I was almost scammed by a Ms Bella Smith email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. I placed an ad on OLX to sell my Tablet. She emailed me that she was interested in the item and whether I would be prepared to post out of the country - to Nigeria. I was happy to do so at her expense. She seemed to accept my terms and I therefore provided her with my bank details to perform the EFT. I subsequently got an email from email@example.com on behalf of Bank of America informing me that the payment had been made but funds would be withheld until I provided shipping details that could be verified. I then called my own bank who provided me with vital information - firstly there was no such record of a transfer, secondly if there was a legitimate transfer the bank or individual would be able to send an MT103 SWIFT message which South African banks can verify. Once I asked for the MT103 SWIFT message from both the 'bank' and the individual, neither responded. I therefore did not ship the item. Thankfully I managed to sidestep being a victim of fraud in this case. However, I believe this is an ongoing issue which needs to be noted.
|Crime Date/Time:||5 Aug 2014, 00:08 AM|
|Reported Date:||6 Aug 2014, 14:08 PM|