I received a call and email from email@example.com sending me a RFQ with the details of the Department of Mineral Resources ( see image) requesting Pickon cylinders with quantity 145. I searched the internet for pickon cylinders and found that they are sold by a company called Itekaneng Engineering with the website address www.itekaneng.co.za. The website has a number of products it sells specifying good technical specifications. I called them on the number 044 004 2322 or cellphone number 076 7225350. This number is answered by a lady called Belinda le Roux. She gave me a quote and faxed it to my fax but what I was surprised at was that the faxed came from Kobos Internet café but I was not that alert. I tried other companies for the same product but they did not manufacture the product and indicated that they have received many calls abuth the product. I then quoted my client at DMR and after two days came and indicated to me that my RFQ was successful but they need the product as soon as possible. She send me the letter of award and offering that can come and pick up the letter from her and I was satisfied but the email and faxed were satisfactory. I have also done business with the same department before so I was okay. I then placed an order with Itekaneng and paid R58,000.00 into their account using FET from my FNB account into their FNB account the account name was ITEK BOGERE ENGINERRING with account number: 62387373930, this was a legitimate FNB account. I then faxed the proof fo payment and and issued order number with details of delivery address. After a day I did not receive any call from the Suppier itekaneng engineering but when I called the lady Melinda Le Roux was always upset with her bosses but very friendly to me. He promised me I will receive my goods with a day. when I called her on the 2nd of April 2015 she lost it and drop my calls but I kept on calling I indicated that if she does not deliver I will cancel the order and report them to the police if they don't refund me my money back. After 15 minutes she indicated to me that the driver was on his way she will deliver in the afternoon before 3pm. After 3pm I did not receive any call then started checking the details again I realised I was scammed by very good con artist. This is well orchestrated crime. I checked the DMR number again and realise that Lesego did not work for the DMR when I called that number someone is answering but Lesego is at hospital taking care of her daughter. The cellphone number ( 084 5244118) she gave me rings but she never picks up if someone pick up she tells the same story that she is at hospital and left the cellphone in the office. When I try the landline (012 771 6304) someone answer and always say that she is gone somewhere, this number does not even belong to DMR number. At Itekaneng engineering the 044 004 2322 is either picked by Melinda or someone but the order are always being processed and Melinda calls with promises but no delivery.
The lessons learnt from here is that it is always better to use official number for any communication. Do not pay for goods you are unable to collect and inspect the place. I have done business with even going to the supplier or client before but never had similar problems. These guys are good but always trust your hunch, I had a feeling something was wrong here but I never listened to my conscious.
I am trying to speak to FNB to try to hold the money and even release it back to me I will update the site about progress as for now my R58000.00 is lost. if someone can help please send me email to phadimobuscon@ webmail.co.za about dealing with this crime .