de Beers truck driver

A 'Victor' phoned wanting to buy my car. He didn't care about the price. He said he worked for de Beers in Namibia and was presently in Rustenburg and could I get there. He would give me cash and then we would proceed to the police station to get an undertaking of legal transfer of ownership.

He said he could not get to Durban as he would be fired. I asked why he could not do an EFT and he said he had no bank account. I asked for his email and he said he did not have one. He asked what I did so I said I was in fraud investigations and he was not fazed at all. He made me phone him because he said he did not have money for credit for his phone. After our first conversation I did some Googling and found that this was indeed a scam. When I phoned him back and confronted him he broke into afrikaans and obviously denied everything......then asked if I had contacts in the SAPS that would be interested in dealing in diamonds!! This dude goes under many different names and mobile numbers.

I told him to come to Durban and meet me with my police buddies and he said he'd get back to me..

Hi mobile is 0785401959.

Report ID: 2059
Crime Category: Fraud
Province: KwaZulu/Natal
City/Town: Kloof
Suburb: Winston Park
Address: N/A
Crime Date/Time: 18 Mar 2012, 00:03 AM
Reported By: Username2059
Reported Date: 18 Mar 2012, 11:03 AM
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  • Jeanml23 15 Feb 2018, 09:14 PM

    Appie contacted me today with his friend Daniel.. same MO. Im in CT and Appie is in JHB. His friend Daniel is a truck driver wanting to meet at bank tomorrow. Appie tel number is 0788234435 and Daniel 0730871313. Hubby got the same call from a Pablo... be careful out there..

  • GB27 18 Jul 2017, 12:50 PM

    "Gustav" contacted me last night to by my car...............he first called from 0799129442 but the line was bad, he later called me from 0719465400 and told me it will be better to get hold of him on that number(funny thing is, on ïdenti call" it comes up as John!!). He then asked me questions about the car, was it paid up was no object, wanted to buy it for his wife...He said he was coming from Oranjemund and wanted to go to the bank and do deposit. He wanted to leave the car with me until he could make a plan to collect....I kept telling him to call me once he is here, only then will I make of now, he hasn't called back......go figure!!!

  • codey 27 Jul 2016, 12:07 PM

    Had the same today, the de Beers driver story, called me from 074 530 8547, to buy old industrial equipment from me. He arranged with his friend "Johannes- 060 424 7160" to meet me in Vanderbijl, we will meet at a bank do the transfer and then go to police station... I also do name and tel nr. search if it is private buyers.

  • Murn 19 Apr 2016, 12:19 PM

    "Herald" tried to hit again, same truck story from Namibia, use number 0782023286. wanted to meet in Rustenburg. money also not an issue. thanks for everyone that reported on this site. i declined the deal. dodged the bullet.

  • edric 14 Apr 2016, 11:38 AM

    "Gustav" tried to hit again...same story, same mobile nr.... wanted to meet at Cape Town Internattional, money is not an issue, don't know town and how to get to a police station or a bank. Refuses to take taxi.....thanx to everyone who reported on this thread.

  • Ktrish 20 Nov 2015, 08:42 AM

    "Gustav" contacted me last night....same story...His wife saw the ad in Gumtree, not worried about the amount, cant get to me because of the truck story...can I meet him at Groote Schuur where he will be signing documents...He also got me to call him back and said he would have to chat to his wife and get back to me in half an hour...he never got back to me last night...I have been selling things on gumtree for a while and quickly learnt to google phone numbers to make sure who I am dealing with and this site came up immediately so thank you very much....bullet dodged...what do I do if this dude does want me to meet him this am...I likewise have contacts in the police...

  • Jackie89489 18 Nov 2015, 08:16 PM

    'Gustav' just phoned me from 0788129442. His wife gave him my nr(i advertised my car) and he wants to come down from Swakopmund with the truck company he works for. He can meet me tomorrow. He wanted to know if my husband worked. He spoke good Afrikaans with a strange xhosa accent. Told him no thanks and put the phone down.

  • petrie 13 Nov 2015, 10:50 AM

    thank you for all of your input almost got caught in the same scam romeo with the number 0783622392 contacted me via a add from autotrader - when confronting romeo with this information he quickly said he has no more interest in the deal

  • username 12 Nov 2015, 10:35 AM

    Same story, guy called talked afrikaans and said he couldn't hear me and asked me to call him back using a landline. He then told me his whole story, truck driver from Namibia working for De beers and he can't leave his truck alone. So he then arranged with me to meat him at Rustenburg next moring where we will go to the bank and then to the police station, luckily for me found this threads before going. It is November 2015 now and this guys are still operating. He used the name Elvis and the phone number 0617344126

  • Sosad 9 Nov 2015, 12:12 PM

    "ROMEO" Contacted me to buy my car. same story, we had to meet him in Vereeniging to receive the cash as he is a driver for De Beers and cannot come to me. we were told that we must take him to a house where we can pick up the money, he was so convincing we took him to the house, he had then told us to come inside. the next minute "cops" came in and started searching us. found diamonds on him and said we were involved as he was travelling with us. forced my friend and i to withdraw all our funds from our accounts. they even checked our phones to see what pictures and funds are in the accounts. having taken R112 850 from the accounts, thought this wasnt enough and took our jewelry. our accounts were completely cleaned out.HOW CAN WE STOP THEM!!!

  • stompie 9 Oct 2015, 08:52 AM

    Thankfully i came across these fraud attempts guys....This guy wants me to meet him this morning( October 09/2015 ) to buy my car...Cpt..Also a truck driver from Namibia...I need to be quick to get this guy nabbed...Anyone have open case numbers and a case near Paarden eiland and police contacts for this case...

  • Daniel30 18 Aug 2015, 04:01 PM

    This guy just called me now. used 0783622392. called himself Romeo. same MO. wants me to meet in Rustenburg to fetch him and go to the bank. also wants me to keep the car for 2 weeks until he returns etc. thanks for the warning guys! I am reporting to the police, and hopefully this guy can get sorted out.

  • Gerrit5 11 Aug 2015, 11:15 AM

    Had a George calling me using 0839297053, truck driver from Oranjemund, interested in buying my Merc GL320CDI for R250K, asking for discount, promising to pay the amount into bank account, I keep the vehicle and he will collect at later time etc, coming to Cape Town the next day on company truck and to meet with me somewhere etc etc.. Luckily I searched his mobile no and came to this crime report site. So when he called I asked him why his mobile number is reported on the crime report site. He said yes that is his number, and then he cut off the call :-) May God deal with these type of people and catch them in their own traps they are trying to set.

  • Lloyd5 8 Aug 2015, 03:16 AM

    Sounds like the same guy is still around. Now going by the name of Romeo. 0783622392 Cell number is Wants the car, has cash, you must drive to Vereeniging to meet him to do the transfer at the bank, then to police station to sign affidavit. Will collect the car in two weeks as he works for De Beers. Drives a company truck and will get fired if he tries to use it personally. From Namibia, obviously to explain the accent. Very convincing. Thankfully found these posts. How can this criminal be stopped?

  • Edwin7 13 Jul 2015, 05:48 PM

    The same thing happened to me at Cape Town International Airport. This guy told me his name was Gustaf. He had two cellnumbers 0788129442 and 0839297053. Be WARNED of these scammers. If they are interested in buying your car let them come to you.

  • Debbie13 29 Jun 2015, 10:45 AM

    Herman Abdul contacted me with the same story as above - here is his detail: He is working in Vanderbijl CELL NR: 073-650-7997 NAMIBIA ID NUMBER: 73011510385 (one digit missing because it is a Namibia nr???) PASSPORT NUMBER: P0269415 (when checked - another name appears) Why is this guy still doing business???

  • Anton16 13 Apr 2015, 07:55 PM

    Same Patrick phoned today to buy my Jeep from gumtree ad. I said i would contact him om Wednesday. Hour later another dude also from Namibia called. Same story. Said he knows Patrick. They should be arrested before someone gets hurt. I cant believe they are still operating since 2012 if I read all the blogs.

  • DH 14 Mar 2015, 02:08 PM

    Same story happened to me in Strand/Somerset West last week 6-8 March 2015. This time his name was John, excellent in Afrikaans (and pretends not to be able to converse in English) and worked with an "Angolan supplier" (and a younger "cousin") who acted very sick and in desperate need for some medicine. Always out of money and wanted 'small' money for medicine and food. He also wanted some help with a deposit in order for the supplier to release a package which he could trade. I had all the places of work(in Namibia)and people that he mentioned(like his boss)checked, but as we could have expected, none of these know him.

  • cora 25 Feb 2015, 06:28 PM

    Patrik called me this afternoon, he wants to buy my car, but we have to go to Rustenburg because he is driving a truck with a tracking in and can't meet me in my town. He have cash and work in Namibie. First I see on facebook, and then googled him, thank you for that now I know NOT to trust him.

  • Hein7 10 Feb 2015, 02:16 PM

    This happened twice to me but lucky I remembered the first time. His name is Thomas and number 27 060 424 7160

  • Username7642 16 Jan 2015, 09:52 AM

    OK, I now feel like the fool. I wish I googled this before yesterday. I was contacted by the same guy, this time his name was Daniel and his number 073 190 7823. Im from Somerset West and had to meet him in Cape Town. Let me warn you, he was very good and very convincing! Please be careful as they are professionals and they know what they're doing!

  • Hannes7 13 Nov 2014, 05:27 PM

    The same thing happened to me today (13/11/2014) in Vanderbijlpark. Sounds like the same guy. He now goes under the name Herman Abdul and his number is (0791823448). I even phoned his boss at 00264818114194 in Namibia who seems to be part of the scam. Phoned the Vanderbijlpark police station. They didn't seem to care much.

  • Username2278 15 Oct 2014, 06:20 PM

    Contacted me interested in buying my car advertised on gumtree. Didn't catch his name as he was so abrupt wanting to know if it was still for sale. He couldn't even confirm the model I was selling. Has a distinct thick (not SA local) african accent phoning from 0733811321

  • Johann17 10 Oct 2014, 01:35 PM

    Same thing and exact same story was given to me last night when he phoned. His name is Patrick now amd his number is 0844607066

  • Angie 3 8 Sep 2014, 08:26 AM

    Be very carefull as I was nearly his target this weekend 07/09/2014 The Namibian guy called me interested in buying my Bakkie he wanted me to go to Vereniging as he can't come to me because the truck can't be left alone. Promised me that he is having cash and I must not come with people surely afraid that he will get robbed but clearly he want you to come alone to do his deeds.People be very carefull as you can be killed in the Process. Afrikaans black man speaking and he is very interested in what job you doing and what your husband is doing so he can prepare him very well, his meeting spot is close to the highways and you must call him back all the time he just have no airtime to call you. Asshole!

  • Thinus 18 Jun 2014, 02:41 PM

    The guy just contacted me to buy my car. 0733811321

  • Riette2 19 May 2014, 09:02 AM

    His latest number is 0735913859

  • Riette2 19 May 2014, 09:00 AM

    Same thing happened to me. Namibian truck driver for De Beers phoned and wanted to buy my car. He now goes by the name of JP. He wanted me to go to Rustenburg, where he will pay the cash into my bank account, and he will go to the police station and write an affidavit. He phoned the first time, after that he smsed me asking me to phone him back. Then he asked all kinds of questions, where do I work, which bank do I bank with - and the last time he asked if i will be coming alone. I've done research and this scam has been going on for literally years!! They either hijack you, keep someone hostage that is accompanying you,at gunpoint, and force you to go draw all the money you have in order to let them release you and the person.

  • Grant 8 13 Apr 2014, 09:52 PM

    Same guy tried with us except he is operating from Vanderbjilpark and his latest number is 0733811321

  • Juanita11 29 May 2012, 12:55 PM

    Same guy tried his luck with us. He used the name of Elvis using cell number 0737899996 promising cash. Went to crime prevention inRustenburg as Elvis wanted to meet there, but he never showed. Police cannot do anything.

  • Jacques37 26 Mar 2012, 03:24 PM

    The same thing happened to me, but in PTA ... Sounds like the same guy claiming to be from NAM and wanting to buy my Audi. Saved he's number for a warning 073 8877728 and 0036 63857154

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