looking at paying well over $3,000.

Which is probably why some people are falling for a Facebook scam, which you need to know about it. It involves bulldog puppies, or at least it's supposed to.

This scam seems to be originating from Russia or Cameroon, but the scammers are luring in buyers by hiding behind stolen identities of Australians. Here's how it works.

You see an ad on Facebook for bulldog puppies. They're cute as can be, and they're going for a fairly reasonable $2,500. The scammers have used at least one real person's ID, Gavin Bruce Stuart, and his bank account. He has no involvement in the scam, according to Western Australia's Consumer Protection. Once the money is in his account, the scammers have it wired to Russia and Cameroon. There, the scammers' trail goes cold.

Americans are falling for it. In fact, at least three people in or near Washington state were scammed out of thousands of dollars.

So, even if you can't resist a cute puppy, you have to. Be on the lookout for Facebook pages with links to Australian bulldog breeders, especially if you see this email address, which the scammers have used: bulldogpuppies_australia@yahoo.com.au.

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