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Don’t get stung by bee racket


NADYA Cohen contacted me about her honey delivery that wasn’t, warning of a possible scam.

She wrote: “In June, I was sent an e-mail by a friend about a project to start fresh beehives in the Western Cape... the bees are endangered because of the invasion of American foulbrood. It is a pollinator preservati­on situated in Gouritsmon­d.

“The Beekind Project site invites corporate sponsorshi­p (adopt a beehive for R4 400) and jars of honey (2 litres at R200 and 1 litre at R120). On June 7, I placed an order by EFT for two bottles at R200 each and on June 8 for 1 bottle at R200.

“A few days later I received a certificat­e confirming both orders… I subsequent­ly received their newsletter on October 15 stating the landline was no longer functionin­g as they were moving to Mossel Bay.

“On November 21, I e-mailed Greg Aberdeen to ask about the honey delivery.

“He said they were packing to order… I heard nothing further and then e-mailed them on December 15, called Greg subsequent­ly several times... no pick up. The site is fully functional and still accepting orders. I am hoping you can help me... or, failing which, alert others that this is a dishonest set-up.”

I mailed them and tried calling too but no response.

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