– Readers of the Daily Dog may recall we have twice previously warned about fake puppy ads on the Trading Post, and how that organisation had the cheek to publicly say they were doing something about it. Well folks, the time has come to remind you once again that the Trading Post is still allowing puppy scams to be run on their site in 2016, despite their public protestations.
As we show in detail in the accompanying video, the puppy scams being run on the Trading Post (TP) are obvious to any site administrator who is actually checking the site advertisers and their ads. The fact the ad we highlight in the attached video was placed some days ago and still has not been pulled down, shows how the TP is either lying or incompetent when they state:
Trading Post has implemented new and updated fraud tools early February (2014). Every single (edited) ad on the website is now reviewed by a person from our fraud team. No exceptions. And if we are unsure of the legitimacy of the ad placed, we call the seller to make sure.(source)
To use the vernacular, the statement they make above is quite frankly a load of bull. It was when they made it, and it still is today.
The particular scammers highlighted are based in Russia (as we mention in the video), and whatever telephone number they supplied when they registered with the TP would either have been fake or belonged to an innocent third party. A simple call from the euphemistically named “Fraud team” at the TP would have revealed that fact right away.
So what does all this mean for you, the person wishing to buy a puppy or older dog online in Australia? It means you cannot be sure of the legitimacy of any ad placed on the TP – it is as simple as that.
As we discuss in the video, we were alerted to this particular ad by a Siberian Husky breeder who was thinking about advertising on the TP. She checked out their existing ads, smelled a rat when she saw the one in question, started corresponding with them – and as we show, it quickly become evident that they were scammers. The legitimate breeder then contacted us to check out the ad and correspondence, and it took about two seconds to see that the ad was a fake.
Shortly we will update the Australian Puppy Scams Hall of Shame with a link to this blog Post. If you go to that list of websites that we have exposed, you will see just how many classified sites in Australia basically couldn’t care less if you are scammed when shopping online. Therefore the only way to ensure you are not scammed is to not go to those websites. Feel free to comment below or on the video on our YouTube Channel or Facebook Page.
Update 15/02/16 8.03PM AEST:
The Daily Dog has been provided with the transcript of a conversation between a senior member of the TP’s so-called “fraud team” (remember them?!) and a member of the public who alerted them to this particular scam. The TP representative stated (only after the TP was alerted to the obvious scam ad by a member of the public, days after it was published, mind you):
“The person and number registered as the seller was contacted. The person who picked up the phone said that he did not know that someone is using his phone number, address, etc to post an ads. It is a stolen identity.”
To which we say, “Gee whiz – who would have thunk it, genius?!”
The TP Rep goes on to state:
“Obviously, the person who was in charge did not follow procedure”
Their statements above regarding the blindingly obvious just beggar belief. It just further confirms everything we have warned the Australian public about in this and previous articles; the Trading Post’s ads are trusted at your own risk.