Norfolk resident loses in puppy scamNovember 6, 2018 4:58pm
Norfolk OPP are reminding residents to never send money via wire or e-mail when it comes to purchasing items from sale websites.
In this case, a Norfolk resident contacted OPP after the French Mastiff puppy they bought from someone in North Bay never arrived at the airport.
The buyer was told a $500 deposit was required in order to put the puppy on a plane and send it to the Hamilton airport.
After being told the puppy was in the air, the buyer sent the $1,000 balance owing to the seller.
The Mastiff pup never arrived.
“Don’t be a victim,” said Norfolk County OPP Constable Ed Sanchuck. “Fraud is a multi-billion dollar enterprise that will only stop when the scammers stop getting money, banking information or personal information.”
OPP have the following tips for people buying and selling things online:
- Know whom you are dealing with – independently confirm your seller’s name, street, address, and telephone number.
- Resist pressure to “act now.” If an offer sounds too good to be true it usually is.
- NEVER wire money or use a bank-to-bank transfer in a transaction.
- ALWAYS try to deal locally when buying or selling anything or of high-value.
- DO NOT sell or buy any animal from someone who is unable or unwilling to meet you face to face.
- NEVER buy any animal that you have not seen in real life and had inspected by a professional.