Replied to an ad on GumTree advertising a house to rent in Table View, available on the 1st of October. The ‘rental agent’ ‘Martin’ said that he worked for SA rentals & is based in George, he asked Samantha Wright from Beyers Properties Group (Cape Town) to show me the property on the 13th of September 2014. Samantha was apparently under the impression that I was looking to buy the property, even though no ‘buyers’ talk ever occurred.
I phoned Martin straight after the viewing & told him that I wanted to rent the property & he said in order to secure the house I had to pay a deposit & first month’s rent which amounted to R15050. I had to pay the money into the ‘owners’ bank account:
ABSA account in the name of Marthinus Johannes de Koker: 4084718940
He sent me the lease of the property & the ‘owner’ of the property was listed as Marthinus Johannes de Koker: ID no 7904015033083. The Thursday before I had to move in Martin phoned me to ask if I can pay 3 months upfront, the owner wanted to do repairs to the house & he needed the cash, he even added the clause in the lease agreement. I told him no & never heard from him again. I was supposed to do the inspection on Sunday, 28th of September & get the key from the owner.
The real owners of the house, whom I met on the day on the viewing, knew nothing of their property being advertised on Gumtree for rent, they wanted to sell the property.
“Martin” must have stolen the photos off the internet to be able to use it in his Gumtree ad.
Please watch out for scams like this, ‘Martin’ also advertised other properties in the Milnerton area. He is a white male with a heavy Afrikaans accent.