The problem comes when you try to find a pet online. The criminals are setting up their own pet adoption sites and promoting them, so you think you're visiting a legitimate operation. People who adopt pets through these sites end up with no pet or one that is severely ill. On top of that, the scammers will try to take your money. They may enable you to "adopt" a pet for free but charge you for shipping, containers, insurance, or other phony costs.
The best way to avoid this scam is to wait until your local pet shelters are open again. Trying to adopt a pet online is just too risky. Additionally:
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