Undoubtedly I have been subjected to, but fortunately not taken in by, a scam. Worringly, it has proved extremely difficult to report this, as the SAPS email addresses for reporting such crime are inoperative, and nobody really seems very interested is the overall impression I get. This is sad, because I have no doubt that the "scammer" will catch people with this story. I became suspicious on perusing the original email from the "scammer", thatthe horse in the photos that came with the email (only one photo attached), looked like a topclass horse. I decided to send an email in response to the “scammer” to see ifI could get more detail. I received a speedy reply to my email, and afterreading the contents I had no doubt that it was a scam. I did an image searchof the photographs on the Internet, and I was able to identify from which sitethe “scammer” had lifted the pictures, saying falsely that they were of thefictitious horse called “Molly Loe”. The email came originally to a schoolteacher contact of my husband’s, who is not connectedwith the horse world. He asked her to forward it to him, so that he could letme look at it. As I am an equestrian, he knew that I would have more idea as towhether the story rang true or not – it instantly made me suspicious! The lastemail I received from the “scammer” shows that she is getting impatient for aresponse! Incidentally, the web page where the “scammer”lifted the photos from is: http://www.frysk-andaluz.com/friesians-for-sale/friesian-mares/esther-tsjerk-328-sportpref-x-jurjen-first-pr-stermare/. Read from the bottom upwards to get the right chronological order of mails:------Original Message-----From: Heila Reichel [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, August 25, 2014 2:24 PM
To: undisclosed recipient
Subject: Re: FRIESIAN MARE NEEDS A NEW STABLEHelloIt hasbeen a while since I last read from you and I was wondering if you are stillinterested.Please be kind to at least email me even if you are no longerinterested so that at least I know what to do next.ThanksHeilaFrom: Heila Reichel [mailto:email@example.com] Sent: Saturday, August 23, 2014 1:56 PM
To: undisclosed recipient
Subject: FRIESIAN MARE NEEDS A NEW STABLEHello,I have this interesting offer .I am hoping you will be interested or knowsomeone who is.I have this Friesian mare that I want to relocate.Her name isMolly Loe. She is 1.60cm. Expressive floating gaits make her easy to sit and apleasure to ride. Her calm,intelligent and kind nature makes her a dependablepartner on trail and in new situations. She is sweet, kind and a real peoplepleaser. Bonds deeply with her humans.Her uses are limitless. Happily hacks outon trails alone or with others. Jumps logs,goes through water and overbridges.LOVES to be groomed and fussed over. Excellent work ethic and thriveson praise. Great show ring partner.Sound, no vices and no additionalmaintenance. Easy keeper, great feet-goes barefoot.
She is currently in Botswana.I have joined my husband who was formerly workingin Botswana and was transferred last month to Kameroun.I was hoping to take heralong with me that is why my husband had to go ahead to make arrangements.Unfortunately my husband decided that it was too expensive ,the importationprocedure too complex and above all there was not enough space for her herewith us.
So I have traveled and left her in Botswana.Since we can not bring here and shecan not stay forever in Botswana,my husband has asked me that I give to anyoneback home in RSA or nearby who has the accommodation , experience and viable totake care of her.So if you are interested we will like to know the kind ofaccommodation you have , your experience with horses and also assure us thatyou can take good care of her.Please answer us honestly because our priority isthat she goes to a good stable.
Now concerning how to get her to you.We are giving her away for R8,000 whichbasically covers transportation to you and delivery expenses to your deliveryaddress anywhere in RSA or nearby.We have an agent Mrs Kajane who willtransport and deliver the mare to you.As we proceed we will link both of you.Soplease if you are interested then get back to me.My husband Dawie, will like totalk with you if you are interested.His number is +23772892373 .
HeilaFrom: undisclosed Sent: Saturday, August 23, 2014 1:50 PM
Subject: RE: PHOTOS FRIESIAN MARE THAT URGENTLY NEEDS A STABLE HiAre you selling the mare, looking for stabling, or looking to re-homeher? I cannot quite tell what exactly you are looking for in your email.From: undisclosedSent: Friday, August 22, 2014 5:54 PM
To: undisclosed recipient
Subject: FW: PHOTOS FRIESIAN MARE THAT URGENTLY NEEDS A STABLE From: undisclosedTo: undisclosed recipient
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:36:22 +0200
Subject: FW: PHOTOS FRIESIAN MARE THAT URGENTLY NEEDS A STABLEFrom: undisclosed Sent: 23 July 2014 14:13
Subject: FW: PHOTOS FRIESIAN MARE THAT URGENTLY NEEDS A STABLEFrom: Heila Reichel M [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: 22 July 2014 11:09
Subject: PHOTOS FRIESIAN MARE THAT URGENTLY NEEDS A STABLEHelloI have this Friesian Mare that urgently needs to berelocated asap.She urgently needs a stable and I was wondering if you will beinterested or know someone who may be interested. Please if you are interestedand then get back to me for more information. Find attached pictures of themare
|Crime Date/Time:||23 Aug 2014, 00:08 AM|
|Reported Date:||28 Aug 2014, 08:08 AM|