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Australian Police Warn of Major Nationwide Puppy Scam

At about 8AM on Wednesday morning, a squad of heavily-armed tactical police with bulletproof vests stormed a house in Western Sydney and arrested a 27-year-old man. Investigators searched the property and seized a number of items, including computers and documentation, before the handcuffed suspect was thrown into the back of a car and escorted to the local police station.
The man has been accused of running a major puppy scam that has rorted at least eight different people from around Australia out of thousands of dollars.
Police started investigating the scam in July, following reports of a number of fake ads for purebred puppies that had popped up online. It’s alleged that the man advertised the sale of blue Staffordshire bull terrier puppies on both Gumtree and an animal rescue website, coaxing several people across Australia—including residents in Queensland, Western Australia, the Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales—to deposit sums of up to $2,000 AUD into various bank accounts.
“We believe through our inquiries that the dogs never existed—they were simply photos taken from various
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