Animal lovers are being warned of a new scam on the Internet that promises to give away pets in exchange for part of the animals’ flight costs and other airport accommodations.
San Francisco International Airport said it learned the scammers are using a fake SFO email address to dupe prospective pet owners into believing the transactions are legitimate.
The scam often begins on websites that offer to give away pets, according to airport officials. Victims are told they only have to pay a portion of the pet’s airfare, along with other costs such as crates, insurance or vaccines.
Scammers then send an email claiming to represent an animal health care department at SFO. But no such department exists, SFO officials said in a statement.
The pet scam has recently involved promises of Yorkshire terriers, an expensive breed.