Friesian horse scam

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: Read from the bottom upwards to get the right chronological order of mails:------Original Message-----From: Heila Reichel []
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 [] 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
To: ''
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
To: Staff
Subject: FW: PHOTOS FRIESIAN MARE THAT URGENTLY NEEDS A STABLEFrom: Heila Reichel M [] 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

Report ID: 6875
Crime Category: Fraud
Province: Western Cape
City/Town: Stellenbosch
Suburb: N/A
Address: Cybercrime
Crime Date/Time: 23 Aug 2014, 00:08 AM
Reported By: Username6875
Reported Date: 28 Aug 2014, 08:08 AM
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  • Jo01 25 Oct 2016, 02:25 PM

    Hi all. Also just received an email about this scam. email address: Received 9 pics of the horse too.

  • ISHorseBreeder 7 Jun 2016, 12:11 PM

    I just got this e-mail but with more pictures. Just thought to let everyone know that she is still trying this scam.

  • Michelle53 17 Aug 2015, 10:55 AM

    Unfortunately I was also caught in this scam, as soon as i paid the money over another mail came through stating that the mare needs to be insured for an amount of R11000.00 before she can be released at the border, this scam needs to be stopped a.s.a.p i am prepared to help with any further investigation.

  • Elfrieda 5 Aug 2015, 02:34 PM

    this person/persons is most like using our Namibian address and details. Please do not believe it or even make contact. Please report it here and let every one know it is a major scam and misuse of others identity.

  • Bettina 30 Jul 2015, 04:37 PM

    Also just received this from a friend... Thought it was dotchy as offer is too good to be true and also the photos don't look like Namibia.

  • Rehema koka 29 Jul 2015, 09:45 PM

    We received the same email today. Thanks to all who took their time to report... As I copied the email I'd on Google and this came up

  • Maria24 16 Jul 2015, 02:14 PM

    I have just received the same e-mail/scam and if it was not for my husband I would never have known. These people disgust me.

  • Elfrieda 3 Jul 2015, 10:50 PM

    I unfortunately was the victim of this scam, luckily only paid 2500. but still something needs to be done to stop this person. She even send a copy of her ID.

  • Sandy17 24 Jun 2015, 08:44 PM

    Oh yeah, JEAN: I don't think any of use denies, that THE horse exists (how could we, there are a lot of photos. We just found out, the owners try to betray people and get their money. Tried to tell me, costs only about 300 Euro to fly the horse from IRELAND to GERMANY. And suddenly in the middle of the Email the airplane became a ship. Maybe they ment one of the little planes that can land on water.... Wonder if that JEAN is part of that crime-family...

  • Sandy17 24 Jun 2015, 08:37 PM

    Got an Email, too from that person. She found an add on the German web where I was searching for a horse....

  • Fatima3 22 Jun 2015, 09:45 AM

    I also received this precise emails regarding the horse,I just wonder why this person hasn't been stopped yet!!!

  • jo 17 Jun 2015, 09:04 PM

    Just received the email... immediatly knew it sounded scaly... just asked her how would i know its not a scam... waiting on the reply which i doubt i will get.

  • dawie 17 Jun 2015, 01:43 PM

    My wife was on the internet looking for a frisian when sudenly she got the same email but from another name,this women is now denice,say her husband is dawie lombardo,I am dealing with these type of emails for a while now and started searching to see if it was a scam,and now its serten,it is a scam

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  • Karin2 11 May 2015, 11:54 AM

    I just received the exact same e-mail (word for word) with 9 pictures attached at my work e-mail adress. The only difference is that the e-mail adress of the sender is now "". (All of my equestrian connections usually uses my private e-mail adress). I immediately sensed this could be a scam as it sounds very similar to a scam that the Doorndraai Friesian stud warned people about and googled to see if I could validate anything and found this report. This is just to let everyone know that this person is still active with this crime...

  • Heather7 9 Mar 2015, 12:06 PM

    yep, got this one too. also started correspondence as seemed interesting. asked for agency details as could possibly collect horse myself. she gave me so I emailed to check if I would get a reply. none as yet.

  • Johann Venter 2 Mar 2015, 06:43 PM

    This mail is doing the rounds again. Same pictures and all.

  • Piekie 17 Feb 2015, 01:47 PM

    She also send me the same email and I wonder where did she get my email adress

  • Liezl Maritz 15 Dec 2014, 05:50 PM

    The same story happened to me today.

  • Vee Shannon 9 Dec 2014, 12:33 AM

    3 months later and she is stupid enough to send me another email. I strung her along and eventually let her know than I knew what she was up to. How do we stop this? She is obviously making money or she would have stopped!

  • Anna8 4 Dec 2014, 07:05 PM

    Same happened here! But the pictures told that that horse was definitely not in Africa. Bad scam!

  • Vee Shannon 8 Sep 2014, 02:09 PM

    I to started corespondence re this mare as I was curious. It soon be ame suspicious. The emails are almost identical. This person needs to be stopped

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