My husband and I advertised our hp mini laptop for sale on Junkmail and Gumtree. We were contacted by a Mr Phillip Cooper ( ID 5008145635080 , Cell: 0730629571 ) who wished to purchase it for his son. Mr Cooper said he would do an internet transfer. He emailed his ID ( which have placed on this sight ), proof of payment via Nedbank internet. We also received a confirmation sms from Nedbank. He requested us to deliver the laptop to his son in Jhb as he was out of town and agreed to pay petrol for the delivery.We delivered the laptop which was signed for, but are still waiting for the so called money to transfer even though we have the so called "EFT" documents and sms from the bankMr Cooper's number still operates as we have called a few times to find out about payment, which is always promissed the next day or within an hourThe funny thing is that when you check the id with home affairs it appears valid. 

Report ID: 1454
Crime Category: Fraud
Province: Gauteng
Suburb: Houghton
Address: Johannesburg
Crime Date/Time: 17 Sep 2011, 00:09 AM
Reported By: Username1454
Reported Date: 28 Sep 2011, 14:09 PM
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  • jpstorm 26 Feb 2019, 07:24 AM

    i was scammed yesterday by the guy also for a laptop, i did get the number plate of the so called driver. email me at if u can assist me in finding this doos.

  • CaseyK 2 Sep 2018, 02:54 PM

    Hi - Simon Mchunu tried to scam me today. He sent me a Nedbank proof of payment for an iphone I was selling through Gumtree. Evenm offer to email me a proof of payment and his ID and was 'sending a driver' to collect. He's very busy out there!! He used the number 0799444011

  • ReaperKid 1 Aug 2018, 10:38 PM

    Simon Mchunu seems to have scammed me using the cell number 0826847940 which is the same number used in WideAwake's comment. As I have not yet received payment. If I had seen this sooner... I might have saved my little sister a lot of grief. He used nedbank and sent over a driver to pick it up. He then tried to further get R500 out of us saying he accidentally paid us the drivers money and we need to send back however we did not have the money in the account and so we couldnt as we are students with no money and that is the reason we sold our item. Why has this person not been caught yet?

  • WideAwake 14 Jul 2018, 04:51 PM

    Not confirmed yet, but I think I'm being scammed. Selling an Inverter. Guy named Simon asked me to deliver to Houghton. I mentioned to him that I cannot do that, but that he can come and fetch it after I receive proof of EFT. I know that I normally also receive a proof of payment from Nedbank on e-mail, but it was only sent on SMS. Even stranger to me was the fact that he "paid" R2000 more than the asking price. I then checked out the SMS on Nedbank's Verify Payment tool ( and could not verify the transaction. I then requested him to send another form of payment feedback. He is using a number 0826847940. Question?? Why does the SAPS not set a trap and catch these guys. We all know they operate from Houghton.

  • chanelle43 29 Mar 2018, 11:53 AM

    Hi username 1454. I think Mr Marc cooper just tried his luck with me also. So should u be looking for him here is his new contact details.

    Mark Cooper
    Senior Procurement
    Toko Production
    Cell 078 162 4370
    Fax. 086 764 2968

    He is obviously not a south African citizen with the accent he has but he sends me a copy of his I'd which is a south African I'd. He contacted me once he sent through the confirmation of payment to which I replied I will only post the items once the money reflects in my account and he actually got upset and quite forcefully as to but how long is that going to take... I simply said as long as the bank takes to which he slammed the phone in my ear.

    U can contact me via email at .

  • Rolanda 5 Jun 2017, 08:22 AM

    The almost exact thing happened to me!! Also father (Sipho Khosa) is out of town and needs a PC for his son asap. Also asked for delivery costs and sent EFT confirmation from ABSA. We almost delivered but our phones died on our way and couldn't find the place. We went back home. The father said he called the bank to stop the EFT!! Which I know cant be done. Area is also Houghton.

  • ridusofcrime 20 Apr 2016, 01:14 PM

    Don't accept a Proof of Payment even if it looks genuine. It can easily be forged. If possible, compare the Proof of Payment with others that you received from the same bank. You will soon notice if it is a forgery.

  • Lurisa 20 Apr 2016, 09:33 AM

    Please beware of Michael Al Kams -

  • A3aan 9 Mar 2016, 04:13 PM

    I see a lot of people talking about this Bernard Khumalo guy and I just spoke to him a few moments ago after seeing this ad which he posted on olx in this link ( he has this number 0717928779 which he uses for this deal. Claiming this car is a repo car and wants to have a payment before I even see it. His business details doesn't even come up when searching the Network. Here's the Business name he gave me XJ Motors. Not sure if I'm allowed to give his bank details like this, but if required I have it saved for in case.

  • etiennes 4 Dec 2015, 04:06 PM

    Patrick Balowi / Patrick Baloyi tried to buy my washing machine, sent proof of payment and wanted someone to come and collect washing machine immediately. He forwarded proof of payment (ABSA), Eskom bill & ID (Patrick Baloyi - everything else was Balowi). This happened a few minutes ago. He used cell number 0738623125.

  • ShaunK 1 Dec 2015, 07:27 AM

    Why dont we setup a lead, and we got the police involved to nab this guy and put him away
    I'm game 084 300 0926

  • hull21 6 Nov 2015, 12:13 PM

    A guy by the name of randy scams people by sending fake eft confirmation from FNB via sms, you will notice in the sms that FNB'S HELPLINE number is 087575000 which is incorrect, should be 0875750000, he also sends out someone named elliese to pick up whatevers been sold, in my case an xbox one. Their numbers are 0630118596 and 0732687770. Dont fall for this like i did! They are olx scammers so becareful when selling things online.

  • stclair 6 Nov 2015, 11:27 AM

    A guy with the name John Landman nearly scammed me as I was selling a PS3. He told me that I must ship it to a friend in Nigeria and sent me the address. I gave him my banking details and he sent me a proof of payment.....from the bank of america.....I forwarded the mail to and they confirmed fraud. The mail thas was sent as POP requested that I reply to that mail (not the buyer) with a waybill number before the funds would be released.....Im not that stupid.

  • Carsau 21 Sep 2015, 01:47 PM

    I have been scammed by this Patrick guy. Patrick Baloyi.
    I received proof payment, ID and Eskom utility bill. Unfortunately he got away with my couches I advertised on OLX.

  • Sophia2 18 Jun 2015, 10:20 AM

    Thank you to the people who have contributed to this post - had a bad feeling about Patrick who wanted to do the transfer. His current number 0810631364. Sounded foreign, possibly Congolese.

  • Adam2 24 May 2015, 05:56 PM

    Thank you to all the people who've posted on this website. 5 minutes after posting an add on gumtree a guy by the name of Patrick (076 937 1858) called me and said he wanted the equipment we were selling and that he'd pay by EFT and send me POP, Proof of Residence and ID copy. But the fact that he wanted the stuff without looking at it worried me. I google his email address ( and it appeared on this website by people who have been defrauded by the same person(s).

  • Elize32 2 Dec 2014, 07:58 AM

    I'm so glad I searched his email address, I knew something is not right. He phoned me 15min after I posted the ad for my fridge. Even said he needs it NOW and he will send his delivery guys. Also said he will give me his ID, proof of residence and will send me proof of payment. The number that he operates from now: 073 052 0237

  • Username7314 20 Nov 2014, 09:53 AM

    A person named Mo Gegere also phoned me literally 5 minutes after I posted an ad on Gumtree selling my Samsung S3. He said he wanted to buy the phone for his wife as a birthday present and was willing to send someone to drive all the way to my house to pick it up. He also said he was going to do an EFT transfer immediately. I looked up his name on the Internet and saw that he is related to quite a few scamming incidents. He phoned me on the following number: 0782915412. Please be on the lookout for him!

  • jaxques 18 Oct 2014, 05:59 PM

    MO GEGERE bastard just tried to do me in aswell !!! 6206133597084 he new ID and sell number 07735313548 get the police

  • Marianne5 29 Sep 2014, 11:58 AM

    Hi everyone. I encountered this gentleman last week after advertising a fridge on OLX. He called himself Mo Gegere and used the following phone number: 063 156 0543. He also sent me a copy of his ID, proof of residential address (fraudulently using the letterhead of a property management company called Landsec) and proof of deposit into my account (ostensibly from Nedbank). Glad I did my research - which prevented him stealing from me.

  • Username6816 14 Aug 2014, 10:25 PM

    So I'm thinking, I'm still in contact with him and can probably set up a meeting, anyone want to meet this guy and ask him for yourselves? I'm pretty sure it's the same guy using different names and banks. Let me know. I'll keep checking this thread.

  • Username6816 14 Aug 2014, 10:00 PM

    A man by the name of Walter Nkosi is driving a scam for electronic valuables. His number is 0717341779. He forwards proof of payment (which ABSA has confirmed is fraudulent) in PDF format and an automated SMS. He also sends through a copy of his ID (number) : 620613 3597 084 and proof of residence (1 Oxford St Killarny) the picture on the ID is if a black male wearing a black suit, white shirt and red tie) He arranges his 'daughter' to call and she collects the goods. He emails from though this may change, along with his contact number. Be aware of these scams and always wait for the money to CLEAR in the account before handing over any goods

  • Cole3 3 Aug 2014, 10:06 AM

    walter nkosi also provided id proof of residence and eft proof and sms from nedbank came and picked up my 37 inch led TV lfy519 gp can we not get rica involved can anyone help us cause he called me things ive never heard before and hes part of a racist movement

  • Dean10 5 Jun 2014, 10:28 AM

    Got a call today from George Lamola nos 0787162568- what a thief and a fraud, sent me proof of payment via SMS - I phoned his bank Nedbank as he claimed to verify the transaction, no record of it- his reference number was todays date and my own cell number....advertised the items on gumtree- called him and it became a swearing match-- GEORGE LAMOLA is a FRAUD

  • Phindile7 3 Jun 2014, 10:29 PM

    I was almost scammed. Advertised my couches and a man contacted me, George Lamola, 0787162568 and wanted them without seeing them. He asked for a bank account and email address which I sent him. He immediately sent me proof of payment via sms and emailed me a copy. Both looked legit until I took time to scruitinize the emailed proof. He made a blunder with the date of payment (reflected last month). Please be careful of these people.

  • swaarspeen 23 May 2014, 03:39 PM

    Be careful when your selling anything. Scammers will take your goods and cancel the transaction afterwards leaving you with nothing. Don't fall for the story of how urgently he needs it or how almost dead his wife is. Its all one big lie.. Simply do it the hard way... You only get your shit once the payment has CLEARED.. as in you can see the new numbers added to your available amount numbers on your bank statement. Hes using fake names, fake ID, fake proof of payment and stolen check books. Noone knows who he is or where hes from. The only way to get this guy is to trap one of hes 'cuzons' and make him talk.. and i dont mean the fedex courier. Tried to scam me yesterday and rob me of my hard earned couches im selling.. came up with a huge story that he doesnt have couches.. how fat hes ugly wife is and how much she is complaining about having to sit on the floor.. and i kindly explained to him the difference between a uncleared and cleared payment and also explained to him how little of a f$%k i give about his wifes sore arse. He hung up and uncleared payment was retracted an hour later. Ohwell.. currently using: Walter pale. Num1: 071 052 4919 Num2: 083 772 1727 The above info are fake names and stolen cellphones... KEEP IT OLD SCHOOL STYLE.. CASH IN HAND OR GO F#$K URSELF.

  • Maria 13 May 2014, 01:54 PM

    I placed an advert on OLX this morning for my Diamond ring R 20 000-00. I received a call from Garry Pale saying he wants to bay the ring and I should send my banking details and he would make an EFT, 15 min later I received an sms from Nedbank and later received a copy of his ID and proof of payment from Nedbank. I did not request a copy of his ID. It sounded like a scam as there are no photo with the ad. I searched his ID number and got to this website FRUAD. His ID 6206135597084 and his Cel number 081 446 1523. His brother phoned before 2 and asked to meet on the N1 His cel number 084 775 7662.I said I am on my way and he phoned again and said he is waiting his brother needs the ring. I then told him I am not coming because this is a scam. I hope I can also prevent other sellers from being robbed.

  • Username6310 13 May 2014, 11:25 AM

    If the following vehicle was use to collect/transport goods please contact Andre 0827386268. White ldv reg no XFB653GP. Also linked to Irael Walter Pale.

  • P.J 11 May 2014, 07:09 AM

    Walter Pale has a new cell phone number. 0710050019. I have advertise some items on OLX and Gumtree. He was the first to contact me. Send me proof of a payment made from Nedbank. And later there was a Cheque payment made to my account... That cheque will never clear.. He will not receive 1 item.

  • Tay 24 Apr 2014, 07:48 PM

    This man and his associates are such crooks and he seems to have been getting away with it for too long!! I've made a few Hello Peter posts and I'll post on Gumtree and OLX to hopefully create awareness for fellow sellers. Here are further details... Walter Pale ID 6206133597084 Black suit white shirt red tie Cellphone numbers 07716835704 Driver 07618882149 Proof of Residence_ Landsec Land Securities Management with address 1 Oxford Road Killarney Email address_

  • Tay 24 Apr 2014, 07:40 PM

    I wish I'd seen this when I googled his name and number a few days ago. Too late now! Post by Vincent on 17 April 2014: we had an almost identical situation on 21 April 2014. Gumtree ad for our couch, within the hour he contacted us on the same number. Had an SMS notification- but the nedbank number was legitimate-, I said that once the money reflects that I'll contact him to organise collection. He said his wife was home that day- being a public holiday it sounds valid- so may he send his ID copy and proof of residence along with the email POP. It sounded reasonable, and I'd already received the sms -ending in 060674 rather- and contacted the Nedbank number which was sound. The documents seemed legitimate at face value- however, as it was a public holiday I didn't think the property manager from his proof of residence would be working so did not check legitimacy of that. 3 black men in a white pick up truck came to collect our couch. Ironic that we helped them move it to the vehicle and suggested that the cushions and accessories be tightly secured to ensure no-one can steal them...

  • Vincent 17 Apr 2014, 04:17 PM

    Posted a Gumtree add for a mobile phone and within an hour got a call from Walter Pale on 27716835704 asking to buy it immediately as his wife is leaving the country and needs it ASAP. Nedbank SMS payment notification from 2784000151060513 with a fake Helpline number. He forwarded a fake Nedbank Email proof of payment with irregular fonts, no reference number and a broken link. He Emailed a copy of ID 6206133597084, even though I didn't ask for it. He called again and I asked for the reference number to verify the payment and didn't hear back. This time he didn't get anything.

  • Username4965 30 Oct 2013, 01:02 PM

    On the 26th of Oct, 2013 I advertised a device on Gumtree. Not long after that I received a call from a Mr Chris Dlomo, saying he wanted the device for his sons 21st urgently and he will do an EFT and sent his ID copy and send his driver to fetch the device. I received the documents which looked legit and he arranged the pick up. The money never appeared in my account since then. Since then I have tried to contact him on numerous occasions and he lied that his account was frozen when in truth there is not even an account with those details at FNB. After numerous calls it was discovered that the people who picked up the device was not even this Chris Dlomo's driver but a hired delivery guy and that he has the device still but is trying to extort money out of me to have it returned. They were driving a Toyota Copper RunX or Auris, registration number beginning with ADO. This looks like a syndicate and I advise everyone to be aware what is happening on sale sites we have trusted in the past.

  • Username4918 24 Oct 2013, 12:52 PM

  • Username4918 24 Oct 2013, 11:43 AM

    Hi All, I also had an encounter with Desmond Montana, last night, cell 079 311 4822.

  • Tracy16 7 Oct 2013, 04:24 PM

    Does anybody know how to track a cellphone location? If anybody has received a call from Desmond Montana wanting to buy goods from you please call me first 084 544 3776.

  • Tracy16 7 Oct 2013, 04:18 PM

    Hi Guys, Was caught with Desmond Montana as well on OLX, He sent someone to pick up the PS3 we we selling, proof of payment via sms and sent his I.D copy which is for a deceased person. The police refuse to open a case for us. Address he used is Houghton as well and his cell number is still on:073 011 4822

  • Shereen2 7 Oct 2013, 12:06 AM

    Hi everyone, got scammed by Desmond Montana. Sold a laptop On OLX, was also persitent on getting it the same day, send his copy of I'd and 'proof' of payment, never came thru, tries to call him, he doesn't pick up, he's very sneaky, so lesson learned if it feels unsure don't SELL!!

  • Bill3 26 Sep 2013, 05:02 PM

    Hi Anonymous. I am trying to find Desmond Montana. if you have a copy of his ID, please fax it to me at 0865407622. this refers to your posting of 13/08/2013

  • Anoymus2 20 Sep 2013, 01:03 PM

    Had my Ipad on gumtree. same day a guy phoned - doesn't sound South African. Name Shaun Le Grange Paid money and extra cash for Postage. Requested to sent to I Mlambo JHB - Kennsington I Received confirmation from Nedbank 3 days later still no money. why are there so many scams with Nedbank???

  • Thompson 19 Sep 2013, 01:35 PM

    Desmond Montana just replied to my GUMTREE ad today(19Sep2013) and wanted to buy the mags without seeing them and wanted delivery asap. He asked for bank details and made eft payment thru Nedbank .. but he "copied" the screen and pasted(with altering the words). He provide cellphone number 0761922034, email: "" Address to deliver the goods he gave. no 1 Perval Centre,cnr Jo slovo and louis botha ave Houghton He has responded to emails and sms. Thanks to this website , he will wait a long time for me to deliver. Please be careful.

  • Anoymus 28 Aug 2013, 07:15 PM

    This DESMOND MONTANA guy is now very busy. Just got in centurion. Phone is 0761922034 or 061922034 I.D 620815 5643 08 5

  • Username2468 22 Aug 2013, 09:36 PM

    Published an item for sale on Gumtree over the value of R5000 (we thought it is a bit expensive). Got two replies the same day: - Desmond Montana,, 0761922034 - Paul Davids,, 0743002136 We saw references on this page to Desmond Montana - thank you for that. We phoned Paul Davids and that was also fishy. He also wants banking details and are willing to pay into our account without even checking the item.

  • Sam32 25 Jun 2013, 05:54 PM

    Driver number 0736843949.its a cream bakkie.

  • Sam32 25 Jun 2013, 05:07 PM

    New name hestings blois contact num 0836934278 made the deposit and deposit never cleared. Taken a fridge. Bakkie HCH351GP

  • mel4 24 May 2013, 12:17 PM

    I posted my sons playstation on gumtree for R3k and within second got a sms... Hie, I m contacting u in connection to the ad online. Is the ps2 and games stil on offer? Im very keen to arrange buying it urgently. kind regards langton 078 298 9078 so I reply saying yes as I have just placed it. he replies: I am based in Joburg. can u be able to send it via courier if i do transfer the funds in yo ac and send proof of payment with my adres....needs it urgently andf he is in houghton. i said that fine but nothing will be send until funds are cleared... i havent given my details out as am skeptical so hense me googling to see if I can find any links and came across this page

  • Koketso 4 24 May 2013, 09:53 AM

    Hi everyone, please be careful, I was contacted by James Pale after posting an add on Gumtree and OLX for the sale of a cable. This scamster sent me proof of payment from an ABSA account and the ID number of James Pale 6206135597084. The balance on the account appeared as a cheque deposit but this is fake, the money never cleared. When i called him he said he was driving and he would call me back, he never did. Please be aware of this email - Benson Macfery and this cell number 0839676831.

  • Pet Maas 22 May 2013, 09:48 AM

    Thanks for this site !!!! James is onto me as well using cell number 083 967 6831

  • Kellie 14 May 2013, 08:27 AM

    Costa Kuboni just scammed us out of R2800 for a play station that he "bought" from us through OLX. He sent a guy to collect by the name of Kelvin. I feel like such an idiot, can't believe we fell for this. If anyone has details about where they stay or how to find them, please contact my husband Mike on 0711088906

  • Dylan7 10 May 2013, 04:16 PM

    Got to get the police to follow his drivers once making a collection.They be followed to a warehouse of stolen good im telling you.I am so angry. Had to sell the stuff because we are actually in financial strain !! An now look at us. Empty handed and in worse financial strain.

  • Dylan7 10 May 2013, 10:18 AM

    james pale did me in for R10000 Black Leather couch.I dont know if these people will get caught but one way is to set then up when they come to collect goods.He made a check deposit which did reflect on my account but was not cleared. once couches were collected the next day the check had bounced.his phone number is off and was 0839676831

  • Gerhard9 29 Apr 2013, 10:14 PM

    He tried to scam me aswell. He is operating under a new alias as a James. With the number 0836695376

  • Mohammed6 21 Apr 2013, 07:16 PM

    I have been contacted by a chap by the name of Costa Kuboni who wanted to buy a phone from me ,the same protocol ...Will do an eft and email a copy of his ID and proof of payment.When i received the sms payment confirmation i questioned him about its authenticity and he hasnt replied since ...THANK YOU FOR THESE POSTS his number is 078 144 9224

  • Christian2 4 Apr 2013, 10:30 AM

    This guy is really working his magic. EFT proof received from Walter Pale working with James Pale and mail sent from Benson Macfery mail address Trying to buy a new printer. Still busy with this guy I keep pushing him for a delivery address but no luck. Let's see if he goes for it. :P

  • Karina2 14 Mar 2013, 11:17 AM

    I just got a call from James, he's interested in buying my couches advertised on OLX... will send sms with proof of payment but his email seemed strange for someone who has money to spend... so googled his email and found this... thanks guys. Will definitely not be doing business with this guy...

  • Trevor2 8 Mar 2013, 09:13 AM

    Just got a call from this James Pale idiot no 0745888958 wanting to buy goods I advertised on gumtree. did a transfer to my account for R34000.00 without seeing the goods. I received an sms from ABSA and an email confirmation. Look carefully at the logo's for ABSA and Barclays, you will see they are unclear and copy / pasted onto the document. My concern is that I phoned ABSA to check if this was legit or fraudulent, and they refuse to assist saying they cannot check. Surely they have a list of fraudulent account numbers etc that they could warn the public, or are they just to lazy to give a damn... Today Tomorrow but not all Together...!!!

  • Zoran 7 Mar 2013, 07:41 AM

    Thanks to this site, I avoided being defrauded by James Pale. Same old method: sms proof of payment from Nedbank and request immediate delivery of goods. Thank you guys from this site!

  • Bertus2 6 Mar 2013, 09:40 AM

    I share all your concerns and just went through the same thing. What I cannot understand is that Vodacom, MTN and Cell C allows these numbers to work, they are all cell numbers.0722942781, 0718226579, 0741130316. If the service providers suspend these accounts because of fraud then it might prevent them from trying.

  • Charl7 4 Mar 2013, 04:22 PM

    All of these scams are the same, especcialy "deliver to Houghton JHB" (which happend today) or "buying the item for my son and his school is abroad" Accept only cash and collect, a guy tried to scam me by paying a cheque deposit into my account which was actually too much, but it bounced after a few days, stupid scammer. Don't even bother reporting it, you are wasting your time! How am I supposed to sell my PC or bike if everyone tries to scam me??

  • Violet 1 Mar 2013, 08:18 AM

    I almost got scammed by a so called James Pale. I advertised my fridge on Gumtree yesterday and within 10 minutes this guy calls me and says he wanted to make a transfer immediately and asked for my bank details and address details he had not seen the fridge mind you and he said he was happy with the photos I had put on the add. So I was a bit uneasy but I gave him an account number that I dont use and an email address that I also dont use a lot. He sent me a proof of payment from ABSA and he said he would get a courier company to come and collect the fridge immediately and he will give them his ID copy and proof of his resident because it was a gift for his wife. I checked the proof of payment and I was not convinced. I later phoned him and told him that I will not let him come and get the fridge until I had the money reflecting in my account. So this morning I went online and googled the email address he had sent from Benson Macfery and came up as an alert for fraud and his name is also listed as a person that scammed another lady of a fridge. He used this number 0745888958. I have sent an email to 702 and highveld for people to be alerted.

  • Lisa2 27 Feb 2013, 03:28 PM

    Samething happened to me today. James Pale tryed buying baby stuff from me today but I did not have a good feeling about him from the onset. After receiving proof of payment from him I called my bank to check if there was money that should come thru and not cleared and they said nothing was reflecting. I then googled his name and came across this website. I then told him that i will wait for the money to clear before I give him my address to collect the goods. He never responded to my email. He's also using the Benson Macfery e-mail but calling himself James Pali. The cellphone numbers he's using is 074 588 8958 and 087 044 0533.

  • Daryl3 27 Feb 2013, 03:28 PM

    What an awesome site. This guy James just emailed me the ABSA pdf. Would have gone through with it had it not been for this site. Thanks!

  • Michael Foster 25 Feb 2013, 12:05 PM

    These guys got my bike Yesterday. a Miltons Mathonsi (0724165035) and a Brian (0762088525) they deposited a cheque and stupidli i delievered the bike, they now have my bike and i have notthing. i have opened a case and also have a private investigator looking into the matter, we will get them.

  • Mr Smith 17 Jan 2013, 11:18 AM

    Hi Same thing here. James Pale trying to buy my fridge. Received proof of payment yesterday. Still waiting for the money. At least the fridge is still with me. He promised the money will be available later today. He's also using the Benson Macfery e-mail and 073 755 0691 as a cell number. Very persistent to com and fetch it.

  • Lauren 16 Jan 2013, 04:08 PM

    We sold our fridge on Gumtree last week, and the person who 'bought it' was James Pale (email address: Ben Macfery from He sent us a "valid" proof of payment from ABSA as well as an sms. Being in quite a rush - we didn't go through the POP properly and sent the fridge off with him, only to find out that he was a fraudster!! The number he gave us (0737318338) is off and he's just disappeared! HOW ANNOYING! Gumtree,Junkmail,OLX etc. should have a 'Name and Shame' wall, where details of scam artists can be posted ON THER SITE, to avoid this kind of thing from happening over and over again - especialy by the same person!! I realise we were the silly ones for letting our fridge go without waiting for the funds to reflect, but we acted in good faith, as good people! Surely MTN can trace this fool through RICA? Isn't that the purpose of all these regulations - to stop fraud?? If this guy is scamming people left, right and center surely something has to be done!!!!

  • Nish 16 Jan 2013, 02:20 PM

    A guy called JAMES PALE called me today to buy my Plasma and Couch, said his wife saw it on gumtree and wants it. I normally only sell my stuff cash cause i know all these scammers! He in getting better and more convincing over the phone, asked for bank details, he mailed me proof of a absa pdf document which looks very original, an sms came through stating JAMES PALE made a transfer from Absa: Then he called said hes sending a truck, told him i will only release the goods once it refelect in my Bank account and receive the sms from my FNB bank which will be tomorrow, he insisted but i didnt budge, said he will call tomorrow morn. Had scam all over this, just confirmed by googling his name and found this article now! Accept cash only people!

  • Sherwin2 3 Jan 2013, 09:36 AM

    I received an sms about 15 miutes ago from James 0710780690 who is interested in purchasing my surround system and TV...This guy is still operating...thats scary....He is very confident when he speaks...I think I am going to enjoy this....

  • Louise5 2 Jan 2013, 08:35 PM

    Sorry, the "5" on my keyboard doesn't always work. Jason Mathebula's cell number is 0724165035.

  • Louise5 2 Jan 2013, 08:31 PM

    Jason Mathebula bought numerous household items from me on Gumtree, UNSEEN. His cell number is 07241603 and email I wasn't going to release the stuff until the money reflected in my account which, needless to say, did not happen. He emailed Nedbank proof of payment (obviously fabricated). The EFT payment was made on 29/12/2012 but the document was dated 04/09/2012. Stupid fool forgot to change it. It makes me nervous that he has my banking details. What should I do

  • Anon26 31 Dec 2012, 10:18 AM

    Just want to confirm that I also got the sms from the bank that states that JAMES PALE paid the money into my bank account. There is no reference number. When my husband spoke to him, he said he will pay it from an Absa account. Now the SMS is saying Nedbank. The money doesn't reflect yet.

  • Anon26 30 Dec 2012, 01:09 PM

    We advertised our Fridge on Gumtree and OLX when James phone me. 071 078 0690. He said he can arrange the payment now. I must just send my banking details... Without seeing the stuff. He gave me his email address: So I googled the email address and came across this site. Then another black woman phoned 072 219 4102 from soweto. They are a group of scammers.... so please be carefull. Rather sell your stuff to local people and get your cash. They know all the tricks of the trade..

  • James Erasmus 19 Dec 2012, 01:16 PM

    Thank you so much for this site!!! I almost sent them my sound system that I advertized on Gumtree worth R60 000 today. Thank goodness for the internet!

  • Mukarram Hashan 13 Dec 2012, 10:19 AM

    forgot to put cell numbers of these gentlemen JAMES PALE 0710996236........MARTIN (Bukkie guy) 0810988006

  • Mukarram Hashan 13 Dec 2012, 10:15 AM

    Similar incident happend to me yesterday. A guy named JAMES PALE called on my advertisement of Fridge worth R3000/- . He said he transfered EFT, I recieved SMS from ABSA to FNB and proof of payment from email id "Benson Macfery" .....thinking everything is in order I allowed the bukkie guy MARTIN (Ford Gray - HCH351GP) to take the Fridge. When I didn't recieve the credit next day I enquired ABSA , they said the transaction is a Fraud and no such Transaction number exists. I have logged a Police case.....I wonder what police department is doing if same guys are doing it agaian and again using same stolen vehicle...

  • John9 16 Nov 2012, 03:42 PM

    Be on the look out for this skellem who goes the name Amstrong Nkosinathi Nyembe ID no 8204175405083. He's got another scam on, "selling" cars online and when you want to view, he will request R400 fuel money via FNB ewallet or Shoprite transfer because he'll be driving from Witbank. Bloody crook.

  • PETER4 16 Nov 2012, 01:54 PM

    I was taken for a ride too buy this gentleman, named robert hedede who purchased my couch. He sent me a fraudulent proof of payment with nedbank, had a courier come fetch my bed and I never got the money. What a ride I was taken for. I reported it to south african police fraud department and nedbank fraud. It seems to be a huge syndicate here based on what i read above with all the victims along with myself.

  • Aljolena 22 Oct 2012, 07:31 PM

    i reported "Bernard Khumalo" @ Carte Blanch and submitted a complaint with all the sms, emailed id and proof of payment to them. I did not released the quad until the so called money is cleared as of yet no money was cleared. Guys please be very carefull.

  • Karin12 22 Oct 2012, 12:51 PM

    I would just like to report an incident where I placed my furniture on Gumtree. I firstly had an e-mail from a enquiring if the furniture was still available. The day thereafter he gave me a call informing that he would need to speak to his wife and come back to me. Cell number 0833666782. He said his name was Jason Mathebula ID 6308145635080 (INVALID ID), he called and said he wants the items and paid into my Account - but viewing the proof of payment everything was valid except the NEDBANK logo on it you could see it was tampered with. Some of the items were collected that evening with a brand new bakkie registration HBP 589 EP, navy blue. The following day I called Jason as well as the two gentlemen who collected the furniture. Later that day I had a call from Amstrong Nkosinathi Nyembe ID no.8204175405083 (VALID) cell no. 0765485493, saying that he has my furniture, as Jason never paid him for delivery, so he will deliver if I pay him R300 into his account and the other R200 on delivery - well the furniture never arrived. Please be on the look out for the vehicle as well as the above names and usage of fraudalant ID's.

  • Bradley4 22 Oct 2012, 11:33 AM

    I think I was done in by the same guy but his name has changed to "DEAN KHUMALO" his cell: 078 171 7607, I received a confirmation sms from Nedbank on saturday I was suspicious because of him paying full price without coming to see the goods I asked a few people who deal with eft sms s on a daily bases they all assured me it was a legit sms, tried calling him this morning his phone is off and the 2 guys that fetched a 40 inch led samsung tv and tv stand off me on saturday suddenly have alzeimers, Their licence plate number was HCH 351 GP driver name "MARTIN" CELL:0795123846 , Ill wait the 2 days for clearance if not in Im going to report this for what its worth. These two idiots cant deny coming because they dont realise I have cameras at my house.

  • Aljolena 21 Oct 2012, 12:54 PM

    i advertiesed a bike, received proof of payment and sms. when i google his name and came on this site.he is a scam.

  • Mike18 19 Oct 2012, 09:33 AM

    got this prick, he is now in soweto with me

  • Ty 15 Oct 2012, 09:19 AM

    I am looking for "Quinton" This "Bernard Khumalo" deposited R18000-00 cheque at an ATM in EASTGATE and used this "Quinton" as his reference. Thing is, he deposited it into my account. He phoned me up 10 minutes later saying that I should please deposit him R15000-00 and keep the R3000-00 that he owes me for an item I was supposed to sell him. Got the name of his accomplice too. Armstrong Nkosinathi Nyembe ID: 820417 5405 083 Black male Please guys, anyone wanting to get in touch to open up some @ss Wooping on this douche bag, please mail me.

  • Dwayne 13 Oct 2012, 12:06 PM

    LOL I am selling my car sound and advertised it on Gumtree, I got 2 responses that they wanted to buy it and delivered to each 1 asap today will send someone to pick up the goods, cought on that it was a scam because both guys (2 totally different idiots) wanted to pay via E.F.T and were with Nedbank hahahaha what are the odds, word of advice,1 name is Rapheal and other is Desmond, watch out for these Retards and thank you all for the posts and input on this website... Helped a lot :)

  • velile 9 Oct 2012, 05:23 PM

    wats sad that was done to me two weeks ago by this phillip cooper, i have got some people to track him down if there is any result i hope cn get him for this. I reli needed the money for my phone now i dont even have food to eat cause of this thief his numbers are 0785708785, 0738432507, 0732878295. Feel like a fool, last week he was still answering his numbers and this week i get voicemail.

  • Jeanne-Mari 8 Oct 2012, 09:36 PM

    His cousin collected the pc and his number was 078 570 8785. The number still works and the guy picks up, but when you want to talk to him, he hangs up

  • Jeanne-Mari 8 Oct 2012, 09:11 PM

    He just did the same thing to me last week. Unfortunatly, I only saw this now. How can we catch this prick?

  • Henriette2 3 Oct 2012, 10:40 AM

    Nedbank confirmation - Check/ SMS confirmation from the bank - Check/ Name Israel Pale but same number as Phillip Cooper. Wonder if all these people is the same guy!!

  • Danie 28 Sep 2012, 11:20 AM

    I am selling my Tab as well to this person named Phillip. Waiting to see what proof of payment he will send me. Is there any way we can catch this guy redhanded when we deliver? There is another guy desmond montana with a email address

  • Theunis5 13 Sep 2012, 07:53 PM

    Feeling quite stupid right now... Philip also got me and his number still works 0738432507 and 0767967485 how do you get your things back if possible at all?

  • Username1454 24 Aug 2012, 06:34 AM

    Ken, dont even bother. You will get a sms from "a bank system" as well as a emailed confirmation of transfer. Mine was from Nedbank and I went into the bank with the sms. There IT could not verify that it came from their system. Nor could they trace the so called system reference number on the sms. A word of advice. Walk away. If he calls you again tell him it is sold and hang up!!

  • Ken4 21 Aug 2012, 12:30 PM

    I was selling my dining room suite and was contacted by He was adamant about delivery today, I have refused until the funds reflect in my account. We shall see .... needless to say I am suspicious.

  • Thithiza 17 Aug 2012, 03:42 PM

    Hi Tshidiso, tell us how to.

  • Brandon10 15 Aug 2012, 01:05 PM

    I am currently in the middle of one of these scams for a fridge I advertised on gumtree. I've recieved the sms, now just to meet the guy.. someone prepared to intervene and make a difference? Inbox me.

  • Tshidiso 8 Aug 2012, 07:37 PM

    Hi , if there is anyone who would like to help me catch these criminals , please contact

  • Debbie18 8 Aug 2012, 05:28 PM

    People, do not release ANYTHING until you receive genuine cash notes in your hand OR the funds have cleared into your account. Do not accept just a copy of an electronic transfer notification.

  • Tshidiso 3 7 Aug 2012, 05:21 AM

    He got me as well, I am determined to get him arrested now , his cellphone number still operates and he sent someone else to collect and claims he did not receive the goods, If anyone wants to help please contact

  • Debbie18 21 Jul 2012, 12:25 PM

    Phillip Cooper - wanted to buy my lounge suite. I gave him my banking details. This morning someone called "Gary" deposited R 25000.00 (the lounge suite was R 10 000) into my account via a cheque under telephone number 078 068 7026. I lodged an investigation with the bank this morning. Please be very careful of these scammers and thieves

  • Kevan 10 Jul 2012, 11:14 AM

    This bernard offerd to buy my bike as well, i knew it was a scam, and set him up with the police in Pretoria, he sent 2 guys with a white single cab highlux, so we caught them, they were arrested and i got a case number, CAS 75/7/2012 silverton, we omly caught his drivers, this guy still needs to be cathed.

  • JJ 12 4 Jul 2012, 12:23 PM

    Bernard Khumalo phoned me aswell, and, also told him i can only deliver over the weekend, gave him my account number, and said i will deliver when the money shows in my bank account..well no answer after that

  • Dude2 2 Jul 2012, 09:43 PM

    He is now called Chris Dlomo today (seems to change)... and got me for a old Fridge, Washer and Dryer. I am sure the white bakkie he is using with driver on number (0827178826) is still on the road... but alas now how do I get the cops to look out for it... Noticed some mistakes in the so called "payment confirmation" sms they sent only after they left.... they used full account number instead of last 6 digits, and they missed the space between : and the account holder name. Like all my friends are telling me now... Only accept cash.

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