The frauds linked to online sales are experiencing a resurgence since the month of April throughout the province. Pets are especially very popular among fraudsters in order to attract their victims.
Nadyne Tremblay is almost done. Looking for a purebred Golden for a few days, she thought she had found the rare pearl. Finally, the dog in question was not really one.
“We insisted to go see it, but the person did not want to as long as one does not pay the delivery,” said Ms. Tremblay, on Friday, in an interview with TVA News.
It is actually a $ 400 deposit that was requested in the form of a bank transfer, in addition to the first name and last name, address, and phone number of the vendor asked him. After several refusals to visit in person, the purchaser has understood that it was a fraud. No payment of money has been made.
Nadyne smith has finally found another life mate. The photo of the dog that was initially proposed has been found by TVA news on a French site. The photo actually dates back to 2008.
A number of complaints everywhere in Quebec
But it is not the only one to have had to deal with a potential scammer.
“Since the month of April, it has received six complaints a total fraud between $ 300 and 3400 dollars, $ each,” said the sergeant Luc Mongrain, head of communications at the Police of Trois-Rivières. Same thing on the side of several police services in the province.
The loneliness caused by the confinement may well have a link with the upsurge of frauds for the sale of animals online. People feel more alone and want to adopt an animal.
Tips and tricks
To avoid getting cheated by this kind of fraud, it is important to recognize the signs. The price is often the main indicator. For example, if a dog breed is displayed at a price ridiculously low and as a result bogus accompanies the announcement, it’s likely a catch.
If the person refuses to leave to visit his dog prior to the sale or request a direct debit, this is another red light.
“We should ask information about the animal, ask questions, and meet him in his environment to see if it is well treated”, explained Claudia Boisvert, who is the coordinator of the development of philanthropy at the humane Society of the Mauricie region.