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Puppy Scam Busted

Puppy Scam Busted

Albury Man Charged

A man has been charged in Albury following an alleged puppy selling scam.

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An investigation was started in February this year by Murray River Police District, after reports of fake online ads.

Police have been told that people across Victoria, South Australia and NSW sent money online after seeing advertisements for Cavoodle, Toy Poodle, Dachshund and Corgi puppies posted on online trading websites.

After sending through the money, the puppy never arrived, and the alleged breeder cut contact with them.

Following extensive inquiries, a 26-year-old man was arrested at Albury Police Station, and charged with nine counts of dishonestly obtain financial advantage etc by deception .

Police will allege the man made more than $16,000 from the scam. He was granted strict conditional bail to appear in Albury Local Court on Monday 12 April.

Murray River Police District Crime Manager, Detective Chief Inspector Mick Stoltenberg, warned people to be cautious when making purchases online.

“We have seen a rise in online scams in recent times, with scammers taking advantage of the recent pandemic as victims are less likely to travel to see the item they wish to purchase in person,” says Insp Stoltenberg.

“If you think you may have been scammed, contact your bank or financial institution as soon as possible.

“Always remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”

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