Police on Wednesday urged the public to be cautious as regards announcements on social media by individuals who give away puppies, as they could be money scams and extortion.
The announcement followed a number of reports of people who said they responded to ads on social media which were giving away puppies.
If social media users express interest, the police announcement said, they are contacted online by individuals who claim they are abroad and ask for money to cover airfare and expenses for the dogs.
Once the interested person sends the money, another person calls him or her and asks for additional money to insure the dog. In some cases, police said, the callers tell the interested individuals they are committing an offence if they don’t send the insurance money.
“Therefore, members of the public are urged to be cautious in their dealings through social media and do the necessary checks before they place their trust in people unknown to them or send money,” the police said.