Check out this ASPCA article about online pet scams. . . very enlightening. . .
As more and more Americans turn to the Web to find the pet of their dreams, scams have skyrocketed as criminals seek to take advantage of unsuspecting pet parents. According to the Internet Crime Complaint Center, hundreds of complaints are filed each year by victims who were conned when attempting to buy a dog online. . . http://www.aspca.org/news/national/03-26-10.html#1