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Beware of dog: Aussies losing millions as PUPPY SCAMS surge globally amid the pandemic
The increased demand for pets amid the pandemic has sent puppy prices skyrocketing, and has caused a boom in pet-related fraud. In Australia alone, such scams have inflicted losses of more than US$1.5 million.
The country has seen a spike in pet-related fraud this year, with the numbers being at least four times higher than in 2019.
“The most common thing people were trying to buy when they were scammed was puppies and other pets,” the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said in a statement on Tuesday.