Dog lover loses $1.5k in ‘puppy scam’

Seller claimed to be in North Bay

North Bay Nugget - - NEWS -

SIM­COE, Ont. — Pro­vin­cial po­lice say a dog lover in Sim­coe, Ont., lost $1,500 to a so-called “puppy scam.”

They say the Sim­coe res­i­dent found an on­line ad for a French mas­tiff puppy for sale, and be­gan com­mu­ni­cat­ing with the seller last month.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors say the seller said she was cur­rently in North Bay and re­quested a $500 de­posit for the dog, with the rest of the bal­ance to be paid later.

They say the an­i­mal was ap­par­ently to be shipped by plane to John C. Munro Air­port in Hamil­ton, at which time the re­main­ing $1,000 was to be paid.

But po­lice say the un­sus­pect­ing buyer called the air­port after trans­fer­ring the money, and the puppy never ar­rived.

Po­lice are warn­ing peo­ple to be vig­i­lant when search­ing web­sites for an­i­mals for sale.

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