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Web scammers go too far: They're using cute doggie pics

It seems the latest method to scam money from the innocent is to use cute doggie pics to entice vulnerable dog lovers.

Awwwwww. CBS Denver screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

Look, humans making other humans believe they'll love them forever is an acceptable form of subterfuge.

It's been happening for centuries. Nigerian scammers have merely used the bounties of the Web to make it more contemporary. Even on Christian dating sites.

However, woe betide you if you stoop to using doggie pics. That, sir, is pure, base sleaze, unworthy of anyone calling themselves human.

Yet this is apparently the latest in scams perpetrated on an innocent dog lover in Colorado.

As CBS Denver reports, the soft emotions of dog lovers are costing them thousands in hard cash.

One 19-year-old Kellie Bohrer, for example, saw an adorable purebred Siberian husky for sale on a site called

Her oodles of instant love for it -- and the fact that it was a bargain at $320 -- made her reach through the screen to those who were selling it.

They allegedly provided more pictures and a certificate of registration.

All was going so well. Then the dog agency asked for $1,600. This was, allegedly, to cover shipping insurance.

These costs proved shortly to be slippery. Oh, of course Bohrer was told she'd get this money back. Of course.

But then she got another e-mail request for money. Now, you see, her husky was in Idaho and of course needed to be vaccinated. Idaho is very strict about that kind of thing.

For that and a new carrier, Bohrer handed over another $1,000.

She still believed, though, that the husky would be on her lap shortly. That was until she got an e-mail telling her it was in "puppy quarantine." And where would be the one place that would have puppy quarantine? Why, Vegas.

Some scammers have no qualms. They also fail to quit when they're ahead. They now wanted another $4,500.

It was at this point that Bohrer began to wonder. She discovered that the certificate of registration she'd been sent was a fake. The pictures were to be seen on several sites all around America. Of course.

Everything else was a fake too. Her money won't be returning and her puppy won't be arriving.

Life classes don't come with a manual. Sometimes, the hard way is the only way to learn.

But the heart and soul of someone who sits there rubbing his hands, sniggering and hissing: "Hey, this will suck 'em in" is the heart and soul of someone without a heart and soul.

I hope his lover leaves him and takes all his money.