I bought a sphynx kitten from a lady called Erica Scott, which i think the name is fake "she" send me a copy of her id but i think this was just a case of identity fraud as well, as the lady i spoke to sounded like a black or indian lady and not a white english lady. The telephone was always braking up and i couldn't hear her properly, so we had to correspond thru emails. I started picking up that she cant even speak good proper english. She stated she lives in montes field 15 woodland hills Bloemfontein. I phoned my cousin who lives in bloemfontein to confirm if that adress is legitimate and she said that the street name doesn't exist in this estate but the estate exists. The lady said i should pay her R1500 for the cat and R350 for the delivery. When i paid the money she said she was going to the courier. I later that day recieved a email from the pet courier their name Melenuim pet couriers stating that i have to pay them R3225 of which i would get back the R3000 when they delivered the cat that night at my door. The R3000 was for a special cat crate these people had to hire in. I contacted the lady and said why must i pay the courier if i already paid her the courier fees and she said she didnt know about the fees, but she said just before that she always uses them. I googled this company and couldnt find them on google. You could only go into their web adress if you clicked on their link in their email. I then started to investigate all the emails and website and found alot of discrepencies. There were no adresses, land lines the fax didnt exist and their only contact details was a cell number and a gmail email adress. On the email he send me all the amounts differed and the name of the company stated on the top, melenuim pet couriers and in the bottom it said melenuim animal couriers and then also the web adress also differed from the one they gave me. The name on the bottom of the email was Richard Dimare and when i spoke to the guy he said his name was Roshad Mari. Then on that same email the banking details was made out in a black guys name S. Cekwane not even in the companies name. There was just so many discrepancies i knew it was a scam. The next day i phoned Erica Scott and asked her if my cousin could pick up the cat and my cousin phoned and made a appointment to collect the cat, needless to say the lady never showed up and from that moment never answered her phone, sms or emails to me ever again. The lady did state to me that she lived on a farm which i think is the only real thing due to her phones signal being so bad. I dont even think she lives in bloemfontein or that her name is Erica Scott or that she even has any kittens. The whole thing is fake and a massive scam. Last night i found 3 other people running a scam like this for Sphynx kittens it could be the same people using other fake names like they did with my scam. People please these people steal identities and id documents and use them to let you think this is real and they keep reassuring you they are real. If its too good to be true then just know it is.Please dont buy a cat from gumtree, olx or any free site as this add is the ones that cant be traced. Im buying a cat now from a registered breeder and paying a big amount, but thats the only way to find a kitten thats registered and i did double check with the cat breeder registry south africa if they were legitimate, and they are. Please investigate every detail before buying a cat online these people will try to convince you around every turn that they are legit but the only legit people is the registered breeders. Luckily i only got scammed R1850 which i got reveresed at my bank but you have to do it before it clears into their bank account because they draw the money and when your bank tries to reverse it theres no money in their account and they close the account. Im fnb and she was Absa so the money didn't clear in her account yet so fnb could notify absa to first hold that amount till the investigation was completed between 2-4 weeks and the money transferred back to my account. According to the law no bank cant reject any person for a savings account not even a black listed person. they cant reject them so these scammers opens up allot of savings accounts and after they drew the money they close the accounts and for the next scam just goes and reopens a new account at another bank. The lady at my bank told me this. So there is just no way in stoping them. Just be careful investigate and don't trust anybody!
Good luck all and dont get scammed!
|Crime Date/Time:||26 Mar 2013, 00:03 AM|
|Reported Date:||3 Apr 2013, 10:04 AM|