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It was nine months after Tammie McQuain's dog passed away that she finally felt ready for a new furry friend.

The Los Angeles-based 51-year-old found a photo of a fluffy little teacup poodle on Pinterest named “Lisa,” and clicked through to a website called MiniPoodlePupsForSale.Com.

The site didn’t have a phone number, which McQuain says she found “a bit odd,” but it did have a detailed application form. So she filled out a contract the site sent her, agreeing to pay $500 via Zelle for transporting the dog to her home.

“They had all the steps that you think should be there,” she says.

At 3 a.m. the next morning, McQuain got an email from MiniPoodlePups asking her to pay $1,500 for “insurance." They told her that since the dog was now hers, they'd turn her into authorities for endangerment if she didn't fork it over.

Realizing she'd been had, McQuain contacted her bank and the police to try to get her $500 back — to no avail.

"It could have been way worse," McQuain admits, but she's still frustrated. And she's not alone.