Puppy scam

I purchased a puppy from an OLX add on 10 January 2018. The person, Elizabeth Johanna emailed me pictures of the different puppies available and the add was posted in the Gauteng region. When I emailed back to purchase the puppy, she then notified me via email: elizabethjohanna33@gmail and whatsapp on 083 339 0044 that she is based in Upington and can fly the puppy down to me within 3-4 hours of payment. I proceeded to make the payment and was contacted in the morning by Dr Robert at the airport with the animal courier company. This man had a "heavy" nigerian accent which made me suspicious and then send me an email to immediately deposit R9100 into his account for a special temperature regulated crate, and he will immediately refund me R9000 once I receive my puppy. He used the email animaltaxidelivery@deliveryman.com. I tried to contacted the advertiser to verify this, but now this woman was unavailable on email or phone. The bank could not reverse the transaction and my money is gone! OLX did promise to block the add, but still my daughter was in tears for not getting her puppy, and I was out of R3100, luckily I did not pay the further R9100. Please be aware of these scamsters.

Report ID: 24428
Crime Category: Fraud
Province: Gauteng
Address: Upington
Crime Date/Time: 10 Jan 2018, 13:01 PM
Reported By: mareek
Reported Date: 11 Jan 2018, 13:01 PM
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  • SheenaBZA 16 Apr 2018, 09:37 AM

    We should all start by putting pressure on to the advertising portals. There should be warning blocks stating that if a seller won't allow you to visit them to see the puppy's or send a proxy, then the possibility of a scam is high. Another suggestion is that we band together and visit the seller on behalf of the buyer if the seller is in our area. The police are ineffective as these people just pop up somewhere else as soon as the Police get close. In my case, we were a day late...they had cleared out.

  • Cheri116641 12 Jan 2018, 02:10 PM

    We were just scammed now. I ordered a shih tzu from her as my mom is ill and thought a puppy would cheer her up, low and behold, once payment was through, I asked for her cell number, which she reluctantly gave me and the voice did not match the picture in the ID photo that she sent. I went to Capitec bank and asked them to check who the account holder was, and it did not tie up to the ID details that we were sent so now who do we go to? Who do I lay a fraud charge against? This Elizabeth Johanna isnt actually the person that is scamming us. I have asked to recall my money but I dont know if I will be able to get it back.

    I see she also went under a different alias, according to this link: http://www.reportacrime.co.za/CrimeReport.aspx?ID=21007

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