Dog buy­ers be­ware of online con­men Ben Smith

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DOGS West is urg­ing prospec­tive pet own­ers to be vig­i­lant af­ter re­ports of online scam­mers pos­ing as dog breed­ers.

The South­ern River-based or­gan­i­sa­tion says it re­ceives calls on a daily ba­sis from peo­ple who be­lieve they have en­coun­tered scam­mers with web­sites por­tray­ing them as re­spected dog breed­ers.

The Depart­ment of Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion’s Scam Net re­cently re­ported they had shut down the web­site www.cav­doolpup­saus­tralia now.com af­ter two peo­ple paid $850 each by di­rect bank trans­fer for a puppy from the site but never re­ceived the dogs.

Dogs West chief ex­ec­u­tive Ann Rushby said scam­mers had al­ways been an is­sue, but the in­crease due to online ad­ver­tis­ing made it eas­ier to scam peo­ple.

“We re­ceive nu­mer­ous queries that are po­ten­tially scams. They are usu­ally the pop­u­lar high priced breeds French bull­dogs, Bri­tish bull­dogs – as well as other in-de­mand breeds.”

Ms Rushby said there were sev­eral iden­ti­fy­ing signs the scam­mers typ­i­cally used on their web­sites.

“The pic­tures used on the fake web­sites are taken from gen­uine breeder web­sites and re­pro­duced with­out per­mis­sion,” she said.

“The dogs’ names used are often of var­i­ous breeds rather than rel­e­vant to the breed con­cerned.”

Dogs West pres­i­dent Pamela Camp­bell urged po­ten­tial dog buy­ers to do their re­search be­fore­hand.

“You need to buy that dog from some­one who’s rep­utable.

“You should never get an an­i­mal un­less you can see it; peo­ple who scam are re­ly­ing on the fact you’re a dis­tance away,” she said.

“Any­one who asks for a lot of money up front would be a large warning bell.”

Ms Rushby said any­one who was un­sure could check the Dogs West web­site, where they had a list of recog­nised breed­ers of pure­bred dogs.

“If peo­ple ob­tain the breeder’s name and reg­is­tered pre­fix name, they could also ask for the Dogs West num­ber, they can con­tact us to ver­ify if the per­son is ac­tu­ally a reg­is­tered breeder with Dogs West or any other Aus­tralian Na­tional Ken­nel Coun­cil state mem­ber body,” she said.

“Our busi­ness sys­tem is na­tional and holds the names of all reg­is­tered breed­ers of pedi­greed dogs in Aus­tralia.”

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son d473722

Dogs West pres­i­dent Pamela Camp­bell with her whip­pet Liza.

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