Atlantic Canada Better Business Bureau warns of puppy scam

The Atlantic Canada Better Business Bureau has issued a warning about a puppy scam that has cost victims 400- to 500-dollars.

It says it's received several reports about an online posting purportedly from someone looking for a new home for a puppy on behalf of an ill family member who is no longer able to care for the dog.

It says the puppy is offered free of charge but the seller requires interested parties to ship only through one specific company and to use Western Union to transfer the money.

The BBB says both of those requests are red flags and it's received numerous reports from consumers who were bilked out of hundreds of dollars for a puppy that doesn't exist.