Farmington Township, PA – Two women were scammed out of a total of more than $1,000 while trying to purchase dogs online.

State Police in Marienville say the internet scam was reported by two woman from Clarion County on Feb. 12. They had sent a combined $1,080 to an unknown person, expecting to receive two dogs, but the dogs were never delivered. The investigation is still open.

If you’re doing any online shopping, State Police encourage you to only shop with verified websites and trusted sources.

Never send money to someone you don’t know, especially if you have not seen the item in person or if the seller is urging you to use ways of paying that are difficult to trace, such as gift cards or certain mobile transactions.

It’s also worthwhile to note that, while dogs can legitimately be purchased online through real breeders, there are plenty of animals who are waiting to be adopted at our local animal shelters. These shelters are legitimate, and you’ll be able to meet the animal you are adopting before paying any fees.

Click Here to read the online police report.