SCAM - British Shorthair kittens

I replied on an advertisement for British Short-haired kittens. They sent me a price of R2800 plus R500 shipping (airfare and courier to my door) and I offered them R1500, as that was all I had. After I asked questions, like "To which associations / cat clubs they belong, and can they send me 5 people's names and numbers that they have sold to", I was ignored for a day. Then they let me know "They will not do business with me as I think bad things of them". 
This is the initial email they sent me when I inquired about the kittens. (They even sent me 8 beautiful pictures of 4 kittens, named Dans, Darel, Nicky and Prince":
Dear Sir / Madam
You see a small, cuddly, playful kitten. It brings happiness and joy. You want to pick it up, pet it, hug it and hold it against your bosom. You feel its warmth and the purring sound it makes as a reward for your efforts. However, you are an adult and before you can give in to your emotions, you need to make sure that your decision to take this little cuddly thing with you and provide it with all its necessary needs is not going to change in two weeks. Its life may be very long, around 15 years and it is not a small task to care for and create a happy healthy life for this kitten. That is why before purchasing a kitten, please ask yourself the following questions.
Why do I need a kitten?Which would you prefer to have a boy or a girl?Would you mind spending money on food, toys and other necessary items or paying for a vet if needed?Do you have enough time to spend with this kitten so it is not lonely.Don't forget that you are going to be everything to that little kitten.You are to be its mommy and daddy for the rest of its life.Are you ready to make a commitment?You need to decide whether this kitten will be a show cat, breeder or just a house pet.These are important issues to consider. So we urge you to give it a lot of thought.

All our kittens are vet checked at 6 and 11weeks
 and up-to date with their age-appropriate vaccinations ,and come with the following accessories :
Gift package from Royal Caninfood sample
Blanket and toy with familiar scents
A lifetime of support
2 year Genetic Health guarantee and 2 year FIP guaranteePet kittens will be spayed or neutered before delivery

The pictures of the babies attached to this email are all available.
They go for R 2800 each.
Where are you based?
Transportation can be arranged but for R 500 extra (buyers cost)
how soon do you need a Kitten?
Best RegardsContact Detail
Contact: Lisa Arnold & Piere Arnold

Cell: +27(0) 83 597 2117
Tel/Fax : +27(0) 865976046

Physical address:
44 Brakbos Anvenue, Upington
Northern Cape, South Africa

Report ID: 5666
Crime Category: Other
Province: Northern Cape
City/Town: Upington
Suburb: N/A
Address: 44 Brakbos Ave, Upington
Crime Date/Time: 12 Feb 2014, 00:02 AM
Reported By: Username5666
Reported Date: 13 Feb 2014, 10:02 AM
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  • Barry101481 18 Nov 2016, 01:46 PM

    I was scammed by the same person that's number is 0633348678. She uses the name by Dianne Winifred Hulley, and her husbands name Edward Thomas Hulley, phone numbers 0787333738 and 0780267287, I also have a account number for you 62645437064 FNB 250655. I would recommend that you also avoid names like Amber Phillips, Lauren Mars and Robert Marping as they were also named in Emails. She advertised french bulldog puppies 8 weeks old at Potchefstroom and used a house address in Swellendam. They send the money into the numbers 0835316371 and 0631702317. Please be on the lookout for these numbers and names as they are people from Pretoria stealing and scamming people. Hope this will help someone not getting robbed.

  • Shanri 30 Sep 2016, 06:09 AM

    I think she goes by another name as well. The advert looks the same. It is Esther Aurora Russel of Ester.A.R. She scammed me out of R2400 and then tried to get some more money. Even told me she is a christian! Send pics and all of the Maine Coon kittens she supposedly have. Her email is Banking details of her : Esther.A.R, FNB, Acc No: 62627970008, Br Code: 250655 AND then she gave me her husband's cellno so that I can do an Instand Money transfer to his account: 0633348678. Her cell no is: 0730920047 - which she used to sms me telling me I have urgent email. When I opened it she asked for more money before she could send the kittens. So please beware of this name as well.

  • cherrysco 12 Aug 2016, 02:45 PM

    The email comes from Dinova Trading ( Ad listed that she is based in Somerset West. In later email comms the story changed and now the location changed to East London

  • cherrysco 11 Aug 2016, 11:21 AM

    Christelle Lottering posted an ad on Junk Mail for Birman kittens on 8 Aug 2016. After reading what other people had written about her it made sense that the pieces didn't add up. She is 'Christelle Lottering' but she definitely isn't Afrikaans or South African. It turns out she is Turkish. So the name must be fake too. I took turns with a friend phoning her - she got confused with how many males and females were available and couldn't tell us where she lived.

  • Mareli 24 Aug 2015, 06:51 PM

    Lucia Venter now opperating on selling british shorthair kittens. Be aware

  • Cole 24 Aug 2015, 02:32 PM

    Lucia Venter is still at large . Still selling Beagle puppies , operating out of East London. CAUTION / FRAUD :

  • Martin7 17 Aug 2015, 10:38 AM

    Watch out for Gina Thcitau. SCAMMER! Just lost R3500 to her. Persian kittens in Upington.

  • Lam 14 Aug 2015, 06:21 PM

    Please note the same scam artist is now going by the name of Gina Tchitau. She is sending the same reply email with the same bogus pictures as well.

  • Lam 13 Aug 2015, 02:34 PM

    Just got scammed today by Christelle Lottering. Wish i googled her name first. Trying to get my money back from my bank as it hasnt cleared yet. She is now advertising birman kittens and apparently from Nelspuit.

  • Vicki Goodwin 8 Jul 2015, 09:06 PM

    The person calling herself Lucia Venter is still operating on Gumtree, now selling Labrador puppies. Wanting upfront payment and offering to ship the puppies. Beware it's a scam. She went very quiet as soon as I asked for a contact number

  • Username9517 8 Jul 2015, 01:00 PM

    I was looking for a British short haired kitten. Upon contacting a supposed advert i was put in touch with an email account i googled the address and was sent here. So i played along and got banking details i hope this helps others. Bank name ...... Standard bank Account name...... G Siphesihle Account number.... 10073902517 Branch code.......051001

  • dianne shean 2 Jul 2015, 09:18 PM

    Hi I was scammed today by a couple operating out of Kimberley (supposedly)only to discover they are all over s.a today..The woman went u dr name of leeanne yung..courier service Pet movers south cost me over R 600, only to find they are conning people all over s.a.we caught them out on 2 other adverts so be aware,names changed and cell numbers..awful

  • abigail 1 Jul 2015, 09:07 PM

    OMG. I have been in contact with Lucia Venter who is awaiting payment from me for a tri colour Beagle. Sent me selection pics and wanted details for delivery. So glad I decided to just Google the names and see what came up. My son will be so disappointed.

  • Ellen4 26 Jun 2015, 01:56 PM

    LUCIA VENTER / CHRISTELLE LOTTERING Beware all Sphynx kitten lovers. A scam artist going by the names above. Sent me the same mail and photographs of the kittens. The one address is in PE the other one in East London. is there no shame? This is pathetic and something needs to be done to get these criminals off the net. Honest pet lovers all over South Africa are being scammed out of money. SHAME ON YOU!!

  • Asta 23 Jun 2015, 12:15 PM

    Thanks peeps, I was just talking to her about Neapolitan Mastiff pups and same story as above- advertised as being in Western Cape, offers to deliver for R500 extra... Thanks to this site I shall discontinue all communication with her!

  • Username8377 11 Jun 2015, 10:41 AM

    He/she now has another advert selling maine coon kittens. goes by the name: Julie Pakpao No. 38-4th Avenue Upington 8800 Northern Cape South Africa Contact: 0799744036 Exactly same advert as above, just maine coon... she's a main coon. Hopefully this gets picked up by someone else googling him/her! Watch out.

  • Makie 23 Apr 2015, 11:37 AM

    I got two different mails from Lucia Venter & Ethuis James with exactly the same pics of Ragdoll Kittens, but diff wording. They advertise in a certain area, but once you receive a reply to your enquiry, they give another address on the other side of the country, but promise you that it is no problem as they will deliver your kitten to your front door. So plse be warned, lots of people fall for this. If you cannot go and see your kitten, don't transfer any money. They are super scammers!!

  • lizelle6 16 Apr 2015, 02:51 PM

    British Shorthair Kittens is a huge area for internet scams at the moment. I were also looking for two kittens and nearly caught out. Two names: Lucia Venter Christelle Lottering

  • Bianca7 30 Mar 2015, 05:43 PM

    Please beware of this Scam Artist,she is Black with a Horrible Accent,she even sent me a Fake ID,she claims to be selling Bulldog Puppies,her name is: Evelyn Lobelo and email address:,Phone Number:0711582307 ,she scammed us R3000 and was demanding More Money from us,asked her for Our Refunds and she won't Pick Our Calls..

  • Bianca7 13 Mar 2015, 04:22 PM

    We Recently Got scammed by a Lady in KZN she Contacted us for an english Bulldog,We Couriered the Bulldog to her,she had to Pay us on Delivery,Petlounge Confirmed she Picked up the Puppy and till date she Hasn't paid the Money into Our Account,she now avoids Our Calls,her name is Orlanda Maria Clara Brown , address, 56 Currie crescent Queensburgh 4093 Cell: 0824495367 husband cell 0824495368 home no 0314648459. her Email address is:

  • Lee9 14 Oct 2014, 04:29 PM

    I got a beautiful British Short hair girl, I had to wait 6 years for her. And believe me the price is nothing close to R2800.... You have to do your homework on them. As far as I know there are only 3 breeders in South Africa. Bianca I hope you find one 'cause I can promise you they change your whole life

  • Bianca32 20 Sep 2014, 01:47 PM

    good Afternoon Have any of you actually found British Shorthair kittens, I was scammed but i am still looking

  • wanja du Toit 18 Feb 2014, 11:10 AM

    They also tried me but with Maine Coon kittens. I think they think nobody lives in the Northan Cape. In my opinion if they say they give a health garantee or something like that beware! There is another one Stehen Alan. same thing.

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