Sadly it has become more apparent that puppy scammers are out there in large numbers scamming thousands of dollars from unsuspecting, prospective and often naive people each month.
It is understood that as soon as one scammer site is reported and shut down, another site opens.
If you are seeking a puppy please be mindful and on guard when contacting people advertising puppies for sale. The scam sites have wonderful photos of delightful puppies and paint glowing pictures to the uninitiated, unsuspecting potential puppy owner, particularly on such sites as Gumtree.
Please contact a DOGS NSW breed club who have people who can provide guidance and direct them to accredited breeders. Ask questions, speak to people - not just send texts or emails.
DOGS NSW members have an obligation as responsible dog lovers and breeders to guide and educate prospective puppy owners in how to tell the difference between a scammer (who in reality is a criminal) and a registered breeder.
Importantly, if you become aware of a scammer you can report them to: https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/report-a-scam