Internet Fraud, Classifieds Scams, Abuse and Suspicious Replies are
world wide issues that have become widespread in targeting sellers
and buyers everywhere specially on the Internet. Often this involves
buyers from Nigeria, Africa, Holland and other countries. In recent
years, online Pet Classifieds scams have increased and have affected
Online classifieds scams pose threats to both sellers and buyers.
Posing As A Seller:
A Person can post an ad for a puppy that only exist in the item
description. Actually, seller doesn't have the puppy that he/she is
trying sell or give away. Seller will then ask for money and refer
them to the shipping company who is supposed to send the puppy to the
buyer. Buyer waits for few days and contacts the seller, but no
answer. Tries again for couple of more days..no answer. Finally buyer
decides to call the shipping company with the reference number for
the puppy. Shipping company replies that they don't have anything
related to this reference number or it is not for your puppy. Buyer
Posing As A Buyer:
A scammer can pose as a buyer of a puppy and contacts the seller.
Buyer is desperate to buy and accepts your listed price and suggest
that his/her agent will pick up the puppy with a check that is more
than the asking price. In return, they ask buyer to deduct amount for
the item, get remaining amount and give a fake cashier's check.
Seller will lose the puppy and the money.
Check any websites who have classifieds, if they don't have a warning
about online scams, they should have!
There are ways you can protect yourself from these scams, visit our
Scam Alert page on http://www.petboro.com/scam.aspx
where you can
find examples of scams and emails and list of known scammer emails
that people have reported to us.
Courtesy of Petboro.com