Scams for buying puppies


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 (troddsey413@gmail.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 (petspost@post.com) 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: lotteringm325@gmail.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: elizabethpetronella138@gmail.com. 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.
Thank you

Report ID: 5379
Crime Category: Fraud
Province: Gauteng
City/Town: Roodepoort
Suburb: Quellerina
Address: Over the internet
Crime Date/Time: 23 Dec 2013, 00:12 AM
Reported By: Username5379
Reported Date: 28 Dec 2013, 08:12 AM
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  • Barrie 26 Jul 2015, 04:38 PM

    I am looking for a Westie and have come across a Charmaine Palm from Prieska who also undertakes to have puppies flown to whatever destination. Being naturally disinclined to pay for something I have not seen myself, I am wondering if this is also a scam. Another ad is from Rina in Lichtenburg in North West. Does anybody know if she is legit or not?

  • Ceri 19 Nov 2014, 09:39 AM

    The same foreign northern cape man is trying to sell westie pups now Nov 2014 and the same story that they need to be couriered etc, when I asked for a video of the pups as i cant view them he got very angry and told me we need to trust one another and that I probably wont be a good home for the puppies ! Very fishy and definitely a scam !

  • Vaun Rogers 9 Mar 2014, 07:44 AM

    After loosing our female pug we also decided to get another to ease the loss. In an emotional decision I must say it was to late when I started getting suspicious as I had already paid into the account given. The same account used in previous scams (standard bank) I was suspicious when the delivery company started mailing me for extra insurance fees but by then it was to late. Elizabeth Petronella is part of a HUGE scam sindicate and I honestly don't understand how they sleep at night. What anger's me more is Standard bank is well aware of this account holders goings and doings but are unwilling to even go into his/her bank profile and freeze this account as protection to all Standard Bank clients....... There are numerous cases that these scam artists have been linked to and it feels as if the banks and authorities are aiding them by not doing anything about these criminals!!!!! Now I sit, mourning my loss of my pug, no new puppy, no money....... Hard lesson learnt......."don't believe in to good to be true deals when you in an emotional space"

  • Japie van der Westhuizen 18 Feb 2014, 10:19 PM

    Thank you so much for reporting this crime. I also allmost fell victim to Mr Lottering (lotteringm325@gmail.com).

  • Scammers Must Rot 16 Feb 2014, 04:15 PM

    I almost fell for the same scam. Except I would never purchase a pup unless I'm able to view them. Once I've requested documentation they usually stop communicating. I've responded to various ads, funny enough I just received contact from elizabethpetronella138@gmail.com, what are the chances, she wants to discuss payment.How is it possible that nobodys done anything to catch these crooks. Any advice for investigation purposes?

  • Angelina 21 Jan 2014, 09:00 AM

    Thank you so much for sharing about your incident. You have definitely saved me from being scammed. Had contacted couples of people claiming they have British Shorthair kittens for sale. one of them is lotteringm325@gmail.com and the other one is Macos Ray (raymacos@gmail.com). Both are using the similar tactics. I have contacted South African Cat Council and was told that there are a lot of scams going on. They advised not to purchase any pets over the internet unless you have actually seen the pet yourself. Best to contact registered breeders because they are reliable. After that, I don't even bother to answer or to look for kittens on the internet!

  • Lize6 20 Jan 2014, 02:50 PM

    Exactly the same sceenario happened to me over December wanting to buy French Mastiff (Dogue de Bordeaux)puppies. Spoke to this 'Casey' guy and asked about his acsent. He said he was Canadian an imported the pups from Canada. Was supposed to receive puppies on 8 December 2013. Lost approximately R6000. But the dissapointment of a boy looking forward to his christmas present is cannot be put in Rands!!! Opened a case of fraud!

  • Mandi Lategan 20 Jan 2014, 12:15 AM

    Hi Lee Thomas I was about to buy a raggamuffin kitten from Mariska Louw, but I had a strange feeling that this was a scam and searched her to see if I could find anything. Thank you for your post! You just saved me R2500 and a lot of tears when my kitten never arrived...

  • Lee Thomas 14 Jan 2014, 11:03 AM

    HI I myself have been duped by this so called Bryant Cobi. Buying 2 Ragamuffins from a Mariska Louw (ID supplied) and paying a deposit of R2100 was told delivery would be organized via Pets Post Ltd. Bryant Cobi contacted me requesting exactly the same amount for the cages. I cant help but feel that this was a very elaborate scheme and that the names supplied and copies of id's are obviously fake. How are we even supposed to go about stopping these guys? Any ideas?

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