A company called iTech Lot Limited had placed an advert on OXL website in which they advertise electronic goods (iPad 4 to be precise) at quite a reasonable and attarctive price. Having seen that, I took the contact numbers and dialled 078 083 7654 and spoke to Karima. Not sure whether this is her real name or not. I asked her about the advert and she confirmed it and said they sell a number of electronics and get it delivered within 24-hours or otherwise I can send someone to pick it up on my behalf. I opted for the currier service. I checked this company on website and found it to be advertising even more stuff. I then made an arrangement to make payment of R6,800 which included the shipment cost of R300. The following day I received an e-mail from Karima informing me about the Tracking Number and the name of the currier company (Ultimate Parcel Services) for my convenience. Now this is where it starts to get interesting. As I went online to track my parcel, I realised it was no longer coming from Douglas in Northern Cape but from the UK. The tracking was so convincing because it was consistent and up to date as well as on time. When the parcel arrived at Johannesburg Mail Centre, according to the tracker, then I was informed by Kelvin (083 502 1835), the representative who works for UPS, apparently a fraudulent company working together or even the same people with iTech Lot, informed me by e-mail that there is a R3,500 of import duties that has to be paid for my parcel. I then complained to the the seller who acknowledged that they made a terrible mistake because their dispatch department has mixed up my parcel with another clients parcel. However, I should pay that and they will pay me back within 7-days as their system release money in 7-days. The UPS gave me a fraudulent "Customs" account details and i made this payment. I then demanded to go and fetch the parcel myself. then after a lengthy delay, I was then informed by e-mail that they have discovered that my parcel had two more items instead of one, confirming the mixed up the seller was talking about and as a result, I need to pay extra R6,550 for the import certficate. I then refused and said the seller was to be held responsible for the entire mixup. It was at this stage when I confirmed my suspicions that this was a scam because I told them I am willing to pay the R6,550 on a COD basis but this Kevin insisted that I pay to their bank account for my parcel to clear. Whn I insisted that I want the telephone numbers and physical address of where the parcel is, he refused and stated security reasons. Then The seller at the same time had disappeared into thin air by not answering my call and e-mails anymore. Whilst I ackowledge the negligent on my side, I have not given up on this scheme and hope to successfully apprehend them sooner than later. Please dont be like me, be aware...
|Address:||16 Arnot Street, Douglas, 8730, Northern Cape|
|Crime Date/Time:||5 Apr 2013, 00:04 AM|
|Reported Date:||29 Apr 2013, 15:04 PM|