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Cute pics but no puppies - puppy scams

October 2020

❗️ Do NOT buy a puppy from these websites❗️screenshot of fake puppy website
screenshot of fake puppy website

WA ScamNet warns consumers not to purchase puppies from the following fraudulent websites:  

Tips for avoiding pet scams

• Consider purchasing a pet from a rescue shelter or a registered local breeder with a legitimate physical address, landline number and ABN.screenshot of fake puppy website

• Verify the breeder information and ensure you are contacting them through their registered contact details; in WA they will be registered with Dogs West.

• Do your research. Search for reviews or warnings about the business/seller from shoppers or consumer protection agencies.

• Meet the animal in real life before handing over any money.

• If paying online, use a credit card or PayPal (which have avenues to screenshot of fake puppy websitedispute the transaction) rather than a bank or wire transfer.

Tips to avoid fake websites

Be suspicious about:

• Great ‘deals’ served to you via an internet search or pop-ups – scammers hope to catch you out when you impulse-buy after seeing a bargain.

• Unfamiliar or new websites – look for a copyright year on the homepage, although this date can also be faked.

• Websites that do not list a full physical address, telephone number or ABN, or if these details cannot be verified.

• Insecure payment methods such as direct bank transfer or wire transfer.

• Pixelated photos, spelling errors and other clues that you may be looking at a copycat site of a real online business.