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Kelowna area residents bilked in online puppy purchasing scam

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April 26, 2019 - 2:54 PM

KELOWNA - Police are warning residents about a fraud scheme involving puppies that cost two residents nearly two thousand dollars.

In the past week Kelowna RCMP were contacted by two area residents who claimed to have fallen victim to an online puppy purchasing scam that cost the two $1,800 in funds put towards the purchase of a puppy that was advertised in an online classified ad.

“In each of the cases the victim agreed to e-transfer the money as a down payment towards an adorable puppy they found advertised. Sadly, our complainants, who were expecting the animal to be delivered by courier, never did receive their puppy or see their money again,” RCMP Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey said in a release today, April 26.

RCMP urge online shoppers to educate themselves and consider adopting or purchasing animals in person. If shopping online, research first to ensure the individuals or companies are reputable. Don’t be lured into using payment methods other than the option recommended by the internet auction site, and don’t send cash, money transfers or money orders.

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