Online scam swindles dog lovers
ONLINE scammers have swindled thousands of dollars out of dog lovers by selling puppies that never arrive.
- From: AdelaideNow
- June 11, 2010 10:59AM
Vicitms of the scam paid between $1440 and $2725 to "Newfview Kennels" which claims to have a kennel in South Australia but is not a registered business.
Minister for Consumer Affairs Gail Gago said the website claims to have Newfoundland, Chesapeake and Leonberger puppies for sale and provides a mobile number to call to place an order.
"All transactions are made via telephone and money is paid directly into a bank account belonging to Andrew Pike of Newfview Kennels," Ms Gago said.
"After payment, a delivery date is set and agreed to but the puppies fail to arrive on the scheduled date.
"These unsuspecting customers have not received a puppy or a refund despite repeated requests and promises."
Six people have made formal complains to the Office of Consumer and Business Affairs.
ADVICE TO CONSUMERS
*If you are unsure about an ad that you have seen, seek advice from a breeder or kennel
association, a vet or your local pet shop.
*Do some research into the trader before making any money transfers.
*Where possible, look for local breeders or pet shops so that you can view the puppy before making a payment.
*If the dog is supposedly coming from overseas, there is no way it could be imported in a few weeks due to quarantine procedures. For details check the requirements with the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service.
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