Scam safety tip: Junk Mail is NOT the ‘middleman’

scam-warningThe safety and security of our users are very important to us, and that is why we would like to caution you to take extra care when trading online and using classifieds services. Be wary and vigilant all the time to ensure that you DO NOT FALL VICTIM to a crime or crafty scammers.

PROTECT YOURSELF. Listen to your gut feeling. If something seems too good to be true, it more than likely is. If you feel uncomfortable or suspicious about a transaction, be smart, back away, and report the seller to

Important Safety Tips: DO NOT pay for an item that you have not seen. DO NOT provide your banking details and address to a stranger. DO NOT meet a seller in an isolated area, or after dark. Always meet in a public place, such as the nearest police station, during daytime. As far as possible, trade with cash. Be careful of sellers ‘pushing’ you to buy because of reasons provided such as “it’s an urgent sale” or “I’m moving abroad”, etc. Be careful of way underpriced items. This is likely to be a scam.

Scam doing the rounds: Scammer claims Junk Mail is the ‘middleman’.

Be VERY careful when you come across a ‘seller’ who claims that Junk Mail facilitates the transaction between the buyer and the seller, and that Junk Mail has verified the seller or trader. This is FALSE INFORMATION.

Example response from a scammer FALSELY claiming that Junk Mail is the ‘middleman’:

“Hi again,

 R20,000 is the price. This is my number: +44xxxxxxxxxx, you can call me anytime.

I’m sorry you cannot see the car because I am not in the country and for this reason we must use JunkMail in order to be safe (I am a verified seller on JunkMail so we can use their services). I want to use JunkMail because we are in a country like South Africa and we both know that we can find very bad people here. I am sorry to say it because I love this country, but yes, South Africa is not what it used to be. All I need from you is your full name and address so I can register you as potential buyer on JunkMail.

Full name:

Complete address (street, city, where to be delivered):

Phone number:

 After I will have all this details I will forward them to JunkMail and I will proceed the order. JunkMail will contact you with all the details that you need to complete this deal and also to see that I am covered by them and that I am a verified seller. Good to know that the car will be delivered to your home address only after the payment is completed. Delivery time will be 2 days. Of course comes with insurance covered by me until you take the ownership, RWC, keys, logbooks, clear title, full service plan and all the papers signed so you can easy transfer the car on your name. All the charges will be paid by me. I don’t have a outstanding amount on the car at a bank or financial agency as I paid cash for it. Also a 10 days refund policy will be included so if you will not like the car you will receive your money back. I have two more persons interested in buying the car and ready to pay for it so please send me your full name and address for delivery if you are ready to buy and pay it.

Note: Please do not give me your details just to put you in theme if you are not ready to make the payment first because me and my wife do not have time to waste, so I do not want to hear from you after the transaction is started that you refusing to pay or you will not answer back my emails, because this is an online transaction and some charges will be paid from our pocket after we will proceed with the JunkMail.

Thank you”


  1. Junk Mail is only the advertising medium, connecting buyers and sellers. We are in NO WAY involved in the transaction process that takes place between a buyer and a seller. In other words, once the buyer and seller is connected through our advertising medium, Junk Mail takes no further sales administrative action.
  2. Junk Mail is NOT the middleman for payments occurring between buyers and sellers trading on our site.
  3. Junk Mail does NOT verify traders. There is no such thing as a “Junk Mail Verified Trader”, and this is a clear danger sign that you are dealing with a scammer.

Should you encounter a so-called ‘seller’, making any of the above statements, involving Junk Mail in the sale process or claiming to be a ‘verified’ Junk Mail trader, stop any further interaction with this person, and report them to us ASAP at or phone (012) 432 2295. We appreciate your assistance in fighting scammers on our site.

For more information, and online trading safety tips, read our Blog.

Scam safety tip: Junk Mail is NOT the ‘middleman’
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30 Responses

  1. Trevor says:

    Hi! I’m Trevor

    I would like for advice or to hear from any buyer that has bought from a company called Sharaf electronics as I’m about to deposit R3000 for a phone they are going to courier from Capetown to Johannesburg. Any info about the legitimacy of their business will be grately appreciated thank u.

    • Jani Grey says:

      Hi Trevor,

      We would like to encourage you to be careful about paying for an item you haven’t seen in person. It could happen that you pay/transfer the money and never receive the phone. Please research this company properly and ask for references.

      Kind regards,
      The Junk Mail Team

  2. Roger says:

    A response to an ad I’ve posted (property for sale) has resulted in an obvious scam attempt received (via JunkMail ) “You’ve won an inheritance” etc. How do I return it to you for your attention?

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