British Shorthair Kittens - SCAM

Have stupidly paid for a British Shorthair kitten, but on the day the kitten was suppose to be delivered, I was told I needed to pay R5200 for a deposit for a controlled environment container. The courier service was named Scarlet Pet Carriers and the name of the person who was selling kittens is Bezile Reddy. His initial email was very believable (see below) and he actually got really offended when I questioned about paying first. He had lots of pictures of the kittens and had all the answers for the questions I had. 
Thanks for the message and interest you have in my kittens. We have them available now and ready to be leaving to their new homes.. Our kittens are healthy, vaccinated and will come with a litter box, food supply, bowls and toys and will give you years of enjoyment.They are 11 weeks old and are sociable. They love the company of people in the house, kids, monkeys and other house pets . Attached to this email are recent pictures of our Kittens.Our kittens shall be coming with all their health papers , play toys, feeding manual , brushes, blanket since we shall not be needing all those accessories once they are gone into their new home . The reason we are selling our kittens is because we are moving into a new apartment were animals are not allowed . In this situation,we are searching for new homes for the kittens but we are much concerned on the type of home our kittens will go into . In order to get a kitten from us you are required to answer the questions below,
1) How old are you ?2) Where are you located  (state/ city )  ?3) What is your cell phone number ?4) Are you married ?5) Do you have kids or any house pet at home to play with the kitten ?6) From the pictures we sent ,which of the kitten are you  interested in getting ? 
The reason why we ask for those questions is to be sure our kitten is going into a loving and caring home,were he or she shall be spoiled with lots of love and care . All you shall be spending is R1850 for each kitten which already include the delivery cost.
We shall have to transport and deliver the kitten of your choice to you alongside with his or her accessories since we shall not longer have any use with them when the kittens has gone . We shall not reply to any email if the person does not answer the questionsabove since we are more concerned on the type of home our kittens are going into . For more information regarding on how the transportation of the kitten to your location shall be carried out will be provided to you once we receive your reply . Thanks and kind regards.
After a long email discussion and paying for the kitten, on the day of delivery I get this email:
These kittens will come with all necessary papers needed.The experienced pet moving specialists at SCARLETT PET CARRIERS , The Pet Cargo department will handle your pet's delivery with confidence, professionalism, and trust. SCARLETT PET CARRIERS, Pet Delivery Services NO TRANQUILIZER rule is designed for the safety and welfare of your pet during Pet cargo transport. SCARLETT PET CARRIERS Pet Delivery Services registered as an Intermediate Handler, is governed by the rules, regulations and mandates of theAnimal Welfare Act , the AWA and the Federal Law governing scheduled airline air cargo shipments.

The crate that was brought for your kittens to be transported in is not good for the Atmospheric conditions this period. Your kittens would need a temperature regulating crate  to be transported to you. So you are requested to get one and send to us or rather ask your Sender to bring it to us. Without this crate, we are sorry, we will not handle the delivery of your kittens because should anything happen to the kittens, we will be held responsible, so get the crate to us. We have the crate here; we can give it to you for rent. We rent it for R5300.00So if you wish to rent the crate from us,you are required to pay R5300.00 which the  R5300.00 will be refunded back to you.But if you wish to keep the crate, then you will have to purchase it for R9500.00.So make your decision and get back to us so that everything can be handled and yourkittens is set for the next available delivery service.                NB. If you rent the crate you must be present at the delivery point to sign and collect the refunds of R5300.00And also let us know if you would want the refunds in cash, cheque or you would want us to deposit in to your account.So you will have to get back to us immediately after reading this email for payment so that we proceed immediately reserve the delivery of your kittens as there are other delivery that will be carry out same day and we might have no time left.

Payment OptionYou would have to do an EFT Transfer directly to our cage department whose banking details are as follow:
ABSA BANK:ACCOUNT NAME:................: SCARLETT PET CARRIERSACCOUNT NUMBER:.......: 9309079010BRANCH CODE:...............: 632005AMOUNT:.....................: R5300.00REFERENCE:..................: C/2094 

Kindly confirm with us the above delivery details and address for your kittens.

I know I won't be getting the only back, and have learnt a very important lesson but I hope this will stop anyone else getting scammed. Only buy pets from reputable breeders with references.

Report ID: 9493
Crime Category: Other
Province: Gauteng
City/Town: Heidelberg
Suburb: N/A
Address: 45 Van Zyl Street, Heidelberg
Crime Date/Time: 30 Jul 2015, 00:07 AM
Reported By: Username9493
Reported Date: 6 Jul 2015, 09:07 AM
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  • ghirish chibba 24 Aug 2015, 10:01 AM

    hi, the same thing happened to me and we are investigating. please contact me thanks ghirish

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