– The latest addition to the Australian Puppy Scams Hall of Shame is Findads .com.au. This site has recently risen to prominence, and like many others of its kind is a Made For Adsense (MFA) site, run from overseas – in this case Oslo in Norway.
Check out our YouTube video that exposes Findads and the fake puppies for sale ads it contains. (Watch out particularly for our favourite ad of all – the Yorkshire Terrier advertised as a “great family guardian”! 😀 )
What makes this site even more insidious than many others we have exposed in our running list of scam-hosting sites on the Hall of Shame is the fact the site aggregates ads from other sites. Until recently one of those sites was the Trading Post, which tends to have more legitimate ads than fake ones – although as we’ve exposed previously, despite its denials the TP continues to host its fair share of puppy scams. So by aggregating ads from the TP, the site gains an air of legitimacy, which as our video shows it definitely does not deserve.
It looks like in recent days the TP has blocked the feed of its ads to findads .com.au, but nevertheless due to the sheer volume of ads the site is hosting from other bottom-feeding pirate websites, people could still be sucked in quite easily. Indeed, as of the time of publication we have noticed ads from Gumtree starting to appear on the site – which again appears to make Findads .com.au much more legitimate than it really is.
Like other MFA sites, the people behind this site do not give a rat’s you-know-what about people being scammed via their site. They put up a pathetic “buyer beware” disclaimer on their site, whilst admitting they have no oversight over the classified ads placed there. That is no surprise, given they state they also run free classified sites as far afield as Bangladesh and South Africa – which we’re sure are full of legitimate puppy classifieds – sarcasm most definitely intended! The fact is it’s hard enough to keep the scammers away from one classified site, let alone trying to manage multiple sites in multiple languages in multiple countries – common sense dictates it’s just not going to happen.
The bottom line is the people behind findads .com.au are just as responsible for people being scammed as are the sites whose Feeds and fake ads they feature. So if you come across findads .com.au in your internet travels when looking for a puppy, DO NOT under any circumstances attempt to purchase a puppy from any of the ads shown on their pages, as almost every single one is placed by a scammer – depressing yet all too true.
As we note in the related YouTube video, stick to the advertisers on pups4sale.com.au folks, and you know the puppy ad you are enquiring about will be from a legitimate Australian advertiser, checked and verified by our experienced team. It’s as simple and straightforward as that. 😉