NORTHPORT, Long Island (WABC) — A Long Island woman is sounding the alarm about a lucrative puppy scam that she only found out about after people started showing up at her home to pick up a brand new dog.
Northport resident Jane Dietl described the scam on her Facebook account, which became very scary. An account she hadn’t accessed in about three years suddenly had ads for puppies, Yorkies, offering to DM for payment via Zelle.
“My friends say, ‘Oh, you sell puppies, they’re so beautiful, can I see them?’ I’m like, ‘puppies? What are you talking about,'” Dietl said.
It got worse. People started showing up at Dietl’s door, paying hundreds of dollars for puppies.
“One paid $600, another paid $650, another paid $350, the third gave a $150 deposit,” she said. “I am worried about my safety and the safety of the children. It’s impossible for people to come here.”
Dietl says she feels terrible for them, and she’s not alone.
“You could have put my wife in the story and it’s exactly the same,” said Facebook scam victim Christian Narag.
A Florham Park, New Jersey, man has had people show up at his door, including a mom and her 5-year-old who were disappointed they didn’t have a cute puppy, and an angry victim at 6 o’clock in the morning on Wednesday, which paid .
“There’s a man knocking on our front door in the dark,” Narag said.
Narag and Dietl filed police reports so that other victims of the scam would understand that it was not their fault.
Now Dietl just worries about her children and grandchildren every time she opens the door.
Also, when each of them turned to Facebook, they were out of luck. They received emails saying that their profiles had not been deleted because they had not violated Facebook’s terms, and that they could not delete them because the accounts now had new passwords and email addresses that were not even belong to them.
“Facebook has to be held accountable because if something happens and I have an angry person come to my house,” Dietl said. “God knows, they might come and shoot you these days.”
“It violates the conditions of humanity,” Narag said.
Dietl and Narag spoke to Eyewitness News reporter Stacey Sager not because they think the issue will be resolved anytime soon, but more to let other people know about it.
They say if it happened to them, it could happen to anyone.
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