Gumtree user "ASAIF" advertised a property to rent in Bardene, Boksburg which he claimed he owned. I went to look at the place on 2 April 2015, and he said that he had a lot of potential renters so I need to pay the deposit of R12 900 asap if I want it. I paid the deposit the morning of 3 April 2015 (he advised that it should be paid into his wife's account). Two weeks later he phoned me asking if I want to buy the property because he had a cash buyer. I then declined the proposal and requested my deposit to be refunded.
After some research I found that the property went on auction by the bank two weeks after I paid the deposit.
Initially, after involving legal representation, he forwarded me the proof of payment reflecting that he refunded my deposit in full. When I looked very closely I saw that the last digit of my account number on the proof of payment was a "3" and not a "2". Thus trying to fool me into believing that the payment was made.
When I threatened to open a case of fraud (at the end of May) he refunded R5000 but no further payments were made after that. He did advise that another R2100 was paid during July and that he will send a proof of payment but have not received the proof of payment nor has the R2100 ever made it to my account. I have not received any further communication from him since. He still has R7900 of my money.
He regularly advertises various services / products on Gumtree, i.e. property, hifi, petroleum supplies, etc. Please be cautious when doing business with him.