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Charity warning over new "despicable" pet scam

 

Scammers claim to be vets

A charity is warning of a scam involving people who have missing pets.


Scammers claim to be calling from a vet, advising that the missing animal has been found and needs immediate treatment with payment required upfront.


The new scam has been highlighted by Perth and Kinross Council Trading Standards team.


Advice Direct Scotland, which runs the national consumer advice service, has issued advice to pet owners on how to avoid being scammed and urged people to report scams at scamwatch.scot.

Colin Mathieson, spokesperson for consumeradvice.scot, said: "Scammers can be very convincing in their approach, and it is despicable that these individuals are taking advantage of people at a vulnerable time.

 
“It’s important that you don’t share any of your personal or banking information with people contacting you out of the blue like this. 


“Contact the vet that the scammer is claiming to be calling from using the official number from the vet’s website, or phone number officially listed for them online, or with directory enquiries.


“Scots consumers can report suspected scams and suspicious activity using the quick reporting tool at www.scamwatch.scot, or alternatively contact one of our specialist consumer advisers for free, impartial and practical advice.”

 

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