Paws for thought if you’re looking for a puppy online.
Consumers have paid for a puppy either via a website or by responding to an online classifieds advertisement only to find out the whole thing’s a fraud.
WA ScamNet has just managed to get a website called www.cavdoolpupsaustralianow.com shut down.
Two people had paid $850 each by direct bank transfer for a Cavoodle puppy from the site but didn’t receive anything in return. If they had used a credit card or Paypal they would have been able to dispute the transaction and seek a ‘chargeback’ because the goods they paid for had not been supplied. But as it stands they cannot get their money back.
Both consumers stumbled across the website when searching for ‘Cavoodle puppies in WA’.
One of them was sent information for a delivery company (Animal Pet Movers & Escrow Services) which does not exist and was asked to pay a further $1000 for insurance. Thankfully they did not pay the extra money and realised it was a scam. They are still $850 out of pocket.
The email address the scammers are using is email@example.com. We have reported the email address to have it deactivated.
Both affected victims have also reported the phone number (08) 9467 4113, which seems to be a VOIP number, and is still active.
Remember if you’re looking to buy a puppy there are plenty awaiting adoption at dog refuge homes and through the RSPCA's Adopt-A-Pet.
If you decide not to adopt because you can’t find the breed you want, you should use a registered breeder – search on The Canine Association of Western Australia website.
There are more tips in the Consumer Protection's Commissioner’s blog about pet sale scams.
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