Klerksdorp Vehicle Scam Warning

Some of our users have come across a scam which seems to be originating in the city of Klerksdorp in the North West Province.

How the scam works: A scammer claiming to be from Namibia / Botswana will contact a person selling his / her vehicle. The scammer will normally respond to the advert in well spoken Afrikaans. They’ll allege that they are working as a driver / in another position for a diamond mine in Botswana / Namibia.

In some cases they will ask for airtime so they can make long distance calls to Namibia / Botswana. They’ll seem very eager to purchase the seller’s vehicle. The scammer will request that the person drive to Klerksdorp in the North West province so that the sales deal can be done for the vehicle. In some cases the seller will be requested to drive to Klerksdorp with a different vehicle.

Once the seller arrives in Klerksdorp the scammer will claim that he needs to complete a diamond deal with a diamond buyer in order to complete the sales deal of the vehicle. The scammers will either conjure the seller to pay an amount to complete the diamond deal, attempt to hijack the seller if he / she arrives in Klerksdorp or engage in other suspicious activities. Various versions of this scam exist.

How to avoid this scam: Don’t buy airtime for any potential buyer. Don’t arrange to pay money into their account for petrol money to drive to your chosen meeting point. The more complicated the story told by the potential buyer the more likely its a scam. Don’t fall for this scam. Sell your item on your terms, not on a potential buyer’s terms.

If you have been a victim of this: Report this matter to the SAPS and please provide us with a full account of what happened. Please include the phone numbers involved in the scam. Contact our Customer Care department on 012-3423840 x2295 / via e-mail at ccc@junkmail.co.za

Please note: This scam is highly adaptable and scamsters are able to do this from any location. There have been recent developments that indicate that this type of scam has also been found in Vereeniging.

Remember! If something sounds to good to be true it usually is not true. Be Smart! Be Savvy! Be Safe

Also check out the Safety & Security page on the Junk Mail Help Site. Feel free to share this information with your friends to increase awareness for scams.

Henno Kruger

Digital Marketing Campaign Coordinator at Junk Mail Publishing.

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182 Responses

  1. Richard says:

    Hey guys, same story here. Some guy called claiming to be named Gustav and worked in the diamond mines in Klerksdorp and all that bullshit. This is the phone number he used: 0769203521

  2. Vee says:

    Hi received a call now from the same number 0769203521 regarding the vehicle Im selling. Told him to piss off

  3. Fraudster Teaser says:

    Same story came now up with the sale of my car. This time he calls himself Lucas Johannes or Tshepo Johannes, 0788644787. He claims to be from 9449 Sam Nujoma Street in Oshakati West in Namibia and to have ID 6512131100222. Neither check out after running data through Nam Police and Fraud Examiners Association.

    He claims to work now at Impala Mine near Rustenburg and starts as usual with asking for airtime to phone his wife (Maria +264 81 3325793) in Namibia and pretend to speak only Afrikaans. I let it run as far as a “bank manager” phoning from Bank of Windhoek to confirm recipient bank details and to inform me (Recipient) to the cent what immediate clearance between their Bank and FNB South Africa cost, N$ 9 595.97 (no joke).

    I actually wanted to play it a bit longer but ran out of time and told this fraudster to go and f*** himself!

    Other numbers he uses are Namibian: +264 61 253671 (supposed to be Fax) and +264 65 262503 (supposed to be his work).

  4. gavin says:

    The Namibian Truck Simon from Vereeniging and his cronies are Fernando, Salim in Muslim Garb. They are then joined by two Angolans. They managed to scammed us out of R 45 000. last week. They do a diamond deal in your car and the you are asked to provide a guarantee for the diamonds while the get the rest of the money. You are conned by thinking you are helping the Namibian to his money to pay you, but you end up with no money and your car is not sold. If the police were interested, they could easily arrest and convict these criminals !

    • Hi Gavin, very sorry to hear about what happened! If this scam happened in relation to a Junk Mail advertisement, please contact scam@junkmail.co.za or phone (012) 432 2295 with the details and we’ll investigate further. Thanks

    • Juan says:

      This just happed to me also the same the diamant deal in the car we left, the Namibian said we should come back the next day for the money and when we dis we almost got robbed luckaly i had my air gun with me when the diamant deal happened and the namibian saw it so when thing got heated they backed off

  5. Chrissie says:

    Hi. Got a call today from a man calling himself Simon. Apparently works at diamond mine in Namibia. Wanted to meet me in Klerksdorp tomorrow to finalise paperwork and financial side of things as he would only be there for that day. I did not need to bring the vehicle just yet. When i asked him how could he buy a vehicle without viewing it he asked if the engine and gearbox were sound. I said yes. He said that was fine. And in the advert (gumtree) it looked good. He then proceeded to ask me some personal questions. I asked him why he needed to know this so said he said he was just asking, that’s all. My husband thought it all sounded a bit suspicious and went onto the internet where, fortunately, he found your website. Thank goodness for that. I could have been badly scammed.

  6. Hercules Dreyer says:

    Got a call from a guy (Philimon) claiming to be from Oranjemund in Namibia. He was only in Klerksdorp for the weekend as a truck driver. He phoned from 078 752 1641. Asked me to come through to Klerksdorp so that he could pay the money over to my bank, go with me to the police station for affidavits and complete paperwork. Reminded me to bring my ID and the car’s papers, souded very ligit. He would then come sometime next week to get the car. Spoke near perfect Afrikaans. I didn’t want to drive all that way.

  7. Muhammed says:

    Same story with my dad and the namibian. Dad thought it sounded fishy when they were doing a diamond deal in the car so he told them to get out. Name used was David (Namibian truck driver for De Beers). Here’s the number they used: 0836866612.

  8. Mohamed says:

    Hi they using the 0836866612 number. I just received a call from them. Once they heard I work for SAPS the call ended.

  9. Ricky says:

    Same here Namibian truck drivers smuggling diamonds phone numbers 0603718889 or 0661347529 this happened this morning

  10. Ricky says:

    Can’t we catch them coz I can even try to get pics of them, tired of all these scams

  11. Carolus says:

    These crooks got me and my dad last Friday. He calls himself Simon ,his number 0763350819. Happened in vereeniging. Only got R4500 out of us,but wasn’t a nice experience.

  12. Marelise says:

    This happened to my father yesterday in Vereeniging!!! Who can we contact? This thing is going on for too long now!!!!!!

    • Jani Grey says:

      Hi Marelise,

      We’re very sorry to hear about what happened. If this scam happened in relation to a Junk Mail advertisement, please contact scam@junkmail.co.za or phone 012 432 2295 with the details and we’ll investigate further.

      Kind regards,
      The Junk Mail Team

  13. Sarel says:

    My vriend and my sister from secunda was cuaght by this guys
    He was robbed yesterday by these guys
    They tried me also in the past when i wanted to sel ny vehicles on junkmail gumtree or olx

    My friends details is as follow 0826090122

    • Jani Grey says:

      Hi Sarel,

      We’re sorry to hear that this has happened.

      If you have any additional information on these scammers, including links, please send it to scam@junkmail.co.za and we’ll investigate it from out side.

      Kind regards,
      The Junk Mail Team

  14. Cobus Van Rooyen says:

    Happened to me. Lost 23000.00

    • Jani Grey says:

      Hi Cobus,

      We’re sorry to hear that this happened.

      If you have any additional information on these scammers, including links, please send it to scam@junkmail.co.za and we’ll investigate it from out side.

      Kind regards,
      The Junk Mail Team

  15. Marelise says:

    Exactly the same thing is happening to me as we speak – I almost met with “HERMAN – 083 679 8349” at the airport, 45min ago, yet something seemed off, same story, truck driver from Nam, wanting the vehicle in 2 weeks time.
    He got very agitated when I said this is not working for me, I was watching him while he thought I was still on my way to the Drop-and-Go, something just felt wrong, so I made up a story and left. He’s wanting me to meet him again tomorrow, so we can go to the police station and thereafter the bank to do the transaction – anyone in crime units interested in catching this man? Please contact me, he’s still convinced that I’m unaware of his scam.

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