James Pale Gumtree Scam


I advertised my fridge and washing machine on Gumtree on Thu 28 June 2013. About 20 minutes after I placed the ad, "James Pale" phoned me and and wanted to buy the goods. He asked for my bank account number to EFT the money and I gave him the details. Shortly after, I received a sms from Absa to say that James deposited the R5700 into my account, where after I contacted him and said I received the notification but will not release the goods until the money reflects in my account as I bank with FNB.On Fri 29th June I received an sms from FNB to say that the money was deposited in my account and I arranged a suitable time for James to fetch his new appliances. Later the afternoon, he sent two guys to our house to fetch the appliances which we gave to them because the money did show in my account and I had no reason to suspect a scam. At 7pm, James phoned me to say he received the appliances and he's very happy with everything, which I was glad to hear. At midnight that night, I received another sms from FNB which said the amount of R5700 has been reversed!!! Feeling completely helpless and horrified, I had to wait for 9am the following morning to go to the bank where I was informed he paid for the goods with a fraudulent cheque and there's nothing they can do for me...We opened a case at the police station against theft and fraud and I also supplied the police with photo's I took of the guys that fetched the appliances. I also took pictures of their bakkie / truck and the registration number.These guys are criminals and operate a sophisticated syndicate in JNB. Please be vigilant and ONLY ACCEPT CASH! Lesson I learnt the hard way, unfortunately...    

Report ID: 4029
Crime Category: Fraud
Province: Gauteng
City/Town: Alberton
Suburb: Alberton
Address: Alberton
Crime Date/Time: 28 Jun 2013, 00:06 AM
Reported By: Username4029
Reported Date: 1 Jul 2013, 09:07 AM
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  • P.J 11 May 2014, 07:21 AM

    Walter Pale has a new cell phone number. 0710050019. I have advertise some items on OLX and Gumtree. He was the first to contact me. Send me proof of a payment made from Nedbank. And later there was a Cheque payment made to my account... That cheque will never clear.. He will not receive 1 item.

  • Yolanda23 7 Oct 2013, 06:55 PM

    Same scam happened to me on Sat 5th Oct 2013. Same modus operandi and I was told the bank acc was frozen. They actually called me back to say the fridge was at the "courier" office cause James Pale couldn't pay them so they need to bring the fridge back and I must pay the transport fees of R500. Did some investigating then and found all the info as to this scam. Don't think I'll see my fridge again!

  • Jared2 24 Aug 2013, 12:52 PM

    I too have recieved a call from Mr Pale. I told him I would not release until i have money, he vanished.

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