Fraudsters are targeting potential pet owners

Alert message sent 17/11/2020 13:31:00

Information sent on behalf of Derbyshire Constabulary

Dear residents,

Over the early lock down period puppy scams were rife throughout the county with people loosing large amounts of money when attempting to buy puppies/dogs.  With Christmas approaching we have started to see a rise in this type of crime once again, most likely families wanting puppies as Christmas presents.

If you are thinking of buying a pet online remember the following:
  • It is not safe to pay someone you do not know via bank transfer - do not pay a deposit before meeting the pet
  • Agree a time to meet face to face to purchase and collect the pet
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for the pet’s inoculation history and relevant paperwork
  • Do your research - always try to buy your pet from a rescue centre or reputable breeder
Be safe and look after each other

Message sent by
Mark Cox (Police, PCSO Supervisor, Derby East)

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