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Police issue warning over ‘fake puppies’ cryptocurrency scam

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Police issue warning over ‘fake puppies’ cryptocurrency scam

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Scammers are stealing thousands of dollars from unsuspecting pet lovers through fake online puppy sales, police say.

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Scammers are stealing thousands of dollars from unsuspecting pet lovers through fake online puppy sales, police say.

Police are urging potential new pet owners to be wary following an influx of scams involving fake puppies and cryptocurrency.

The scammers are posting puppies for sale on trading websites using Internet pictures and asking for payment in cryptocurrencies, police say.

“When the victim expresses interest in purchasing one of the dogs, they are told they need to pay $2000 on average for the puppy,” Detective Senior Sergeant Chris Allan said.

“After payment is made, the victim is provided with a delivery date for the puppy.

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“As this date approaches, the scammer insists the victim needs to pay another fee in order for the puppy to be released, these excuses often include transportation, insurance or vaccination fees.”

At this point, people usually realise they have been scammed, Allan said.

Pet-lovers may even be targeted further by the scammers. Victims are often contacted again by people who offer to help recover the funds if they pay another fee.

Scammers often send emails with poor grammar and colourful text.

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Scammers often send emails with poor grammar and colourful text.

This scam has conned hopeful dog-owners out of thousands of dollars.

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