Puppy auction alert

By Richard Wright

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

 

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.

Reporter: richardw@iwcpmail.co.uk

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by Paul Strauss

5th October 2012, at 09:28:31

In Korea, Cameroonian puppies are considered to be an exquisite delicacy.

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by Peter Lewis

4th October 2012, at 08:06:20

When it comes to auction sites, the best sellers will usually have a long track record of happy buyers or only a few that aren't. If they have recently "popped up" and the wording of the revies looks either too similar or are worded poorly (spelling gramer etc ;) ) it might suggest fake feedback. Personally I would steer well clear of anyone wanting me to send money abroad via Wester Union, scammers favourite method and no comback if it all goes wrong.

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