Scam Alert Using Man’s Best Friend As Bait

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Kingston, Ontario, Canada

The first and second-wave of the pandemic and lockdowns led to a rise in pet ownership. The trend hasn’t gone unnoticed by cybercriminals who are out to steal your money.

The Kingston Fraud Unit issued a warning on Jan 7 2021 that cybercriminals are setting up fictitious online pet stores. The online stores advertise pure-breed dogs at ridiculously low prices.

The Police unit urged people to look out for poorly written reviews from alleged buyers.

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A phony testimonial written on one of the online pet stores.

According to the police release, the cons request you to pay using Bitcoin or providers such as Paypal.

The Fraud Unit offered some tips to avoid falling prey:

  • Look out for websites with poorly written information. 
  • If a price sounds too good to be true, it is! Purebred pups are typically expensive. Think twice when prices are rock bottom.
  • Research the rescue shelter, pet adoption agency, or licensed breeder before making a purchase.
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