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 Avoiding Pet Scams

Trading during COVID-19
In order to help ensure the health and safety of our Kijiji Community, it is important to observe and apply protocols outlined by Health Canada when trading on Kijiji. Your well-being remains our top priority. Please seriously consider whether in-person meetings are necessary.
If the transaction you’re making is necessary, please consider the following options:
  • Cashless Payment: Please consider choosing your preferred, secure cashless payment method when transacting. You’re also able to link your PayPal account directly when transacting on Kijiji if you wish.
  • Shipping: If considering sending/receiving the item via Canada Post or other shipping agents, ensure that the agent you’re using is reputable; it’s recommended that if using a shipping agent that a tracking number is used when sending/receiving items.
  • Curbside pickup / Drop-off / Delivery: This can be a great alternative to shipping and allows both buyer and seller to make an exchange, while observing social-distancing protocols.

Other things to consider:
  • Remote Inspections: Remote inspections via your preferred video conferencing call service, enables both buyer and seller to discuss the transaction and view the item in question while observing social-distancing protocols. Community Members can also send additional images of items to show its condition.
  •  Clean / Disinfect Items: We recommend cleaning items before and after a transaction as per the Health Canada page on Coronavirus (COVID-19) prevention. Please visit Health Canada to learn more about precautions to take at this time.

Adding a new pet to the family can be a very exciting time. Here are a few things to keep in mind when looking for animals on our site that will help to make the experience safer and more enjoyable;
 
If it looks too good to be true - it probably is. 
 
  • First of all, and most importantly - always buy the animal in person. This will give you the opportunity to inspect the health of the pet, the cleanliness and safety of the location, and best of all, you’ll see if you have a good rapport with the pet.  While a picture may be worth a thousand words, a real live pet will tell the story.  
 
  • Reputable breeders will never ask you to send or wire money.  No matter how good the deal seems or how cute the animal is, always pay once you’ve inspected the pet and asked the breeder all of your questions.  Only then should you pay.  Then, consider paying for the pet with PayPal, a safe alternative to carrying cash. PayPal is a reputable company where you can securely link your bank account, your credit cards and your VISA Debit without the seller knowing your account information.  It’s a quick and easy way to make a payment.
 
Do your homework.
 
  • Be aware of the laws in Canada and in your province specifically. Selling or buying exotic animals like monkeys, turtles or tiger cubs is illegal and can get you in a lot of trouble. 
  • Take a look at the pictures in the ad. Do they look like they might be generic photos downloaded off the internet? Do not be afraid to ask for more information or pictures of the animal.
 
It’s in the details.
 
  • When picking up or viewing the animal, always ask to check out their living conditions. If there are more than 3 dog breeds being raised in that location, be wary as it may be a puppy mill and you may end up with an animal that is not in the best of health. 
  • The majority of scams in the Pets section come in reply to a "Want Ad". These often start via SMS/Text message. Be wary of any non-local numbers and requests for you to reply to their text via email. 
  • Is the address posted local? They may have posted on a particular site but live in another province so shipping will be necessary. This will open up many possibilities for scams. 
 
A few extra notes worth considering: 
 
  • Dog scams are most common with English Bulldogs, Yorkies, Maltese, Chihuahua's and Huskies. 
  • Cat scams are most common with Bengals and Sphynx as they are very costly and hard to find. 
  • Bird scams are most common with African Greys, Cockatoos, and Macaws.