AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Scammers are going to new lengths to try to get money from people, including hacking non-profits’ social media pages.

All About the Pawz Dog Rescue was the latest target.

Recently, the organization’s Facebook page was hacked, and a post was made asking for donations.

The post read, in part:

“Meet ZOE and FIONA. They are 2 sweet female puppies that were brought in today by Miss Jenifer because he had an urgent job appointment out of state and there was no one to look after these sweet puppies so he brought them here so we can find a good and loving home for them.”

The post had photos of the dogs attached and it went on to ask anyone who was interested in adopting the French bulldog and the golden retriever puppies to fill out an application. The application process went on to collect deposits and adoption fees from people.

The attorney from the organization posted the following statement:

“There is a wave of rescue and shelter Facebook and Instagram page thefts occurring. The hackers take over the page through an administrator’s compromised personal account and post fake pets for “adoption,” collecting deposits and “adoption” fees from unsuspecting hopeful adopters. Don’t fall prey to this. All page admins must have secure personal accounts with strong passwords and two-factor authentication. Consult the Facebook and Instagram Privacy Center (under Settings & Privacy) for details.”

Holland & Muirden, attorneys at law

The statement goes on to say that a “reputable rescue or shelter will NEVER ask for payment of a deposit, “spot holding” fee, appointment fee, or adoption fee at the time of your online application.” It states to never send money to unknown online sources.

The Facebook page has since been secured by the administrators, however, another page of the organization is still under the control of a hacker. We’re told the AATP Rescue Dogs Facebook page has not been secured and there are still posts being made asking for applications with deposits.

In its latest post, pictures of a 15-week cavoodle are posted with an application link. The organization urges that no one sends any money to this page, as they are still working to gain control of it again.