M and J Holdings (Benedict Shandlale)

Im selling my lens and Ben was very quick in responding, stating he is a construction worker. He sent me an ABSA sms of the proof of payment reflecting M&J Holdings. Then called to ask if I received it. I then told him I am waiting for the payment to reflect in my account. He got angry when I told him about being scammed and that his wife is flying to an exhibition tonight. After a few more phone calls I ask about what time is she flying he said 10pm. Warning one: there are no flights at that time Nationally. Secondly, his driver would pick up the lens. My first mistake was to give my home address.

He then proceeded to send me his ID and his email proof of payment. I started googling the directors in the footer and found some of them don't exist. I then checked his social media profile, no linkedin, Facebook, Twitter account. There was a shell account created on Twitter and Linkedin. I then call M& J Holdings on Pretoria branch +27 11 083 5585 and Polokwane +27 15 296 2181 to check if he worked there. Both go to voicemail. On the Yellow Pages there is only one M& J holdings 0218395671 in Cape Town!

I finally call Benedict to let him know about everything I found out. He told me he cant hear me and put the phone down. Thank you Lord for my husband who was adamant I only give it once I got the proof of payment.

Report ID: 14872
Crime Category: Fraud
Province: Gauteng
Suburb: Centurion
Address: Piet Hugo Street Eldoraigne Centurion
Crime Date/Time: 13 Jun 2016, 16:06 PM
Reported By: biancaflaviavw28
Reported Date: 13 Jun 2016, 17:06 PM
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  • private0856 7 Jan 2017, 09:53 AM

    Same happened to me with AMA Steel. Watch out for someone claiming he is "Apollo Khuzwayo" working at AMA Steel Construction, contactable on 0783197010 and apollokhuzwayo@gmail.com. He asks his items be shipped to 229 Ceres Court, Jeff Masemula Street, PTA. Fake person scamming you out of money.

  • Benna101178 21 Oct 2016, 05:45 PM

    Just happened to us as well but now he works at AMA Steel Construction, he sms us proof of payment with an amount and then emailed a different amount from a Standard bank proof of payment receipt. Luckily we searched and found this and saved us lots of money and headache. Oh and he works on Standard Bank now as well!

  • Samantha99514 27 Aug 2016, 08:06 AM

    Just had exactly the same experience selling an iPhone on OLX to man called Kennedy at Decesa panel beaters. Said his wife was flying to Cape Town and needed it urgently. Also sent me a Nedbank sms and what looked like an actual Proof of payment as well as a copy of his id. Also sent his Driver Nelson to collect. No money has ever been deposited into my account. Feel so angry and violated. Feel so stupid.

  • seeloes 26 Jun 2016, 12:46 AM

    Ben - Very polite. DECESA panel beaters said the "proof of payment" sms. I wish everyone would familiarise themself with the CRUCIAL RULES of online marketing. Spread the word to those. HAVE THE NELSONS IN YOUR POCKET - DONT WASTE YOUR TIME FOR A POLICE DOCKET!

  • Red_Flag 15 Jun 2016, 12:30 PM

    The ID number is invalid.

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