– Occasionally the Daily Dog will receive correspondence from representatives of sites we have outed for hosting puppy scams on their pages. The substance of such messages ranges from threats (see the comments section of this video), to assurances about cleaning up their act (usually false, as in the case of the Trading Post, shown here), and now we have one from Student Bees that is quite simply in a category all its own.
Student Bees, you may remember, was the subject of the June 2015 edition of the Australian Puppy Scams Hall of Shame. It seems they didn’t appreciate our expose´ very much though, and have emailed to tell us so.
We’ll share their email below, and then we invite you to click on the screenshot in this Post of their current puppy classified page, so you can have a look and compare for yourself what Student Bees say vs. what they do when it comes to puppy scams. Not only does the screenshot show fake puppy ads continuing on their site, but also the presence of ads for something even more sinister, which we’ll discuss further below.
Student Bees admin writes in italics, with our responses in red:
I understand that in the past there were some non-genuine posts on our site about puppies for sale. (there still are – see screenshot) We were aware of it and removed the ads as soon as possible. (No you didn’t – they’re still there!) But due to the limitation of our website, we could not delete these spam ads automatically. (No problem – remove them manually)
Running a small business along side with a normal job and raising a family can be quite challenging sometimes, therefore it’s unavoidable that there were times that the spam ads were not removed soon enough. (Scam ads being on your site for months at a time is more than “challenging” – it is incompetence) However, we have been very good in the past few months and delete them almost everyday.(Not true – as the screenshot shows.)
I have seen the YouTube video and blog post that you’ve written about our website. I would be grateful if you could remove the YouTube video and the post or make the website name more anonymous. (Why? We want to expose your site!)
Those references have had made a huge negative impact on our website’s reputation and ranking.(Fantastic!) I hope that you would understand the difficulties that small businesses face, and help us here by removing those links. (Not a chance)
Thank you for your understanding and I hope to hear back from you with favourable response.”
Well – what can one say to an email as bald-faced as that one? Despite wanting to say a lot more, we’ll be polite and say the following to Student Bees admin:
“Not only is your site still chock full of fake puppy ads, which shows you are not serious about stopping this scourge on your website, but your site is also loaded with fake ads of all kinds. Worst of all, you are hosting ads for all sorts of hard, illicit drugs, and it is only a matter of time before the authorities take interest in your site. Don’t take our word for it though – contact the Australian Federal Police and ask them what the penalties are for deliberately hosting classified ads for hard drugs on a website – I’m sure they’ll be most helpful.
So fake puppy ads are the least of your worries – but they are foremost in our mind when combating puppy scams online. Do what you say you’re going to do, take down every single one of the fake puppy ads you are hosting and we’ll be glad to update the dog-loving Australian public for you.”
Feel free to comment below, and/or contact Student Bees admin to tell them exactly what you think about them allowing puppy scams to continue to run on their pages.