The Ottawa Police used their official twitter account to inform their followers about “The Puppy Scam.” According to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC), the scam involves the promise of a puppy as soon as all the fees are paid. These scams are advertised in newspaper classified ads, social media, and Internet postings. The ad usually explains that the person is moving or resides in another country and needs to re-home the dog.
The CAFC explains that scam artists use stolen pictures, they ask for the money in advance and are paid through money wiring services such as Western Union or Money Gram. Then the buyer has to wait for a few days to receive the dog. Once there is no delivery, the buyer attempts to contact the seller with no luck in getting a response.
The CAFC gives the following tips to avoid these types of scams:
- 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.
- Contact your local office of the BBB (Better Business Bureau) and The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre toll free at 1-888-495-8501.
About the CAFC: They are Canada’s central fraud data repository. It is the trusted source of fraud data for educational and prevention resource materials. They play an important role in educating the public about specific mass marketing fraud pitches and in collecting and disseminating victim evidence, statistics and documentation that is available to law enforcement agencies.
Visit the CAFC website: click here
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If you are looking for a companion animal to be part of your family, please visit your local animal shelter. You will get to see the wonderful animals that are looking for a home plus get to talk to adoption advisers that can respond to your questions and guide you through finding your best friend. Visit the Montreal Dog Blog website for a list of the area’s local rescues and also find the calendar of events hosted by the different animal rescue organizations.