I was recently scammed by a group calling themselves Solve Direct Electronics through an ad on OLX, however the sellers are also operating on Junkmail, Locanto, Classifieds.com.na, Afribaba and Gumtree. How they operate is they post an ad and when people inquire, they respond through their "company" Solve Direct Electronics email@example.com, they also use firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. They then ask for a few details and of course payment details into the following account:
FIRST NATIONAL BANK
They also operate through http://vtechdigitalelectronic.com and http://dixondigitalventure.com/ which refers ownership to Solve Direct Electronics.
They're website says the don't wait for the money to clear, but in reality the person at "accounts" said nothing will happen until the money has cleared.
Once the money has cleared, "sales" then sends a message with a tracking number for the courier company. The "company" used is swiftbay. Website www.swiftbay.eu.pn. They did a really good job making the tracking number function work. My tracking number given was SW741120908N. I did some digging and this site has no contact details and feels incomplete. I then did a google swift and found this company http://www.swiftcouriers.com/. Swiftbay clearly copied the logo of the real company.
I was then contacted by the "courier" who confirmed a few details and made me feel confident. Until she (she sounded Korean, definitely not local) asked for an insurance fee which would be refunded. Bare in mind I paid R7500 for a laptop and the courier is asking for R2950 for insurance. She sent an email with banking details to:
This didn't sound right so I emailed swiftcouriers and they confirmed they have nothing to do with swiftbay and that I should notify the police.
At this point both Swiftbay and Solve Direct Electronics were pushing me to pay the R2950, which I haven't done and won't do.
Solve Direct Electronics people:
076 301 9819
072 541 6784
082 703 1117
051 004 2341
083 495 5596
I have emails of and phone records of everything should you wish to confirm any details.