– In this month’s edition of the Australian Puppy Scams Hall of Shame, we feature a site that is particularly well known among the student community. Student Bees is the name of the site, and it is largely built around the free classified ads it offers for all sorts of things students might want or need..
Unfortunately at the same time the site offers free classified ads, it also provides a completely unmonitored platform for online scammers to ply their evil trade. As you’ll see in the video attached to this Post, each and every one of the puppy classified ads currently appearing on the site is fake. Not only that however; as we show, the site is full of ads for every sort of hard and “soft” illegal drug known to man – which in itself demonstrates how the site is unmoderated.
Whilst the site is aimed at tertiary students, the scammers of course don’t care who it is they steal money from – be it students or anyone else. Most of the fake ads are quite amateurish, but not as obviously so as they were 12 months ago. As we have flagged previously, the scammers are always working on improving the effectiveness of their scam ads, and it shows in the quality of spelling and grammar now on display in those ads. Clearly the bad guys are running the text for their ads through spell-checking and grammar-checking software prior to publishing them. They are also copying and pasting text from existing legitimate ads for the breed in question into a given ad, in their attempts to gain maximum legitimacy in the eyes of their victims.
Student Bees appears to be one of the easiest sites we have reviewed for the scammers to operate on. In the ads themselves there is not even a requirement for the scammer to include an email or (fake) telephone number. Instead, enquirers are forced to use the internal messaging system of the site, enabling the scammers to be completely anonymous as they attempt to steal money from unsuspecting Australians.
So, as we say in the accompanying video, stay away from studentbees .com.au when looking for your next puppy, as you definitely will not find one on that site. Instead all that will happen is you will be ripped off – without a doubt.
The full list of sites hosting fake puppy classifieds in Australia that we have exposed in the Australian Puppy Scams Hall of Shame is here for your reference and ongoing safety when searching for a dog online. 😉