I've been keeping fish for most of my life and experienced many ups and downs and come across many scams etc. None more upsetting then what happened recently. Well here goes. A couple of months back I gave my brother a bit over $200 to buy some CRS, CBS, Endlers and a couple of other fish he really wanted. My brother lives a good while away and has an intellectual handicap. He enjoys many activities and whilst I have kept fish for a long time he is only relatively new to it and a very caring person who fusses over everything he does.
So my brother had been helping a hobbyist with his tanks for a short while and that is where he saw his first CRS & CBS. My brother showed a keen interest and the guy had told him that he could get him some nice ones and set up his tank if he wanted. My advice was to hold off paying the money till the fish/shrimp arrived from wherever they were sourced. My brother excitedly though handed over the money immediately and that is where it all appears to have gone wrong. Talking to my brother a number of times on the phone I kept asking about the shrimp etc He kept saying good they look great and finally today he cracked. He told me that the guy he was helping had moved house (apparently overseas actually) and had scammed him completely. I've asked for his name but he won't give it to me as he is not one who likes fights or arguments. It is sad to think that people have nothing better to do then scam people and in particular someone with a disability.