The 12 scams of Christmas: Puppy scams
With the festive season nearly upon us, ‘tis the season for online scams.
The Financial and Cyber Crime Group are reminding Queenslanders to be aware of Grinch-like scammers and be sure to stay alert to scams, such as puppy scams.
This gets a special mention, as scammers know Christmas is a popular time to gift pets, and tug at people’s emotions posting fake ads of sought-after breeds.
Don’t fall for the cute pictures and cheap prices for what is a non-existent puppy – always do independent research and cut off communication if the ‘seller’ requests upfront payments through unsecure methods such as wire or bank transfer.
Doing a reverse image search is a good way to check if the puppy photo has been taken from elsewhere.
Always get a veterinarian report on any animal before you consider buying it.
Detective Inspector Vince Byrnes from the Financial and Cyber Crime Group said that you are always going to be better off buying a pet that you can see in person prior to buying the pet.
“We are reminding Queenslanders to stay in control when shopping online by ensuring the product website is legitimate, and researching the website online prior to making any purchases,” Detective Inspector Byrnes said.
“If a website does not participate with a secure payment service or a credit card transaction, or is offering greater discounts for direct deposit, it is most likely a scam.
“Usually the criminal is after your finances and your personal identification information.”
For information on fake websites, phishing scams, parcel delivery scams and fake seller/buyer scams, click on the links below:
To learn more about scams, visit www.scamwatch.gov.au or the Queensland Police Service’s R U in Control campaign at www.police.qld.gov.au/safety-and-preventing-crime/r-u-in-control.