It can be difficult to muster anger about every bitcoin scam out there, but when con artists go after our Very Good Dogs, consider me invested. This weekend, a basset hound named Happy went missing in North Carolina, and a scammer claiming to have the dog soon demanded hundreds of dollars in bitcoin for his return.
Patricia Howell, Happy’s owner, found her dog after a day thanks to a tip on a community Facebook page, CBS17 reported. But within minutes of arriving home with her dog, Howell got a text message from someone threatening to “sell it or kill it or whatever” if they didn’t receive $600 in bitcoin within five days. Once received, the scammer claimed they would leave Happy at a pet store with Howell’s contact info.