05/04-received email from Andreas after replying to an add for bull terrier pups on OLX (photos of pups incl. in email)
06/04-replied to Andreas stating we are interested in pup called 'Lilly'. Received reply requesting ID number, preferred bank, home address etc for delivery of pup.
06/04-Googled email address to confirm advertised price of pup & came across complaints as follows
07/04-Emailed Andreas asking her to explain complaints. Received the following reply with copies of what she falsely claims are her ID and proof of residence -
"Thanks for the mail. I know a lot a is going in our country this days, but i can assure we are a trust worthy family. I have attached my id copy and proof of address for your assurance.
I replied asking what courier company they will be using to send the pup from the Cape to Durban.
Andreas replied that 'they' use South African Express.
Reversed searched the photo Andreas emailed me of 'Lilly', results show EXACT same pup called 'Tinker' for sale in TEXAS in 2013 http://puppyclassifieds.com/ads/bull-terriers-tinker/
Googled address on Top TV account sent by Andreas as proof of address, it's a tree in the middle of what looks like an industrial area!
Looked up gmail address & found Google + profile but profile picture of 'Andreas' is tagged 'mariska.jpeg'
Reverse searched profile picture, two results returned - Heste Kotse and Mariska ****.
Heste Kotse, Elsje Kotse and Andreas Louw all have the SAME profile picture and are in each others circles on Google +!!
Contacted Mariska **** who is a real person working for a legitimate company in Cape Town. Having discovered that Mariska supplied a copy of her ID to Andreas over a year ago, and losing R6000 for a puppy that never arrived, I emailed screen shots of what I had found out to Mariska and received the following reply - Wow, amazing! Even my current picture as at EDCTP! and my exact ID and number – just with a different name (even organ donor sticker as well).
I reported this when the event happened last year June and again in Jan. 14 when the police in Kimberley contacted me. In Jan. 14 I again reported it to the police in an affidavit that my ID are being used and with home affairs and with my bank.
I have all the emails from the police in Kimberley as well as the first case number and the sms from them to say they are closing the case.
Thanks for reporting this and for informing me.
Mariska Copies of all emails & screens shots available. PLEASE Note that Mariska is NOT the person behind these scams even though her ID number and photo are being used. This poor lady lives in fear of being arrested for fraud.
|Crime Date/Time:||7 Apr 2014, 00:04 AM|
|Reported Date:||10 Apr 2014, 08:04 AM|