At pups4sale we are always keeping our eyes open for puppy scammers, as our members already know. So far this year on The Daily Dog we have highlighted puppies for sale scams listed on these sites.
Unfortunately now we have another site to add to the hall of shame; Locanto. As shown in the screenshot from their main pets classifieds page, the site is loaded with fake ads. Many of the ads in question are paid ads, meaning the scammers have also used a stolen credit card to pay for their ads. We reviewed half a dozen before we became too depressed to continue; the ads were so obviously fake they had clearly never been human-reviewed.
What makes our blood boil however is Locanto, like Doggish have the hide to say their site is safe to buy from. We’ve already exposed Doggish here – yet that particular site remains infested with fake ads to this day.
Locanto is cut from the same clothe as Doggish unfortunately. Locanto’s particular blurb is “local, safe, 100% free”. We can only assume this to mean:
Local – for locals from Cameroon, NIgeria and Eastern Europe
Safe: – safe for “locals” from the above Countries to transact their scams without fear of prosecution.
100% free – by using stolen credit cards, the site is 100% free for scammers as they don’t have to use their own “hard-earned” money in order to run their scams.
We urge our members to PLEASE be wary of buying puppies from such sites. If you think an ad you are interested in on such a site is genuine, feel free to run it by us first before contacting the advertiser. We are regularly contacted by unsuspecting victims who have been scammed on such sites for advice on what to do next. Unfortunately we can’t do much once the horse has already bolted. What the sites in question can do however is to stop the scammers using their sites in the first place, like we do at pups4sale.