Property Scam Warning

Be very careful if you are looking for a property to rent. This scam has stuck out its ugly head in recent weeks. We take this very seriously at Junk Mail and we thought it best to warn our users about this scam. Remember, when a deal seems to be too good to be true, it usually is not true. Be Savvy! Be Smart! Be Safe!

The scam works as follows:

  • The scamsters use confirmed affidavits from the SAPS and claim that they are the rightful owners of a property that they are advertising to rent.
  • They use properties listed on agency’s adverts in our print edition.
  • The scamsters sublet the same property to different people and run away with the deposit fees.
  • They even have duplicate keys for the properties.
  • To attract attention the scamsters place an advert for the property at about R500 – R700 below market value for a property in the area that they are targetting.
  • In some cases the scamster knocks on tenant’s doors and claim that they’re the owner of the flat they’re staying in and that they should move and provide them with their keys.
  • The fake “contract” (is some cases from CNA) is sometimes accompanied with a ID copy. The ID is either a fake or the ID of a deceased person.
  • The scamsters provide banking details and once the money is deposited they withdraw it immediately.
  • The scamsters only use the cell phone numbers for the scam for 24 hours (after they’ve made enough money).
If you have been a victim of this scam please contact us and provide us with an account of your experience. Include phone numbers and e-mail addresses of the persons involved. Check out the following links for more information about scams:

Henno Kruger

Digital Marketing Campaign Coordinator at Junk Mail Publishing.

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10 Responses

  1. Marius says:

    1.kobus 0712153243 house to rent in wierdapark R 6800
    2 martin 0790703773 house to rent in wierdapark R 6800
    3andre 0824247764 house to rent in moreletapark R 5500
    These 3 guys are all scammers and unfortunately i got caught by them

    • Henno Kruger says:

      Thanks for sharing Marius – Our Customer Care Department will be following up and e-mailing you later today. Thanks for reporting this to us.

    • Trina says:

      I got caught by rental property scamer Trevor 071 577 9620!

    • Geraldine says:

      Silverton Gardenflat to rent moot R3000.00 0612884690 email: mosiacart@yahoo.com
      Martha-Ann Nankervis

      This is a scam of which I got caught by

    • Moneen Booyse says:

      Hi,

      The following guy is also scamming people be very careful:
      ID: 39430773
      Contact Adrian 073 707 9250

      He had a different name and cell number when he advertised this on Gumtree. We got is ID and it did not exist we drove to this house and there are people living there who opened a case against this guy trying to rent out their property that is not for rent.

      Please remove this add to avoid people getting scammed.

      Thank you.

  2. Annelize says:

    Please post these scam numbers on one of these sites for others to find…

    http://whocallsme.com
    http://www.whycall.me
    http://800notes.com

    Always a good idea to search the numbers on the ads first!

  3. danie136 says:

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  4. Vera Amos says:

    My daughter was scammed out of R6400.00 deposit by a Thato/Thito Matolweni
    ID 7604035660082
    Really this guy must suffer

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