A screenshot from a puppy scam targeting Northern Rivers residents.
A screenshot from a puppy scam targeting Northern Rivers residents. Richmond Police District

Puppy scam: Don't fall for this adorable photo

GOT your eye on a puppy advertised online?

Richmond Police District's senior constable David Henderson has warned people to be careful after a puppy scam reappeared on Facebook in the Northern Rivers.

"This scam involves a stranger offering a free adorable puppy at a very low price," he said.

"The seller will not be able to speak on the phone and will say they need $600 for postage, $400 for shots, $1000 for insurance, and so on.

"Once payment is made the puppy and money visit without a trace."

Sen Cnst Henderson said the scam was nothing new, but a northern NSW resident had recently been targeted,

Scam Watch has urged people to be cautious.

"If the advertised price of a pedigree puppy looks too good to be true, it probably is," Scam Watch said on their website.

"Don't trust the legitimacy of an ad just because it appears in a reputable newspaper or online classifieds website - scammers often use these.

"Avoid any arrangement with a stranger that asks for upfront payment via money order or wire transfer - it's rare to recover money sent this way.

"Search online using the exact wording in the ad; many well-known scams can be found this way.

"If you are in doubt, seek advice from someone in the industry such as a reputable breeders association, vet or local pet shop."


How Queenslanders left their Govt for dead in COVID recovery

Premium Content How Queenslanders left their Govt for dead in COVID recovery

Qld took more out of super than state spent on COVID recovery

Too far gone: Opposition says Premier can no longer hide

Premium Content Too far gone: Opposition says Premier can no longer hide

Annastacia Palaszczuk can no longer hide from email scandal: LNP

NAMED: 21yo accused of stabbing attack on two men

Premium Content NAMED: 21yo accused of stabbing attack on two men

The man will remain in police custody after being charged with one pcount of...