Appeal for people not to fall victim to online puppy sale fraudsters

Thursday, 25th February 2021

POLICE in Staffordshire are warning people to be wary of online fraudsters purporting to be selling puppies and dogs after a rise in incidents over the past week.

Social media-based selling site Facebook Marketplace and the buying and selling website Gumtree are two places involved in a number of the reports.

Officers are warning people that even when paying via bank transfer, they may not get their money back from the bank.

A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said:

“Please be vigilant when browsing animals for sale and do everything you can to make sure the adverts are from genuine sellers before parting with any money. If anything arouses suspicion at all or doesn’t seem to quite add up, please, please don’t send them any money.”

Recently we reported that the National Police Chiefs Council had reminded the public over criminals exploiting the increase in prices and demand for puppies.

To report any suspicious sellers, or if you do fall victim to any fraud, please send a direct message to Staffordshire Police via their website or via their Facebook or Twitter pages. You can also call 101.

You can also report information about crime by contacting the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

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