Beware of Fake Pet Sales on Facebook

We are seeing, and are receiving reports, on an increase in fake adverts appearing on Facebook sale pages offering pets for sale.

Just this weekend there have been reports of fake adverts for puppies, kittens and even a monkey!

These adverts are a variation of the advance fee fraud. Advance fee fraud is when fraudsters target victims to make advance or upfront payments for goods, services and/or financial gains that do not materialise.

Warning signs

There are plenty of websites hosting classified adverts, and while it’s difficult to stop people advertising bogus items for sale, it’s much easier to spot the dodgy ads and avoid them like the plague.

The key factors to look out for in these cases are:

  • Pedigree puppies being given away for free
  • Sob stories to explain why they can no longer keep them
  • They live nowhere near your local area

As a buyer you should:

  • Only part with cash after you have seen the animal in the flesh.
  • Try to avoid paying by money transfers – they aren’t secure.
  • Be careful when using direct banking transactions to pay for goods. Make sure transactions are secure.
  • Don’t send confidential personal or financial information by email.
  • Use an online payment option such as PayPal, which helps to protect you.

If you have been the victim of a Facebook pet sale fraud, please report it to us on 03454 040506.

Buying a cat or dog

About suffolktradingstandards
Suffolk Trading Standards is working towards creating and fair and safe trading environment. By creating empowered consumers, that are armed with the knowledge to stop 'rogue traders'.

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