SCAMMER TEXTS ASKING FOR MONEY FOR RELEASE OF DOGS

Last night one of our owners of a MISSING/STOLEN Dog received a text message saying that they were to pay £50 and their dog would be tied up somewhere local for them to collect once money received.
£50, sounded too low, could be a hoax, but these distraught owners took the risk . . .
They tried everything; please send us a photo so that we know our boy is OK; we’ll hand over cash when we meet to collect dog etc. Nothing would get a photo or confirmation that they actually had the dog.
Money was sent to a Bank Account – a few more texts to find out location of where dog would be left so that our team could go and collect.
Finally a text came through with a location, a Pub 9 miles away. This location was checked and no dog appeared tied up outside.
Then another text  . . .  deal is off, dog has been in van all night ready to be tied up somewhere!! Then nothing more  . . . .
This morning another owner has posted up on their Facebook page that exactly the same thing has happened to them; to the same Bank Account, with the same Name on!!
PLEASE BE AWARE AND URGENTLY CONTACT stolen@doglost.co.uk or our Head Office if this happens to you
The Bank that the account is with has confirmed that there have been quite a few payments of same amount with reference ‘dog’ paid into account.
Thanks

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