Following a week of online classifieds Horror stories, I thought now would be a good time for a new Blog post! The topic…. ‘user SAFETY’!
Just a few ‘MUST READ’ safety tips for our Users.
- When going to view an item being advertised or meet up with a prospective buyer, PLEASE be safe, take a friend, Family member or neighbour with you! Let your family and friends know where you are going! More often than not, if it sounds to good to be true, it probably is!
- A good meeting place for prospective Buyers/Sellers, would be your local Police Station!
We have also been inundated with ‘Scam Pet ads’; here are a few pointers when purchasing a pet via Netads Classifieds!
The DO’S and the DO NOT’S when buying a pet on the internet.
If you are buying a pet on the internet please do not send any money for any pet or pay for any shipping of a pet until you have carefully checked out the seller of your new pet.
Scammers are getting very greedy. They not only want you to pay for a pet that does not exist but they want you to pay for shipping and insurance for a pet that does not exist.
* Never buy a pet from a broker, or any third party agent.
* For a happy, healthy pet only purchase your pet direct from a registered breeder.
* If you are interested in buying a puppy check out the breeders listed on the website ShowDog.Org.
This website only lists reputable, registered dog breeders. Sites have been carefully checked and manually added.
You will also find links to breed clubs and dog breed rescue.
* Most reputable breeders will have a website.If you only have an email address, be VERY cautious .
ANALYZE THEIR WEBSITE:
* Look for inconsistencies, poor grammar and misspelled words on the website.
* As general rule poor breeders or puppy millers/ farmers will not have any champions on their website listed.
* Avoid buying from this “breeder” if the website has paypal signs and other instant payments option signs flashing everywhere.
* Only purchase you pet from a breeder who is active in the breed.
In case of buying a puppy only purchase from a breeder who is active in exhibiting, or doing obedience or is involved in breed rescue.
Ask your breeder what breed clubs he or she belongs to and if concerned contact that breed club for a reference for your breeder.
* Only purchase your pet from breeder who has a sales contract.
* Ask for the details of registration what association the seller is a member of.
* Ask for the registration of the breed and what association the seller is a member of.
* Ask for the breeder’s home phone number and make a call to the breeder.
* Ask for phone numbers and email contacts of previous pet buyers.
* Ask for more pictures of the pet and a printed pedigree back 3 generations or more.
* Make payments only by direct credit from your bank into a bank account in the country that your pet is coming from.
NEVER pay with WESTERN UNION , PAYPAL, MONEY BOOKERS etc.
* Don’t purchase a puppy that is listed on one of these bulk all breed and x breed puppy sales portals on the net.
Deal directly with a reputable registered breeder.
The sites that list puppies for sale are full of scammers.
Often the puppies listed do not exist.
I know this to be a fact as I have found photos taken from my website on these puppy sales portals.
My photos where being used to scam buyers.
* Do not be in a hurry. Carefully check all details BEFORE you send any money.
GENUINE SELLERS WILL ALSO WANT TO ASK YOU MANY QUESTIONS.
* Ask for the Shipping company that the seller uses. Contact the shipping company before sending any money.
* Ask for references from other buyers in your state or country; then contact them.
* Common scams include a puppy in need that you only need to pay the freight for.
The seller offering to send the puppy if you only send part of the funds.
No breeder wills end a pet until you paid for the pet in full and the shipping costs.
* If it sounds too good to be true it usually is.
* Use extra caution and commonsense when making any purchase over the internet.
From our side, we are always looking for new ways to validate ads placed on our site, and we’ve decided to start by validating the physical location of the ‘ISP IP address’, from where the ad originated from:
A pet scammer placed the following ad ‘Bengal kittens now ready at 8 weeks old’, which was reported as a Scam by a User who lost out on her deposit and courier costs, by the same ad on Gumtree.
We removed the ad from Netads, and traced the physical location as follows:
The Physical location turned out to be from a Parking lot, outside a Bottle store in Boksburg!
Our ads might take a bit longer to appear live than other classified sites, but we take user safety seriously!
Netads Classifieds co-founder