Warning of 'missing pet' scam
23 June 2021
The RSPCA are issuing a warning to pet owners about a number of scams where fraudsters pose as the RSPCA and ask for money, claiming to have found missing pets.
The RSPCA have received reports that people are claiming to have found missing pets and are them being asked for bank details over the phone, either to pay for life-saving surgery, vet's fees, or fees for the pets to be returned.
Please note the RSPCA and we here at Cats Protection will never ask for bank details over the phone and we would urge anyone who receives such a call not to give out their personal details.
If the call is not genuine, they should contact the police on 101.
If your pet is missing please alert your microchip company and inform local rescue centres and vet practices as well as speaking to neighbours and local businesses.
If you are using missing pet posters or sharing your pet's details online please be aware that your phone number may be used by scammers and be incredibly careful when offering reward money or sharing any banking details over the phone.
Please see more about this scam here: https://www.rspca.org.uk/-/news-warning-of-missing-pet-scam