CAR SALE FRAUD


Around May the 30th, last year my husband was made aware of a vehicle for sale. The vehicle was slightly damaged but in running condition. He met with the seller of the vehicle, Jaundre Both of Willow Park East London, who brought the vehicle along for my husband to see. My husband expressed his interest and he put down half the asking price as the deposit, to secure the purchase of the vehicle. Mr Botha explained that as the car was bought as his girl friends’ company vehicle, it was still on the company’s books and would only come off their books at the end of June. It was agreed that my husband would collect the vehicle and pay the balance of the asking price on receiving the vehicle. June came and went and Mr Botha blamed the delay of the conclusion of sale on the fact that his girlfriend’s boss was not there to sign off on the vehicle. So my husband waited patiently. As July rounded the mid-month date my husband contacted Mr Botha again to find out when the sale of the vehicle could be concluded. He then gave another excuse. The excuses happened for the next 4 months until in October a mutual acquaintance of both my husband and Mr Botha informed my husband that Mr Botha had taken deposits from at least two other people for the same vehicle and promised them the same thing he had been promising my husband. We then contacted MR Botha and informed him of the fact that what he was doing was committing fraud. He begged us not to go to the authorities or to tell his girlfriend and promised that he was going to pay everyone’s money back as soon as he had the money. He went so far as to ask us to accept an extra R7000 over and above what he owed us to make up for all the lies and excuses. We agreed to this and thus far have only ever received our deposit monies back and only half of the other monies he had promised us. We do not know if he ever paid the other people back their monies. He is apparently known for committing this kind of fraud in our city. Please beware of this fraudster and don’t be caught up in his drama as we were.

Report ID: 3372
Crime Category: Fraud
Province: Eastern Cape
City/Town: East London
Suburb: Willow Park
Address: 1 Dehaviland road, Willow Park
Crime Date/Time: 31 May 2012, 00:05 AM
Reported By: Username3372
Reported Date: 7 Mar 2013, 12:03 PM
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