A man has been charged after allegedly conning dog lovers into buying puppies that don’t even exist.
The 26-year-old man was taken into custody at Albury Police Station in NSW just after 6pm on Wednesday, and charged with nine counts of dishonestly obtain financial advantage etc by deception.
It comes after detectives launched an investigation into fraudulent online advertisements for puppies.
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It’s alleged the man posted ads for Cavoodle, Toy Poodle, Dachshund and Corgi puppies on online trading websites, with several people across Australia falling victim.
After sending money through for the puppies, police say the dogs never arrived, and the alleged breeder cut all contact with them.
“Police will allege the man fraudulently obtained more than $16,000 as a result of the scam,” NSW Police said.
The incident has prompted officers to issue a warning for 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,” Detective Chief Inspector Mick Stoltenberg said.
“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.”
The man is due to appear in Albury Local Court on Monday 12 April.