I found an advert for a poodle puppy "Carolina Spoelstra" if that's her name told me they had puppies and were in Bloemfontein. She sent me pictures of the puppies and various emails and I even phoned her on the number she gave me. I said I was interested. She offered to meet me half way in Harrismith as I live in Durban. She said she would not travel unless I put down a 50% deposit which I duly did....well, I have not heard from her since The cell number is not available and she doesn't answer sms or emails. I have a hefty lesson of a loss of R1400 and would like to warn others
THIS IS PART OF THE CORRESPONDENCE - Thanks for the mail back below is my banking details with absa an attache you will fine a copy of my ID as assurance that you have paid for this puppy an we will made half way on Saturday morning please make the payment now so that we can be sure that you will take him as a lot of people are interested in the puppy
Account name.................. Carolina. S
Account No.........9319047782
Branch code.......... 632005
Bank ....................ABSA
Please do the payment now an email me the proof of payment so that we can keep him for you

Report ID: 14909
Crime Category: Fraud
Province: KwaZulu/Natal
City/Town: DURBAN
Crime Date/Time: 21 Jun 2016, 13:06 PM
Reported By: SOOMEYER
Reported Date: 24 Jun 2016, 14:06 PM
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  • SOOMEYER 20 Sep 2016, 02:23 PM

    I have opened a case of fraud

  • Weekend Argus 20 Sep 2016, 01:51 PM

    Good day. I am a reporter at the Weekend Argus newspaper in Cape Town, We are investigating complaints of online dog and puppy frauds and scams, which all seem to follow a similar pattern. Please email jan.cronje@inl.co.za if you would like to share your story.

  • SOOMEYER 4 Jul 2016, 09:48 AM

    This is apparently a syndicate

  • Haley98924 1 Jul 2016, 08:42 PM

    Hello. The same thing happened to me on the 13th June. We responded to an advert for kittens and Carolina Spoerstra sent me details including a copy of her ID and banking details. She asked for 50% up front and guaranteed to fly the kitten to me the next day. I had to also pay the transport costs which was not part of my agreement. The kitten did not arrive even though I had a tracking and shipping number which the local airport said was legit. I was not happy to pay a deposit and the additional for transport but ended up paying. Carolina claimed to live in PE. She does not answer emails and all numbers she has sent me go to voice mail or don't get answered. If anybody can help track her I am willing to speak to and team with you to get my money back.

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