Hi everyone, please be aware of a scam taking place in various parts of SA, including Durban. This con artist has been using different names and locations but the scam is the same.
A transport company called churchwood transport and tours run by someone named Bianca churchwood, claims to be registered with the department of transport. They offer seemingly low prices to wherever you are travelling to, with very limited seats. They request a deposit to be paid via e wallet which is not traceable by the department of transport.
Please be aware that this is a scam. The lady will call you from many different numbers in response to your advert, including 081 879 2844 and 072 684 3558, saying she is based in School Crescent, Athlone Park, Amanzimtoti.
A simple search on the web will show you that many people have reported her and her "company" as a scam. She uses a similar response as below to unsuspecting people:
The following is a reply from Bianca Churchwood to your "Urgent: Lift Club Required to UKZN Westville " Ad on Gumtree:
From: Bianca Churchwood
CHURCHWOOD TRANSPORT&TOURS SITUATED IN SCHOOL CRESCENT,ATHLONE PARKAMANZIMTOTI. (REGISTERED WITH THE S.A.DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTS.A.D.O.T.) - CONTACT BIANCA CHURCHWOOD ON 0818792844 OR EMAIL US AT
Churchwood.email@example.com - TRAVELLING FEE IS R500 PER MONTH PER PASSENGER OF WHICH U NEED 2 PAY A R250 DEPOSIT A.S.A.P. 2 SECURE A SEAT 4URSELF - WE OFFER DOOR2DOOR LIFT CLUBS WITH 16SEATER TOYOTA QUANTAMS DRIVEN BY DRIVERS WITH CERTIFIED PDPS FROM UR HOME IN AMANZIMTOTI 2UR DROP OFF ADDRESS AT UKZNWESTVILLE&BACK AGAIN DAILY ACCORDING 2UR TIMES THAT U START&FINISH AND WE ONLY HAVE 3SEATS LEFT 4UR ROUTE OPERATING ON A 1ST COME 1ST SERVE BASIS SO U NEED 2 MAKE A BOOKING 4URSELF BY PAYING THE DEPOSIT A.S.A.P. 2 SECURE A SEAT B4 WE ARE FULLY BOOKED COZ THE SEATS ARE GOING FAST.. ¤GOD BLESS..¤
Afternoon Mandy,i have received ur email with the details that i asked u for. What Bank are u with&do u have Internet or Cellphone Banking 2 make the payment? PLEASE CONTACT ME 2 MAKE THE NECESSARY PAYMENT ARRANGEMENTS B4 THE LAST 2SEATS ARE TAKEN. Thanx,Bianca. M
Please do not send any money to these numbers. You will never hear from her again.
|Crime Date/Time:||21 Jan 2017, 21:01 PM|
|Reported Date:||21 Jan 2017, 22:01 PM|