On the 30th January 2014, I responded to an advertisement listed on OLX advertising Abyssinian kittens for sale. I received a very professional response from an "Elizabeth Wentworth" the following day. I never for one minute thought I was being scammed! I was emailed photos of her kittens to choose from. I selected the blue Abyssinian kitten and emailed "Elizabeth" to reserve her for me and provide the necessary information to proceed with the sale. The following details were provided to me- Banking information: Capitec bank Acc:1372261824 Branch Code: 470010 Reference: Name of kitten Elizabeth Wentworth Address: 33 Green St, Karoo Philipstown, 8795 Northern Cape South Africa Website: "Under maintenance" Contact: +27 83-587-2117 An amount of R3150,00 was paid into this account (R2500.00 for the kitten and R650.00 for the transport to Durban). This morning I received an email and phone call from a company called SAF Pet Relocators Reg: Ck 2012/124039/07. The person's name was William, contact nr 0814320023. He said they needed a special crate to transport the kitten in and I would have to pay R4250.00 of which R4000.00 will be refunded upon delivery. This is when I knew for certain that I had been scammed! I have since found other stories (one in particular is identical - same CK number) on the internet. I am posting this story in the hope that people will google the seller's information (like I did) and see the scam stories which have been posted BEFORE buying anything online! (These people are selling all sorts of things including Jacuzzis, appliances, equipment and various types of animals). I will be opening a case at the Police station for them to investigate and I have informed Capitec bank and they have frozen the account.
|Crime Date/Time:||31 Jan 2014, 00:01 AM|
|Reported Date:||4 Feb 2014, 14:02 PM|