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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61 Responses

  1. Rita Matthee says:

    Thanks for al the info that is send by junk mail on diferent subjects.

  2. lenny says:

    have been scammed by Van eck potgieter (id.7805255138088) he reported to have accomadation in ballito . i payed half of the deposit in and he made way with it. he lives in lyttleton so i would not be suprized if he was responsible for many more scams

  3. SCHALK SMITH says:

    Scam Alert 0747229286 Indian Scammer | Empangeni … – Junk Mail
    http://www.junkmail.co.za/…/scam-alert-0747229286-indian-scammer-33331547
    26 mins ago – WATCH ALL ADS FROM THIS NUMBER GUY IS CONMAN SOMEWHERE IN THE WESTERN CAPE SAPS ARE ARE TRACKING HIM …

  4. Viona says:

    Hi, just want to inform you of a guy selling a trailor with roof racks for R6000, its a scam. My husband contacted him, and he wanted a holding deposit of R1500. He was suppose to meet us at six in randburg. He is missing and his phone is of. This is the contact number 072 725 5190. Is it possible for junkmail to remove this add?

  5. Viona says:

    Here is the add ID

    2011 Model Camp Master Roadster 400… Randburg

    ID: 33448443

  6. Mangie says:

    Hi, Is survey compare a legit website and does it really work?

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  8. Anton says:

    I’d like to know if globle parts exist or not?the person called’wilem’ is full of excuses after I paid for parts and 1 month later,still nothing.his cel number is 0793756484.thanks

    • Hi Anton,

      Unfortunately we are unable to verify whether the company exists. However, they have a website and the following additional contact details are available on there:

      info@globalpartsonline.co.za
      0815417949 (Marisca)

      Thank you for using Junk Mail!

    • Willem Brits says:

      We do exist and still exist, I have no idea who this Anton is or what moneys I owe him, easy to post on public domains, without notifying the company to give their response. If ANTON still has a problem with not receiving his money he can contact me on any of the following numbers 0793756484(yes still the same number after a year, scamster??) 0810666789, 0163412699

      Willem Brits

  9. sifiso says:

    I have contacted a guy in Durban after i saw a junkmail ad, he was selling imports with lesser prises, he told me to come to Durban its legall since 2012 i must come, i started to suspect him when he said its fine and fast if i send him a deposit sothat he can start to do car papers on my name, they have emailed me a number of cars low klm and they have nice cars, will you kindly investigate for me, because they are still calling me aging me to come they will love to assist me getting a good car. His name is Osma cell 0604657048, he says he is an Agent selling cars from Neatherlands. he gives me no doubt but to get me a good car for less, my friends called him as well he tells them the same.

  10. sifiso says:

    the guy is Omah Osman
    find out about him if he really car dealer agent legal @ 0604657048

  11. Garth says:

    A suggestion maybe as the first 2 pages of motorcycles is mostly scams (R1, CBR etc for R20 000) These guys claim to be out of the country, you can make a deposit though etc.. what about Junk Mail implements a verification process via cell. IE a code sent to cell that user needs to enter to verify legitimate. It won’t stop it, but certainly reduce a large amount…

  12. Carla Poole says:

    Hi, please take note of this scam. It’s advertised for rental in Centurion: 214 Theo Street, Wierda Park. The guy goes by the name of Henk Nortan (probably a fake name) This guy asks you to pay the deposit before even viewing the place to secure the place but when you go to the house, he doesn’t turn up and the house is actually for sale. Luckily I’m not so stupid as to pay for a place that I haven’t seen yet. Please don’t fall for his scam.

  13. Carla Poole says:

    He even has pictures up on the website. Please be aware of these scams.

  14. Carla Poole says:

    Hi Saskia

    This is his number: 0765325664
    Sorry I only saw your reply now.

    • Hi Carla,

      Thank you for the response!

      I have sent the information to our Customer Care Department to look into. They will contact you on your e-mail address if they need more information!

      Thank you for using Junk Mail!

  15. Riaan says:

    ID: 36640163 what is this

    Request A Vehicle /1999-toyota-hilux-d-cab-4×4-fully-equiped-36640163#sthash.4Y3C2RFj.dpuf

    hi<this is 1 of the id,s this guy uses,he says he works true e bay,the email he uses is botestiny@aol.com he says he is in the United Kingdom.about all the cars is in the R30-000 prise range.watch out!!!!!!

  16. Joseph says:

    Hi All
    Another scam is Mazda midge,323,sting and Ford traser.

    I am also a victim of this Ad

    Information

    Placed on: 2014-06-28

    mazda 323 sting 2001 model

    Ad Text:
    On good condition with 180000km contact me on above number:078 715 3004.

    I deposited R500 to secure the car and was suppose yo meet the guy but he never pitched, His phone still operates when I phone him with a different number he picks up when he hears its me he hang up. The police refused to open a case for saying I agreed with the guy I must sort it myself. I also have his picture but they say it won’t help

  17. Joseph says:

    Hi All
    Another scam is Mazda midge,323,sting and Ford traser.

    I am also a victim of this Ad

    Information

    Placed on: 2014-06-28

    mazda 323 sting 2001 model

    Ad Text:
    On good condition with 180000km contact me on above number:078 715 3004.

    I deposited R5000 to secure the car and was suppose yo meet the guy but he never pitched, His phone still operates when I phone him with a different number he picks up when he hears its me he hang up. The police refused to open a case for saying I agreed with the guy I must sort it myself. I also have his picture but they say it won’t help

    • Hi Joseph,

      We are very sorry to hear you’ve been scammed. Please never pay any money to secure an item you have not seen.

      Please try opening a case with the Police again, even if you need to go to another station. Send the details of the case to Scam@JunkMail.co.za.

      Kind regards,
      The Junk Mail Online Team

  18. Johan says:

    ID 37215271

    Suspected Fraud, Deposit paid and person does not answer the Phone. JP – 062 175 3426

  19. Garth Taylor says:

    I think this is a scam

    Yamaha 90HP Four 4 Stroke Outboard … Pretoria

    ID: 37226221

  20. Emilia says:

    I transfer R38 000.00 by money gram to owner of 2011 Sprite caravan 39879487. Now he want another R22 000 00 He use his own ebay adress to give you false info.
    He advertise lots of cars very cheap just to keep your first payment
    Thanks
    Emilia
    0823744680

  21. Emilia says:

    His name is Dirk Muller

  22. Chris Hattingh says:

    Today 10/02/2015 i placed an ad for a Moblie Disco for sale. IMMEDIATELY a guy phoned me, sounded like a Nigerian. He told me he will make the EFT immediately, and once my cell receives the confirmation sms from his bank, he will send his driver to collect. I asked him if he dont want to view and see if the equipment is working before he pays or collects. Long story he says he is buying it for his brother somewhere in africa. I phoned his bank (Nedbank) and they confirmed that NO payment was done and that the Reference that was given dont exist. I phoned the police and we are waiting for them………..

    • Good luck Chris! We hope they put him in the far end of a jail cell. Let us know how it went please!

    • Pierre says:

      I had the same a guy called me said he wants my banking details he will send his driver. Looks like this is still going on many years. Once i was paid by cheque it was fraudulent almost end up in jail had to explain. Never meet where they want to meet. Always in public mall etc Cash only. Check the money if it is not false.

  23. A Moolman says:

    Why can’t ABSA Bank give us details of an account into which we paid money for accommodation for J C Hattingh as they took our money and then ad was deleted from junkmail and now the cell number for Joey Hatting no longer exists… Surely they should be able to help if we have a police case number of fraud against these people…

  24. Eddie says:

    Watch out for this guy Dirk Muller His response below wanted to buy a Bike R1
    Sad story shame LOL Scam

    Hello,

    Thank you for your interest. 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 will stay here for 3 years so this is the reason why I want to sell the bike. I am a Verified Seller so the transaction will be done through eBay so we can both be protected. If you are 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 bike or if something will be wrong you will receive your money back in the same day without any charges from your side. Thank you

    Regards,
    Dirk Muller
    Administrative Assistant
    TEL: +44 778 730 1814
    EMAIL: multejucari90@aol.com
    15-17 Great Portland Street
    London W1W 8QA United Kingdom

  25. webster says:

    polaris 850 xs 4×4 for R15000 seller requests R5000 deposit via cashsend deur ABSA Be warned this is a scam. I know

  26. Johan says:

    There is a ad under miscellaneous ‘need legal attorneys for anything contact Johan 0743191472″. I was almost scammed. This person sounds very professional and convincing until I offered to bring cash to him in person, then he backed off. Beware he is a criminal.

  27. Hanu Small says:

    Good Morning Guys. I would just like to bring a possible scam to you’re attention. The person claiming to be Angela Tompkins wants to sell her husbands car. He apparently worked in South Africa. When he passed she moved back to the UK.Now she wants you to pay money to Google Wallet. Then they need you’re full address to deliver the car and give you 15 days to decide if you want the car and then they will pay her.

    The price for the car originally advertised was R18000. And on her first reply the price just changed to R15000. So it just made me wonder.

    There was no contact number only a e-mail Address.
    angela.v.tompkins@gmail.com

    I just cant believe these guys are still trying this.

    • Hi Hanu,

      This is definitely a scam, thank you for picking up on it! Unfortunately they never learn and are always looking for an unsuspecting person to target!

      Thanks for using Junk Mail!

  28. Yolandie says:

    PLEASE NOTE THAT THE HOUSE IN UNDERNEATH ADD IS A BIG SCAM, THE GUYS IS NEVILLE FRANCK PRENTICE.

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    3 Bedroom house to rent Lady Selborne Suiderberg

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    Price: R 5,500
    Posted: 5th April 2015 02:36 pm
    Region: Pretoria West
    Map: View Map
    Intent: Private For Rent
    Source: Web Site

    Additional Information:
    Bedroom(s) : 3
    Bathroom(s) : 2
    Available: 6th April 2015
    Pet Friendly: Yes

    Beautiful house to rent in Lady Selborne / Suiderberg. The house consist of the following. Open lounge and dining room, Medium sized kitchen. Three bedrooms two bathroom with two baths and a shower. Dubble Garage. Large garden.Available immediately. Please contact: 0616718563
    R5500.00 per month in Suiderberg/Lady Selborne Pretoria West
    061 6718563
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  29. zanele says:

    When i place an AD to the public, how do i show or convince them that the AD is legit and legal

  30. Henning says:

    Please look into this guy ads Id41347609 the cars is very cheap and no contact no if you select more ads by this advertiser it’s unbelievable how cheap cars is please advise

  31. 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.

  32. 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

  33. 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!)

  34. Janine Boshoff says:

    There are people pretending to sell puppies. They then ask for money for the puppy, as well as the courier. They then ask for additional money such as crates, insurance, clearance etc. If you google these people you will see they have scammed tons of people!! Herewith all the details we have for them:
    SA Pet Express Courier
    3 Logan street, Bonaero Park or 40 Borcherd Street, Upington.
    Contact numbers: 061 114 1336 / 086 719 7854 / 053 831 4038 / 078 160 0091
    Emails: sapetsexpress@gmail.com and puppyfindsa@gmail.com (Elizabeth van de Welt)
    Accounts:
    Capitec. Acc 1418318041 (Van de Welt Elizabeth)
    Absa Acc 1417775821 (Katlekgo MRSaepress)
    The ID’s are obviously fake / stolen
    Ashley Stander Voster – 740610 0126 087
    Fred Dawson Saeed – 750111 5157 083

    • Jani Grey says:

      Hi Janine,

      Thank you for bringing this to our attention. Please send this, as well as any additional information and Junk Mail links you might have, to scam@junkmail.co.za and we’ll look into it immediately.

      Kind regards,
      The Junk Mail Team

  35. Craig says:

    I think I have been scammed by someone calling himself Christian, Cell number 0658793905
    It was for the purchase of a Wendy house where they were clearing Winter stock.
    A 50% deposit was required into an FNB account.
    The business address is 9256 Thokozile Mabene St
    Pretoria. Has anyone else had a similar experience?

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