Watch Out For These Scams!

Scam AlertBe aware of these scams encountered by Junk Mail users! Recently there have been two reports in the media about users being scammed.

A Junk Mail user was caught by a Wendy House Scam. He was contacted by a person offering a wendy house of 5 meters x 8 meters for only R3500. The person claimed to be Ben Malan from Malan Stoetery, Plaas Mooidrift (near Welkom). He used 076 3247235 as his contact telephone number.

The Junk Mail user suggested to Mr. Malan that he would pay him R500 deposit /cash on delivery, because he was willing to bring it to Pretoria all the way from Welkom. Mr Malan claimed he needed to fill up his truck with diesel and requested half of the amount for this purpose. The Junk Mail user paid Mr Malan R1750 and he’s still waiting for his wendy house to arrive.

The Junk Mail user was able to contact Mr. Malan but he claimed that his truck had been in an accident and made different excuses. When he tried phoning Ben again, his phone was off and he had made off with R1750 New Year’s Eve bonus for himself.

Another Junk Mail user paid a person a holding deposit for a property that doesn’t exist six months ago. The scammer placed an advert for a property to let in Lyttleton Manor in Centurion and demanded that the potential tenant pay him a deposit to secure the house. The user never got to see the house and the scammer made off with the deposit. This same scammer changed his telephone number and advertised a holiday unit last year. He requested a deposit to secure the holiday unit and defrauded another Junk Mail user.

Don’t get caught by scams! When you’re phoning someone who is offering a wendy house, insist that you pay them cash on delivery and ONLY once you’re 100% sure that the wendy house is stable and suitable for use. When your phoning someone about a property that is being advertised, make sure that property exists and that you can inspect it. If someone insists on a deposit before viewing the property, don’t pay them because you are desperate for a new place to live. View and inspect the property before you part with ANY cash. The same goes for holiday accommodation scams.

These wendy house scams, holiday accommodation scams and property scams are variations of holding deposit scams. We have posted warnings about this on the Junk Mail blog to warn people over the last few years. The main way to avoid these scams is to avoid paying someone for something that does not exist, plain and simple.

Scammers like advertising items on Junk Mail (and other classifieds sites like Gumtree and OLX) for ridiculous prices. They do this to lure potential buyers. Don’t get caught just because you’re looking for the cheapest car / wendy / property / cell phone that is being advertised.

If the person you’re dealing is using a web based e-mail account (like @gmail.com, @hotmail.com, @yahoo.com) be vigilant. These accounts can be created in under 5 minutes online by ANYONE using the internet. If you’re unsure if the person is a scammer, do a Google search for their details (e-mail address, physical address, company name / person’s name) before you part with your hard-earned cash.

Also be aware of Fake Online Stores and other similar scams that are doing their rounds. Read our blog posts listed on our Safety and Security page for info.

The key is to be pro-active, vigilant and savvy when it comes to using classifieds. Remember: If something sounds too good to be true, it’s false. Rather be safe than sorry afterwards. Trust your gut. If you do all of this you won’t get caught by scammers.

If you encounter any Wendy House Scams or any one fraudulent activity whilst using Junk Mail, please report it to our Customer Care department via ccc@junkmail.co.za or telephonically on 012-3423840 x2295 (during office hours).

Henno Kruger

Digital Marketing Campaign Coordinator at Junk Mail Publishing.

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57 Responses

  1. zanele says:

    Hie everyone

    I want to let you know about another possible scam i came across recently. The person calls himself or herself Lucy Benson, no return telephone number or address just an e-mail address, he says to me, he is dying and wants me to inherit an amount of $3.5 million because he does not have family, i must provide with my details but i did not even bother because to me this is too good to be true. Beware guys love you all.

  2. Milton Buthelezi says:

    Hi people beware of a company called kavin-paper.in and their number is cellular number 0617632409 they say they have branches in Pretoria and east rand. I wanted typek white copys 100 boxes for some schools they deposed of R4600.00 which I deposed now when I want. My papers they are telling me so many stories

  3. Riaan says:

    I was Scammed by a Chinese lady with R5000-00. She advertised a Drone on Junkmail. I agreed to pay half of the money into het ABSA account… After I said I’ll get someone to come pick it up in Upington (Wrong Adress) she dont pick up het calls again… Checked on the Internet and she got many people with this scam… Opened a Case and theres many other cases open against her… If you know anything please call me Riaan – 082 378 6538 (I want her in Jail!)

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