The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau and Action Fraud have issued a warning about puppies and kittens advertised for sale via auction websites.
Fraudsters will place an advert, often claiming the pet is held somewhere less accessible or overseas. On agreement of a sale, the suspect will usually request an advance payment by money or bank transfer.
However, the pet does not materialise and the fraudster will ask for further payments for courier charges, shipping fees and additional transport costs. Even if further payments are made, the pet will still not materialise as it is likely it does not exist.