– In the September 2014 update to the Australian Puppy Scams Hall of Shame we feature Adpost. This site has been around for quite some time, operates in a number of countries as well as Australia, and is chock full of puppy scams.
It’s heartening to hear that the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has recently cracked down on romance/dating scams in the Australian marketplace. They have even threatened legal action against individual websites if any of the one hundred plus websites that devote themselves to relationships between Australians don’t take action to weed out the scammers. Given they now appear to be prepared to do something about relationship scams, perhaps at long last the ACCC will also do something about the many classified sites – such as Adpost – that allow puppy scams to be run on them. We’re not holding our breath that the ACCC may act in this space, but we live in hope.
As the attached YouTube video demonstrates, Adpost well and truly deserves its place in the Australian Puppy Scams Hall of Shame.
Pups4sale receives emails regularly from people who have been or are about to be scammed by a fake puppy ad. Just this week we received the following (edited) email from Kara in NSW, stating:
“Hi there my name is Kara and I wanted to give you a heads up about a scammer. Someone called John Keating has been advertising both British and French Bulldog puppies on numerous sites at ridiculously low prices and sadly I fell victim to him and lost over $500. It might pay to check who posts about Bulldog puppies in the future, and this john guy said he was in Perth but he was actually in California, as I checked his IP address…I dont want others to make the same mistake as me.”
Think it can’t happen to you? Then think again. The scammers ply their trade for a living and are very clever at what they do. But what they really don’t like is being exposed – rather like cockroaches in a kitchen at night when a light is turned on. In fact you may be surprised to learn that pups4sale has recently been threatened by one group of scammers as a result of us exposing their schemes to the world. The grubs behind pettraders have become mighty upset at our exposé of their site, commenting on the YouTube video we made about them and even threatening us with a lawsuit for defamation!
Go to the video itself, read the comments they have made and the replies we have posted to be amazed for yourself at just how bold some scammers truly are. As we said in our replies to their threats, pups4sale will NEVER be intimidated into silence, but will ALWAYS be at the forefront of exposing websites operating in the Australian marketplace that allow puppy scams to be run on them. Feel free to leave your comments with the video on YouTube and tell the scammers what you think about them too – we’re sure they’ll be impressed!
So click on the link at right for the full list of members of the Australian Puppy Scams Hall of Shame as at September 2014.
Needless to say, be very wary if considering buying a puppy from any of the above sites. Some have only a handful of scam puppy ads, whereas others have virtually no legitimate ads at all. Either way, using such sites represents a risk that you may lose your money to a scammer, which is a risk the pups4sale team would definitely not like to take ourselves.
If you have been scammed (or nearly scammed!) by fake puppy ads being run on the above sites, please feel free to leave a comment in the comments section on the appropriate blog post as a warning to others. The more people who are warned about such scams, the less that will be taken in. 😉