C-Mart Technologies Scam

There are two companies/internet services that are scamming people. I fell victim to them this past week.

The first is C-Mart Technologies www.c-marttech.co.za, which fronts as a business selling high end mobile phones and camera equipment. They market the phones for a reasonably lower price than most shops and offer immediate delivery.

On 28 November I paid R7200 for an iPhone 5 to C-Mart Technologies www.c-marttech.co.za following an advert I had read. They sent me a PDF signed invoice with the amount owing, requesting payment to the following account.

Capitec Bank
Account: 1240106279
Branch code: 470010
Reference: Aylisha Escorcio

The second is the fake courier company they use for their scam  (Courlink Logistics http://www.courlinkogist.com/)

C-Mart technologies through their "agent" going by the alias Anna Stylianou provides a tracking number for parcels using "Courlink" - even though in the quote they state that they use Fedex and Postnet.  After three days (as they did to me), the "courier company" notifies you that your package is awaiting import duty. They then instruct you to pay an amount (in my case R3250) "import duty" and "customs" charge to the following account number:
Acct Name:Customs
Acct Number:9277340939
branch code:632005
Reference: Your Name

If you make payment, they may request  a further payment (as they did to me) to acquire an "import permit" to clear the delivery. They state that this permit would not expire and would allow you to import additional goods into South Africa.

Following the above, I becamesuspicious and searched online to see if anyone else had received such bad service from this company. I came across two sites where people speak of this scam http://www.reportacrime.co.za/CrimeReport.aspx?ID=2652 and http://tchatiloli.wordpress.com/2012/11/14/how-to-avoid-scammers-on-the-internet/ .

They are carrying on with this scam and neither ABSA nor CAPITEC have been useful - they will NOT refund you because the scammers immediately withdraw funds from the accounts. Both banks claim that the scammers accounts have now been blocked. But the public must be wary.

Report ID: 2919
Crime Category: Fraud
Province: Gauteng
Suburb: N/A
Address: South Africa
Crime Date/Time: 30 Nov 2012, 00:11 AM
Reported By: Username2919
Reported Date: 3 Dec 2012, 15:12 PM
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  • Glenn4 18 Nov 2013, 09:48 AM

    I almost fell for this but the cheap price for a Canon EOS 7D camera made me very suspicious. I contacted Canon SA to confirm that they are licenced distributors and they had never heard of them. I notified Capitec Bank ,SARS as well as the wesite administrators of the scam and played along saying that I may want to come in and collect. At this point the lady there tried to persuade me that their stock was running low and I should order immediately

  • bernyce hollingworth 19 Apr 2013, 12:30 PM

    Thank you and so sorry to hear about all of you being scammed. Thanks to all of you I found this in time before i got conned out of R11500.00 which I can ill afford.

  • Liyah 25 Dec 2012, 01:30 AM

    They are operating various websites. The c-mart and "courier" websites have since been removed. Please be wary when transacting online. Some tell-tale signs (which I myself missed and got conned) - Contact number is a cellphone number (usually MTN) - Bank account reference does not relate to your transaction (e.g. It is someone else's name or just "customs" without linking your deposit to the purpose for which it is made) - "Deals" that seem too good to be true - No credit card facility or main payment method selected is direct EFT (and related immediate transactions) - Only one contact person at "business" (and constant references to other people with whom you never get direct contact) - Use of unsecured webpage (check that the page is an https page (the s after the http indicates that the website is secured) - Bad English on the website and in email communication from the "business"

  • monte 24 Dec 2012, 01:55 PM

    I'm sad to read that some of you have been hit by this Scam,I almost fell for the scam. I was suspicious from the Beginning,And I was supposed to Have a 12000rand deposit to an account in capitec C-mart Technologies Account No: 13365677498 Branch code : 470010 Account name: Tshabalala .A Luckily I read about this Scam right now,Let's Please report these Cruel People trying to cheat us Out of our Hard earned Cash.

  • francisco 20 Dec 2012, 09:51 AM

    C-Mart Technologies they realy robbin people, my storie its the with the lady who brought an iphone 5 but in my case I brought dj equipment....

  • Username2919 13 Dec 2012, 11:03 AM

    Hi Benjamin, You must urgently contact your bank and report to your nearest police station. Unfortunately, it has been over 24hours since you made the deposit so the money will take time to refund (you will have to report to your bank's fraud section and await a response) Reporting to the police will ensure that MORE cases about these people are opened. make sure to mention all the "companies" involved in the scam. All the best

  • benjamin2 12 Dec 2012, 02:28 PM

    Hi ive just been scammed by them well actually being scammed so im in contact with both the supplier and so called courier ive spent almost 15000 but i deposited cash into their accounts i saw throught it when they gave different account numbers so how can i get my money back or lock them up ive got the proof so now what? Please advise, thanx

  • Username2919 11 Dec 2012, 01:08 PM

    Ibrahim, Report the matter to the police urgently and state that you read the posting above on "C-Mart" and "Courier Link Logistics". This will help with their ongoing investigations. It seems the "entry" company name changes, but the courier website remains the same. Other people have been scammed in this way. Once you have a case file number from the police, you must report it to your bank. Only your bank can refund you. The receiving bank doesn't if the money has been withdrawn. It is quite an administrative nightmare, but there is hope you will receive all (or most) of your money back. All the best Original Poster

  • ibrahim 10 Dec 2012, 02:16 AM

    i also fell victim of that scam. but the fake website are amazongadgetstores.com and courlinkogist.com. i loose R14000. we must fight against them.

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