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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Thinking of buying a puppy over the Internet?

You might want to think again.

That’s the word from the Better Business Bureau in St. Louis, upon hearing the story of a Fort Leonard Wood family who recently wired $4,000 to Minnesota in hopes of getting a baby bulldog for their child.

Michelle Corey with the Better Business Bureau in Saint Louis says a bogus breeder in Minnesota got the Missourians to make three separate payments, with no strings attached.

“When you wire the money, there’s really not a paper trail,” she says. “You don’t know who’s picking it up on the other end. That’s why scam artists often want you to wire money or put it on Green Dot MoneyPaks.”

Now, there’s no sign of the dog, and the military family is out the money.

Corey has a recommendation for people looking to buy a family pet.

“Consider a reputable breederone that has a license, one that has a past inspection—or even adopting from one of the shelters,” she says.

Corey says to contact the Better Business Bureau for information on breeders and their track records.

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