Scammed on OLX

2015-06-11 06:01

A SUNWICH Port man claims he was scammed on OLX after trying to buy a car that was advertised on the website.

Phillip Hlamaphi said he was looking to purchase a car and he went onto the site where he saw a Toyota Corolla for R25 000.

“I called the number provided to make arrangements about how I could buy the car,” said Hlamaphi.

He says a man called Bafana told him to send him a deposit for the car as many people had shown interest in it.

“He said I should send a R2 500 deposit and he gave me an account number with a different name - Mfanafuthi Mkhize,” said Hlamaphi.

After depositing the money he phoned to make arrangements to collect the vehicle and to pay the balance of the money.

“Bafana then told me he was truck driver and said he is never home. He said he will arrange for his wife to take me to the house and get the car and the log book.”

Hlamaphi never suspected anything was wrong as he had always communicated with Bafana.

On 5 May Mhlamaphi went to Kokstad to meet Bafana’s wife, but before they met, Bafana told him to deposit the balance of the money, saying that everything had been arranged for his wife to pick Hlamaphi up in the Kokstad CBD.

“When I got to the bank in Kokstad there was only one teller assisting people with deposits and withdrawals and she told me to stand to one side as she would be with me shortly.”

Hlamaphi says he later realised the lady was connected to the scammer because before assisting him she made many calls. He says she called him to the till and asked him why he was withdrawing so much money.

Hlamaphi told the lady that he was buying a car.

I deposited the money into Mfanafuthi Mkhize’s bank account and waited for the wife to pick me up.

“After some time I realised I had been scammed, and Bafana was not answering his phone,” he said.

Hlamaphi said he has not opened a case because he is still in shock after losing so much money. He said he tried reversing the money transaction, but it was too late.

Hlamaphi says the vehicle in the advert had an NPS registration number and it makes him wonder why the car was in Kokstad.

Hlamaphi warns the public to be very careful in such instances.

According to the information on the OLX website, people are cautioned against depositing money into strangers’ bank accounts

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