"Sold" puppy 29 times

Over a period of five months, the woman sold puppies, again and again, without them being found, the court believes.

In total, the woman from Nord-Jæren was paid NOK 119,000 in advance payment for the puppies.

On Friday, the woman was sentenced to community punishment, as well as to pay compensation to many of those from whom she received money.

One of them is Alice Steyn, resident at Stord. She came across an advertisement for a Cockapoo puppy on Finn.no, and was immediately charmed.

– The seller seemed reliable and trustworthy. She also sent pictures and information about the puppies and the feed the puppies used, says Steyn to TV 2.

DISAPPOINTED: Alice Steyn from Stord found the seller to be safe.  Photo: Private

DISAPPOINTED: Alice Steyn from Stord found the seller to be safe. Photo: Private

A little while after she had sent the woman a deposit of 4,000, she got a tip from Finn.no that there could be a possible fraud. She then tried to contact the seller, without success.

– Of course I thought it was sad. I have a family, and that money could have gone to so many other things, says Steyn.

The woman’s defender, Pål Oskar Minde, is aware that the case has been burdensome for the woman.

– This is a sad and difficult case for everyone, and I would like to commend the court for having made a good assessment in the sentencing, says Minde to TV 2.

Furthermore, Minde says that the woman now has a two-week cooling-off period, which they will use well. The woman pleaded not guilty after the indictment.

The daughter drew a drawing for the fraudster

TV 2 also spoke to a father who had finally agreed that his daughter should get a dog to play with.

– We did research, and looked at which ads seemed legitimate, and which ones didn’t. We came across a nice ad that looked legitimate, despite some typos, says the father.

The father of the family from Eastern Norway wishes to remain anonymous, but TV 2 knows his identity.

They were in contact with the convicted woman in her 30s for a long time.

– She was very into chatting and getting to know each other, and was perceived as very caring and pleasant, he says.

BUILT TRUST: The family from Eastern Norway were convinced that the seller could be trusted.  Photo: Screenshot

BUILT TRUST: The family from Eastern Norway were convinced that the seller could be trusted. Photo: Screenshot

It seemed promising. The family spoke to the seller on the phone, who could tell that she was out walking the dogs, or about the first time she became interested in the breed.

– She had a good, detailed cover story that seemed credible. We could even hear barking in the background while talking to her on the phone.

The father of the family estimates that the contact lasted for around two months with regular dialogue. They were aware that there is a risk of being scammed, but concluded that the seller gave far too much of himself for it to be a hoax. Among other things, the woman in her 30s gave recommendations about which cages they could buy.

– We had told our daughter, and she was ecstatic. She even drew a drawing of the puppy that she wanted to give to the seller, says the father of the family to TV 2.

HAPPY: This drawing was drawn by the daughter of the fraudster's family Photo: Private screenshot

HAPPY: This drawing was drawn by the daughter of the fraudster’s family Photo: Private screenshot

The convicted woman in her 30s was able to see the drawing, and said that they had to take it with them when they came to visit, so that it could be hung over the puppy box.

But on the day the family were to get in the car and drive west, they suddenly found no contact information.

– She had disappeared and gone completely underground. Then we just had to assume it was a scam.

Financially, the family did not suffer a great loss. They had paid NOK 4,000 as a form of deposit. They later got the money back.

– The worst thing is that you place trust in a person, who then deliberately abuses that trust and contact. says the father of the family.

He is shocked at the time and energy the fraudster has spent deceiving so many people.

– She has gone very, very far, knowingly and willingly, to defraud people, he says.

Fortunately, the story had a happy ending.

– We finally managed to get a dog, and it probably saved a lot, considering how much our daughter had enjoyed it. But it hurts to think what it would have been like if we hadn’t managed to fix it.

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