Dog scam. The International Pet and Animal Transport Association (IPATA) warns that Pet Scams are impacting pet lovers worldwide.

Dog scam

Don't Fall For Online Puppy Scams

Dog scam. The International Pet and Animal Transport Association (IPATA) warns that Pet Scams are impacting pet lovers worldwide.

Dog scam


Updated October 21, I made contact with the advertiser, introducing myself and my lifestyle, making my puppy pitch to prove that my partner and I would be responsible parents.

At first, the "breeder" asked all the right questions, putting us through the motions to prove our suitability: The "breeder" continued to ignore my questions about their affiliation with any clubs or organisations, and questions about the dog's parents. Already offering the pup at what seemed a suspiciously low price, they suddenly offered to throw in a second puppy as well, free of charge. It is worth noting that reputable breeders do send dogs across the country, and even overseas, but until this point they had not told me they were interstate.

Puppy scams involve online advertisements designed to trick buyers into paying for dogs that don't exist. It is a surprisingly common scam: In the seedy world of puppy scams, it is common for scammers to take photos from legitimate breeders' websites and post them on their own. I used a tool called a reverse-image search, which checks to see if a picture has been posted somewhere else on the internet. It is an easy way to see if someone has simply taken a puppy picture from a website and posted it as their dog.

In this instance, the search revealed no matches — but I know savvy scammers can hide their footprints by flipping, cropping or otherwise altering the image so it doesn't get picked up. Digital images carry metadata that can reveal an alarming amount of information about where and how the photo was taken.

Looking at the data attached to my puppy photo, I could see the photo was taken in The final piece of proof that something dodgy was afoot was revealed by the simplest step, and the one I should have taken first.

I did a web search of the "breeder's" email address, which brought up warnings on a dog website that revealed the scammer was quite prolific. I responded curtly to the most recent email, telling them I had found them out and they could leave me alone, thank you very much.

The ACCC's ScamWatch has been warning about puppy scams for the past decade, and as online advertising has changed, scammers have moved from traditional ad sites to social media. American breeders Deer Creek Labradoodles recently found themselves at the centre of a scam, which took off on Facebook and spread through many Australian networks. The breeders found an image of one of their pups had been used on a scam page, long after the puppy had been rehomed. Deer Creek Labradoodles was flooded with requests, and took to Facebook to warn prospective buyers about the scam.

The breeders have tried to contact Facebook to have the posts taken down, but have been frustrated by the process. Because of the large number of Australians seeing the fake ad, Consumer Protection WA took up the cause, and the page has since been removed. Mr Adams says that is important to check the puppy's temperament, as well as avoid being ripped off. Many breeders have complained about the difficulty in getting sites to act when scams are reported. First posted October 21, If you have inside knowledge of a topic in the news, contact the ABC.

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