Man hijacked by potential car buyers

2012-03-30 08:53
Durban - A man who advertised his VW Golf on online classifieds site Gumtree was hijacked by two men who posed as potential buyers.

The Daily News reported that the 31-year-old from Chatsworth, who did not want to be identified, placed an ad on Gumtree a week ago.

He received a call from a man interested in buying the car and they arranged to meet. The potential buyer arrived with another man, supposedly his mechanic. They asked to take the car for a test drive and he accompanied them.

Soon after driving off, the man posing as the buyer pulled out a gun and ordered him onto the passenger seat.

The seller said he was terrified, but the hijackers reassured him, saying they wouldn’t hurt him.

They robbed him of his wallet and cellphone and dropped him off, driving away with the stolen car.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said no arrests had been made and the car had not been recovered.

He added that while cases like this are rare, people should always exercise caution when advertising goods online.
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