Cheques for R1,5?mln house bounced, car EFT never came through

2014-05-15 00:00

A BOGUS property mogul tried to fraudulently buy a multi-million rand house and a luxury car while simultaneously ripping off small businesses.

And Lerlin Goss, whose company Goss Real Estate (also known as Rawson’s Corporation) was exposed as a lie by The Witness and found to have failed to pay any bills, purchased over R10 000 in floral arrangements and even inquired about purchasing a R5 million farm in Ashburton.

Her trail of deceit through the provincial capital — in which she left a litany of debt — is believed to have started as early as February, ending in April. She has since skipped the city and is believed to be hiding in Durban.

Estate agent Christo Pretorius said in April, Goss made an offer to purchase a R1,5 million home in Montgomery Drive, Athlone, in Pietermaritzburg.

“She seemed very interested and wanted to purchase the house in cash. But she missed the original payment deadline and after blaming the delays on her family trust not releasing funds, she eventually processed two cheques of R500 000 each. She wanted immediate occupation, which I refused. The next day we were told the cheques had bounced,” said Pretorius.

He said his concern was that Goss wanted to “move in” and then refuse to leave.

“It is very difficult to evict a person from a home. She could have stayed there for a few months and incurred significant costs on the homeowner,” said Pretorius.

The estate agent said he even took Goss to view a farm in Ashburton.

“She said was into property development. I showed her the farm. She would always tell me that she first needed to consult with her company CEO, Shaylee Janniker,” said Pretorius.

He said they will be pushing ahead with charges to blacklist Goss, recoup commission owed and loss of revenue for their client.

Used-car dealer Imraan Aboobaker, from Crescent Car Sales, said Goss tried to purchase a Mercedes-Benz A-Class in February.

“They sent us an EFT for R104 000. They wanted to take the keys immediately but we would not budge until the money showed up — which it didn’t. She never came back even though she had taken insurance on the car,” he said.

Michelle Walters, a caterer who lost R10 000 on providing a buffet for a Goss Real Estate investment event, said she was given the runaround.

“She always promised to pay and even faxed us a Standard Bank EFT which never cleared,” said Walters.

Other business also complained about receiving EFTs claiming they were fraudulent.

Spokesperson for Standard Bank Ross Linstrom said the bank “is familiar with scams where fraudsters purport to be the bank”.

“We handle these matters on a case by case manner and apply the appropriate due diligence. The victim will be requested to lay a charge with the SAPS and the bank will support the investigation by providing all information required to assist in apprehending the criminal,” he said.

Attempts to contact Goss were unsuccessful.

• Were you ripped off by Goss Real Estate or Rawsons Corporation? Let us know. E-mail jonathan.erasmus@witness.co.za or call 031 533 7879

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