Woman Arrested for Involvement in Internet Puppy Scam

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Valdosta Police Department Release

Valdosta, GA - Shari Bell, 28 year old African American female was arrested by Valdosta Police Department officers for involvement in a recent internet scam in Valdosta.

The scam took place over the past two months in which French Bulldog puppies were advertised for sale and money was solicited through Western Union for the purchase of the puppies.

Victims sent money via Western Union to Bell for the purchase of the puppies, however, Bell did not actually have puppies for sale.

The incidents were investigated by the Valdosta Police Department Bureau of Investigations. Bell is charged with two counts of Felony theft by deception. She was taken to the Lowndes County Jail.

Everyone needs to be aware of the increased number of scams in the area. Do not send money to an unknown source.

If you suspect a scam is taking place within the City of Valdosta, please contact the Valdosta Police Department and pass along any information. You may remain anonymous by calling the crime tip line at 229-293-3091.

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