I ordered an Iphone from connectcellz.com after seeing the advertisement on OLX. A person presenting him or herself as Paul Wolfgang indicated that they are located in Bloemfontein.
After doing the EFT I got a tracking number and a link to the shipping company, www.eurgentexp. When I used the track and trace it showed the package was picked up in London. When I asked Paul about it he indicated that he had no stock and was shipping it from their company in London.
On Friday Morning I received an email from Eurgent Express indicating that the package is at customes and that I need to pay an additional R2999 for import duty urgently if I still want to receive that package that same day or else I can pay additional penalties.
I phoned the number on the Connectcellz.com website and Shila answered. Peter wasn't available and was asked to forward the email to them. After a while I receive an email from Peter indicating that he has spoken to his MD who has spoken to the shipping the company. They felt that I should make the payment because it will take them 7 days to have the money available. They will send me a refund letter indicating that I will be refunded in 7 days signed by MD.
So I did the payment. At 16:00 I send an email to email@example.com asking them when I will receive my package. I received an email back stating that their is problem. Apparently description indicates one item but they found more items in my package and that I need to pay more. I then realised I was scammed.
So I phone FNB fraud to see if they can stop my payment made earlier that day. I was told that the only thing they can do is to lock the accounts but that they need a police case number before 22:00. I went to the police station and I was told that they can't do anything without a bank statement.
So when I visited the bank the Saturday morning the bank manager indicated that from just looking at the account owners that I have been scammed. I received the bank statement and reported it at the police station. The bank manager indicated that he will ask the FNB's investigation to look into the accounts as well.
|Crime Date/Time:||24 Jul 2012, 00:07 AM|
|Reported Date:||30 Jul 2012, 20:07 PM|