CLEVELAND — The Cuyahoga County Department of Consumer Affairs is warning residents to be aware of scams when ordering dog licenses online.

Scammers working outside of the country have a created fake "Ohio" dog licensing site that attempts to collect bogus fees, credit card and demographic information.

In Ohio, dog licenses are only sold through the counties, not the state.

The fake website entices customers with bogus discounts and exaggerates  the penalty of buying a late dog license.

The current penalty is $20, not $300 as the bogus site states.

A customer should never share their date of birth or pet's health records when buying a Cuyahoga County dog license.

The deadline for purchasing a 2020 Cuyahoga County dog license for $20 is Jan. 31, 2020. 

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