So i was selling my pc on OLX. a guy by the name of Brighton called me and said that he wants the machine and is willing to pay immediately. While on the phone he asked for my credentials so he could do an immediate transfer of the funds. Naturally i told him i would not give him the pc until i had proof of payment. about 10 minutes after we spoke i got a mail from email@example.com. he then sent me a 'proof of residence and a copy of 'his' ID book.
I looked over the proof of payment briefly which was my second mistake but not in the amount of detail i should have. trusting that the money was on it's way i happily agreed to meet him somewhere (not my house) and give him the pc. His nephew Shaun who the pc was for came to meet me and to pick up the machine. I helped him unpack the pc, confirm that all the parts were there that i had advertised. He then called his uncle Brighton to confirm that all was accounted for and that he was happy. After that, i got in my car and drove away.
While driving away i joked to myself that i hoped this was not a scam and that these people were legit. I woke up the next day only to find that my bank account had not had the influx of cash i was expecting, but said to myself that it would come during the course of the day. At 3pm that afternoon, i gave Brighton a call and he answered. As soon as i mentioned my name, he asked that i call him back in 2 minutes. 5 minutes later i called and he did not answer. It is now two days later and he now no longer takes my calls. I am now PC-less (after busting my balls for 10 months to save up for it) and also money less all because i was desperate for a quick buck. Not everyone is going to scam you, but you are well within your rights to verify and check everyone. Even if you wait to see the money reflect in your account before shipping or delivering the goods you are selling.
Guys please be careful when selling things online. Insist on proof of payment before you do anything. But once you have it, give the bank a call and ask them to verify the transaction. You have a right to inquire about the transaction number and track it.
|Crime Date/Time:||7 Oct 2015, 15:10 PM|
|Reported Date:||9 Oct 2015, 15:10 PM|