Posted an ad on gumtree to sell my laptop.
I got a response from David Maphosa that he was interested. He paid the money (R4000) into my account and sent me a proof of payment via SMS and then later by Email. He also sent me a copy of his South African ID.
Later in the day he said he would send a driver to pick it up by me. It was a man by the name of Devine (Divine or Davine) and drove a maroon Toyota Avanza marked as a taxi.
I had a really hectic day and hadn't given much investigating into this guy and all the comms between us. Only after giving the laptop away and feeling something horrible in my gut I went back to the proof of payments etc...
The ID seemed legitimate (ID nr, 6206133597084). The Emailed, EFT proof of payment; the Nedbank logo seemed to be pixelated making me think it to be fake. Also there was no security code on the proof of payment.The SMS came from a bulk provider with this number: +27840000151070585. The account name was Brendan Johnson.Come to think of it, when I was chatting to him on the phone he asked if I had anything else to sell. Only later I realised that to be a very strange question for him to ask.David Maphosa used this cell number 074 922 3372 and this email address, firstname.lastname@example.org. He said he worked at Stellenbosch Panelbeaters, I will be calling them tomorrow to hear if such a person works there.
I'll be going to the police to log a case, not that I expect to get any money but just to get some sort of record against this person (real or not).
All these factors make it pretty clear I have been played. It has dented my ego, especially seeing as I have been aware of these scams. All I can do is hang my head in shame and hope this report will help others be strict in only acting once the money has cleared in your account - or the easiest, demand cash.
|Address:||Cape Town Northern suburbs|
|Crime Date/Time:||30 Aug 2013, 00:08 AM|
|Reported Date:||1 Sep 2013, 14:09 PM|