I was a victim to fraud and a huge scam...I went onto Google and searched for "'Sphynx Kittens for sale Gauteng"anazni.co.za came up with 10 most recent ads on a number of websites including OLX, gumtreee & Junkmail, where my search had similar adverts for sphynx kittens for sale...
I contacted a lady named Milani on two cell numbers I will happily exploit so no one else is scammed by these people.. not sure if im allowed to post the cell numbers but will do so happily If permitted.I also emailed and she first responded via email (in very poor broken English and the worst spelling on the planet) that she had Sphynx kittens available.
She sent me pictures of the kitten she claimed she had for sale.. Like an idiot I believed her. I then found out all the details as she said the kitten itself was R2000 then she said she was in Bloemfontein but advertises that she is based in Gauteng and all of the Southern African provinces as she desperately needs t find a good home for her babies, the sphynx kittens. I was then told that to transport the kitten to Johannesburg, Gauteng, would cost me R350 for the plane flight here, and R150 for the cat carrier I had to purchase so the kitten could be transported in something safe.
So my total was R2500..She sent me her banking details, the name of her breeding cattery etc and all seemed ok (as I said, my stupidity in believing one word)She said that she had been breeding and selling for 8 years and used the same reliable animal courier company that was at the Bloemfontein airport and I would receive my kitten on the next available flight. The kitten would then be dropped at my home address apparently. Now I have heard of legit breeders doing this and it has actually happened, so I believer her. I then Paid the amount of money into her "husbands"account. T.K CRAIG MILANI.I ent proof of payment and as it was the same bank branch the transaction should have reflected immediately. Standard bank to standard bank.
She told me to expect a call from the courier company to confirm my address and details etc.
The next day I emailed and smsed asking when the courier agency would contact me as I am expecting their call.. I asked for the name of the courier company and she didn't respond back via sms or email (We mainly spoke via email at first)
About an hour later I received a call from: will happily give number as well! A man called me he had an extremely strange accent , He claimed to be a man from the courier company... He asked if I had receiver an email stating I owe R4400 for a refundable deposit to transport the kitten...
Milani had not mentioned a word about this.I asked the man the name of the courier company and he said it was TNT Express... I googled it and this company actually existed.. but when I read y emails I then saw he had emailed me from TMTWORLDWIDEEXPRESS@GMAIL.COM So TNT changed to TMT and apparently such a huge courier company was operating off a GMAIL email address??? So then I knew immediately not to pay him a sing sent towards the transport of the so called kitten...
Milani would not take my calls or reply to smses and emails. She later called me saying I have to pay the courier guy so the kitten could be delivered. Milani also had an extremely strange accent. When I googled her numbers, 3 different names came up in OLX, GUMTREE & JUNKMAIL all to do with kittens and puppies for sale ( nationwide) with her name and the name Rayanne and many other names...
She then said if I wasnt happy to pay for courier service I must transfer her a further R2000 so she could fly herself to Johannesburg with the kitten. I said No, SHE must pay for her air ticket and I will refund her and pay the R2000 ON HER ARRIVAL with the kitten. She refused.
When I mentioned that I believed this was a con/scam and that I had been defrauded she was very offended and then begged for the money upfront to prove to me she will bring the kitten.
She then wouldnt take anymore calls or reply further to emails and smses. Now I sit like a fool R2500 less. Due to believing her.
The reason I wanted to buy a sphynx kitten is because my current sphynx had recently passed away from cancer and I wanted a new little companion of the same breed. This woman seemed so kind! and so believable! then again most con artists do I suppose..???
Thankfully it was no more than R2500... But I am still so angry at myself for believing and at her for doing this.
I could never steal, con, scam and defraud people like this. I dont know how these people have it in them to do such things.
Morel of the story: DO NOT BUY ANYTHING THAT ISNT LOCAL.NEVER PAY UPFRONT.
Hope no one else gets conned like this. Only after this incident I saw another article so similar to my story with the same woman involved (Im sure) and now I know too late..
Also the address they give you to fetch your kitten is a fake address... Check every detail first.. or find an actual breeder. or just adopt. lesson learned. sigh.
|Address:||nationwide Bloemfontein, Gauteng etc|
|Crime Date/Time:||24 Oct 2014, 00:10 AM|
|Reported Date:||27 Oct 2014, 16:10 PM|