Watch out for Scammers Selling Shipping Containers

A new scam has come to our attention. Scammers are pretending to sell shipping containers and defrauding potential buyers. The scam works almost the same as the holding deposit scam and the fake vehicle scam. Users are asked to pay an amount before they view the container.

We were made aware of this by a Junk Mail user. He was interested in buying a container advertised on Junk Mail. The scammers used 073 4708445 to advertise the shipping container. The Junk Mail user (Frans) wanted to pay the whole amount but the scammers only wanted a deposit. Frans said he could pay half the amount but that he needed their business name and VAT number before he’d pay them the money. These scammers somehow got hold of his business name and VAT number and are now giving this out to the people who are interesting in buying shipping containers. They never deliver and now Frans’ business is suffering because of this.

This is the photo that the scammers are using on one of their adverts:

Storage Container Advert

Frans says that if Junk Mail users spot a transport company with a name that starts with “Ca” and a VAT number that starts with “470” they should not deposit money into their account. These scammers also offer free delivery and offer these shipping containers at a very cheap price.

Don’t get caught by this scam involving shipping containers. Don’t pay someone money for something that you have not inspected, even if the person comes across as a professional or if it sounds like the bargain of a lifetime. Remember to be smart, be savvy and be safe. Also remember that if something is advertised that sounds too good to be true, it’s most probably a scam.

If you’ve been a victim of this scam or any other scam or if you’ve stumbled across some fraudulent activity while using Junk Mail, please report this to our Customer Care Department via e-mail at  ccc@junkmail.co.za or telephonically on 012-3423840 x2295 (during office hours).

Spread the word about this scam. Share this article with your friends on Facebook and Twitter. You could be the reason that someone is not caught by a scam like this. Remember: Sharing is Caring.

For more posts about scams, check out the Junk Mail Safety and Security Tips page. Also watch this space for regular updates about Safety and Security on the Junk Mail blog.

Henno Kruger

Digital Marketing Campaign Coordinator at Junk Mail Publishing.

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2 Responses

  1. chris says:

    Yes, guys, this is a problem the scams that going on is terrible and we were taken for 69 000 yesterday with a container scam and now we find out that the guy is going it for 2 years already
    his name is Micheal Pensie and his nrs are 0603363963 or 011 051 5208 please be on the lookout for this guy as I want to meet him and fit a container up his ass so guys any info on this guy contact me 0827779127 I did make a case at the SAPS and do have a case nr and we need to catch the scammers and sort them out
    please please please let me know i need to meet him face to face

    • Jani Grey says:

      Hi Chris,

      If this is related to a listing on Junk Mail, please send an email along with a link to the listing and any additional details you have to scam@junkmail.co.za and we’ll look into it from our side.

      Kind regards,
      The Junk Mail Team

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