I am single and got onto a single dating line and was contacted by a Robert Mcandrew. According to him a 50 year old single father (of a 7 year old daughter Rose) from Aberdeen in the UK. He imported cacao beans from Southern America and supply it to chocolate manufacture such as Beacon and Nestle. However he had an accent that sounded as if he was French. When I asked him about this, he replied that he grew up in Southern France, but his father lived for a time in South Africa and his mother was British. He used the following e-mail addresses Robertmcandrew66@yahoo.com and firstname.lastname@example.org He phoned me from a UK nr : 00 4470 31925791 He had a Skype address, but I see on my computer it is now removed. He was planning to come to SA and wanted to buy property in SA. He was supposed to land in Cape Town last night (5 May 2013) and take a connecting flight to OR Thambo. He asked that I should meet him at OR Thambo (on 6 May 2013). However, this morning he phoned me (from +27 748720913) and said he had a problem with Customs in Cape Town. He had 600 000 BP in cash and Customs requires that he pay ZAR26 000.00 Tax on the amount cash. He said the Tax amount must be paid in ZAR and not BP. I looked at the website of Customs and said to him the amount that he could bring into the country in foreign currency is not limited. He said he will send me the account nr. into which the amount in ZAR must be paid, before he could leave Customs. He promised me that he would pay me the amount into my bank account as soon as his flight landed in Johannesburg. So I got an SMS from +27 748720913, (now his phone number…) that I should pay the R26 000.00 into the following Nedbank Account: Sylvester Ogbeide 1043202013 Nedbank 162145 I said he should give the phone to the Customs Officer. When I asked him if we could continue the discussion in Afrikaans. He replied he can only speak British and Zulu. (According to me people in SA would say English and Zulu.) This person definitely did not had a “local accent” and sound as if he was French speaking. I said let’s continue then in Zulu. When I said the following in Sotho: “Dumela, O’kae?” he said “What?” I said slowly: Dumela and he ended the call. I did not pay any money into the account. But sent him a SMS to the +27 748720913 and said he should really not think I am an idiot. Customs would not have an account in a person’s name! His friend should know that if the person at customs is an African he would not have a surname such as Dimish and would more likely speak Xhosa than Zulu if he is working in Cape Town and definitely with an accent, that would not sound French!!!! Robert – if that is his name – phoned me later today and ask me what messages do I send him. Since then it seems his Skype id (with the only photo that I have of him, if that was him) disappeared. So I really think that his guy (whatever his name is) is trying to cheat people out of money. I am not sure if he is working from SA (he has a SA Nedbank account and a SA cell nr) of the UK (he has a UK nr) or if it is a syndicate operating in both countries (or even from another country). I hope that you can look into this. He did his homework. There are chocolate manufactures near Aberdeen in the UK. However there is no Robert Mcandrew register to vote in any county in the UK. When I asked him about that he said that because he is planning to permanently move to SA, he is busy “removing” his things from the UK. According to him his daughter pressed a pen into the camera of his computer so when he skyped me I could not see him only a blurred screen. So I cannot even confirm if guy on the Skype photo is really the guy that I spoke to.
|Crime Date/Time:||6 May 2013, 00:05 AM|
|Reported Date:||6 May 2013, 20:05 PM|