WICHITA, Kan. -- A Wichita husband and wife say they were scammed out of $1,150 by someone who said she was selling Yorkie puppies.
The couple says they saw an advertisement on the Wichita area "Beg Barter, Buy, and Sell" Facebook page. The advertisement featured a picture of a woman holding three little Yorkie puppies.
They say that of the puppies is what caught their eye.
"When we saw them, we just fell in love with them and were hoping we'd get one," said the husband, who did not want to be identified by name.
They say they used the contact information listed to get in touch with the seller who posts on Facebook a woman from Salt Lake City, Utah.
They say she made them an offer.
"(She said) 'Yea, I'll sell these two puppies I have left for $500 for both of them," he said.
He and his wife say it sounded like a good deal so they made the payment.
But the next day, the husband grew suspicious when he got a call from someone who claimed to be the "shipper." The man said he needed money for crates.
"They wanted $650," he said. "I said, 'Something is wrong.'"
Even so, after a debate, the couple decided to make the payment.
But the "shipper" wasn't done. They say he called with one more request that the husband said was the final straw.
"The guy said, 'Oh, I can't ship them until you get insurance on it, which is a total of $1,690," the husband said. "I said, 'No, we're not doing that.'"
Since the couple told him no, they say they haven't heard anything and believe their money is gone.
They reported it to the police in hopes of putting a stop to the alleged scam.
KAKE News tried to call and text message the "seller" of the puppies. She did not pick up or respond to any of our messages by news time.
KAKE News also did a reverse image search of the picture of the puppies that the woman posted with the advertisement. We found the same picture being used in advertisements from Texas to the United Kingdom.
"It really hurts," the husband said. "It may have taken me $1,150 to learn my lesson but I hope they learn their when (police) catch them."
To do a similar reverse image search, visit image.google.com. Click the camera icon in the search bar and upload the picture you would like to investigate. Then hit the blue search button to see your results.