Scammers target people with missing pets

Scammers are taking advantage of people with a heart for pets and the Better Business Bureau wants to make sure you don't fall for it.

The scam targets people with lost pets. The scam happens after someone posts on Facebook or Twitter, asking people to help find their missing pet and sharing a number to call.

The scammer calls, claiming to have found the missing animal and offers to return it in exchange for money or a gift card.

How to tell if it's a scam responding to a missing-pet post

* First, ask the person claiming to have found the missing pet to send a picture. Scammers will usually make an excuse, like they don't have a smartphone.

* Don't list unique physical traits about the missing pet online. That way, you can verify whether a caller actually has found the animal.

* Ask for a number to call the person back. Scammers often spoof numbers to make it appear they're calling from somewhere else.

* You can also microchip your pet or put contact information on its collar.