Rental Scam OLX


We are looking for a pet friendly house to rent in the Burgundy Estate and surrounding areas. We are looking on all the various websites where properties are advertised for rental, as pet friendly accommodation is hard to find - and found an advert on OLX for a 3 bedroom house in Burgundy Estate for R7000.

We contacted the advertiser and he had his story sorted out - he is a doctor that has been relocated with his family (all expenses including accommodation covered) to George Hospital and wants to lease his house in Burgundy Estate out so that it is not standing empty and there is just someone in the house to make sure it is properly maintained etc. I started to suspect that it could be a scam when his story included that he was at the house on Monday from 12-6 for an open viewing day and has 2 very interested parties, but he is now back in George and if I want to secure the house I must pay the R7000 deposit and then he will make a special trip to bring me the keys.

I asked him if I can get the address to at least drive past and have a look at the house even if just from the outside then if its suitable then we can arrange the lease and once lease is signed then I will transfer the deposit and 1st months rent etc. he then got agitated and asked me not to waste his time with leases if I want the house I must just pay so that he can courier the keys to me that we do not have to worry about a lease. I insisted on a lease as it protects both he and I and ensures that I have a house and he has a tenant and there is no complications etc. He assured he that he is an honest man and I do not have to worry about a lease that I will have a house and he will give me enough notice when they decide to move back to Cape Town. But I insisted on a lease - he finally sent a lease through with the following information:

19 Burgundy Estate
VIRIDIANE STREET
CAPETOWN
7741

The details he gave me are as follows:
S MOROLO
TEL 079 298 9918 FAX 086 546 7760
ID NUMBER: 7211235754081

The email address that the lease agreement came from is:
Karabo Nkwe - karabonkwe061@gmail.com

and the banking details match the email address details:
ACCOUNT HOLDER KM NKWE
BANK CAPITEC
BRANCH 470010
ACCOUNT NO. 1294514839

The advert has since been removed from OLX - I have a friend that is an estate agent and I asked if she could possibly verify the details he supplied to me with the deeds department etc - she checked and there is no properties registered to the details he supplied

Report ID: 9909
Crime Category: Fraud
Province: Western Cape
City/Town: CAPE TOWN
Suburb:
Address: Online Fraud
Crime Date/Time: 6 Oct 2015, 12:10 PM
Reported By: ScamBuster88014
Reported Date: 7 Oct 2015, 13:10 PM
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  • Victim100 9 Oct 2015, 10:38 PM

    If something is too good to be true, it most probably is, so ask all the questions you must ask and research!! I fell for this because i'm under a lot of pressure to find a place now and i've had no luck with the agencies. Even though I was skeptical when he insisted i should pay without viewing because he'll only consider the first person who will pay as he had 6 viewers the previous day. I decided to trust him because it's a very thin market out there. It's a tough lesson but i trust I'll be ok.

  • Victim100 9 Oct 2015, 10:27 PM

    http://za.tixuz.com/real-estate/rent/house/3bed-2bath-burgundy-estate-cape-tow----northern-suburbs---western-cape--cape-town---7000-zar/1074155
    That's where i found his advert yesterday

  • Victim100 9 Oct 2015, 10:04 PM

    wow!!! i fell victim for that too! exact same story. a couple of hours later it clicked, i ran to the bank to reserve the payment, i'm crossing my fingers i wasn't too late cos there's 24hr turn around.

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