Pet sale scams soared in 2021: Here’s how to check an online advert is legitimate

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Furry friend fraud: Online scams selling pets that don’t exist spiked in 2021 – here’s how to check an advert is genuine and avoid becoming a victim

  • Pet selling scams were up 39% last year amid pandemic puppy boom
  • Animal lovers who fall for fake online adverts lose £1,400 on average
  • Scams involving dogs are the most prevalent, but cats and even horses are used 
  • Owners urged to be wary of pets sold on social media and classified sites

Those wanting to buy a dog or cat online are urged to be on the lookout for scammers, after a spike in pet purchase fraud. 

The number of scams involving the sale of pets rose by 39 per cent between 2020 and 2021, according to data from Nationwide.

During the last six months of…

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