Truebuy – Australian Puppy Scams Hall of Shame March 2015 update

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Truebuy .com.au puppies for sale scams
Truebuy .com.au puppies for sale scams

– In the March 2015 update of the Australian Puppy Scams Hall of Shame, we feature Truebuy, a site which should really be called Fakebuy.

This parasite on the body of the Internet is laden chock-full of puppy scams, as our accompanying video demonstrates. Not one canine ad on the site was legitimate, and looking at the number of fake puppy ads as a percentage of total ads on the site. very few ads in other categories are legitimate also.

Truebuy is yet another MFA (Made For Adsense) site that exists solely to extract money out of the Google Adsense program. In short, legitimate advertisers on the Google network pay money to Google to advertise for them, with their ads popping up on relevant sites – regardless of the quality of such sites. Truebuy and other pirate’s lairs make their money this way, and they don’t give two hoots how many scam ads are on their pages.

In the accompanying video we show you not only how the scams are run, but also a handy little tip you can use to do an initial check to see if an advertiser is suspect. This tip is not the be-all and end-all, but it is a good start, and if the results of applying this tip come up as dodgy, you need investigate no further.

At pups4sale we are regularly contacted by people who think they may have been scammed (or are about to be) by a puppy advertiser on another website. It is amazing just how many sites out there are loaded with scams, or have been completely taken over by the scammers. In fact we already have enough sites on our list to expose, that we will easily be able to update the Hall of Shame each month right through to the end of 2015 and beyond.

If you have any sites and/or ads you are suspicious of, always feel free to contact admin via our Contact page and we will gladly give such sites/ads the once-over for you.

In summary, stay away from Fakebuy…sorry…Truebuy, if you want to keep your money from falling into the hands of the scammers.

30 Responses to “Truebuy – Australian Puppy Scams Hall of Shame March 2015 update”

  1. Jennifer Dolan

    ALL the ads on Truebuy to buy Siberian Husky Puppies are a CON – A MASSIVE SCAM. You need to stop these immediately. Lucky I am not one of the stupid people who fall for this bull. I am reporting this to the relevant law enforcement agency

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    • pups4sale

      Ummm….Jennifer you say “You need to stop these immediately.” You do realise you are commenting on a blog Post that is exposing Truebuy as a scam site, don’t you? I hope so, because if you have a way we can stop Truebuy from running such scams, we’d sure like to know. All their ads are fake, they know it, and law enforcement will not do one thing about it except politely thank you for your report (if you’re lucky) and file it in the “Forget” draw.

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  2. kylie

    I was just about to buy a Shiba Inu puppy from this website. From a ‘lady’ named anna and her daughter died in 2015 and her ear got ‘affected’ and can no longer look after these puppies. I believed her and was about to pay for the delivery fees when a friend stopped me. TRUEBUY IS MOSTLY SCAMMERS!!

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    • pups4sale

      Well done, Kylie. You definitely saved yourself from being scammed. The only thing we would disagree with is when you say “Truebuy is mostly scammers”. We say “Truebuy is ALL scammers”; it is totally taken over by them.

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    • Eloise

      I’m a producer for Channel 9 – we are doing a story on the Today show on Monday, along with an ACCC representative about puppy scams.
      (People who have ordered puppies through dodgy sites and they have never arrived.)
      I would love to talk to you about your experience – please call me ASAP:
      (02) 9965 2950
      You would be required to come into one of our studios and talk briefly on camera on Monday around 10am.
      Thanks!
      Eloise

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    • Mike

      Kylie Would this lady be from Adelaide the story she gave me is Identical to yours only difference she’s not asking for any money

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      • pups4sale

        Mike, the thing to remember is EVERY puppy ad on Truebuy is fake – without exception. It doesn’t matter how the scammers vary their stories, the fact is they are ALL scams and you need to avoid that site unless you want to lose your money.

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  3. suzanne

    On 26 June 2016 at 06:05, Buy and Sell | Australian Classifieds | List Items wrote:

    We were just about to buy but were unsure would have Millie booked in about 45 minutes for an overnight delivery to your home. You would be making payment directly to the agency’s provided branch as I am a registered client with their service. Millie would be arriving at your doorstep tomorrow in the evening at 6 pm. Do stay up to date with your emails as you would be contacted by the delivery agency who would provide you with further details on how payment and delivery would be done. I would let you know as soon as I am done with her booking.

    On 27 June 2016 at 10:39, Pete wrote:

    Hello Rebecca

    Glad to hear about the offer and the courier that can deliver

    Could we please go ahead with the purchase for delivery to

    How would you like to be paid?

    Thank you

    Peter and Suzanne

    From: Rebecca Watson [mailto:rebeccawatson9509@gmail.com]
    Sent: Monday, June 27, 2016 8:39 AM
    To: Address supplied
    Subject: Re: Buy and Sell | Australian Classifieds | List Items – Someone has a question about your listing

    Thanks for your prompt response… I must say I am very happy to meet a good home for Millie. I have attached some of her photos. I am very convinced that you will take good care of her. My hubby is a breeder and we’re located in Adelaide, SA. I will be very happy if you can come for a visit, but it seems a little bit far for you, so I will arrange for a pet courier service that will have Millie delivered to your home address. They’re a very reliable service as I have used them on several occasions with success… The following details are required for me to make arrangements for Millie’s delivery to your home:

    Hi Anonymous!

    Suzanne (suzannembrown@bigpond.com, ) left you a message about your listing Blenheim Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Puppies:

    Hi, Just wondering where in Brisbane you are and how mum are the girl puppies?

    Thanks

    Suzanne

    Regards,

    Buy and Sell | Australian Classifieds | List Items

    This was so sad as the pic is so cute and daughter had fallen in love

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    • pups4sale

      A classic scam process at work here. As ALL ads on Truebuy are fake, it is not surprising. What is surprising is that people keep corresponding with these crims. :/

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    • Veronica Rodrigues

      Hi Suzanne,

      Scam! I was speaking with “Rebecca Watson” yesterday about Millie which she said exactly the same thing as above.

      As soon as I said I will not be paying upfront I have not heard a peep!

      Too good to be true!

      Lucky you realised in time as well.

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      • suzanne

        yes neither have we

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      • Eloise

        Hi Veronica!
        I’m a producer from Channel 9.
        We’re doing a story on Monday along with the ACCC about these puppy scams.
        If you have experienced this please call me ASAP:
        (02) 9965 2950
        You would be required to come into one of our studios and talk briefly on camera on Monday around 10am.
        Thanks!
        Eloise

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        • meredith nicholl

          can u tell me whether eloise coleman is a scammer? Has got 2 ads that i have spotted. She is saying she’s just looking for a good home so she is only asking for money to deliver from perth!!!!!

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          • pups4sale

            Meredith, the name the scammer is using matters little. What matters is EVERY puppy ad on Fakebuy is exactly that – Fake – no exceptions. The little description you provided of the particular ad is classic scammer speak for “please send me your money, which you will never see again”. Under no circumstances deal with an advertiser on that site, unless you want to lose your money.

  4. Jenny

    Just got scammed by a woman CAROL MORATA (carol.morata81@gmail.com) selling Cairn Terrier puppies on the Truebuy site. Was sucked in til the “transport company” email asking for $600 in bad Engrish – was supposed to be coming from Darwin, but the Western Union site was in Cameroon. Thankfully we didn’t part with any money. Also reported it to the ACCC, but don’t think anything will come of that either. Thanks

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    • pups4sale

      Jenny, you actually didn’t get scammed by the sound of it, as you didn’t send any money at all? Please make sure you share your experience with friends and family too, so they are forewarned about such scams. All puppy ads on Truebuy are fake, so please don’t go near them again.
      Unfortunately reporting them to the ACCC is a complete and utter waste of time, as we’ve previously highlighted in other blog posts.

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    • Eloise

      Hi all,
      I’m a producer from Channel 9.
      We’re doing a story on Monday along with the ACCC about these puppy scams.
      If you have experienced this please call me ASAP:
      (02) 9965 2950
      You would be required to come into one of our studios and talk briefly on camera on Monday around 10am.
      Thanks!
      Eloise

      Reply
  5. Eloise

    Hi all,
    I’m a producer from Channel 9.
    We’re doing a story on Monday along with the ACCC about these puppy scams.
    If you have experienced this please call me ASAP:
    (02) 9965 2950
    You would be required to come into one of our studios and talk briefly on camera on Monday around 10am.
    Thanks!
    Eloise

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    • Rachel Black

      Theyre at it again. Brittany pups. Name offender/seller is using is Nathan Kickett. Name of transporter they claim to use is jetpetmovers.

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  6. Jane

    We were just about to purchase 2 x cavachons from Darwin.
    The photos that were sent were too good – professionally done not pics of puppies in their local environment.
    Everyone wanted to know how we were lucky enough to get 2 puppies for free and we were very excited and promised to look after them after being told that the owners grandmother had just died and she had to fly off to attend to funeral arrangements.
    I was about to book the freight only to be told that NO they would do it from their end and I just had to pay when I got the airfreight bill.
    Alarm bells started to ring and we called it off.
    I started the search again for another puppy and low and behold got a very similar story and response from the next ad – yet again on Truebuy.
    And, this morning yet another one with similar shocking grammar and the same questions.
    I really can’t believe the lengths people will go to just to scam people who just want to buy a puppy.
    How sad.

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    • pups4sale

      Jane, as soon as you hear “puppies for free”, it is 100,000% a scam. Run for the hills if you ever hear that again, as it will save you a lot of grief. Just stick to the sellers from pups4sale and you know you will be dealing with a genuine Australian advertiser. 😉
      ALL – and we mean ALL – puppy ads on Truebuy are fake.

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  7. Hannah

    I almost got scammed by a seller called RACHEL. She told me she is not selling her beloved dog but only giving it away to a good home for FREE. Because her grandmother had past away so she has to fly over another country for funeral arrangements. I believed her. She was exchanging emails with me claiming she is ready to transport the puppy to me now even though i said i dont want the puppy right now & that i need time to set things up at home. She insisted & went to get the puppy ‘registered’ at couriers. I then got an email from ‘Midway Pet Express Agency’ telling me to go get the money wired through western union because their system is being audited. The money would of been transferred to CAMEROON I knew straight away that was a scam so i emailed RACHEL and asked for her mobile for contact. She refused to give her number claiming that she had an accident and her ear is infected so the doctors advised her not to use a phone. She kept sending me an email to hurry up and pay because she does not want her puppy to be kept overnight at the airport. I also asked her for copies of the registration and paper work of the puppies sent to my email and she also refused.

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    • pups4sale

      A big percentage of the scammers moved to Cameroon from Nigeria several years ago when the authorities there decided to crack down on them. It is one of that country’s biggest foreign currency earners these days, so you can imagine how many people do get scammed by them. Remember – ALL puppy ads on Truebuy are fake – without exception.

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  8. Adele

    I have been looking for a coton pup and have run into numerous scammers on this site. You are right, bad English, dead grandmothers, want pups to go to ‘god fearing’ homes, addresses listed as one thing and replies giving you another! What a rorte. Haven’t fallen into the trap, but despair of ever finding a new fur baby this way.

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    • pups4sale

      Hi Adele,
      We don’t actually know of any Coton De Tulear breeders in Australia – only the UK & Europe. All puppy ads on Truebuy are fake – without exception, so stay right away from them. We would love a pup of this breed ourselves, so we have been keeping our eyes and ears open for a long time, but with no luck in this Country, unfortunately. 🙁

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      • Adele

        There is one breeder in Aus. as far as I know, no pups currently. They are called Cotonrun and are in Qld.

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  9. Roger

    Glad I came across this webpage. I tHought an ad. By Elaine Coleman for Chinese Crested Powder Puffs was a bit suspect. The ad. said they were in Adelaide, but there was no specific address. Then they said they recently moved to Perth so would have to use a pet courier. My suspicions were aroused even further. They also said they can’t sell the pup. I wondered why. Are they not registered breeders? I also notice that they had ads. Back in January for same sort of pups. Thank you for alerting people like me.

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    • pups4sale

      Hi Roger, yes that has all the hallmarks of the tactics scammers commonly use. Every single canine ad on Truebuy (more accurately called Fakebuy) is a scam – with no exceptions. So please stay right away from that site for your own safety when looking for a puppy.

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  10. Cass

    I’ll admit I nearly got drawn in as well. I just immigrated to Australia two years ago and I thought I found the AU equivelent to Craigslist or something, and when all the red flags started to pup up I went full panic mode. 600 for a Samoyed with shipping? Didn’t sound right to me, after having replied to a few ads I was getting a few odd stories. My partner suggested I ask for all microchip information on the puppies and instantly they all left me alone–worked like a charm.

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    • pups4sale

      Yes Cass, as the old saying goes, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”. In this case it definitely is!

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