A new scam has been sticking out it’s ugly head on Junk Mail and other classifieds websites over the last few weeks. This transport scam requires users to pay a deposit for transport services that they never receive.
This transport scam advert (which was placed via the Junk Mail Xchange platform on mXIT) reads as follows:
THE ORIENT XPRESS SHUTTLES&TOURS in CAPE TOWN [REGISTERED WITH S.A.DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT&DRIVERS ALL HAVE THEIR PDP’s] – We have 10 Licenced Quantams&Registered Drivers offering Door2Door LIFT CLUBS from ur home in DURBANVILLE to ur workplace in EPPING2&back again daily 4 R400pm per person&we have 3 seats left 4 ur route so u need 2make a booking & R200 deposit 2 secure a seat 4urself b4 we are fully booked.(Balance of R200 u pay on ur 1st day of pick up or Month End) CONTACT HELEN 4 ALL UR BOOKINGS ON 0761258644. ¤GODS RICHEST BLESSINGS¤
Please Note: This scammer is attempting to defraud users who are desperate for cheap transport services. At face value this sounds legit, but it may be leaning towards being something that could be too good to be true. R200 is not a lot of money, but think about it this way: if he / she defrauds 10 people out of R200 that’s R2000 that people have paid for services they have not received.
Also note that these persons like changing their contact telephone numbers and the regions where the supposed transport business operates, so be aware and on the lookout for this transport scam. Don’t get caught by this scam! Remember: Be Smart, Be Savvy, Be Safe!
If you have been a victim of this scam or if you come across another transport scam or any other fraudulent activity on the Junk Mail website or whilst you are using Junk Mail Xchange on mXit, please contact our Customer Care Department. You can reach them via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephonically on 012-3423840 x2295 (during office hours).