Emotional Support Animal Certificates Are A Scam.
Are you the proud owner of an emotional support animal certificate?
“Why yes,” you said. “I just visited USARegisterFido and got a free certificate!”
Didn’t that seem even remotely suspicious?
“You just got scammed,” we’re sorry to say, “you’ve been duped. In many states across the US, if you use an Emotional Support Animal certificate (pictured above) as proof of your disability, you can land in jail.”
Emotional Support Animal Certification.
A quick trip around the Internet reveals many companies offering unnecessary Emotional Support Animal certificates, providing “an official document” after completion of a simple online form and payment.
As HUD General Counsel Paul Compton states, “These websites are using questionable business practices that exploit consumers, prejudice the legal rights of individuals with disabilities, dupe landlords, and generally interfere with good faith efforts to comply with the requirements of the Fair Housing Act.”
Unwitting consumers do not realize that these practices are illegitimate, while ethically flexible individuals hope to save a few bucks on pet fees and animal deposits.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson requested the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigate websites that sell assistance animal medical verifications, aka “letters sold for a fee.”
The dangers of buying counterfeit emotional support animal letters aren’t always obvious. There are economic impacts, legal implications, and other risks that are important for you to know before making a purchase. Counterfeiters don’t care about your well-being. They just want to make a profit.
Note: That is an actual registration purchased in June of 2020. For privacy purposes, we've altered the information.