Google issues serious warning over bank-draining ‘puppy attack’ – how to spot sinister dog today | The Sun

GOOGLE has warned all users to be on the look-out for a dangerous type of scam.

It can steal your money in seconds – but it's easy to spot if you know how.

Google says the scam works using a fake ad on a website or marketplace.

You'll be promised the puppy or pet of your dreams, but the crushing reality is that you lose your money to criminals instead.

"A scammer creates a fake advertisement for a puppy or another type of pet," Google explained.

"If you contact them, they may request that you send payment before they deliver the animal.

"Then, if you pay, you will never receive the puppy or pet."

An official Google memo warned that the scam can take several forms, but ultimately they all follow the same rough format.

This is trying to tempt you with amazing deals and rushing you into action.

To avoid being scammed, it's best to take your time and ask yourself whether the transaction seems legitimate.

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"To avoid the majority of scams, transact only with people you know well and trusted," Google warned.

"Often, scammers try to get your to act fast, without thinking.

"To do this, they often use deals that are too good to be true, emotional topics, or fake businesses that sound real."

Google warned that you have to be extremely careful before deciding to send money to someone.

The memo noted that fake online ads are very common.

And you may even be talked into a scam through direct messaging on chat apps, which can make them even more convincing.

"If you reach out to express interest, the scammer may request that you transfer money first or even show you a fake shipping receipt that the item is on its way," Google explained.

"Then, the scammer will keep the money, and never give you what you paid for.

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"Keep in mind that once a money transfer is complete, it’s not possible for Google Pay to retrieve your money."

If you think you've been scammed, contact your bank or the money transfer service you used – as well as law enforcement.

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