Puppy Scam

I found a add on gumtree add number (ad 171752594) offering Beagle puppies for sale no cell number is given. I received a mail back with pictures, on the add it says Gauteng but when I asked if we could come and view the puppies I was advised that they were in East London. I queried this and their response was that due to the low demand in East London they advertise nationwide. This should have been a red flag for me. But the puppies were available immediately and I wanted to get one for my daughter’s birthday. She Amanda Venter (amandaventerpethome10@gmail.com) advised that the shipping would only be R550 and the Puppy R2200 total R2750.0 so I paid. Then I received a call the next day from the Pet transporters.
Animal Movers Delivery
Tel: +27-725-846-537
Fax: 053 831 4038
Number 20 Graham Street,

Email: Animalmoverselivery@deliveryman.com

Thanks for your understanding

Medical Specialist::::::::Amber Larson
Vet Instructor:::::::::Lauren Steve
General Manager
Dr. Thomas
Stating that the crate the puppy was in was not suitable for freight and that I could Hire a crate at R5050.00 and get a refund of R5000.00 on delivery of the puppy. I paid the Monies (like an Idiot), they then contacted me again an hour later advising they could not ship without a R9500 pet insurance that would be refundable again I paid this (need to be committed). 3 hours later I received a mail advising that the puppy had arrived safely in JHB and was in the process of been cleared but the documents supplied by the seller were not in order and the animal authority would require a R15000.00 payment that was refundable to verify our viability to care for the puppy. I should be shot as I paid this money as well. I then started to get very suspicious as it was now past 16H00 on the day. I then received a further call requested I refundable deposit of R20000, before they could deliver this is when I realised that I had been had.

Please be aware of these scamsters they left me R32300.00 out of pocket. I always thought I would

Report ID: 15041
Crime Category: Fraud
Province: Gauteng
City/Town: Alberton
Address: 20 Graham Street
Crime Date/Time: 26 Jul 2016, 09:07 AM
Reported By: had1656
Reported Date: 29 Jul 2016, 10:07 AM
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  • Weekend Argus 20 Sep 2016, 01:38 PM

    Good day. I am a reporter at the Weekend Argus newspaper in Cape Town, We are investigating complaints of online dog and puppy frauds and scams, which all seem to follow a similar pattern. Please email jan.cronje@inl.co.za if you would like to share your story.

  • werwes 8 Aug 2016, 11:31 AM

    Thank you so much. Before I made the payment, I googled Amanda's email address and came across this article. This article saved me from falling for this scam. Her add was posted today on OLX.

  • gemstone 1 Aug 2016, 09:13 AM

    Was scammed the same way last week......different names but same scam (and the email looked like that with the medical specialist and vet . I had the ads taken down from junkmail....if you phone gumtree they will removed and block those numbers and email addresses

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