Gumtree EFT scam

Posted an ad on gumtree to sell my laptop. 
I got a response from David Maphosa that he was interested. He paid the money (R4000) into my account and sent me a proof of payment via SMS and then later by Email. He also sent me a copy of his South African ID.
Later in the day he said he would send a driver to pick it up by me. It was a man by the name of Devine (Divine or Davine) and drove a maroon Toyota Avanza marked as a taxi.
I had a really hectic day and hadn't given much investigating into this guy and all the comms between us. Only after giving the laptop away and feeling something horrible in my gut I went back to the proof of payments etc... 
The ID seemed legitimate (ID nr, 6206133597084). The Emailed, EFT proof of payment; the Nedbank logo seemed to be pixelated making me think it to be fake. Also there was no security code on the proof of payment.The SMS came from a bulk provider with this number: +27840000151070585. The account name was Brendan Johnson.Come to think of it, when I was chatting to him on the phone he asked if I had anything else to sell. Only later I realised that to be a very strange question for him to ask.David Maphosa used this cell number 074 922 3372 and this email address, He said he worked at Stellenbosch Panelbeaters, I will be calling them tomorrow to hear if such a person works there.
I'll be going to the police to log a case, not that I expect to get any money but just to get some sort of record against this person (real or not).
All these factors make it pretty clear I have been played. It has dented my ego, especially seeing as I have been aware of these scams. All I can do is hang my head in shame and hope this report will help others be strict in only acting once the money has cleared in your account - or the easiest, demand cash.

Report ID: 4478
Crime Category: Fraud
Province: Western Cape
City/Town: CAPE TOWN
Suburb: N/A
Address: Cape Town Northern suburbs
Crime Date/Time: 30 Aug 2013, 00:08 AM
Reported By: Username4478
Reported Date: 1 Sep 2013, 14:09 PM
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  • Username4478 11 Nov 2014, 04:00 PM

    I'm glad you got a pic of him, I'd say go to the cops but they weren't very 'motivated' to catch these guys. I think we set them up and ambush them, any other ideas?

  • Pieter60 11 Nov 2014, 02:44 PM

    Same ID number (Robin Muloi) contacted us RE a Gumtree ad for a diamond ring for sale. He sent his buddy "Milton" (provided us an ID copy - poor editing job though) to meet. "Robin" claimed to live in the Free State, yet when he made his payment, his EFT turned out to be a cheque that was deposited at Rondebosch. I told "Milton" he needs to pick less smart targets, took a photo of him and told him next time I see him I won't be as friendly. People like these make it hard to trust a platform like Gumtree nowadays... I have photos of all if needed...

  • CBP 31 Oct 2014, 06:19 PM

    i have just been scammed using the same MO. they sent me the proof of payment and sms and asked me to post the package to postnet in oaklands sc pretoria. I did so and lost my goods to the value of R25000. If any body knows the whereabouts of these people - let us get them and lock them up for life.

  • anon3 25 Oct 2014, 04:36 PM

    The guys name is (VINCENT ZULU )his most likely to fraud on gumtree or olx beware people don't trust eft they're scums of the earth anon out,

  • anon3 25 Oct 2014, 04:33 PM

    I just posted an add on gumtree 20minutes later a guy replies via email his from Simons town interested in my add will pay via eft bow this is before I even knew about eft scams totally unaware anyway he said hell send a driver to collect asked me for my bank details before even giving him my address I already told him to get stuffed then by my surprise I googled eft scams and wow I must say I'm shocked by the amount of people who have fallen prey to it. Go by these rules cash on delivery if not let them get bent make the driver drive around and waste all his petrol.

  • Sue stein 17 Oct 2014, 03:45 PM

    My daughter in Johannesburg has just been scammed, same ID number, different name. I phoned the cell number and he apologized and said his bank account has been frozen and I must phone another number to get goods returned.

  • Donovan 12 23 Sep 2014, 08:10 AM

    And yet here this happened to me the past weekend! No money in the account.

  • Tammy13 24 Jul 2014, 06:13 PM

    New Name Israel Forez ID 6206133597084 just very nearly got caught by this guy. same set up, nedbank documents, driver etc. he was going to purchase an xbox package deal for R5000

  • Username4478 11 Jul 2014, 08:51 AM

    Hi A le roux, he will likely arrange a taxi driver to pick it up, that's the way most of these scammers roll. If I were closer I would have joined you for some jungle justice though. The cops were not much help, I created the case but they basically threw their hands in the air.

  • A le roux 11 Jul 2014, 06:22 AM

    Just "sold" a generator to this man with same ID no. different cell no. Hi is coming to pick up the generator tomorrow. Saturday.12/7/14 Will not give him the gen. Maybe a good time for a ambush. I am in Centurion

  • yakub 3 Dec 2013, 07:21 PM

    same happand to me all so

  • Ian2 5 Sep 2013, 10:16 AM

    Just had a call from the same number tryingt he same scam... every time I post anything on gumtree they try this. It would be so easy for teh cops to catch these guys when they come and collect but when I reported it noone is interested...

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