A recent news article reported that a man who advertised his VW Golf was hijacked by two men who posed as potential car buyers. The Daily News interviewed that the 31-year-old man from Chatsworth (who did not want to be identified), after he placed an advert on one of our competitor’s websites a week ago.
The man received a call from a buyer interested in purchasing his car and they arranged to meet. The potential buyer arrived with another man, supposedly his mechanic. They asked to take the car for a test drive and he accompanied them. Soon after driving off, the man posing as the buyer pulled out a gun and ordered him onto the passenger seat. The seller said he was terrified, but the hijackers reassured him, saying they wouldn’t hurt him. They robbed him of his wallet and cellphone and dropped him off, driving away with the stolen car. Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said no arrests had been made and the car had not been recovered. He added that while cases like this are rare, people should always exercise caution.
The Junk Mail team makes safety and security a priority for all its buyers and sellers. We know that selling your car privately is sometimes better than trading-in your vehicle. That is why Junk Mail gives you the option to place a Free Ad to make this sale possible.
Always remember that when you are selling stuff online it is safest to go with your gut. If the deal sounds suspicious know that you have the right to walk away until you find a buyer that is willing to trade on your terms.
If you are selling ANY item using Junk Mail, please read the below Safety Tips for Sellers:
Helpful Safety Tips for Sellers:
- Take a friend with you when meeting a prospective buyer – there is always safety in numbers.
- Leave your valuables at home when meeting with a prospective buyer.
- Meet in a public place or somewhere that you feel comfortable with such as a police station or shopping mall. Try to avoid meeting at your house as you don’t want strangers knowing where you live.
- Don’t drive into an area that is notorious for being a dangerous or has a reputation of being a dodgy area.
- Don’t drive ridiculous distances to accommodate a potential buyer. They must meet you at your prescribed safe zone.
- Don’t load up mobile airtime for a potential buyer.
- Know the potential buyer – have a name, telephone number, place of work and the contact details at hand and verify these details.
- Cash should be your preferred method of trade. Accepting goods such as jewelry, investment opportunities or stocks as an alternative for cash is never a good idea.
- Hand over the item being purchased only when you have the full selling price in hand, small deposits, receipts or promises of payment should not be accepted.
- If you want to accept a cheque as payment, make sure that the cheque has CLEARED (which usually takes about 3 working days) before handing over your item for sale. Also ensure that funds deposited into your account is available for use and not on hold with the bank.
- The prospective buyer should bring the cash to you. Going with the buyer to the ATM, Bank or other source of revenue puts you at greater risk.
- Be alert when selling your cell phone. Fraudsters have a tendency to swop the phone that you are selling
- Remember: If something sounds to good to be true, it most probably is a scam.
If you are a victim of a scam or become aware of a scam or fraudulent activity via Junk Mail, please report it to us via our Customer Care department. You can contact them on 012-3423840 x2295 (during office hours) or e-mail them via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember that many scam warnings like this one are posted on the Junk Mail Blog, check them out via the links on the Safety & Security page.