TRADING standards officers have issued warnings for people to beware of a "puppies for sale" auction originating in Africa.
The Isle of Wight Council issued its alert after the chance to buy puppies on-line appeared on Wightbay, from Aberdeen-based Fast Pet Movers.
Public inquiries revealed it was promised the puppies would be shipped from Cameroon. The seller requests £150 to be wired via Western Union to secure delivery.
Isle of Wight Council regulatory services manager Amanda Gregory said: "Although it is not illegal to sell puppies on internet auction sites, we would always urge caution before parting with any money.
"There are some simple tips to remember. If the auction site has a feedback facility, always check the feedback of the seller before buying anything and make sure it is quite high.
Wightbay said as soon as the Cameroon connection was reported, the advertisement was taken down.