– As 2015 draws to a close, we have one final site to add to the ever growing list of sites featured on the Australian Puppy Scams Hall of Shame. In this month’s edition (December 2015) we feature buyapuppy .com.au, which has recently emerged onto the scene.
Like many sites of its kind, it draws unsuspecting puppy buyers in via cute puppy pictures and a slick design. However when one digs into the site, one discovers a very disturbing can of worms. As we say in the commentary on the video we have published on this site, we have discovered that it is not only overseas scammers who are placing their fake ads on buyapuppy, but amazingly, so are the site owners too! Through some determined sleuthing work, we have discovered the site owners are placing fake ads to make it look as if the site is more popular than it is! Not content to leave the site unmoderated and to allow the slimy overseas scammers to ply their trade on the site, the site owners are up to their neck in fake ads too!
Needless to say, buyapuppy has earned a well deserved membership in the Hall of Shame, which is of course located here.
Not only is it a good idea to spread the word about this particular site to your online friends, but also let them know about the full list of sites in the Australian online marketplace that are allowing scams to be run on their pages. By doing so you help to ensure less and less Australians become victims of overseas crims.
With 2016 just about upon us, today’s update to the Hall of Shame serves as a timely reminder that the scammers will never let up in their attempts to steal from Australians. Fortunately for the puppy buying and selling public in Australia, pups4sale will be just as vigilant in our efforts to expose those sites who (through commission or omission) allow scammers to infest their pages.
If you scroll through to the sites featured on the Hall of Shame and notice a site you believe to be hosting fake puppy ads is missing, please contact us and we’ll sniff it over. If it is hosting fake ads, you can bet we’ll put the bite on them unless and until they mend their ways.