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Family loses thousands of dollars in pet scam
An Ontario family wanted capuchin monkeys as emotional support animals. They thought it would be good for their family. They are not available for sale in Canada so they went online and found a place  in the USA. The animals were supposed to be $1500.00 each, but they ended up paying over $8000.00. No animals ever arrived.

There were a lot of red flags, but they wanted the monkeys so much that they ignored them.
Companies don't usually take payment in Visa gift cards. 
They probably would not be allowed to own the monkeys in Ontario. 
They wouldn't be recognized as service animals.

The paperwork indicates that the monkey is 12 weeks old. That is a tiny baby. It is too young to be weaned and it would not be trained in any way.
I don't think it would have been much support emotionally. It would have required a lot of physical care and emotional support.

They would have been better to get a nice friendly dog as a pet. A golden retriever or some kind of doodle dog would have been a happy addition to the family.

Scammers get away with this because people start wanting something too much and they don't think things through.
They won't get their money back and now they probably can't afford another pet.
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The best way to avoid being scammed by those who are selling pets online is to educate yourself on the warning signs of a typical online pet scam. Below are listed some of the common and known scams that we see on a regular basis.
I listed ways to spot scams in another thread.

The same precautions fit any online purchase. If you haven't seen something in person, be careful.
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