I wanted to sell an item over OLX. A man phoned me immediately telling me he wants it for his son's birthday. He was willing to pay R500 extra if I dropped it off for him. I received an SMS stating that the payment has been made from a Nedbank account. The man sent his driver to meet me (along with a proof of payment and his ID, which is exactly the same as the picture above except for the name). The reference number on the proof of payment was not the same as the one in the SMS. His details are as follows:
Name: Jamal Mokoena (fake, obviously)
His Driver's number: 0731567945
I have been doing some research, and it appears that this guy has been operating like this since at least 2012, using the same methods. He phones, says he needs the item on that same day for his friend/wife/son. He then sends a fake SMS (from a very believable number) from a bank you don't belong to (to use the 48/72 hours excuse). He then gives you a proof of payment paper along with a copy of his ID. It seems he recycles an ID quite a few times by using a different name, before getting a new one.
How have these people not been caught in 4 years? The internet is overflowing with his victims, most of which made a police case. A simple sting operation would easily catch them.
|Crime Date/Time:||15 Sep 2015, 14:09 PM|
|Reported Date:||15 Sep 2015, 14:09 PM|