WA woman scammed through fake dog website

A WA woman fell victim to a fake website which claimed to sell German Shepherd and Rottweiler puppies.
A WA woman fell victim to a fake website which claimed to sell German Shepherd and Rottweiler puppies.

A WA woman was left out of pocket after falling victim to a fake website which claimed to sell German Shepherd and Rottweiler puppies.

The woman exchanged emails with the scammer, who was posing as a dog breeder, through the now defunct ‘Greenland Guard Dog’ website and its associated Facebook page ‘Greenland Breeders’.

She agreed to buy one of the listed puppies, named Eddy, paid by bank transfer and received what seemed to be ownership and transport documents.

The now defunct Greenland Breeders page.

However, Eddy never arrived and the breeder did not respond, causing the woman to lose $800.

WA ScamNet has shut down the fake website and social media account and identified that most of the puppy images on ‘Greenland Guard Dog’ page were stolen from a South African website.

Tips from WA ScamNet

Avoiding pet scams:

Consider purchasing a pet from a rescue shelter or a registered local breeder with a legitimate physical address, landline number and ABN.

Verify the breeder information and ensure you are contacting them through their registered contact details; in WA they will be registered with Dogs West.

Do your research. Search for reviews or warnings about the business/seller from shoppers or consumer protection agencies.

Meet the animal in real life before handing over any money.

If paying online, use a credit card or PayPal (which have avenues to dispute the transaction) rather than a bank or wire transfer.

Avoiding fake websites, be suspicious about the following:

Great ‘deals’ served to you via an internet search or pop-ups – scammers hope to catch you out when you impulse-buy after seeing a bargain.

Unfamiliar or new websites – look for a copyright year on the homepage, although this date can also be faked.

Websites that do not list a full physical address, telephone number or ABN, or if these details cannot be verified.

Insecure payment methods such as direct bank transfer or wire transfer.

Pixelated photos, spelling errors and other clues that you may be looking at a copycat site of a real online business.