– In the August 2014 update of the Australian Puppy Scams Hall of Shame, we feature petsguide, a site that has been online for a number of years, has recently been upgraded, but continues to host a huge percentage of scams among its puppy classifieds.
We do wonder why a site would go to the bother and expense of updating its platform without taking the time to properly address the ever important issue of ad legitimacy. Petsguide (like many others) gives lip service to this concept, but in reality is clearly doing nothing to actually check the legitimacy of its advertisers.
We have highlighted some new and existing tactics the puppy scammers are utilising from a selection of the fake ads we highlight in this YouTube video. Perhaps the most notable of the new tactics being employed is the scammers are stating the pups can be picked up, whereas usually they say the pups are only available for delivery. As we discuss in the video however, it is just another twist in the scammers’ never ending quest to appear legitimate. Of course the ultimate aim of the fraudsters is to get their victims to send them as much money as they can possibly extract from them via Western Union money transfers, with no puppy ever materialising.
So the full suite of dodgy sites comprising the August 2014 Australian Puppy Scams Hall of Shame is listed on our Scams page here.
If you, a friend or family member are considering purchasing a puppy from petsguide or one of the other sites above, please view the relevant blog Post and accompanying video first, in order to help detect if the ad in question is a scam.
If in doubt, always feel free to contact us at pups4sale however, and ask us to give the ad in question an expert assessment. In most cases we can tell in just a few seconds whether a given ad looks legitimate and is worth pursuing further, or not.
If you have been scammed – or nearly so – on one of the above sites or any other in Australia, please let our readers know about it and how it happened in the comments section below. That will assist others avoid being scammed in future too.