Watch out for the Latest Online Scams

Scams are a universal concern for all traders, especially leading up to the festive season when new scams enter the market. Is it not time you learn how to safeguard yourself from being a victim? Junk Mail not only offers free advertising, we also offer all our Junk Mailers valuable advice on how to buy and sell safely online. Today is your opportunity to be informed and tell other online traders about the various scams that are currently making their rounds. Before we educate you on the recent scams, we have a question to ask you all: “Can you name some of the types of online scams that are on the Internet right now?”If you don’t already know about the recent scams on the market, it is time for you to pay attention!Below are some of the types of online scams that you should be wary of:

  1. Fake Vehicle Scams
  2. Payment Scams
  3. Property and Holiday Accommodation Scams
  4. Pet Scams
  5. General Scams
  6. Competition Scams

It has come to the Junk Mail Scam Busting Team’s attention that there is another scammer trying to con buyers into purchasing Suzuki motorbikes and cars that are priced way under market value. The recent vehicle scammers are using the following email addresses: multejucari12@aol.com ,suzuki.gsxr@gmail.com ,suzuki.gsxr@hotmail.comand matt-33331@hotmail.com. Scammers use free email accounts. Watch out for advertisers that use web based e-mail accounts with domains like “@hotmail.com”, “@live.com”, “@rocketmail” “@gmail.com”, “@yahoo.com”, “@yahoo.co.uk”. Accounts like these can be created in under 5 minutes. There are various variations of this scam but it is important you know how it works. Read this post in detail so you don’t become this scammer’s next victim. This is how the Fake Vehicle Scam works:

  • The scammer  lures unsuspecting individuals into their world of lies by advertising a cheap car, cheap caravan or under market value motorbike (this is your first sign of a scam)

  • The scammer makes this “Fake Car or Motorcycle”cheap to get lots of responses from potential buyers that are not aware of this type of scam
  • There are usually no phone numbers attached to the advert and if there is a number on the advert it usually does not work (this is the second sign that this advert could potentially be a scam).
  • The scammer uses email to send you their convincing story
  • When you deposit the money the scammer will stop speaking to you and run away with your hard-earned case and by then it is already too late

Once a potential buyer responds to the scammer via e-mail, the con artist replies with this type of message: Hi there, Sorry you cannot see the bike because I am not in the country but a 10 days refund policy will be included so if you will not like the bike you will receive your money back. The bike will be delivered to your home address after you will complete the payment. Delivery time will be 2 days. It comes with insurance, RWC, keys, logbooks, clear title, full service plan and all the papers signed so you can easy transfer the bike on your name. All the costs will be paid by me. I don’t have aoutstanding amount on the bike at a bank or financial agency as I paid cash for it. I have two more persons interested in buying the bike so please send me your full name and address if you are ready to buy it. Thank you! OR Hello…. I am sorry but I cannot sell you the bike for R25,000 because my ex husband will not allow me. He told me that if I want to sell the bike he wants R40,000 for it so if you still want the bike you will need to send me R15,000 more. Do not worry because I have a purchase protection account and you will receive a refund of R15,000 from eBay after you will receive the bike. If you donttrust please contact eBay, you will find instructions on how to contact them in the payment confirmation. Please complete the payment tomorrow first thing so we can close this deal. Once the payment of R15,000 will be done the bike will be delivered to you in 36 hours. Apologize for all this and thank you for understanding… Thanks (Please notice the grammatical errors in each of these emails highlighted in bold) If the potential buyer responds to the above e-mail to get more details, the scammer sends out this next reply: Hello, The price is R25,000. The bike looks and runs great. I am selling the bike so cheap because I am in United Kingdom with my new job and I just finished a divorce. I am a VerifiedTrader so the transaction will be done through eBay. If you’re ready for this purchase, I need to know your full name and address, as soon as I have them I will start the official procedure, and eBay will notify you about this. eBay will send you an Invoice with all the info you will need to complete the transaction. Also a 10 days refund policy will be included so if you will not like the bike you will receive your money back. Thanks This is the email you get from “eBay”: Hello, You are buying from a VerifiedSeller. The seller (Tayla Garrett) has a £10,000,00 deposit in an eBay purchase protection account and a 10 days refund policy is included. Next step is to complete the payment. You will receive the item in 2/3 days after payment has been completed. We chose the Money Gram payment method because is the only way for the seller to receive money in United Kingdom. The transaction is 100% safe so you can Buy and Pay with confidence from eBay ! The seller require the payment for this item to be done through Money Gram money transfer because it is his only way to receive the money in United Kingdom. Click hereto locate the agents in your area. You must go to a Money Gram office with cash and make a Money Transfer to the name and address of the seller for the amount of ZAR 25,000.00. You must complete a form there. You must write there the seller’s name, location, amount. You must declare it a personal transfer (you will tell to the agent from Money Gram that you are sending money to a friend of yours ) at the Money Gram office, otherwise you will not be able to send the money. Because the fee to send a Money Gram Money Transfer is high, compared to other methods of payment, we have arranged with the seller and he will pay the fee (i.e., if it costs you ZAR 1000 to send the payment, take ZAR 1000 from the amount and send the balance). Once the payment was sent, email to the seller at multejucari12@aol.comthe following information : Reference Number; Exact sender’s name on file with Money Gram; Your street address on file with Money Gram; City and country where you sent the money from; Amount sent. Regards, eBayInc. Trust & Safety Team Junk Mail is also NOT affiliated with Ebay.com. This is yet another tell-tale sign of a Fake Vehicle Scam.   How to Avoid Fake Vehicle ScamsAsk yourself the following questions:

  • Does this sound too good to be true?
  • Can I contact this advertiser directly via phone?
  • Is this advertiser avoiding direct contact with me?
  • Is this advertiser’s e-mail address an e-mail address that can be created in less than 5 minutes on the internet?
  • If you Google this e-mail address are there reports of this email address being attached to a scam?
  • Is this advertiser using broken English?
  • Is the advertiser asking you to make a payment via a Third Party Payment like eBay?

If you are able to answer YES to any or all of these questions above, the advert you are viewing is most likely a scam. At this point we ask you to please report this scam using the red “Report Advert” button on the right-hand side of the advert. This particular vehicle scammer is attempting to defraud potential buyers using our site and we do not authorise this on our free trading platform. The vehicles that are being advertised DO NOT EXIST. REMEMBER: If you come across a possible scam advert, please make use of the “Report Advert” option that is provided for each advert on the Junk Mail website. You can also report the possible scam to Junk Mail Customer Care via ccc@junkmail.co.za (during office hours). If a member of the Junk Mail Scam Busting Team does not respond via one of these channels, you can also notify us about a scam on the wall of the Junk Mail Facebook Fan page or by mentioning your query to @JMClassifieds on Twitter Junk Mail posts various scam warnings on the Avoid Scams section on the Junk Mail website, so make sure you read this section carefully to be aware of the scams that are circulating. Junk Mail also posts regular updates about scams under the Safety and Security section to keep all our users informed. This scam warning is brought to you by the Junk Mail Scam Busting Team. Junk Mail promotes a safe trading zone for buyers and sellers to transact.   REMEMBER TO BE SMART, SAVVY AND SAFE WHEN BUYING AND SELLING!Have you ever been scammed? Do you know someone who has been scammed? Then share this post now! Check out these related posts on the Junk Mail blog, you might find them interesting:

Henno Kruger

Digital Marketing Campaign Coordinator at Junk Mail Publishing.

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27 Responses

  1. Marlies says:

    Why, if you have been warned about a scam ad on your site, do you not remove it !!!!! I have now reported the same ad 4x to you, yet you still leave it on your site. REMOVE IT NOW !!! before more people are caught, otherwise you will be reported to the advertising board for not removing scam ads.

    • Henno Kruger says:

      @Marlies Please reply to this comment and provide us with a link to the advert / details of the advert so we can remove it ASAP.

    • Henno Kruger says:

      @Marlies We have received your e-mail and both versions of the advert were removed from our website. We do apologize for the delayed response.

  2. Deon Smit says:

    i just placed an ad for a samsung cellphone and got asked if i could send it to Nigeria, the request makes no sense and grammar in the responding e-mail leaves a lot to be desired. Something about this smells fishy. They asked for my paypal email. Dont have that so i’m ignoring it. Just beware of this!

  3. concerned user says:

    I was nearly victim to a crime. Advertised my car on your website. Was contacted by an individual that said he transfered the money. Was even contacted by a bank to say money was paid. When i called back was told that this is not true. I am concerned because this person has links at a bank. I would like some help to have something done about this.

  4. Adrian says:

    I got hit hard today by someone selling a car on the above mentioned site.
    I was interested in buying one of two cars.
    Both these sellers sent me the same eBay invoice so I thought it has to be real.
    I’ve sent the invoice to eBay customer support yesterday but got no confirmation from them.
    Paid half of the money via Western Union to a so called agent working for them based in the UK.
    Both these invoices had the names and addresses on them.
    At first they said I should pay half and the bakkie will be delivered in 2-3 days
    The story than took a twist and they wanted the balance to be paid in 48 hours.
    This got me thinking and I searched the net and found the same time of emails I received.
    Only then it HIT me that I was scammed.

    • Henno Kruger says:

      Sorry to hear that you were caught Adrian. Please forward us details of the advertiser and the e-mail correspondence so we can forward it to our contact at the SAPS. Please contact our Customer Care department via ccc@junkmail.co.za

  5. Carine says:

    Please remove this ad, it is a scam, I almost paid this guy R35 000 this morning!!Land Rover Defender TD5;2007
    ID: 24876159
    Send me an email address so that I can send you the correspondence. The wording is exactly as in your warning. Email address is botestiny@aol.com

  6. sambizanga says:

    i nearly was scammed by those guys they all live in UK, and once i asked his phone or work number since hes working there he just got angry and told me to leave it,cuz i got friends in uk that works for Interpol,by the time i told him about my friend he just disappeared

  7. Paul says:

    The botestiny@oal.com guy is back and very active.
    Please remove his adds.
    A Land rover defender for R40000 and a Land rover Free lander also R40 000.

    • Henno Kruger says:

      Hi Paul – Thanks for sharing this info, we are aware of this person. He / she changes their initial contact details for the ads they place regularly which makes it tricky to track them. If you stumble across some of their adverts, please let us know. E-mail our Customer Care Department via ccc@junkmail.co.za

  8. Sue Pilley says:

    Add Junkmail for 006 Panache 2150 LX with Mercury 225hp EFI
    email I received
    ‘botestiny@aol.com’

    Good day,
    Thank you for your interest. The price is R35,000. This is the final price and there will be no additional charges. The boat looks and runs great. First of all I am selling the boat so cheap because I am in United Kingdom with my new job and I just finished a divorce. I will stay here for 3 years so this is the reason why I want to sell the boat. I am a VerifiedTrader so the transaction will be done through eBay so we can both be protected. If you’re ready for this purchase, I need to know your full name and address for delivery because as soon as I have them I will start the official procedure and eBay will notify you about this. eBay will send you an Invoice with all the info you need to complete the transaction. Also a 10 days refund policy will be included so if you will not like the boat or if something will be wrong you will receive your money back in the same day without any charges from your side. Thanks
    PLEASE DELETE THIS AD IT IS A HOAX

  9. I have come accross 4 ads by the scammer botestiny@oal.com on the Junkmail website for boats. We have been warned in the past, but my question is, should’nt your system pick up the mail address of this scammer and automatically reject the ad?

  10. Margaret says:

    Is it possible for junk mail to make it compulsory for the seller’s email to be published, so people can check on the legitimacy of the email before even communicating with the seller? The same email botestiny@oal.com was selling a range rover 2010, for R65000 this Tuesday & the advert was removed by Wednesday morning. I got the same generic message that everybody got, but there was no contact details showing, so you had to send them an email & wait for their response. They stopped communicating with me when I told them I was in London & can meet in person( which I was). But I got arleted when I kept getting a generic message no matter what I wrote, which makes me think they may not even be English speaking cause they can’t respond to simple questions. A friend of mine was scammed by the same people yeo years ago, so I was a bit more aware of such things goin on.

    • Hi Margaret,

      Thank you for your message.

      Unfortunately we have to protect the privacy of our sellers by not showing their e-mail address on the website.

      Kind regards,
      The Junk Mail Online Team

  11. Margaret says:

    Botestiny@oal.com has placed another ad about two hrs ago, for a range rover for R65000, reg frn 770 ec!

  12. Wynand says:

    Good Day
    This I’d disturbing to see that neither Junkmail, ebay, PAYPAL or AOL are investigating this. This guy is very smooth and convincing. He is selling vehicles with registration numbers on them on his ads and has email address and a paypal account. Why can’t you take action against him? Al the advertised vehicles should be traced back to him as well as his paypal account. If paypal is so save surely you can catch him out pretty easy?!
    And as a business making money from people buying your paper you have the responsibility to protect you business, readers and also you customers.
    Please take action on this guy. He is still around placing ads and you should be able to even trace his AOL account.
    He is clearly a fraud and should be locked up.

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