Early this morning, I jumped on Facebook and was doing the good old morning scroll. Honestly, it's the way to catch up on the news and events with my friends, family, and those around me.

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However, this morning, I found a new scam that is very concerning, and somewhat disgusting.

Scam Alert Targeting Michigan Social Media Accounts

This new scam caught me by surprise, and it took me reading a couple of comments attached to the post to even realize it was a scam to begin with.

Scammers are attempting a new tactic, which is to post to Facebook, especially in closed groups and claim that they have someone's dog who had just been hit by a car.

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The post was posted in an open Facebook group here in Michigan, and surprisingly has over 1.4 thousand shares.

The post went to say:

"Desperately looking for this girl’s owner 💔. found her lying on the side road in Plymouth. She was hit by a car in a hit-and-run incident. I took her to the vet she is not chipped I know someone is looking for her. She misses her family, I'll continue to take care of her in the meantime. Please bump this post to help me find her and owner!!"

The photo also attached pictures of a dog laying in the road as if in distress.

What To Look For To Identify A Scam On Facebook:

Not every hit dog will be a scam here in Michigan. In fact, things like that do happen, however, this seems to be a new age scam to look out for.
Read More: ALERT: Michigan Beware Of This New Convincing Scam!

The biggest thing you should do when determining if a post in a group is a scam or not, is to head to their Facebook page and check things out.

  • How recently was their Facebook created?
    • If it was just a month ago with nothing else posted - this might not be a legit account.
  • How many friends do they have?
    • If they have one friend or follower - the account may not be legit.
  • Look and see if their profile has much information?

Be careful while scrolling out there.

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