Scammers Target All About Pawz Dog Rescue Social Media Pages
AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Scammers are making new efforts to try to get money from people, including hacking the social media pages of nonprofit organizations.
All About the Pawz Dog Rescue was the final target.
Recently, the organization’s Facebook page was hacked and a post was posted asking for donations.
The message said, in part:
“Meet ZOE and FIONA. These are 2 adorable female puppies that were brought in today by Miss Jenifer because he had an urgent appointment out of state and there was no one to look after these adorable puppies, so he brought them here so we could find a good, loving home for them.”
The message contained photos of the dogs and asked anyone interested in adopting the French bulldog and golden retriever puppies to fill out an application. The application process then collected deposits and adoption fees from people.
The organization’s attorney released the following statement:
“There is a wave of rescue flights and hosting of Facebook and Instagram pages. Hackers take over the page through an administrator’s compromised personal account and post fake pets for “adoption”, collecting deposits and “adoption” fees from unsuspecting hopeful adopters. Don’t fall prey to this. All Page admins should have personal accounts that are secure with strong passwords and two-factor authentication. See the Facebook and Instagram Privacy Center (under Settings & Privacy) for more details.
Holland & Muirden, lawyers
The statement goes on to say that a “reputable rescue or shelter will NEVER request payment of a deposit, ‘holding-in-place’ fee, dating fee or adoption fee at the time of your request online”. It states never to send money to unknown online sources.
The Facebook page has since been secured by administrators, however, another page of the organization is still under the control of a hacker. We are told that the AATP Rescue Dogs Facebook page has not been secured and there are still posts asking for applications with deposits.
In his latest post, photos of a 15 week old cavoodle are posted with an application link. The organization urges that no one send money to this page, as they are still working to regain control of it.