Columbia Valley RCMP are warning Invermere residents not to fall for a recent puppy sales scam on Facebook.
Sergeant Bob Vatamaniuck says they received a report last week of someone claiming to be from the district selling dogs through social media.
He says a woman replied to the ad and e-Transferred $400 then went to the “seller’s” address, where she learned the ad was fake.
“When the resident went to pick up the puppy, she discovered the house was actually vacant,” Vatamaniuck says. “There was nobody around and suddenly she realized that she had been scammed and victimized.”
Vatamaniuck says the woman started telling her friends and researching the incident, realizing she might not be the only victim.
“It really kind of plays on somebody wanting a puppy and opening their home,” Vatamaniuck says. “I think this one just kind of hit home a bit harder because someone was looking forward to having a little dog around the house.”
Vatamaniuck recommends residents verify what they are purchasing is real if its supposedly being sold locally.
He adds you should try to speak to the seller in person to protect yourself from fraud.
– Columbia Valley RCMP Sergeant Bob Vatamaniuck