It’s the Spring season, and with that comes an uptick in ads of all sorts as online classified buying and selling activity ramps up. With that increased buying and selling amongst in-huge-majority good local folks are inevitable instances of those attempting to capitalize on the increased usage with nefarious intent that are not necessarily local despite claiming so.
The Brandon Police Service on Wednesday morning issued a note of caution regarding the presence of fraudulent advertising for puppies. According to Police, this week reports have been received of three individuals sending as much as $300 in funds prior to meeting the poster of an ad only to later find out that money had been sent to a fraudulent advertiser of puppies.
In today’s notice, in order to protect yourself from being a victim Police advise the following if transacting through local buy and sell services:
- do not provide any personal details or banking information
- insist on accepting only cash when making a sale
- meet the buyer in person at a location such as the Safe Exchange Zone at the Brandon Police station parking lot at 1020 Victoria Avenue
Please consider this a reminder that even though they make up a small percentage of the thousands of regularly active ads, online classified scams continue to be real and continue to require diligence as both a buyer and a seller. As the operator of a popular local classified service, measures are in place to limit the amount of such postings but it is inevitable that some illegitimate ads will make it through in categories not limited to dogs/puppies. If an ad seems too good to be true it almost surely is. If someone is asking for funds, asking for personal info or asking for you to click on an emailed or texted link to continue with a sale before you have even seen what is being sold then you shouldn’t proceed.
When it comes to this site, you can help to further limit the presence of such ads by reporting them either through the report (“flag”) icon on ads or sending a contact submission through the contact link on this site. Education is also important in ensuring that friends and family know how to spot the telltale signs of scams and to never sends funds of any kind or personal information prior to viewing an advertised item in person.
You can read more about safe practices when using this service at https://ebrandon.ca/classifieds_safety.aspx
With the response to the COVID-19 pandemic ongoing, please also keep in mind best practices as a buyer and seller in this current public health environment as per https://ebrandon.ca/covid19.aspx
Thank you for being a part of making the classifieds the service that they are in serving buying and selling needs of local folks and to all who have taken constructive steps towards helping make this as inhospitable-as-possible of an environment for those with ill intent!