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St. Louis woman scammed after finding 'dog of her dreams'

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By Brendan Marks By Brendan Marks

ST. LOUIS (KMOV) -- A St. Louis woman says she was duped after finding what she thought was the puppy of her dreams on Craigslist.

Cindy Williams said she was very surprised when she logged onto Craigslist and found a Tea Cup Maltese puppy for free. The tiny dog usually sells for hundreds of dollars.

“They were moving to a place where the humidity and climate were not good for them,” Williams said. “They just wanted a good home for them.”

The owner said she would ship the dog on Pet Airway, an airline devoted to animals. All Williams had to pay was $80.

But then the problems started. The airline needed papers, the puppy needed shots and a special carrier. But the real kicker came next.

“Then they tell me I have to send $2,000 to get the puppy moving or they were going to file charges against me for dog neglect and abuse,” said Williams.

Williams kept paying because she thought the puppy was stuck at an airport and suffering.

News 4 contacted Pet Airways, which said they’ve heard this kind of thing happening before.

The company said,“This is a scam. They illegally use Pet Airways logo to make people think they are dealing with Pet Airways. The people who run these scams are international.”

And that’s exactly what happened to Williams, who it turns out had been wiring money to Cameroon in Africa.

In all, she spent about $7,000, money Williams says she and her family didn’t have to throw away.

Now Williams is trying to warn others from making the same mistake.

“Thousands for a free dog? Don’t. Even if they have a website up there, just don’t.”

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