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Police Warn of Online Scam

Published on Thursday November 10th, 2016

Police Warn of Online Scam

Summerside Police Services would like to remind people to be extra cautious when making online purchases.  Police recently received a report that a PEI man responded to an online advertisement for a specific breed of dog.  The man sent money through Western Union to a dog breeder in the United States.  When the breeder requested the man to send additional money in order to have the dog shipped to Canada, the man became suspicious and reported the incident to police. 

The company is no longer reachable.  The victim has not received his dog and there is no way to recover his money.  

Most of these fake websites appear legitimate.  Some will have photos of cute puppies and false testimonials as a means to attract potential customers.   

Never send money unless you are absolutely sure who you are sending it to.  If warning signs are present, police recommend conducting further research on the product prior to purchasing online. 

Police encourage all victims of fraud to make reports to their local police service. 

Many of these scams are difficult to investigate because they often originate in other countries.  However, it is important to report these scams to police.  Some victims are hesitant to report scams due to embarrassment, but anyone can be a victim of fraud.  Prevention is the best defence against scams.  Reporting these types of crimes to police and raising awareness helps us all.  Prevention is key!

 

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