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WARNING: Bogus SPCA inspectors are trying to steal pets from homes

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Pet owners in Scotland are being warned to remain vigilant following reports of bogus animal inspectors visiting homes in Perthshire and Renfrewshire.

By Zoë Monk

Published on the 09/02/2021, 09:05

Criminals posing as inspectors from the Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) have been trying to take pets from their owners' homes. The fraudsters have been reported to be operating in Perthshire and Renfrewshire, according to social media.

It’s believed that the hoax SPCA inspectors are using a white van emblazoned with a fake Scottish SPCA sticker to trick unsuspecting pet owners into handing over their beloved animals. Genuine SPCA vans are mostly black with official SPCA branding.

Warning to pet owners


The animal charity is now urging owners to be on their guard following a spate of reports. Anyone who has had contact with these fraudsters should immediately contact the SPCA. The charity will then notify Police Scotland who will investigate.

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Real SPCA inspectors will be in uniform and carry photographic identification badges which people can request to see. They will also provide their vehicle registration to anyone that may have concerns.

Extra vigilant 

If you have any concerns about someone who comes to your door claiming to be from the Scottish SPCA, please ask them to wait while you call the Scottish SPCA to verify the person’s identity.


If you have any information relating to the bogus SPCA inspectors, please call the charity’s confidential animal helpline on 03000 999 999.

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