Mh Maphalala (John Peterson) OLX Cheque Fraud

I put some items for sale on OLX and was contacted by a "John Peterson". He was well spoken, and requested photos. He said he was in Bloemfontein and it was for his son who was moving to JHB. He phoned again and told me he was happy and would transfer the money and arrange a courier to collect. I then received an SMS to say the money was received. A bit later I got another SMS to say it was paid twice. He phoned and said that his wife transferred the money by mistake can I transfer the money back to him. So I did (thinking that the money had been legitimately transferred). Only after that did I realise that he had deposited cheques and that no money had actually been transferred. The cheques are false and my money lost. The guys details:Name: Mh Maphalala (Alias John Peterson)Bank Account Number: 003522431Email: petersonjohn163@yahoo.comPhone: 0715130147

Report ID: 3242
Crime Category: Fraud
Province: Gauteng
Suburb: N/A
Address: Online
Crime Date/Time: 12 Feb 2013, 00:02 AM
Reported By: Username3242
Reported Date: 14 Feb 2013, 13:02 PM
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  • Louis van Wyk2 16 May 2013, 11:33 AM

    The same guy phoned me today again and sent email address He is also from Bloemfontein and want photo's. The stupidity of this guy amazes me - he phoned me from a different cell number 3 months ago to buy exactly the same motorcycle. Previous time he deposited a cheque and wanted to collect the motorcycle with a courier company. I told the guy I am going to wait till the cheque cleared - three days later the bank phoned and said it was a stolen cheque. Please do not give anything before the money is available in your account.

  • Alicia Steenkamp 17 Apr 2013, 02:32 PM

    This man have contacted me about a motor cycle I advertised on OLX, he send me the proof of transfer and is insisting to collect today, but the money is not reflecting in my account. Luckily I am paranoid and googled the address and found this. He is now very insistent and keeps on calling me. I am in Montana park in the North of Pretoria and the police officer says I should contact my nearest station.

  • khalil 5 Apr 2013, 07:30 PM

    Hi Derick Ar which bank did you deposit the money back into ? Please call me on 072-726-7402 ofr advice.

  • Username3242 12 Mar 2013, 03:34 PM

    Hi Derick, Please get in touch with the Gallo Manor Police station. They are investigating and would like your input. You can speak to Masetloa there 0117224235

  • Username3242 11 Mar 2013, 10:31 AM

    I have reported the crime at Gallo Manor police station, the docket number is 122/3/2013. If you get in touch with them then maybe they can help.

  • Derick 11 Mar 2013, 09:50 AM

    I have had a guy calling himself Kelvin Same Cell umber and Email as above. He has responded to my ad on OLX and I would like to know what we can do to catch this guy. I have asked for a proof of residence and copy of ID Haddanuf

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