Scammed on OLX

Made offer on camera on OLX which seemed to be a bargain.

Seller contacted me. I was nervous to pay the full amount so we agreed for me to pay a deposit and pay the rest once I had received the parcel tracking number.

Received the tracking number but the courier service is a scam itself. They are uncontactable. Their website is

Lesson learnt - If its seems too good to be true then it probably is.

I have not approached the seller yet, was hoping to contact the police before he changes his cell number. What can I do? What is the best way to go about removing this lowlife from society?

Report ID: 4102
Crime Category: Fraud
Province: Gauteng
Suburb: N/A
Address: 11 Aalwyn Street, LEEU GAMKA, 6950, Western Cape
Crime Date/Time: 17 Jul 2013, 00:07 AM
Reported By: Username4102
Reported Date: 18 Jul 2013, 08:07 AM
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  • Doubellc 22 Mar 2016, 08:26 PM

    Hi. Think I almost fell victim to the same crime reported here. Gumtree add for Nikon D7100 with Nikon 18-200 lense for ridiculous R6000. According to ad, the seller was in Plet. On further enquiry, the address turned out to be in Leeu-Gamka, which raised my suspiscion. I then googled the details and came across this discussion, which confirmed my suspiscions. The cell nr used was 0837719838 and the name used was John Watson.

  • Brackenfell 9 Jul 2015, 07:18 PM

    Beware of a johan van Der merwe acting as a landscaper but also scammed people looking for a Bakkie canopy, grass plugs or fertilizer pellets. Operates on olx and gumtree. His number is 083 635 3157 and probably advertises a range of other items, all you need is to pay a small deposit. 0836353157

  • Louis14 29 Mar 2015, 07:24 PM

    There is an ad for a double axle trailor in Johannesburg for R10 000. I paid in R2000 as a deposit drove 400kms and got scammed. His name is Dirk and contact number is 0711505173. Watch out for ad.

  • Jaycee 3 Mar 2015, 11:16 PM

    Jakes du Toit alias Jakes van Roode, alias Andy Smit, alias John Wilson is now operating under the new name of Norman van der Mescht or Norman Mescht. I noticed the cell phone is the same. I was almost scammed into buying a Nikon 7100. The Camera is available. Brand NEW. Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm VR II and 55-300mm VR Lens, 32GB SD Card, Bag, and WU-1a WiFi Mobile Adapter. Please find my home address below my mail for view or pick up. Alternatively, delivery via courier after payment. Here the attached pictures of the camera kit. Kind Regards, Norman Van Der Mescht. 3 Kareeboom street, Leeu-Gamka 6950 Western Cape Tel: 0784295177

  • melusi3 3 Mar 2015, 07:40 PM

    Last mounth end the guy called Itumeleng mokhethi selling black Polo vivo,took my money R16000,the price for that car is R32000.He gave me 3 bank accounts FNB,Standerd bank and ABSA.For Standerd bank is Brida Solutions 005854318,FNB is Itumeleng Mokhethi and for ABSA SG Monty.His number is 0787172072

  • Thabo Mahlangu 26 Feb 2015, 09:06 AM

    we were scammed. a guy from Nelspruit he calls himself Promise. he was selling a polo vivo for R50000 . he said he just lost his job and the bank will take his car. he asked for petrol money(300) to drive from Nelspruit to meet us in joburg. we send him the money now his phone is on voicemail.

  • me and you 23 Feb 2015, 02:18 PM

    looks like hes back camera Fuji X100s for a couple grand below market 0784295177 Scam?

  • Pieter22 18 Feb 2015, 08:39 AM

    Thanks people Almost fell for it here is the email i received after i asked him if the cam is still available.. David De kok Attachments6:57 PM (14 hours ago) to me Hi, The camera is available. CANON 5D MKII FULL FRAME 22MP BODY,COMPLETE WITH BATTERY PACK, 3 CANON BATTERIES, CABLE RELEASE, 4 X 8GB CF MEMORY CARDS - 4 X 4GB CF MEMORY CARDS, PLUS CANON 24-70mm F2.8 L USM LENS, PLUS CANON 70-200mm f2.8 IS USM L PRO LENS, BOTH LENSES COME WITH HOYA UV FILTERS AND LENS HOODS AND CAPS.PLUS CANON SPEEDLITE EX 580 FLASHGUN WITH DIFFUSER AND FLEXI CABLE FOR OFF CAMERA FLASH, 8 ENERGIZER RECHARCHEABLE BATTERIES AND CHARGER,FOR FLASHGUN, TAMRAC PRO CAMERA BAG THIS IS A COMPLETE PRO KIT READY TO GO FOR AN AMAZING PRICE, I AM SELLING THIS EQUIPMENT DUE TO MOVING HOME AND OTHER REASONS, I AM VERY SAD TO HAVE TO DO THIS, AS PHOTOGRAPHY IS MY PASSION, AND THIS KIT IS ALL IN EXCELLENT CONDITION AND ALL VERY GREAT TO USE, THIS CAMERA GOT VALID WARRANTY. Price: R12,000 Please find my home address below my mail for view or pick up. Alternatively, delivery via courier after payment. First come first serve. Here the attached pictures of the camera. Kind Regards, David De Kok. 9 Gnaap street, 6950 Leeu Gamka Western Cape Tel : 0784295177

  • Daniel21 17 Feb 2015, 02:52 PM

    Hi guys, I was almost caught in a scam now by an Andy Smith selling a Canon 5D MarkIII camera and lenses for a ridiculous R28000. After many emails and phone calls with him, I was about to drive out to his 'address' 3 Kareeboom Street, Leeu-Gamka, 6950 Western Cape I am so thankful I found this site before going ahead with this. Heres the link to his ad on OLX.

  • anonymous22 14 Feb 2015, 08:05 PM

    I almost got scammed when a guy in Welkom posted that he is selling a Microbus and he doesnt have money for petrol to drive to joburg. He wanted fuel money(500) and when I asked what his name is he hung up... Post: 13/02/2015 Time: 09:26 Contact: 0764894983 This guy is very very rude.. pls beware..

  • Username7688 26 Jan 2015, 12:45 PM

    Saw this ad on Gumtree, but immediately knew too good to be true: STAY FAR AWAY! Received email from scamster: John Willson. 9 Gnaap street, 6950 Leeu Gamka Western Cape. Tel: 0784295177. NOTE MOBILE NUMBER!! Why can this scumbag not be traced - this number has been used numerous times over a long period. Such balls!

  • Andrea3 1 Jan 2015, 01:29 PM

    Hi all. Thanks for reporting. I was in contact with this Jakes recently regarding a Canon 5D Mark II camera with lens and accessories for R10 000. "Name: Jakes Du Toit. Address: 9 Aalwyn Street, LEEU GAMKA, 6950, Western Cape. Tel: 0784295177. Delivery available after payment." Lessons learned: 1. Look up the contact person and websites. 2. Pay close attention to recurring addresses, cell phone numbers, names, etc. across various online offers. 3. Check out prices of these cameras (NEW) then ask yourself what you would sell it for second hand...then compare. These guys really stick the honey on these turds quick thickly. We all reap what we sow eventually.

  • maphuthi 25 Sep 2014, 07:38 PM

    I think I got scammed by olx I bought a car they sent me an email telling me it will be delivered today and no one from olx is responding to my emailss

  • Anneke 9 Sep 2014, 01:14 PM

    Hi I've been scammed by Jakes van Roode as well. "Sold" me the following: Canon 5D Mark II Body Canon zoom lens EF 24-105mm 1.4 L IS USM Canon zoom lens EF 75-300mm 1.4 -5.6 IS Canon battery charger and two batteries Sandisk Extreme 32GB Sandisk Extreme 8GB Canon Speedlight 270EX II - original box, perfect condition Hoya lens filter UV 77mm Sigma lens filter UV 58mm Multi angle rubber lens hood 77mm Canon aperture remote control timer Included is a Lowerpro backpack Everything is in great condition and has been well looked after, barely used. PLEASE BEWARE!!! Wish I'd Google'd him before made the payment but I'm so naive. Fraud case open at SAPS, and had a call back as well. I'm a single mom and now this! Don't have the money to waste!!

  • Username6695 25 Jul 2014, 01:14 PM

    Jakes van Roode last address was 3 sterlyn str DeRyst western cape and his last cell nr was 0744503743 he is a scam scum thief

  • Username6695 25 Jul 2014, 01:11 PM

    Jakes van Roode or whatever his real name is scammed me two days ago into buying a Fujifilm xpro 1 camera for R6000 he has disappeared and his phone is on voicemail and he has my money he is a scumbag criminal could be from Aftica somewhere please don't but anything from him or report to police in case you come across his name a police investigation is under way

  • Zaida 6 Jun 2014, 12:52 PM

    Just got this reply from someone selling a pram on olx. Definitely not taking the risk! Hi, The Pram is available. Bugaboo Cameleon is the best pram you can buy, it is loved by the rich and famous for its style and ease of use. Excellent and very clean condition. Colour version for both baby boy and girl.  Only used for one child. The 2nd generation chasis. Very good and clean, fresh condition.  Grey and sand canvas-all washed in non-bio gel and ready to use.  Items included:  Carry cot with Aerosleep mattress, Chassis, Frame, Sand Canvas Set, Seat Unit, Bumper Bar, Car Adaptors, Foam filled tyres ( more punctures), Raincover, Shopping basket, Sand Parasol, Instructions.  Would cost a fortune new so grab a bargain!  We are pet and smoke free home.  Thanks for looking at this item.  p.s. The Bugaboo is in excellent and clean condition so no offers please.  Price R3,400.00 Please find my address below my mail for view or pick up. Free Delivery  available after payment. Here the attached pictures of the Pram. Kind Regards, Lucas  / Janet  Nel Hadee 5 Ribbok Street,  LEEU GAMKA, 6950 Western Cape Tel:0710340429

  • Frans5 22 May 2014, 12:23 PM

    Thanx guys! Please note the reply from Andre Scaaamarssse. The camera is available. Nikon D7000 18 105 VR MB D11 18 105 mm 2 batteries EN EL15 2 16gb. The camera and lens is like new. dent,scratches free with boxes. Price R5,000.00 Please find my home address below my mail for view or pick up. Delivery available after payment. Here the attached pictures of the gear. Kind Regards, Andre De Klerk. 3 Ribbok Street, LEEU GAMKA, 6950 Western Cape Tel 0719137979 Using this email Andre De Klerk andre.dklerk at They even keep the same nr for various scams at the same time. With todays technology and RICA etc.its hard to believe that these buggers cant be traced and brought to justice!

  • GRAHAM4 19 May 2014, 03:50 PM

    Nice site! Thanks guys... Below is the mail I got from a "seller" on OLX also from LEEU GAMKA (I mean really!!) Some dead-end town in the Cape. I had to Google it and found this site. BUYERS BEWARE!!!!! ------------------------------------------ Hi, The lens is available. Perfect condition, only used one or twice, amateur use only. Comes with bag, lens hood and hoya uv filter. Image stabilised lens. Price R7000.00 Please find my home address below my mail for view or pick up. Delivery available after payment. Here the attached pictures of the lens. Kind Regards, Andy Walter 3 Ribbok Street, LEEU GAMKA, 6950 Western Cape Tel:0719137979

  • saps 16 May 2014, 01:37 PM

    hi there's a guy in bethlehem selling a1400 bakkie says he needed a deposit and my stupidity did do it and we were supposed to meet halway ,however he said he would consult his wife and said he would drive thru ask for more deposit to drive thru however I didn't make any more name of J C mhlalokho acc number 62436146791 fnb adress is 28 de villiers str cell 078 7467445

  • Anthony13 11 May 2014, 06:28 PM

    Morris tried to scam me tonight (thank you for your emails - saved my bacon). He asked if I could drop it off at Eastgate or offer to collect. Called himself Morris, and the SMS reflected the same as on the gumtree scams (0818079771). - See more at:

  • P Swanepoel 11 May 2014, 05:39 PM

    OLX is a breeding ground for fraudsters, if you want to buy a car watches out for Morne Oosthuizen 0711619661, 0712517569, 0715898593. He takes a holding desposit, petrol money and then disappears! Another guy is from Virginia (or not) 0610158436, if you want to view the car, he will SMS you the address and never do, and then he blocks your number. Paying holding deposit is fine and then your money and car is gone.

  • Username6272 6 May 2014, 03:47 PM

    Same scammer at it again on OLX. Watch out people. Selling D7100 with battery grip, 18-105mm lens and 2 x 16gb SD cards for R5000. Ad is placed under Midrand on OLX without a telephone number. Emailed Andre and he emailed back. All of a sudden his address is 11 Kerk Str, Vryheid, KZN. Same number as the one above (0734894521) and definitely not a Andre de Klerk who answers the phone.

  • Username6270 6 May 2014, 12:43 PM

    Also beware - Marthin Els Hi, The camera is available. I'm selling my Nikon D7100 with the original packaging including manual, battery, charger and kit lens (18-105mm). Additionally, I'm including a cable release (essential for long exposures), a SanDisk Extreme 16GB SD card and a SanDisk Ultra 16GB SD card. I am selling because I have upgraded to full-frame. The camera and lens are in excellent condition. I purchased this camera in 31/08/2013 and have used it lightly. This D7100 has only about 4,000 actuations out of a shutter life of 300,000 actuation's. It comes with the remaining warranty and I have all the boxes and instructions etc. Price R4,000.00 Please find my address below my mail for view or pick up. Delivery available after payment. Here the attached pictures of the gears. Kind Regards, Marthin Els. 8 Ribbok Street, LEEU GAMKA, 6950 Western Cape Tel:0719137979

  • Username6270 6 May 2014, 12:30 PM

    I have almost been scammed now. I decided to run a search on the cell provided.. 0734894521 - beware of the following ad (I tried to call, but you can hear the Nigerian accent even though he insists he is South African) Canon EOS 550D. Comes with EF-S 18-55mm IS II Lens. Filter. Couple of spare (non-genuine) batteries, mains charger. Strap. Has original box. Canon EF 70-200mm F/4L USM Lens. With lens hood, filter, leather case and original box. Canon EF 50mm F/1.8 II prime lens. With lens hood, filter and original box. Lowepro Flipside 300 professional camera bag. Has space for everything included plus more. Jessops Monopod 330. Extends from 20" to 61" Price R4,000.00 Address provided - which he insists I cannot collect, he will post it after payment! 104 Kerk Street Vryheid 3100 KZN Tel: 0734894521 Goes by the name "Jakes van Roode"

  • Francois2 2 Apr 2014, 06:43 PM

    We were just caught out by a guy on OLX, a "Pieter" from Calvinia for a Canon 7D camera. Is there anything that can be done to track this guy down? He uses two numbers: 0743523432 and 0749173416. Can the bank (nedbank) where we paid the deposit into assist us in tracking down the owner?

  • Username8430 27 Mar 2014, 11:27 AM

    David Justin Jackson. Tel: 0734894521 3 rooibok straat or 6 Rooibok st, Leeu-Gamka offers:- - Canon EOS 5D Mark II 21.1MP Full Frame CMOS Digital SLR Camera body - Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens - Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM "Pancake" Lens - Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens - Canon BG-E6 Battery Grip (with insert for AA batteries if your LP-E6's run out while on the road) - 4 x Canon (authentic) LP-E6 batteries - 2 x Lexar 32GB CompactFlash Memory Card Professional 800x - 1 x Sandisk 8GB CompactFlash Extreme 60MB/s - Canon 580 EX II Speedlite Flash - Gary Fong Lightsphere collapsible flash diffuser - Generic flash diffuser - Lowepro bag that fits everything nicely. Price R14,000.00 Beware of this scammer.

  • Wayne15 21 Mar 2014, 06:09 PM

    Yamaha R1 selling @R42000 on OLX, seller cannot confirm his address to view the bike, he requires a deposit to secure and is situated in a small town in the Northern Cape. His name is Ruan, his contact number 0749173416.

  • bongiwe 3 18 Dec 2013, 08:11 AM

    im interested on buying a car, the price is too good to be true it was advertised 3 days ago and i have talking with the buyer the car is Durban, what im asking from his is to send the papers so i can verify them, but all hes interested is for me to send my details and pay the money on google wallet because protects both buyer and seller. how safe buyers with an olx and the scammers

  • Me8 19 Nov 2013, 04:28 PM

    There's a guy selling a camera on gumtree who uses the same street name - 34 Aalwyn Street in Leeu Gamka. Guessing it's also a scam.

  • Vincent4 8 Aug 2013, 08:45 PM

    Saw this bargan on olx on a Sony vaio laptop,this was a promo item and I felt for it like a fool! They ask for a 50% deposit up front and then the rest to be paid on delivery,then the rest was to be paid as the promo would have ended so again like a fool I made the payment, then they could not deliver because their van has broken down but I should pay another R1000 to them to use Fed ex for delivery this was where I said no this was not that we had agreed. Also I have asked for my receipt bit withou any luck! I send them a mail saying my lawyer advised me to not make delivery payment and now can't get hold of them! Please do not fall for this like I did! The sales reps name was Malvin Khumalo working for a company Sonytech payment was made to a Mr N.P Ndlovu. They also do this with led 3d tv's...

  • Me6 22 Jul 2013, 11:13 AM

    Thanks for the warning I almost bought the same camera on Gumtree....just google the address on saw this. Apprecaited

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