Be Aware of Holding Deposit Scams!

Holding deposit scams are one of the most popular methods that fraudsters use to lure unsuspecting potential buyers into paying them money, especially this time of the year.

There are a group of scammers are using various cell phone / land line telephone numbers to advertise vehicles / caravans / trailers. The two latest numbers that was reported by a Junk Mail user was 024 5512212 and 061 7728812. They advertise for various different regions. These scammers use fake names and claim to be doctors / lawyers.

Just to refresh your memory about holding deposit scams: Fraudsters advertise a vehicle / caravan / trailer at a ridiculously low price. Once you’ve contacted them they’ll ask you for a holding deposit or document registration fee so they can supposedly reserve the vehicle / caravan / trailer for you. Any request to view the item will be shot down by the advertiser. The advertiser will never be in the same town or city as you.

Once you’ve paid money into their account, they’ll stop taking your calls and stop responding to SMS messages. In some cases they’ll even give you a fake address where you can view the vehicle / caravan / trailer. Some of them will also arrogantly inform you that you have been scammed.

Don’t get caught by holding deposit scams! Take note of the following:

  • Ask as many questions about as possible about the advertised item.
  • Get a friend to phone the same person from a different number and check if they’re using a different name when they call them.
  • Keep in mind that is if something sounds to good to be true, it’s most probably a scam.
  • Don’t pay someone a holding deposit / document registration fee for an item that you have not inspected (no matter how cheap it is).

If you encounter possible holding deposit scams for an advertised item or if you have been a victim of this scam, contact our Customer Care department via e-mail at ccc@junkmail.co.za or telephonically on 012-3423840 x2295 (during office hours).

For more scam warnings and other safety tips, check out the Junk Mail Safety and Security page.

Henno Kruger

Digital Marketing Campaign Coordinator at Junk Mail Publishing.

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