Over the last week I have been looking to buy a west highland white terier puppy. However these are not common, or cheap, dogs and are therefore very difficult to find. I have already been scammed twice and I have across at least two other potential scams.
I sent out email replies to listings of west highland white terrier puppies from ananzi.com, and junkmail.com, although many of the listings are old.
The first one was by a man calling himself Casey Trodd. He contacted me over email (email@example.com) and gave me the following number 073 006 4138. He claimed to be based in Hartswter, Northern Cape, and promised safe courier from Kimberleigh airport to my home in Johannesburg. The emails had all the right info and photos, but when I phoned him I realised he was not South African (may have been from the middle east, it was difficult to tell). I paid for a female puppy R3000 into the following bank account: ABSA, acc#: 4081592276, branch code 632005.
I was contacted by Bryant Cobi (073 694 6047) via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) from a company called Pets Post Delivery to organise the delivery. When I spoke to him directly he had a similar non-south african accent to the previous person I spoke to. They gave me the following website: (apparently under construction) www.http://petspostltd.webs.com. I had to pay an additional R3550: R500 for a temperature controlled travel crate, R3000 for deposit that was meant to be returned to us on delivery and R50 for food, into the following account: Standard Bank, acc#: 10055418420, branch code: 051001.
The puppy that was meant to be delivered to me from Kimberley to Johannesburg on the 24th of December did not arrive. The flight was meant to land at 12:30pm (Flight number given: YSAX 1104). I was given the reference number SHD-9046-29AU, but no way of tracking it.
This scam was elaborate and effective.
The second scam was from a man called M Lottering, comtacting me via the following email: email@example.com. He offered his puppies up for R3000, with a R400 delivery fee. I insisted on coming to look at the puppies first and he gave me the followng address in Bloemfontein: 21 Paul Roux street, Waverly. On arrival I spoke to the people who Iive there and found out that it was another scam, there were no puppies and that many people had arrived at that house looking for puppies (different breeds including chihuahuas) before me. They didnot get any money out of me and I do npt understand what they achieved by sending me, and others, on a wild goose chase.
I was also contacted by Elizabeth Petronella via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. When I replied and insisted on coming to see the puppies I recieved no further contact from this person, and I feel this may also be a potential scam.
I do not know uf anynof these details will lead to catching these people, however I hope something can be done so that other people do mot fall for these scams.
|Address:||Over the internet|
|Crime Date/Time:||23 Dec 2013, 00:12 AM|
|Reported Date:||28 Dec 2013, 08:12 AM|