Big Scam


I ordered a Nikon Camera and lens for R12295 and as mentioned in the above reports I have also been shunted around. I was also given a tracking number etc. I was then told I need to pay R5450 duty fees etc. and when I asked to see the stuff I was told I could view it at Capt Town Airport. I was also told quote "In regard to the import duty, we have contacted our head office in the UK and they said they were not aware of any import duty in SA because 200 Great Britain Pounds was paid to the UK customs before the package left for SA. Management is ready to make the payment but it will takes 30 working days to process out the money from company's account and by then the bill get accumulated by customs in SA, so they suggested you make the money and have it in refunded back to you after 30 working days or have it replaced with mixer in your parcel. Please save this email for reference purpose." I have been in contact with Standard Bank (my bank), FNB and Nedbank. I asked my bank to try and reverse the EFT payment and have now been told by my bank they can't claim because there is 'insufficient funds'. FNB have since notified me that there are no funds available in the account so I have lost all that money. Bank details I have are:
BANK NAME: First National Bank
ACCOUNT NAME: Eurgent Delivery Express
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 62355340523
BRANCH CODE: 250655 BANK NAME: First National Bank
ACCOUNT NAME:  Eurgent Delivery Express
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 62360962833
BRANCH CODE:  250655 BANK NAME: Nedbank
ACCOUNT NAME: HI-WAYCAMERAMART
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 2004050136
BRANCH CODE: 190242
Fax: 086 234 7119 BANK NAME: First National Bank
ACCOUNT NAME: DSS-HIWAYCAMERAMART
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 62351695401 (This account is blocked)
BRANCH CODE: 250655
Fax: +2786 572 6428 BANK NAME: First National Bank
ACCOUNT NAME: P.L.
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 62323641659
BRANCH CODE: 250655 BANK NAME: Capitec BANK
ACCOUNT NAME:  Hiway Camera Mart
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 1298870540
BRANCH CODE: 470010 BANK NAME: First National Bank
ACCOUNT NAME: R.M.
ACCOUNT NUMBER:  62308323360
BRANCH CODE:  250655 I have also opened a police case against these people, case number CAS 391/6/2012 Other Company names they use:
- Worthing Electronics
- Southwold Limited
- Hi-way Camera Mart
- Pink Digital
- Exmouth
- Pink Connect Limited
- Gadget Store
- 3D2 Electronics
- Phones4u
- Halesworth Limited
- ZA Store
- Denton Technologies
- Easyway Gadget
- Camera Zone
- Urban Gadgets
- Zone Perfects
- Phones2go
Other Shipping companies they use:
- Pyramid Express
- Faslinc
- Easy Sending
- Eurgent Express
shipping companies:
- Pyramid Express
- Faslinc
- Easy Sending
- Eurgent Express
Names and telephone numbers they use:
- Jeremy Taylor - 071 951 9616
- Steve Taylor - 071 951 9616
- Lloyd Flemming - 078 482 2546
- Jayden Atkinson - 073 863 3699 (Pink Connect)
- Edwin Mullen
- Yvette - 078 031 1949 (Phones2go)
- Mrs Hannah 073 964 0128 / 011 079 6557 (Easy Way Gadgets)
- Camera Zone - 011 079 6557
- Ntlancane
- Claudia & Albert
- Jose Visagie
- David
- Frank - 078 840 1642 (Easy Way Gadgets / Camera Zone)
- Zone Perfects - 071 816 6778
- Fred Andry - 078 738 2599 (Urban Gadgets)
- Denton Technologies - 076 399 0815
- Halesworth Limited - 073 236 9467 I have also been on Hello Peter and reported them. I received a email from Hi-Way Camera Mart just after that saying quote "Okay sir do you think We will be willing to help after reading your comment on hellopeter?" Since then they do not answer my calls or emails. Is there anyone that can help?? These PARASITES need to be stopped.

Report ID: 2213
Crime Category: Fraud
Province: Gauteng
City/Town: JOHANNESBURG
Suburb: Midrand
Address: 17 Fitzpatrick Street
Crime Date/Time: 12 Jun 2012, 00:06 AM
Reported By: Username2213
Reported Date: 21 Jun 2012, 10:06 AM
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  • Rough 24 Dec 2015, 12:30 PM

    i got nailed week ago with R9000,00 from GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY SA.. and unfortunately i did not do my home work, instead i phoned this Victoria Kruger and made it sound like a legit company i received a tax invoice that looked legit i am now very frustrated, at the moment im busy with a few officials to check her number is registered and to who i want to expose these rats so they can be named and shamed country wide.

  • JEFF3 21 Aug 2015, 08:33 PM

    any online site that dosent sell an item for less then 50 rand is a scam site, best too buy the cheapest item even if its a remote . just too make sure they will deilver it. if they do not then scam

  • harvey2 27 Jul 2015, 01:31 PM

    Thanks to this post I think I just avoided being scammed by them. This is their new site http://in-techelectronics.com/contact-us/ I should've known 10 000 cheaper than any other store..

  • Quinten Woodbridge 11 May 2015, 07:27 PM

    Has any one hear of Citi Loans (or been scamed)

  • Neil3 7 May 2015, 04:14 PM

    Sorry, some more info. The name used was Victoria Kruger Cell: 078 114 0366 Fax: 086 692 1575 Ring Road, Shop B35, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa

  • Neil3 7 May 2015, 03:51 PM

    They now also go by Global Technology SA now. And yes, they got me. What can one do to stop and let them be caught? Will it be of any value to open a case at the police. The account number they used is: Standard Bank 387980210

  • Amanda27 29 Apr 2015, 06:30 PM

    Myself and two people I know were scammed by Mega Plaza last year, which was an online store posing as a legitimate electronics sales company. The people behind this "company" are linked to over 20 other online stores, and have been in operation for over 4 years already. Please beware, do not buy from Mega Plaza. I lost a lot of money and received no goods - and the minute I caught on to what was going on, they refused to take my calls or respond to my emails.

  • Anka 18 Mar 2015, 09:39 AM

    Have also been robbed of a total of ZAR10856.00 by Visiontech Electronics and Stardom City Courier for a Canon DSLR camera advertised. I paid for it, then the price suddenly increased, demurrage and storage costs had to be paid and to date, still no delivery. They advertised on Gumtree and the rest of the transaction was done directly. Nice webpage from Visiontech Eletronics blinded me (no longer available). Wish I could do something about this other that being utterly totally disgusted and ashamed and frustrated because this happened to me.

  • Kenneth5 26 Dec 2014, 12:51 PM

    We need to get these guys. Also, do not trust Gouws Deliveery man Liptronics.com Global elctro These guys are notorious for advertising on sites such as OLX, Gumtree, and Junkmail. Stay away from these sites. If the prices are too good to be true, then they are. I have learnt and expensive lesson and don't want anyone else to suffer. Have a safe Christmas.

  • Kenneth5 26 Dec 2014, 12:44 PM

    I visited liptronics.com and ordered the new Blackberry Passport cell phone, which was advertised at a really competitive price. I registered an account profile on the website and made the payment of R4200 into their bank account which is with FNB. On the day of the delivery, the courier company called Gouws Delivery Man, sends me an email stating that my package is at customs and that I must pay a sum of R1850 in their account in order to secure the package. I then called Hamid from Liptronics and told him that I wasn't aware about the customs payment, but he assured me that once I pay this amount the courier will deliver 3 phones to me (I had only placed an order for one phone) and that he would organize another courier to pick up the remaining two phones from me on Monday 22/12/2014. I found this very suspicious and, hence, cancelled my order altogether and asked for a full refund of the amount I paid into their bank account. I have received no refund nor the product. I have registered a case of transactional fraud with my bank and registered a case with the national police. According to their website the phone numbers are 0612565097 or 0612873099

  • Leah 17 Oct 2014, 04:20 PM

    I was also scammed by these people - this time going by the name "Mega Plaza" (www.megaplaza.co.za). Please stay far, far away from these guys and add comments to this page so that the result comes up in Google search.

  • Mandy18 17 Oct 2014, 12:37 PM

    Mega Plaza is a scam too. Exactly the same guys. www.megaplaza.co.za Scammed two people I know. Please stay far away from them. If any of you guys are in tech, I'm going to create a website for better SEO around this dysfunctional gang of foreigners. I need someone to help out with content & copy. Basically just a collection of EVERYTHING so that it can live in one place. There are several other routes forward here but prefer not to discuss it in public :) Email: evidenceofall@gmail.com

  • Natalie12 9 Oct 2014, 06:06 PM

    Yip I also just got scammed by theses people for R19200.00 for an iPhone 6 plus. This time they are operating as Vision Tech Electronics. Also received tracking number from Stardom City Courier. I was told that an additional phone had been dispatched with my phone and I had to pay extra and that this money would be refunded as soon as they received the second phone. Needless to say I have not received one of the phones and ABSA have told me that all the funds have been withdrawn from the account (9299400018).

  • Yogesh 1 Oct 2014, 10:59 AM

    Hi Everyone Received advertising email and then logged onto their site for "EasyWay Gadgets". Looked very legit but upon calling and several emails I became suspicious. I haven't paid anything. And I just managed to come across this site. thanks Guys from avoiding me from getting scammed!!!

  • Dylan5 27 Aug 2014, 10:19 AM

    Please note that the latest store gadgetsmart.co.za is offline. Please keep your eyes open for a new one opening.

  • Dylan5 30 Jul 2014, 02:11 PM

    I believe they change the web address and store as well as 'company name' every few months to avoid bad web publicity. However their numbers never seem to change.

  • Naseema 29 Jul 2014, 02:12 AM

    Hi.I also called 0746299145 for R6000 side by side fridge &was given gadgetsmart website details by a foreign sounding man.I wil not pay for an item I hav not seen so wil rather pay more n buy @ a local mass store.What is confusing is that when u google complaints for gadgetsmart u get a site called scamcheck that says dis co is 94%ttrustable.So who should u believ?If a scamster can create an elaborate website of false items,then creating another scamchecker site,as well as satisfied customer reviews wil b a piece of cake.I couldnt even find any complsints on Hellopeter re gadgetsmart.Any idea why?

  • Kathryn 27 Jul 2014, 07:25 PM

    Hi Freddie I have been looking at www.gadgetsmart.co.za at a Macbook Pro they are advertising but thought the prices look too good to be true. I did a check on their website and it looks legitimate according to the check spam site I used but I am still not convinced. I saw you mention them. Are they part of this whole scam?

  • Freddie2 23 Jul 2014, 10:09 AM

    Please send me all your case numbers to my email : freddiev@amhgroup.net I know top cops and I'll try my very best to get these F$#$#%#$ scum behind Bars.

  • Dylan5 22 Jul 2014, 06:59 AM

    Update: I have found the registrar of their dns records and requested that their sites be shut down for now.

  • Dylan5 21 Jul 2014, 11:19 AM

    Hi There, I have been scammed for a Smasung TV. Same results as above. However the site is used is www.gadgetsmart.co.za. Where can I send case no and information to? We need to get these guys. Regards, Dylan

  • Freddie2 11 Jul 2014, 04:42 PM

    freddiev@amhgroup.net

  • Freddie2 11 Jul 2014, 04:42 PM

    Please send me all your case numbers so that we can link the cases and I'll take this further. These guys needs to be stopped.

  • EvN 25 Jun 2014, 09:43 AM

    Hi there I wish I saw this before I bought a TV from www.justwaresa.co.za The site looked legit and I bought a TV for R10k. The TV hasn't arrived. It was also "sent" from Kenya and I could "track" the parcel on www.allroutelog.com All in all, I haven't received my TV and my bank couldn't recall the funds as it was insufficient funds. Has anyone had success in getting their money back? My bank has told me to open a case and they can follow the fraud process. Help?

  • Jay M 17 Jun 2014, 04:39 PM

    Hi, These guys are bad, they nearly conned me R4500 but I got suspecious when I noticed that thay site was down. I then check with Afrihost and they confirm that their site has been suspended. So the best part is when you call the owner or registrant of the site, details on co.za

  • Andre62 16 Jun 2014, 09:05 PM

    Hi. I just bought a camera for R9000 and was told to get it tomorrow. The website is off now and I came suspicious. I found what you guys said and by the looks of it I will also be caught. Is there no body that can do anything. This was also a Chinese guy.

  • Bernie2 16 Jun 2014, 05:51 PM

    Hi, thanks for this forum, I almost bought something on justwaresa.co.za. I called first, the guy's accent is definitely chinese, his name Solomon. You guys saved me R 15 500.00. Thanks

  • chris36 12 Jun 2014, 06:15 PM

    They are now dealing under www.justwaresa.co.za shipping company they use is www.allroutelog.com took me for R9000 Definitely a chinese guy

  • Jenny24 25 Apr 2014, 08:03 AM

    Hi there all they are now operating as another company called http://www.microgadgetsa.co.za/ I saw a really well priced fridge freezer on OLX and before buying it went to check out hello peter and did some background checks, I also email them all the stuff i found on them ,in their responses the english they use is terrible I think its either Chinese or African they insist they are a legit company and have been around for a long time so i checked .co.za to check their domain and that was only created 6 of march 2014 so there is another company name they are operating under now so people becareful.... do some background checks before just spending your hard earned money...

  • Arthur6 30 Jan 2014, 03:02 PM

    One recommendation I can make is to check out the life period of the website here: www.domaincheck.co.za www.gadgetonlinetores.co.za was only created on: 3e. creationdate : 2014/01/17 10:18:39

  • Arthur6 30 Jan 2014, 02:49 PM

    wow the store www.gadgetonlinestores.co.za is still up and very shady. On OLX it says they store is in jHB but when I called 'Murry' they say the PS4 console plus 5 games is in PE warehouse.

  • Barend Burger 29 Jan 2014, 02:38 PM

    My sentiments exactly. Almost fell for the same PS4 deal as above at www.gadgetonlinestores.co.za. What really tipped me off was how quick they were to follow up and try to close the deal. All the verification links on their website seem to be fake.

  • melissa15 20 Jan 2014, 04:35 PM

    OMW! I am so grateful. I was seconds away from being scammed. They are advertising on OLX PS4 plus 12 games for R4500.00, far too good to be true. The website the are using is http://www.gadgetonlinestores.co.za I cannot believe it is 2 yrs down the line and they are still operating. SO SAD!

  • Username5412 9 Jan 2014, 04:35 PM

    hi everyone please can you all email me on janine@eurocool.co.za. i have got someone who will help us as he is an investigator and can take this to a national level. please send all your stories and proof of money to m or email it directly to david@bidorbuy.co.za. Lets help each other.

  • Username5412 9 Jan 2014, 02:53 PM

    hi everyone i am glad i am not the only one to be scammed, not that there is a reason to be happy. what i have done to these people has located every ad they ever placed and reported them to the appropriate companies. i also found all there bank account numbers that i could and phoned each bank and informed them and subsequently the banks have closed the accounts. i know it isnt much but i have time and investigators on my side. please feel free to emial me on janine@eurocool.co.za. i have these ads and telephone numbers for them if you want. they trading under techstore on wozaonline. i have reported them there too. salesewg@gmail.com enquiryewg@webmail.co.za 0746299145 27105008812 27120048151 27213002174 27311002043 27430042325 electronics4less.wozaonline.co.za saleselect4less@gmail.com enquiryelect4less@webmail.co.za 0746299145 27105008812 27120048151 27213002174 27311002043 27430042325

  • Arthur 5 8 Mar 2013, 03:05 AM

    I have been reading the modus operandi described by everyone and I also fell victim paying money into a capitech account. The business was reported on Hello peter by somone else also. They had the ordasity to inform me that i have been scammed and to explain how their system work. They hack an bank account. get you to pay into it and get the money out asap withdrawalls or whatever means. Their sites have no paypal or other means of paying but by paying by EFT. The scam site is http://electronicsmart.wozaonline.co.za/home . No shame and just continuing opening different sites. Whish I could lay a trap and pay them back. Our police is not near the operation or capabilitie of these scamsters. A very sad day for me as they sit with your address and other personal imfo and R7789.00. I will follow their system as far as I can. The wost is the I told you so back at home.

  • Anelda 22 Jan 2013, 09:26 AM

    saw a deal on a lens that just seemed too good to be true. glad i googled their name and came upon this. sorry to all of you that got scammed and saved a lot of other people from falling trap to them. :(

  • JD3 30 Dec 2012, 05:05 AM

    Hello I have just been suckered by the same crime. Be careful for another company called 'Electron Dynamics' Here is my hellopeter report. http://hellopeter.com/complaints/electron-dynamics-and-smartwayserves-defrauding-972116 These people are all colluding fraudsters, the supposed courier company and the advertising company are one and the same, they share banking details, but swap it up depending on the latest victims are. I have also opened a police case. Would love it if the forensics team at the bank and police could actually step up their game and track these people. I believe the come out of the woodwork in the festive season in hope to sucker people out of their year end bonus money. Dealing with real scum here.

  • PatrickVee 29 Dec 2012, 12:48 AM

    Was glad to come across this site, I am looking for CDJ850's and saw http://www.3d2electronics.com/drupal/ I was going to pursue an order .. but after reading what has taken place here ... no chance, the contact they gave is Jose Visagie, 073 1549435 .... sorry to those that have lost money - thanks for the warning.

  • Paul Whitehouse 14 Dec 2012, 07:15 PM

    Omg this is shocking reading this, i to have been scammed and suspected it was a scam. I ordered 2 pioneer cd dj's from them on monday this week, totalling R16000 and they gave me a tracking number. I then got an sms from them on Wednesday this week to say i must pay R3800 customs clearance which i did and my items have still not arrived. I picked it up that its a scam when they kept changing there story with the delivery dates. they used urban gadget store as the company and prem logists as the courier company. The 071 number is always out of service and the guys i have been speaking to are Steve Taylor and Fred who are both nigerian and fraudsters. I have already logged a case with the local police but the money will never be recoperated. Its sickening to think i had to save so hard for these items and these people have stolen all my money and DJ is my passion. How do these people sleep at night.

  • Chantal16 6 Dec 2012, 11:58 AM

    Just a thought but perhaps Locanto need to be contacted with this information so they stop letting these guys advertise!!! This is how these people swindle others out of their money!!!

  • Brits2 6 Dec 2012, 11:05 AM

    Thanks for the heads up ! I was ready to do business with them but now i will avoid them. Wanted a Samsung Galaxy Note. Normal retail is about R8K and they offer it for R4000 !!! - that got me suspicious ! Thanks a ton

  • ANDRE VAN DER MERWE 8 Nov 2012, 04:12 PM

    computer and digital world middelburg mpumalanga have also swindled me in the same way .goods ordered money transfered.capitec bank seem to be a haven for these fraud cases.

  • ANDRE VAN DER MERWE 8 Nov 2012, 04:06 PM

    I purchased items fro the firm Computer and Digital world,21 Boncker Street,Middelburg,Mpumalanga,1050,South Africa.Company registration No.2009/141160/23 VAT No.4150255349 THEIR THELEPHONE NUMBER 078 718 9170. I PAID INTO THEIR ACCOUNT NO.1158192272 CAPITEC BANK THE AMOUNTS OF R3900.00 AND R240.00. THEY ISSUED ME A TRACKING NUMBER D3551789FC AND THE COURIER TO BE CONTACTED. THE COURIER E-MAILED ME TO SAY THAT THE ITEMS IS WITH CUSTOMS AND THAT I SHOULD DEPOSIT ANOTHER R3350.00 WHICH I DONT HAVE BEFORE MY GOODS COULD BE RELEASED. I DID NOT HAVE ANY DEALINGS WITH A THIRD PARTY WHEN I ORDERED THESE GOODS. I PHONED COMPUTER AND DIGITAL WORLD AND THEY E-MAILED TO SAY THAT I SHOULD DEPOSIT THE MONEY. THIS BUSINESS PRACTICE IS UNFAIR.UNSCRUPULOUS AND AMOUNTS TO DISHONESTY AND ROBBERY AS THE COURIER SERVICE SAY THAT THEY WILL INCREASE CHARGES. The latest is the following e-mail from digital world Hello Andre, I understand you perfectly well and its never our intention not to offer our customers a full service support, i will find all possibly best to make sure your we work out something and if you insist on your refund, i shall submit your refund application as soon as possible and we guaranteed a 30 DAYS money back. We will need you to forward your banking details for refund application process.

  • Username2682 26 Oct 2012, 12:03 PM

    hi all, the same thing happens to me..... now the company name is "Dartmoor Elect" and the site is http://dartmoorelect.com/ and i went thru the same situation as stated in ID 2213 . and the courier company is Logistic Moving and contact persons are Paul and Mitchell contact person is Nicole Coleman. Please never use these sites. I will open a police case but as far as I know about the police here this will not be helpful and I have lost my money.

  • Jonny2 25 Sep 2012, 09:53 PM

    I have orderd a camera from Fiardeal Cam Center (sales@fairdealcam.com - contac person - Linda Selsick) and their courier is Logistics moving services (info@logmoving.com contact persons Mr Paul and Mitchell MD)I paid this two companies R40000 still today i haven't recieved anything, when i conatc Linda she/he said that doen't understand the courier company and their lawyers are dealing with them. and she/he does not want me to involve my lawyers. i haven't reported it to the police yet but by the look of things i have lost my money.

  • Lizel2 14 Sep 2012, 02:19 PM

    I've been to the police, they refuse to open a case against these people, because I willingly handed over money.

  • Lizel2 7 Sep 2012, 10:26 AM

    Same here!! Didn't read this in time, and now I'm stuck, because I ordered camera equipment for a wedding tomorrow!!! These people has to be stopped!!!!

  • Dean Martin 6 Sep 2012, 08:45 AM

    Sorry I did not read all this B4 I entered into this big SCAM that I now find myself in were I have just lost R8604.00. on the 08-Sep-2012. Same old scam.We need to take these buggers down.

  • Chris56 9 Aug 2012, 03:23 PM

    I just called him and he is in, maybe call now in reply to one of his JUNKMAIL ads Edwin: 073 218 3270

  • dima2 2 Aug 2012, 03:26 PM

    They must be punished! My E-mail dimadjbasov@gmail.com

  • dima2 2 Aug 2012, 03:23 PM

    I cheated on the $ 4500! Fred Andry dimadjbasov@gmail.com

  • Username2213 30 Jul 2012, 06:28 AM

    Hi Gerhard, sorry but there is not much that can be done to recover your money. Best bet is to open a case against them at your local police station and then report them on Hello Peter as well. I will email you email addresses of a group of us that are trying to nail these parasites.

  • Gerhard20 30 Jul 2012, 12:20 AM

    The exact same thing happened with me. I lost R4054 to hiway camera mart and R2050 to eurgent express delivery. Can anyone please contact me on gerhard.huyser@gmail.com if there is any way I can get my hard earned money bank. Please I beg you??

  • Dave22 16 Jul 2012, 12:31 PM

    Please advise payment to the below banking details: Bank Name: Capitec Bank Account Name:Eurgent Account Number:1313183898 Branch Code:470010 Reference:Your Name Please Note: A proof of payment is required when your payment is done. Regards, Steve Taylor

  • Dave22 16 Jul 2012, 12:30 PM

    Here are the details that I have been send imobile pad to me Here is our contact number 073 218 3270.Please kindly contact the shipping company and proceed with your payment without delay and everything will be sorted out without any delay. You can as well forward us a copy of the payment proof as soon as your transaction is completed. Regards Sales Rep, Edwin

  • Dave22 16 Jul 2012, 12:08 PM

    I am having difficulty with a transaction with iMobile from PE that seems to be going the same way. What are the contact number for the case number and which police station is it with Dave

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