Scam artist has taken our money!!!!

A 3 bedroom apartment was advertised on OLX by Stephen Holmes - William Whirlsmith for R2200 per day. He sent me pictures and was in contact with me when i emailed him, or phoned him on his phone number. He was also messaging me and his photo was on his profile. My brother had deposited an amount of R11 000 as a 50% deposit on the 11th December at 12:50 in the afternoon and we sent the proof of payment through to him. He acknowledged everything and said he needed the balance of R11 000 by the 22nd December. He sent me an email to say that he was having trouble sending me an invoice as he was experiencing power failures but would prepare it and send it as soon as everything was up and running. I told him i would be down in Umhlanga on the 16th December and i would like to view the apartment before my brother pays the rest of the money by the 22nd. He sent me messages saying he had someone moving in on the 16th Dec and we would only be able to view it on the 16th Dec before 11:30. I only arrived from Johannesburg at 14:00 in Umhlanga. I phoned him he didnt answer but sent me a message saying he was in a meeting and will call me back which he never did. On Wednesday i tried calling him and smsing him and he didnt respond. I did the same on Thurs and on Friday i got a friend to call him from a different number and he answered the phone cause he obviously had my number in his phone and she asked if he had any accomodation and he said no he is fully booked. I sent another message to tell him to get hold of me. I phoned him again and his phone was off. My brother eventually sent him a message on Thursday evening say he must get hold me as i would like to see the place and he apologized saying he was in Port Edward sorting out finances and he would be on top of things in Umhlanga tmrw (Saturday). His phone has been off since then. My brother sent a message saying he will catch him out he has all his details and he better transfer the money back into his account. Once he sent that message he took his photo off his whatts up and his phone has been off since. He has taken us for R11 000.00!!!!!! We need to catch this scam artist!!!!!

Report ID: 7527
Crime Category: Other
Province: Gauteng
Suburb: Bedfordview
Address: Malindi no 24 Umhlanga
Crime Date/Time: 11 Dec 2014, 00:12 AM
Reported By: Username7527
Reported Date: 20 Dec 2014, 21:12 PM
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