DURBAN North police have opened a case of fraud after a man was scammed out of R4 300 in an online pet scam.

According to Captain Raymond Deokaran, spokesman for the station, the victim had paid the money as a deposit for a new cat.

Since the money was deposited, however, the ‘seller’ has not answered his phone and has disappeared with the money.

“The victim saw an online ad for a cat. He then contacted the person whose details were listed on the advert. The scam artist asked for the money to be paid upfront as a deposit, which the victim did. He has since tried to contact the number, but there was no answer and soon realised he had been scammed,” Deokaran said. 

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He added that the station had in the past two years seen in an increase in these type of cases. 

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