Most local classifieds on https://pinyourpet.com/, are posted by honest people and are safe to use. Yet, as online scammers are becoming more widespread and creative with their tactics, consumers need to be aware of how to protect themselves.
Here on https://pinyourpet.com/ we are trying to prevent the increase of fake ads. We work at modernization of our software which automatically detects and removes of scam listings every day. We also have employees to keep you in safety.
However you as our visitors play a crucial part helping us delete bad ads and also informing us. If you see suspicious item, please let us know.
Here are some tips to help you avoid scams and fraud:
1. Keep communication through our messaging system for as long as possible.
2. Only deal with people in your area and meet in public places. The best way to avoid scammers is to deal locally, with people you can meet in person. Scammers will often contact you from another country or somewhere far away, asking you to ship the item you’re selling. Beware of pets that are otherwise expensive or rare being offered for adoption or for very cheap. It could affect any category such as dogs, monkeys, cats, horses, birds, anything that tends to be expensive where they can trick you with a really good price. It could even include pictures and other details often copied from a genuine seller‘s ad.
The seller will claim they had to move or give another excuse for why you can’t see the animal in person (examples: moved to UAE for missionary or development work, sold the pet to someone who moved overseas and now they want to sell it back, etc.).
They will ask for shipping money even if the animal was initially listed as free. The animal will never arrive.
3. Check that the phone number is correct and belongs to your area.
5. Avoid deals that are too good to be true. Scammers try often to post fake ads, selling items that are significantly underpriced. If you see any of these fake ads, please report them by clicking “report abuse” in the ad.
6. Inspect the product before you buy it. Ask sellers to provide an ID (drivers license / passport) and take note of their contact details. Ask sellers about the vet who has taken care of the pet. Ask for the pet’s vaccination certificate(s).You will also need to provide the same & a proof of address to transfer the microchip to your name.
Note microchip ID and check the microchip certificates (important) when you visit to make sure they match and the sellers details are on the certificate too. Do not purchase a pet without seeing a microchip certificate. It is illegal to sell / buy a pet without a microchip that’s fully registered.
7. Never pay or transfer money in advance.8. Don’t wire funds (Western Union, Money Gram, etc.). If you’re asked to wire funds, you’re talking to a scammer. Once this payment is sent, there is no recourse for recovery or refund.
8. Beware of identity theft. Don’t share your private info. Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the world. Don’t give out bank account numbers, passwords, mother’s maiden name, date of birth, place of birth, credit card numbers, social security numbers, or any other personal information. share suitable information to help the seller know you are a suitable buyer.
9. Beware of fake cashier’s checks and money orders. Scammers will often send you a fake cashier’s check valued above your asking price. The scammer will then ask you to wire the over-payment back to them. Your bank may even cash this check, but when it’s discovered that the check is fraudulent, you will be held responsible by your bank.