Beware of the puppy and Kitten Scams

Animal Travel is not associated with any internet scam alleging adoption of a purebred puppy or kitten with potential buyers paying to have the puppy or kitten transported to their address. The puppy or kitten could be located in Australia or overseas. Payment is made via money transfer, usually through Western Union but the puppy or kitten is never delivered and the scammer pockets your money.

Protect yourself from these scams

Too-good-to-be-true prices for pedigree pups or kittens call for extreme caution. Avoid any arrangement with a stranger that asks for up-front payment via Western Union. Do an internet search using the exact wording in the ad as many well-known scams will be listed with the ACCC. It is impossible to import a dog or cat from overseas into Australia in a few weeks as quarantine procedures need to be followed.

Check the requirements with the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service.

Find out more about up-front payment scams and how you can protect yourself from scams. To report a suspected scam, visit the report a scam page or call the ACCC Infocentre on 1300 302 502.