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Consumers duped in Ga. airport puppy scheme

ATLANTA — Authorities say people who paid hundreds of dollars for puppies they thought were being delivered to the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport have been duped.

One North Carolina family paid $800 for two puppies over the Internet, and called the airport looking for the Kennel Cargo Department only to learn that it didn't exist.

Scammers are telling victims they can buy pets online and may pick them up from the airport. They use fake letterhead documents and photos of the airport to make their operation appear legitimate.

Airport cargo officials say about 15 victims per month have fallen for the scheme. They're reminding consumers that individual airlines may ship animals, but the airport itself doesn't.