People are not the only victims of identify theft. Pets can be victims too.
Blue, a prize-winning standard poodle in the UK, had his identity stolen over the Internet. Lynne Day, Blue’s owner, said that they were targeted after his pedigree details were accidentally posted online.
A man was passing Blue off as his own, claiming the dog gave birth to puppies which he tries to sell to unsuspecting customers.
Day said that she was notified of the scam when a woman called her inquiring about standard poodle puppies. The woman became suspicious when the man asked for the money up front. She also noticed something was wrong when the man sent her pictures of toy poodle puppies instead of standard poodle puppies.
The seller then forwarded the woman Blue’s pedigree information.
From BBC News:
When the woman checked Blue’s pedigree, she found out that Blue belonged to Day and contacted her. At first the woman wasn’t sure if Day was part of the scam or not.
Day contacted the police to inform them of the scam. She found out that Blue’s pedigree information was accidentally put online by someone who runs her website.
“He [the conman] would have said he could get whatever sort of dog she wanted, but we don’t think he actually had any dogs.
“He’s banking on people sending money up front, which can happen when people are buying pedigree dogs.”
In a warning to unsuspecting buyers, she [Day] said: “The best way to buy or sell puppies is through the Kennel Club.
“And always get the necessary papers as you pay the money.”
A Kennel Club spokeswoman advised breeders and owners against publishing full names and details of their dogs online.
She added: “You should only every buy a dog or a puppy when you see it in the flesh.
“If it is a puppy then you should be seeing it with its mother in the home in which it was born.”