A Junk Mail user has informed us a Vereeniging Vehicle Scam. It works in similar ways as the Klerksdorp Vehicle Scam we warned you about a few years ago. Please take note of the similar way that these scammers operate. This is the user’s story:
“I received a call from a man called Paulus (using 083 7702608 and 079 8026543) that he was interested to buy my vehicle. He said that his colleague was in Vereeniging and would meet us at the bank to to the transactions on the vehicle. So my brother and I drove to Vereeniging.
A man called Thomas (using 073 291 2410 and 074 4113074) called and asked if we could meet at a local restaurant. We agreed and picked him up. He asked us if we would mind stopping at a friend who had the cash and then drive to the bank. We agreed again, picked up an Indian bloke and drove to the bank.
While stopping in front of the bank, the Indian bloke unzipped a little container with a lot of hundred Rand notes in it and then revealed a bank sash with diamonds in it. My brother immediately asked them to get out of our vehicle and that we wanted no part in it. The Indian bloke got out immediately, but the dark skinned man (Thomas) tried to reason with my brother. My brother stood his ground and refused to have dealings like this in our car. Eventually he got out and said that he would meet us at my bank. We drove to my bank and waited for the man for a while, but then decided to go home.
In a conversation with a friend of mine working for the South African Police Service I was informed that my brother and I were in serious danger. If we did not chase these men out of our vehicle they would have lead us to an insecure location where some corrupt police men from the area would have raided our vehicle and would have found the diamonds and money. They would have beat us up and also have escorted us to an ATM. And if we do not oblige or had the money they wanted they would of hurt us seriously or possibly killed us.
Hope these numbers which I supplied may help in further such incidents or at least warn some people (in a similar position). Please be careful when you’re selling vehicle using classifieds.”
If you’ve been a victim of if you have encountered a scam like this, please report it to our Customer Care department via firstname.lastname@example.org or telephonically on 012-3423840 x2295 (during office hours).
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