OPP issue warning over “Puppy Scam”
Provincial police are warning citizens to remain careful when purchasing pets over the internet following a “puppy scam” incident in Norfolk County.
Police were alerted to the fraud on Monday after a resident issued a complaint.
According to police the victim responded to an ad on a website for a puppy for sale in Waterford. The victim communicated with the apparent seller and a price was negotiated. The victim sent the seller a $350 down payment through e-transfer but the puppy was never delivered.
The victim went to the residence advertised only to find a confused homeowner who was unaware their address was being used in the scam.
In order to avoid these types of scams, remember the following general words of advice:
- Know whom you are dealing with - independently confirm your seller's name, street, address, and telephone number.
- Resist pressure to "act now." If an offer sounds too good to be true it usually is.
- NEVER wire money or use a bank-to-bank transfer in a transaction.
- ALWAYS try to deal locally when buying or selling anything or of high-value.
- DO NOT sell or buy any animal from someone who is unable or unwilling to meet you face to face.
- NEVER buy any animal that you have not seen in real life and had inspected by a professional.