– Another month, another site in the Australian canine marketplace that needs exposing – in this case OzFreeAds .com.au free classifieds. Like many other MFA (Made For Adsense) sites, this one exists solely to make money out of Google’s advertising network, known as Adsense.
Like many similar sites that use the “.com.au” domain extension, this one is actually run from overseas – in this case France. Outside of Australian jurisdiction, and unafraid of our toothless authorities (such as ACORN), the grubs that run these sites couldn’t care less if Australian dog owners get ripped off by the thieves operating on their domain.
Whilst this site offers all sorts of categories for the scammers to ply their trade on, it is puppy scams that dominate its pages – as we show in the accompanying video. The fact that the majority of scams being run on the site involve puppies, highlights just how successful the scammers are in tricking unsuspecting Australian dog lovers into parting with their money. After all, if the return on their “investment” wasn’t there with this particular scam, you can bet the bad guys would move on to a more profitable venture. As the scammers know only too well, “time is money”.
Here is an email we received recently from Susan, who had been to ozfreeads in search of a puppy, then came upon our many and varied warnings on the Internet regarding puppy scams.
“Hi There, i have just been reading your recent post about puppy scam ads & found it most informative. My daughter & I have just this past week, experienced this scam through a website called ozfreeads .com.au. My daughter who is 14, has been constantly searching for a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Puppy at an affordable price. I responded to two ads on this website, thinking they were relatively close to us, only to find the opposite. Needless to say, I didn’t proceed when I saw the same photo on multiple adds, the second was a little more believable, but alarm bells went off for a few different reasons. My daughter was heartbroken on two occasions, so please add this website to your hall of shame.”
We were able to help Susan out by pointing her in the direction of the legitimate, verified Cavalier advertisers who advertise their litters on pups4sale. We’re glad to also help out other potential victims of this site by exposing ozfreeads for the pirate’s lair it is.
The thing to remember is that you may think it will never happen to you; falling for an online scam – however emotion can make all of us blind. A cute puppy picture, a cheap price – and hey presto, anyone can get hooked faster than you can say “scum sucking, bottom feeding, oxygen thieving parasite”!
So as we say in the video, stay well clear of ozfreeads, as every single one of the puppy classifieds currently listed on that site are fake.