Fake Vehicle Scam Update

ScamA while ago I informed you about Fake Vehicle Scams. They have been doing their rounds on Junk Mail and other South African Classifieds websites in recent times.

Sad news it that scammers have repackaged Fake Vehicle Scams. They are still placing adverts for vehicles (like a2000 VW Golf Cabriolet for R18,000 and various others) that are priced way below market value in order to lure unsuspecting honest potential buyers and the majority of the adverts they post on South African Classifieds websites for vehicles still sound to good to be true, but they have changed the response they send out to readers.

The new response that scammers are using for Fake Vehicle Scams reads as follows:  

“Hello,  Sorry for the delayed response, but I’m in Kruger National Park right now and I have been very busy with my work.I shoot a documentary for National Geographic for two years, and in two weeks the documentary will be ready and I’ll go back home to United States.

Anyway,thank you for your interest in buying the car. The total price of the 2000 Volkswagen Golf 4 Cabriolet is R18000. The car is registered in South Africa on my name and right now is located in Johannesburg in my garage.I sell it so cheap, because in US, with the money obtained for this car, I’ll buy a new car. In the U.S. the car prices are much much lower then here.

The car is like new, in perfect conditions, accident free, no scratches, no special marks, no need for additional repairs, always garaged. You can see from the pictures . If you decide to buy the car i will bring it personally at your home anywhere in SA . I wait your email .

Thank you, Remy.”

The reply comes with various pictures of the vehicle that is being advertised and even has a National Geographic logo with an American phone number at the bottom of it. At face value the reply might look legit, but it’s not. This person wants you to pay for a vehicle by doing a Western Union or another third party payment service.

Remember: Junk Mail is not involved in brokering sales deals and is not affiliated with Ebay or Google Checkout (which some of the scammers are using to scam potential buyers).

Don’t get caught by this Fake Vehicle Scam. These persons won’t show you the car they are advertising, because it doesn’t exist. If you ask them if you can view the car they’ll make up story or they’ll give you an address where you can view it that does not exist. They also won’t be able to answer technical questions about the vehicle in question. All they care about is getting you to pay them a deposit. Think about this way: if you’re making a payment, you’re paying for something that you have not seen or inspected, even if it’s the bargain of a lifetime.

If you come across a possible scam advert or any other fraudulent activity on the Junk Mail website please report it to our Customer Care Department via ccc@junkmail.co.za or via phone on 012-3423840 x2295 (during office hours).

For more scam warnings and tips check out the Safety and Security page on the Junk Mail Help site.

Henno Kruger

Digital Marketing Campaign Coordinator at Junk Mail Publishing.

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39 Responses

  1. Bender says:

    You fools, check your site, all the ads are up special caravan and motorhomes, you fools !!!

  2. Bender says:

    Why you block to post?

  3. Henno Kruger says:

    We are removing the adverts that you report. Please be patient.

  4. Henno Kruger says:

    We are NOT helping this scammer. He’s abusing our system and we are removing his adverts. This takes time. Please understand that this person is using DIFFERENT e-mail addresses and phone numbers for EACH advert. It takes time to trace them on our system. Please be patient.

  5. Bender says:

    What time, I sent you here the links with scam ads, why did you not approve the posts with the links???

  6. Henno Kruger says:

    You can manually report the adverts to Customer Care via e-mail. We are working on fixing the report function.

  7. Bender says:

    Yes, were removed, thank you but what can we do because he will start to post again the ads this evening all the night and all the weekend? Can you mark the ads so can be automatically removed?

  8. Munyai says:

    SCAM ALERT!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Munay says:

    Please take care because the scammer is posting again, same ads, same make and model, same price !!!

    • Henno Kruger says:

      Thanks for letting us know Munay. He’s probably using different e-mail addresses / contact details than the previous time he / she did this. Chances are our moderation team removed these adverts already.

  10. Catherine says:

    This are the same ads, how can be possible???

    • Henno Kruger says:

      These scammers change the details that they use to submit adverts constantly, which makes it hard for us to track them on our website. We will remove the adverts as requested.

  11. Munyai says:

    Did you get the links with scam ads? Are the same ads please reply asap and block this scammer !!! He is from country: Romania and the city is Alexandria, oltean taran de Teleorman

  12. Munyai JR. says:


    • Henno Kruger says:

      Hi Munyai – This scammer is using DIFFERENT phone numbers, which makes it hard to track. Please be patient. We have removed all the adverts you reported yesterday.

  13. Munyai says:

    Why are you removing my comments but the fake ads placed via mobile with 1 picture no???? Night support, weekend support?

    • Henno Kruger says:

      Hi Munyai – No need to bombard us with the same comments over and over. We do check for fake ads, we remove them. Please report any fake ads via e-mail directly to ccc@junkmail.co.za.

  14. Munyai says:

    Look here the proof when I tried to sent a email regarding a Toyota for sale:

    An Error Was Encountered

    Unable to load the requested file: emails/spam/html.php

  15. Munyai says:

    Please let me know here. Thank you Henno

    • Henno Kruger says:

      Our Webmaster has been notified about this. It might be that the person in question did not use an e-mail address to advertise.

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