BBB: Scammers asking for money upfront for pets that aren't available

As the number of pet adoptions increases during the pandemic, the Better Business Bureau is warning people about a spike in puppy scams.
According to the BBB, scammers advertise pets that aren't actually available on their website. They then will convince consumers to give money upfront.
To avoid these types of scams, officials say people should see pets in person and avoid wiring money by using a cash app or gift card.
Residents are also advised to reach out to their local animal shelter.