Sherwood Park, Alberta – Since August 2016 Strathcona County RCMP have received several complaints regarding a fraudulent puppy scam on Kijiji. In each case a female has posted golden retriever puppies for sale on Kijiji and requests an email transfer deposit to hold the puppy until delivery. When it comes time to the deliver the puppy the female makes excuses and eventually ceases all contact with the victim.
Reputable breeders will never ask you to send or wire money. No matter how good the deal seems or how cute the animal is, always pay once you’ve inspected the pet and asked the seller all of your questions. Only then should you pay.
Tips to avoid being scammed — as a buyer or seller.
- Ask a lot of questions. If the seller is reluctant to answer questions, be concerned. If the seller is unwilling to give information about the item they are selling (history, details or better pictures) be concerned. If the seller is unwilling to meet or give you an address to where you can meet, be concerned.
- Make sure the product is of value, good quality and functional. For example, if you’re buying a cell phone, make sure you’re able to activate it.
- Do not send money via e-transfer or through a money exchange service.
- Make the exchange in person with cash, if possible.
- Meet in a public place where you feel safe. Bringing a friend along is always a good idea.
If you have not lost money but suspect you have been targeted, contact the Canadian Anti-fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or www.antifraudcentre.ca. If you believe you may be the victim of fraud or have given personal or financial information unwittingly, contact the Strathcona County RCMP Detachment at 780-467-7741.
Strathcona County RCMP reminds residents of the two designated “Internet Purchase Exchange” parking stalls at the detachment to buy and sell goods from internet transactions.
Strathcona County RCMP