City of Norton, Virginia Police Department

The City of Norton Police Department has received multiple calls in regards to possible scams from individuals across the United States. The scams are internet related from people attempting to purchase various kinds of animals. The individuals posing as the animal breeders or owners are asking subjects to purchase gift cards and then send the gift card numbers to a certain website or e-mail address to complete the transaction.
The individuals will then ask for more money on gift cards to cover expenses for the crating and shipping of the animals. The individuals will then send a photograph of an animal in a crate requesting more money for the final shipment. Most of the phone calls received have indicated that the dog breeders or owners are owned and operated out of the City of Norton, listing various legitimate addresses in Norton. Several different websites have been given and do seem legitimate. However, upon further investigation these breeder or owners do not actually exist.

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