Shelter says Orange County Animal Services impersonator tries to scam owner of lost pet

Orange County, Fla – Orange County Animal Services sounded the alarm Wednesday to alert the public to a nationwide scam that is now potentially targeting owners of missing pets in Central Florida.

Someone pretending to be an OCAS “representative” recently called a pet owner who reported their pet missing/missing, saying they had found an injured animal that matched the description. and took him to a partner doctor, Shelter said. social media. According to the post, the individual then provided a PayPal account, which told the pet owner he needed to prepay for emergency medical care.

In this case, the scammer used the name “Jack Richardson” and a fake phone number as a contact, Shelter said.

Our staff will never call any member of the public to ask for money. And we always keep all the animals under our care on our website, so an owner can reclaim and reunite them.

Orange County Animal Services | Facebook | January 31 at 4:42 pm (quote)

The scam has affected animal shelters across the country, the post said.

If you are called by a person claiming to be an OCAS representative and asking for money for a lost and/or injured animal, the shelter asks you to Email him directly. and report the call to law enforcement.

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