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Dayne Elizabeth Nel - Social Media Scam hits Overstrand - Imagine you see the cutest, fluffiest thing and someone is giving it away for free. This cutie is a baby Chihuahua.

Well, this furball can cause you many problems, and not just cleaning up after it. Because, you will never see it, or your money. Puppy 1

 A new online scam has found it’s way onto social networking sites in the Overstrand. 

 The online advertisement reads, “We have two adorable chihuahua puppies available for free adoption. serious persons who can take good care of them are free to contact us for more information.”

 But, as one Facebook-user realised, it was a scam. 

 Once you email Anita Kistenn, you get an email back explaining how the adoption process works. She then reveals that the cost of transporting the puppies is R2500, but one puppy will cost R1500. 

 Whale Coast FM did attempt to solicit a phone number from Kistenn, but she stopped reacting to our requests. 

 “We are not aware of any such scam,” says Ilse Smith from Hermanus Animal Welfare Society. 

 “But, people must make sure that they are not buying dogs from backyard breeders. 

 “We encourage people not to buy pets from pet shops or backyard breeders. You can get purebred dogs from us.” 

 Smith says that backyard breeders encourage inbreeding and female dogs can have litters  up to four times a year. 

 “If people stop buying these dogs, they will stop breeding them,” she says. 

 “Hermanus has a bylaw that states that any female dog or cat older than six months must be spayed,” adds Smith.

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