My mother wanted to buy Bengal cats for my sisters for xmas. She searched on Google, and came across a person wanting to give his away, as he was relocating to the US. All he required, was that we pay the courrier charges. He only ever communicated via email. When I started suspecting this was a scam, he sent us a colour copy of "his" ID book. Upon receipt of this, we paid him R3000 for courrier charges. The next day, the so calles courrier company sent an email, requesting more money. I told my mother this was a scam. The man from the courrier company phoned us a while later, wanting to know if we have done the transfer of the additional money. He phoned from a cellphone. I then phoned him back from my own phone. I asked him I want a land line number to contact him on, he could not supply one. He wanted to communicate via email, I said no. We tracked down the man who's ID we had, he informed us that we where the 3rd people that day to phone him , and he was not aware of any animals being sold. I then contacted the "seller" again, and asked for an adress where I can collect the cats. He gave me 107 Lake Farm, PE. I sent my uncle there, this is a mental institution, and the people there told my uncle, that for 3 years people have been coming there looking for their animals. I posted this on facebook, and within 5 min had a responce from a friend, who has a friend that lost R3500 in that same week, for a puppy she purchased online. On further investigation, we found around another 7 - confirmed - scammers. I started emailing all the different adds on OLX, Junkmail, Gumtree, all advertising animals. They all claim to either be in PE, or East London. They all give fake names, fake adresse - I google the adresses they give, all belong to vet's or other companies. They all promise to courrier the animal to you within hours. And they can give you banking details for any bank you wish, as long as the money will be in emmediately. I am now sitting with lists of cell phone numbers, I have email adresses, banking details, the lot. But what can be done with it! This has according to information I myself have been able to gather, been going on for years!
|Crime Date/Time:||10 Dec 2012, 00:12 AM|
|Reported Date:||19 Dec 2012, 15:12 PM|