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Scam Phone Calls For Missing Pets

18th January 2024

It is becoming increasingly common for scammers to contact owners of missing pets demanding ransom money for animals they don't have. 

As sharing posts of missing pets has become a very handy way of tracking them down, it does have it's disadvantages. 

Many pet owners have received phone calls from annonimous people claming to have their missing pet and wanting money to return them. They have also been known to threaten that the animal won't be seen again if the owner contacts the police. 

Detectives in Cumbria have told the BBC that they are dealing with more than 200 victims of these scams.