The free dog scam online
“Dogs for free adoption”, “Puppies alone to adopt”, “Puppy gift of .. name of the dog’s breed.”
These are some of the ads that circulated online on ad sites but not only.
But behind it there were no actions done with the heart, but online scams discovered by the postal police in different areas of Italy.
Attention that these criminals turn inside the social pages of Facebook and Instagram that deal with puppies and adoptions, they inform themselves about the methods, the laws to make everything appear as likely as possible.
The ads appear on Italian sites but then, as investigators discovered after the reports, behind it is an organization based in Nigeria.
Attracted by images of sweet puppies, the adopter had to email his data with the assurance of receiving the much-desired four-legged and saving him from a difficult situation in Africa.
But then the request started: instead of a donation, the scammers asked for a contribution to cover health expenses or to overcome bureaucratic problems that suddenly popped up on the journey from Africa to Italy.
All this by leveraging on the goodness of adopters: those who wrote by email knew how to leverage the psychological aspects of people.
And so the payments, from 200 up to 1500, came via Pay Pal until the phantom donor disappeared and the victim continued to send empty emails for days.