There are two companies/internet services that are scamming people. I fell victim to them this past week.
The first is C-Mart Technologies www.c-marttech.co.za, which fronts as a business selling high end mobile phones and camera equipment. They market the phones for a reasonably lower price than most shops and offer immediate delivery.
On 28 November I paid R7200 for an iPhone 5 to C-Mart Technologies www.c-marttech.co.za following an advert I had read. They sent me a PDF signed invoice with the amount owing, requesting payment to the following account.
Branch code: 470010
Reference: Aylisha Escorcio
The second is the fake courier company they use for their scam (Courlink Logistics http://www.courlinkogist.com/)
C-Mart technologies through their "agent" going by the alias Anna Stylianou provides a tracking number for parcels using "Courlink" - even though in the quote they state that they use Fedex and Postnet. After three days (as they did to me), the "courier company" notifies you that your package is awaiting import duty. They then instruct you to pay an amount (in my case R3250) "import duty" and "customs" charge to the following account number:
Bank Name:ABSA BANK
Reference: Your Name
If you make payment, they may request a further payment (as they did to me) to acquire an "import permit" to clear the delivery. They state that this permit would not expire and would allow you to import additional goods into South Africa.
Following the above, I becamesuspicious and searched online to see if anyone else had received such bad service from this company. I came across two sites where people speak of this scam http://www.reportacrime.co.za/CrimeReport.aspx?ID=2652 and http://tchatiloli.wordpress.com/2012/11/14/how-to-avoid-scammers-on-the-internet/ .
They are carrying on with this scam and neither ABSA nor CAPITEC have been useful - they will NOT refund you because the scammers immediately withdraw funds from the accounts. Both banks claim that the scammers accounts have now been blocked. But the public must be wary.
|Crime Date/Time:||30 Nov 2012, 00:11 AM|
|Reported Date:||3 Dec 2012, 15:12 PM|