Police hunt bogus car sellers

2018-03-30 06:00


A 32-YEAR-OLD Kokstad woman has been left devastated after losing R17 000 to a bogus car trader last Friday.

The woman said that she saw an advert for a green Toyota Corolla and when she contacted the car trader, she was told to deposit R17 000 into the trader’s bank account.

After she deposited the money, she was unable to reach the man on his phone, she said.

In a separate incident, a 45-year-old woman from Mthatha said that she saw an advert for a Polo last week and when she contacted the car trader, she was told to send a deposit of R1 500.

After she transferred the money, she asked to view the car next to the Kokstad Police Station but the man refused. Instead, he wanted an additional R8 000 from the woman, and the money was transferred into his bank account.

The woman got suspicious and wanted her money back from the man, but the man did not answer her phone calls.

SAPS spokesperson Captain Dumisani Ncongo confirmed that two cases of fraud have been opened. He said police are hunting for the men as they are still at large.

On December 1, 2017, the Fever published the story of a 26-year-old woman who opened a case of fraud after she was defrauded of R28 000 for a car that was advertised on the Internet.

At the time, Ncongo warned people not to give money to people they do not trust. He reiterated these sentiments due to the recent incidents.

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