resident who thought she was buying a puppy online has reported being
defrauded, Chesterton Police said.
police, on Thursday, Jan. 19, the resident advised that, after seeing an ad
on the Internet for a Pomeranian puppy, she made inquiries and received in
response an e-mail on Jan. 17 from a “Tohman Judia,” who agreed to sell her
a puppy for $650.
“Judia” told the
resident that, after receiving payment, he would ship the puppy by airplane
to the Porter County Regional Airport. The resident, for her part, followed
“Judia” instructions to wire a payment of $650 to a Walmart in Dayton, Ohio.
The wire payment
was made at 5:26 p.m. Jan. 18 and collected at 8:06 p.m. the same day, the
resident told police. The following day, at 9 a.m., “Judia” texted the
resident a photo of the puppy but neglected to send her flight information
and a tracking number and subsequent texts from the resident were ignored.
“She then began to
research the website where she had ‘purchased’ the dog,” police said. “There
were several negative reviews and several people stating it was a scam.”