It’s a given that fraudsters are heartless but this one has still surprised us. Owners of lost dogs are being targeted by criminals demanding cash for the dog’s safe return. Bereft owners are using social media and websites such as doglost.co.uk to try to recover their pets. Unfortunately, fraudsters use the contact details to get in touch falsely offering the dog’s return for a cash payment, once payment is made all communication stops. With thousands of dogs going missing every year this is happening every day.
IF YOU HAVE TO PUT PERSONAL CONTACT DETAILS (NUMBER/EMAIL/SOCIAL MEDIA) IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN THEN BE WARY OF FRAUDSTERS
Tips and Advice
- If you have lost your dog – contact local charities, rescue centres and local vets. Also contact the microchip company.
- If you advertise/publicise – Remember there are a lot of fraudsters out there and any contact must be treated with suspicion.
- Don’t be pressured into acting quickly, this is a ‘red flag’ and sign of a scam.
- Rewards encourage fraudsters, if you feel you must then only pay it over at the point of return of your pet.
- Personal means private! – Do not divulge personal details unless you are certain who you are talking to.
- Contact your bank or credit card company if you have already given out financial details to anyone who you are suspicious of.
Reassura is dedicated to helping raise awareness of scams and fraud along with the impact they have on their victims. Reassura’s team of specialist anti-fraud advisors are here to help members make better decisions and avoid falling victim to scams and fraud.
For further information or for advice and assistance regarding any potential scam, call Reassura on 0800 888 6400