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.

  • IcemanGP - 2012-03-30 09:15

    I know the last car i bought, the dealer robbed me with the price, then the bank robbed me with interest rates, then the government robbed me with high fuel prices, then the mechanic robbed me on parts and labour costs.

      zipho500 - 2012-03-30 09:21


      Marion - 2012-03-30 09:21

      Now the government wants to rob you again with eTolls.... you're scrood mate!

      thabane.dladla - 2012-03-30 09:25

      Lol it seems like everyone is robbing you!!ur wife will rob you in bed soon!!

      Susan - 2012-03-30 09:29

      Mr Kcopah - it is called humor

      David - 2012-03-30 09:32

      There are a few innovative ways to stop people from stealing your car. It entails putting a shock system in place. If he is shocked and passes out, his problem, he should have not stolen your car. They won't get far either. The system is strong enough is kick them 3 to 5 meters back, if u sitting in the car, imagine what is can do to them then. HAHAHAHAHA.

      hayden.cajee - 2012-03-30 09:45

      Hey iceman, brilliant reply

      Brad.Kopping - 2012-03-30 10:09

      Welcome to SA, how can we rob you today ^__^

      siyadyosiba - 2012-03-30 10:30

      @thabane, nice one. lol @Mr SCOPA, have some humor for once , its a friday dude. @David, brilliant. I need the system. These buggers require something "specially for them"

  • Thoka - 2012-03-30 09:39

    I this web trading its like internet dating very dangerous. What happened to drive in next to BMW dealership that was perfect for car trading.

      radlegend - 2012-03-30 09:53

      haha, and then instead of getting hijacked at the BMW, you roll your car off the side of the cliff!!! xD

      Thoka - 2012-03-30 10:03

      when you facing the barrel your mind goes blank. your body get cold in hot sunny day. i know the feeling. Mamo you did well, you can always replace bling bling and six by nines an all.

      Marion - 2012-03-30 10:43

      You realise that woman's accident with her merc is once again a brilliant ad for BMW. Remember the ad when the Merc went off Chapman's peak and the next thing BMW had an ad saying 'our cars stay on the road'. That is going to be revamped now, bet my bottom dollar.

  • luyolo.mgodi - 2012-03-30 09:52

    Eish, I'm at the moment in contact with some guy up there in durban who is trying to sell me some engine at a freakin cheap price. I'm just sceptical that he's way to cheap and I'm in Cape Town. He might just disappear with my money after I made the deposit. The deal is just too good to be true!!

      Julian - 2012-03-30 10:00

      If I were you I would stay away from deals like that unless it is through a reputable company

      Linda - 2012-03-30 10:18

      If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

      luyolo.mgodi - 2012-03-30 10:21

      @Julian, you reckon mate??

      Marion - 2012-03-30 10:48

      When you gut says 'not kosher' listen to your gut. If it sounds too good to be true it probably is. Way too many scams these days. Stay wise.

      Manford - 2012-03-30 11:29

      luyolo, if the deal feels tooo gud to resist be very careful dont deposit any thing until yu c and verify the engine itself or yu will be on one of the news articles

      Sharon - 2012-03-30 22:41

      When in doubt don't do it.

  • radlegend - 2012-03-30 09:59

    Why do people always have to bring up race in every single news article. Seriously guys?? Seriously????? SMH *give yourself a very hard face-palm if you do*

      siyadyosiba - 2012-03-30 10:35

      we just need to ignore it. they are sick.

  • flybyzn - 2012-03-30 10:08

    I'm currently trying to sell my car and two guys have tried to scam me out of my car. Needless to say the car is still with me.LOL

  • Manford - 2012-03-30 10:18

    when selling cars privately shot left to the nearest police station, not negotiable,or yu wil remain a loooooooooooooozaaaaa!

  • Justin - 2012-03-30 10:23

    Nice and clean way to hijack. Just can't understand why they'd go for a golf of all cars?

  • Grant - 2012-03-30 11:04

    How exactly are you supposed to "exercise caution" when allowing strangers to take control of your vehicle? Hire security guards to do pat-downs before entry... have a police escourt in front and behind your vehicle? Sad thing is, you either sell your car to a dealer (and lose a good 25% of its value), or stand with your pants down when you are selling to a man off the street. Its pathetic, but there's really no safe way of doing it!

  • Margaret Nhlapo - 2012-03-30 11:35

    shame i feel sorry for the guy maybe he wanted to buy a nicer car than golf needed to add whatever he had with the one they were going to give him

  • Phiza - 2012-04-17 14:32

    Beware of this criminal

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