Dog-gone rip-off

Simcoe Reformer - Times-Reformer - - NEWS -

A Nor­folk res­i­dent has less con­fi­dence in e-com­merce this week after an an­i­mal scammer made off with $1,500. The com­plainant re­sponded to a web­site ad re­gard­ing a French mas­tiff puppy that was al­legedly for sale. The scammer, who claimed to live in North Bay, asked the re­spon­dent for a $500 de­posit. The re­main­ing $1,000 was wired after the scammer said the puppy had been put on a plane for John C. Munro Air­port in Mount Hope. The would-be buyer con­tacted the air­port but the an­i­mal never ar­rived. “The OPP warn all Nor­folk County res­i­dents to be ex­tremely vig­i­lant when search­ing web­sites with items posted for sale,” Const. Ed Sanchuk, spokesper­son for the Nor­folk OPP, said in a news re­lease. “Some scam artists use stolen photos in their ads, claim­ing they are pic­tures of an­i­mals for sale. Ac­tu­ally, the seller does not have the an­i­mal they are try­ing to sell. “The seller will ask for money in ad­vance and re­fer the un­sus­pect­ing per­son to a money-wiring ser­vice. The buyer waits for a few days and – when they do not re­ceive the an­i­mal – they at­tempt to con­tact the seller, re­ceiv­ing no an­swer.”

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