Heartbroken dog lover devastated after £2,000 puppy stolen by ‘professional scammer’
Lee-ann Carle took a picture of the man and the tiny Maltipoo she was selling as he walked out convincing her he had paid for the animal though a bank transfer in Perth, Scotland
A heartbroken dog lover was conned out of £1,995 after a scammer convinced her to hand over her nine-week-old Maltipoo puppy for nothing.
Lee-ann Carle is devastated and fears the young female pup could be in danger after she was taken from her home in North Muirton, Perth, Scotland, on Monday evening, Daily Record reports.
The 45-year-old is selling her dog Coco’s first litter of four pups but has been traumatised by the convincing con man who informed her the pooch was for his disabled daughter.
He even phoned someone who claimed to work for his bank and showed Lee-ann the amount transferred from his phone.
But the insurance worker soon realised he was a ‘professional scammer’ when the funds failed to go into her account.
She told the Daily Record: “I had originally been speaking to who I thought was a female for a couple of days about selling the pup and it seemed genuine.
“At 6pm on Monday night a man showed up at the door and he was very well dressed and very smart.
“He seemed like a nice person and he looked at the pups. He asked all the right questions and answered all the questions I had. He even took his phone and showed me the amount he had transferred.
“I checked my account immediately but the money hadn’t gone in. After about an hour he said he would phone the bank. I could hear a voice from what sounded like customer service and they told him it could take up to two hours to go through.”
Lee-ann then asked the man to wait until the money was in her account before he left and even phoned her bank to enquire about the transaction.
But with major issues affecting Facebook and other social media sites that night, Lee-ann thought this could be affecting the transfer and eventually let the man leave at around 7.40pm after taking his details and snapping a photo of him.
She soon realised she had been scammed after another call to the bank confirmed the funds should have arrived and she was advised to contact the police.
When officers checked the details the man had provided Lee-ann with, none matched up and her worst fears were confirmed when his mobile number was deactivated.
She said: “I just can’t believe this has happened, I am devastated. She is such a good wee pup. I feel like I’ve let her down.
“Where is she and what is happening to her? I am thinking the worst. I’ve been frantic.
“She is just such a wee precious dog, she is so good natured and so well behaved. I am sick with worry.”
The man left with the pup and headed to his white transit van which was parked on Jura Street.
Lee-ann is hoping someone in the area will have captured the vehicles registration plate on CCTV and is thankful her 24-year-old son was at the property with her at the time.
Both the man and woman spoke good English with a foreign accent and claimed to be living in Glasgow.
A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “We received a report of the theft of a puppy from a premises in Iona Court, Perth on Monday, 4 October.
“The theft occurred around 7.30pm and enquiries are ongoing.”