I can't believe I fell victim to an internet scam, but here it is.
I am looking for a Pug puppy locally, and a Google search brought up OLX, with puppies for sale.
I sent the advertiser a message via OLX. I assumed (this is where I went wrong) that as I was searching in my area, that the puppies were available in my area.
The advertiser, Jennifer Smith, sent me images of the various puppies, along with video footage of them playing, via Whatsapp. She even sent pictures of their parents.
She insisted that I pay for the puppy before viewing, and I, being the fool, didn't double check the area that she was in. She said she would send the address and time to view, once I had paid. I insisted that I would only pay a deposit, which she accepted.
I paid the deposit and she said that her address was 9 Transvaal Road, Kimberley. I immediately contacted her via Whatsapp and asked for a refund.
I tried calling her and got a "Subscriber is unavailable" message. I then called her via Whatsapp, however, she cut the call, on the three occassions that I called her. She messaged me and said that she is at work and can only talk via message.
She said she will send the puppy via courier at no extra cost.
I then Googled the address on Google Maps and found it to be a block of flats above a PEP store. I told her she hasn't instilled trust, after she accused me of being distrusting, and that she must refund my money.
I'm currently waiting for her confirmation that she is going to refund the money.
***EDIT: It's been two days, and whilst I can see that she has seen my Whatsapp messages, she is simply ignoring me now. I've sent her one final message and now I'm blocking her. Please do not fall for these scams like I did!
Jennifer Smith's Details:
Cellphone Number: 071 448 3263
Email Address: email@example.com
Account Number: 9333049904
|Crime Date/Time:||13 Nov 2017, 12:11 PM|
|Reported Date:||13 Nov 2017, 12:11 PM|