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Parrot and puppy scams target pet-lovers

11th October 2010

People across the UK have reported scams involving buying pets for little or no cost.

In one scam, families have bought birds in response to adverts offering baby parrots for £155. The birds were delivered, but died a few days later. It is believed that the birds were not parrots, but parakeets from the wild, who died due to the shock of being kept in captivity. The sellers’ mobile phones were disconnected after the birds were delivered.

Puppies, free adoption to good homes

Trading Standards has also received a complaint from a resident after they had replied to an online advert for “puppies, free adoption to good homes”. The advert includes an email address and phone number. When a consumer phones, they are told they have to pay £180 to have the puppy delivered. They are told they are not allowed to collect the puppies or see them before they pay.

Trading Standards is warning anyone who considers owning a pet never to part with any money until they have seen the animal and are sure that it is healthy and comes from a legitimate source. If an offer seems to be too good to be true then it probably is. Anyone who has lost money to a scam like this should report it to Action Fraud.

Read more about the parrot and puppy scams on Wirral Council’s website

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To report a fraud, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use our online fraud reporting tool