WAScamNet shares tips to avoid fake websites

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As scams, ripoffs and frauds are becoming more and more commonplace, WAScamNet warns consumers not to let puppy or kitten scammers get their claws into your money by watching out for fake websites.

WAScamNet urges pet lovers to be suspicious about:

  • 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 website home page; although this date can also be faked.

  • No address or business details

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

  • Insecure payment methods

This includes direct bank transfer or wire transfer.

  • Dodgy-looking website content

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

WAScamNet warns consumers not to purchase puppies from the following fraudulent websites – see list here

About WAScamNet

Developed by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety, WA ScamNet profiles the most prevalent scams targeting Western Australians and provides information on different types of scams, how to recognise scams, and what to do if you have received a scam. It also provides links to other useful websites.

Photo credit TR Photography

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