online scam

I advertised a Nikon 10-24mm lens for R7300 on behalf of a friend and immediately got a reply:
From: Im keen in buying ur Nikon Lens so let me know if available or contact me on 0765898383

He agrees to purchase the lens and asks for my cel number as he wants to use that as a reference for the bank deposit.

Get another response almost immediately:
From: Hi,
I'm keen with ur 2 lens for sale if there are still available can u give me a ring on 0785230390 or drop me an email.i'm

based in cpt.

Then Colin (Mid or North African accent) calls and say he wants my other lens as well that I am advertising. He will

send a driver to collect. total: R16300

After an hour, I get an sms from a bulk sms number: +2782007011010783 from Nedbank quoting my entire account number at

FNB which I thought unusual as they normally only quote the last few digits that R16300 was paid into my account ref:

Mike Torress.

A few minutes later, I get an email from Colin that he has changed his mind as he is getting the deal cheaper at R16500

from some dealer in my area (there are no dealers in my area).
I thought this very weird, what are the chances that someone else has the exact same 2nd hand lenses at the same price.
Also, the price he quoted is R200 more (he says it's cheaper) and the payment was made by Mike who only wanted one lens;

he does not mention two lenses.

So Mike (Mid or North African accent) calls every few minutes and it sounds like a callcentre in the background from

where he is calling and the phone cuts off, every 30 seconds and he calls back, everytime.

He insists that he has paid the money and I should have received a payment confirmation via sms.
I calmly reply that I recieved an sms but am still waiting for the payment to clear.

It takes up to three days for eft's from different banks to reflect.

Now I receive threatening sms's.
The last one:

"Ok if u don't want tommorow morning transfer back my money dont try any dirty tricks i got u details"

Report ID: 3049
Crime Category: Fraud
Province: Western Cape
City/Town: CAPE TOWN
Suburb: N/A
Address: Athlone
Crime Date/Time: 4 Jan 2013, 00:01 AM
Reported By: Username3050
Reported Date: 4 Jan 2013, 19:01 PM
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  • CT guy scammed 3 Nov 2013, 10:20 PM

    Hi I was scammed by the same guy same email different number, did you ever find any details on him?

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