SOUTH AFRICA: Unnerving Situation With Rhinocon Anton Bakker

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  1. Ardent

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    Theo is in an unfortunate position, and is a good man I've dealt with before very successfully, I have confidence in him. What I am particularly concerned about at present is getting the money "Rhinocon" has back immediately.
     

  2. BRICKBURN

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    If you trust Theo that's fair enough.
    I would just think his stink radar needs to be turned up a notch or two!
     
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  3. Saul

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    Once again, I am sorry if I come off as "mean" here, but in my opinion, this agent has got to go. I do not know the guy personally and I am sure he is a good man, but you have paid him for services and he has royally failed in delivering on those services. He may be a good friend, but business comes first and his mistake costed you a lot of money and headache. I am speaking for myself here, but that is unforgivable. Do what you think is best and please do not take my comments the wrong way, but I know that I would never do business again with someone who put me in this sort of a situation, especially when I am paying him specifically to prevent situations like this from arising.
     
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  4. KMG Hunting Safaris

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    Hi Angus,
    I have taken some time to try and find out as much as possible for you. I feel it is sensitive information to those who have supplied me with details, so please check your inbox, so that I can give you a call tomorrow .

    Take Care,
    Marius Goosen
     
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  5. BRICKBURN

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    This appears to be reaching much further than I first thought....

    I sense an SAPS and RCMP investigation in the offing.

    This situation is starting to look like a plague!
     

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    I hope you get your money back + any airfare or anything else, but that would probably not be realistic when dealing with crooks.
     

  7. Limpopo Big Game Safaris

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    Where and who is the agent? I think he has some explaining to do here.
    How do you sell 5 separate Rhino hunts, while you are aware there are problems with the first ones??
    To date contact has been made with 5 Clients/Hunters that were suppose to hunt these Rhino's and the agent booked them all.
    It's seem he thought he and his buddies made enough out of 5 Rhinos to hit the road and start something else with that money.

    We have information from a good informant that they have appeared in court regarding 2 of the counts and more are following as of now. They are rescheduled to reappear in court somewhere in February.
     
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    Hopefully the cheats will get to spend some time behind bars!
     

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    Does anyone else see a pattern here???.

    Offer and warning posted on AR:

    "22 August 2013
    Another reduced hunt.
    If you know friends that are hunting in South Africa please inform them. If you can go now don't miss this opportunity. The leopard available is a huge male. It was missed by a hunter at 40 m and is back at the bait at the moment.
    Outfitter Tsoma Safari's PH Styger Joubert
    Place North West South Africa
    Theo Blignaut
    Skinafrika"



    "7 January 2015
    Styger Joubert will soon be taken to court by Nature Conservation North west.
    Contact Basie Diole if you have any dealings with him. The more the better.
    Theo Blignaut"
     

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    This whole matter definitely stinks. I hate thieves and for sure that is what this seems to be. Angus, I hope you get your money back and get some satisfaction as well. Maybe you can make your hunt next year with someone honest. At any rate, I think there are a few guys on here that need to go to work for homeland security. I think they have a few terrorist they could use your help in finding. Good job guys. It is good to be a member of a community that does try and help someone in need.
     

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    Have shared this info with my friend and PH in Thabazimbi to make him aware with the issues taking place. Hoping all those involved will be held accountable.

    dt
     

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    Great stuff dt.
    Maybe we should start a Facebook page and invite all his friends to it so they can see who he really is
     
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    It was bound to happen with all the free publicity he was getting.
     

  15. Limpopo Big Game Safaris

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    Yea Great work there BRICKBURN and JEROME
    I have made contact with one of the guys that has been scammed, I put them in contact with a lawyer that I really trust.
    They should get this show started soon.
     

  16. Ardent

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    The help here has been indispensable, sorry to be so quiet in this thread, been dealing in emails and messages on it. Bossie has been enormously helpful and got the ball rolling in a way I was struggling to, won't be forgotten guys.

    I don't want to say I've given up on my money and lost it, as I'll fight til the bitter end for it. I do recognize the chances of seeing any of it are slim however and at this point just want them to regret this.
     
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    I hope the stand up guys can help hunt these crooks down.
     

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    Wishing you the best - have notified Thabazimbi local PH's and game wardens of the situation. Hoping all the attention and pressure will yield a positive resolution.

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    Hi Angus, i came across your story on Facebook, and immediately signed up to AfricaHunting . I am Wayne Muller from Boss Hunting Safaris. (Boss Safaris). please pop me a email with all the information you have on this. Or give me a call on +27792782073. I am in contact with high level VIP's in both the police and private security sectors. I hate seeing stories like these as it gives hunting in South Africa a really bad name, a name that we try to build up year after year. for legitimate reasons you can look me up on Facebook, www.bosssafaris.com and my email is wayne@bosssafaris.com. Lets get this sorted out as soon as possible.
     
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  20. Royal27

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    Ardent,

    Forgive me if I missed it in the thread, but have you received the money back from Theo that he still holds? You've stated that you trust him, but not that the money has come back. Again, unless I missed it.

    The focus here has been on rhinocon, and rightfully so, but if there are still delays with the money from Theo that is also something I would want to know as it would be enough to keep me from considering using him in the future.

    Sorry again that you have had to go through all of this.
     

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