Dozens of Facebook users based across different continents are offering up the same adorable litters of puppies for free.
The posts are part of an orchestrated scam and use a mixture of hacked accounts and fake profiles to reach thousands of users.
The posts’ captions vary slightly. But read along the lines of: “FREE PUPPIES they are pure Yorkies Breed with love!! We can’t keep 6 puppies sadly… so they are in need of good home!! Only rehoming fee please dm me.”
Some of the posts are better executed than others. This post claims the eight puppies are “pure breed Yorkie”. However, the five accompanying images feature five different breeds – none of which are Yorkshire terriers.
A number of Facebook users raised their suspicions in the comments when the author of the post asked for a direct message from anyone interested. Users were then told there would be a fee and were asked for details.
AAP FactCheck sent a message to one of the supposed puppy owners and was told there would be a rehoming fee of $550 for a male puppy and $600 for a female.
AAP FactCheck was then told a $275 deposit to guarantee the puppy would also be required.
The claim Facebook users are offering free puppies is false.
The posts are part of an orchestrated scam targeting users across different continents.
False – The claim is inaccurate.
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