Gumtree purchase fraud

I have been advertising a computer on GumtreeSomeone keen to buy called me up yesterday.They were willing to pay more than the offered price, wated to do and EFT and sent an sms 'proof of payment' I asked for an email, they sent one with a proof of payment and proof of residence. I checked the proof of payment by phoning their bank and they said it was not trustworthy. I phoned the guy and said I didn't want to do the deal any more. Then I called my other customer back and the same thing happened again, same technique, sms then email and here is the funny bit the proof of residence was exactly the same as before with the name changed. They two guys called themselves Richardson Baron and Alex Kalal. Both email addresses were Their phone numbers were: Richardson Baron: +27 071 812 7918Alex Kalal: +27 82 512 3267The proof of residence address given was: 02 CNR JOE SLOVO DR & ST JOHNS STR UPPER HOUGHTON KILLARNEY AREA JOHANNESBURG 2198 
Beware of these guys it is obviously a syndicate of some sort!
On Gumtree insist on cash only!

Report ID: 4996
Crime Category: Fraud
Province: Gauteng
Suburb: wonderboom
Crime Date/Time: 1 Nov 2013, 00:11 AM
Reported By: Username4996
Reported Date: 1 Nov 2013, 15:11 PM
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  • Rrrr 6 Sep 2015, 02:10 PM

    6september. I posted an add on OLX. This guy called me about 5minutes after posting the add, he called himself "Pieter Klopper" (I could hear he was an Indian guy). He said he wanted to buy all my stuff (R120000 in total). I was a bit surprised, but anyway, I told him to pay up, and I sent him my banking details. I waited and got the SMS confirmation from a phonenumber that looked legit: " +2783920658174016 " (but I know that you can fake numbers by using an online SMS service easily). The SMS read as follows: "Nedbank Payment Notification:PIETER.KLOPPER has paid Rxxx,xxx.00 into Absa Bank Acc No:.xxxxxxxxx!12:44,Ref:PIETER/NEDBANK/20150906". The cell number he used through this whole encounter was: 082 338 4302 . He even emailed through an ID:
    I immediately saw that the ID was fake, because of the font and the top ID number being positioned wrong. His email address was He also sent a courier to my house to pick up the goods, and I'll be contacting the courier company soon, to tell them that they are being used to traffic stolen goods. That's it. And I hope this guy doesn't get any of you guys!

  • Sonet Fouche 20 Jul 2015, 10:36 PM

    Nearly got scammed by the same guy today. The name he is using now is Nico Steenkamp and he uses the following number 082 388 4302. He likes using Nedbank for his scams now

  • Lara 25 May 2015, 03:28 PM

    This last weekend the 22-25 of May the exact same thing happened to my boyfriend,the only difference being the guys names the main guys name is Fredrick .J Muller and the drivers name is David,Fredricks number is 0823884302,an address was provided just a few houses away from this one 16 St johns.What was the outcome?

  • Elmare2 27 Aug 2014, 08:09 AM

    Same happened to us yesterday, lucky for us I was to clever for him. I googled the address he gave my son and all of this came up. It is disgusting that you get people like this. He said money is deposited into my sons account, even emailed me proof of payment and a sms to my sons cellphone! He kept on phoning my son and smssed me to ask if I have received proof of payment. What does he think!!! I wish they can catch these bastards!

  • Username4996 13 Aug 2014, 08:35 AM

    Here is the other complaint about the same guy

  • Username4996 13 Aug 2014, 08:29 AM

    Andre Please report this to the police. Search through this threat and find the other police case numbers and put them in your police report. The more people who file reports the sooner this guy is put away. Reporting the other police case numbers will prove that there is a continuing problem. Please also come back to this site to put your case number up on this thread. Thanks

  • Andre2 13 Aug 2014, 08:18 AM

    Sold my HP laptop for R4200 on Gumtree last week, and got conned by this same guy. Soooo pissed off right now! I got an sms notification of the EFT and also the Nedbank P.O.P. as well as the Killarney proof of address. His driver Mike came to pick it up from my office. He used and his cellphone number is 073 845 6921.

  • Andries 6 Aug 2014, 12:22 PM

    Advertised a phone on OLX, got contacted via SMS. He said he paid via EFT, and I was waiting for the proof of payment, but apparently he can't send emails.... after lots of trying, I finally got an email address out of the 'buyer' and it was The number he is using now is 073 845 6921 and his 'driver' Mike is 060 413 7827 I insisted on the money clearing and a copy of ID with the pickup, so luckily I still have my phone....

  • Jerome3 28 Jul 2014, 06:16 PM

    I also just received a response to my gumtree ad from his/her response looked dodgy and I decided to google his name and came across this link. I reported to gumtree and wont bother responding to his/her mail. Becareful online! J

  • nadi 4 Jul 2014, 09:07 AM

    Wow I can't believe how many more comments are now in here! And now I'm back for another report.. almost been conned again, this guys fones me with the same story as baton with this number 0814684719, says he wants to buy my stuff advertised on Gumtree and he'll put the money in my account and send couriers to come and fetch it so I said I'll have to wait 3 days for the money to clear and he said he'll send proof of payment cos he wants the stuff now so I said then we can only do cash and he just cut the call.. that's when I got really suspicious and Google the number, there has been other complaints about him as well!

  • Conri Swart 8 Jun 2014, 05:58 PM

    Hi everyone, Same scam today, also by Mike Khumalo mentioned above. He sent and sms as a proof of paymemt which looked suspicious. We used Nedbank's "Netbank" site ( and pick the 4th heading at the top) to try and authenticate the sms. Authentication obviously failed. Confronted with this he then sent us an EFT proof of payment. Here also were some glaringly obvious mistakes - the bank's letterhead at the bottom, the reference number was my cellphone number.. the Nedbank logo was pixelated... Getting too concerned, we said we would deliver only once the payment cleared. He got mad and put the phone down and has not called since. If I paid R 16,000 for real, I would be rather mad if I were him. Look out for the name Mike Khumalo. The cell nr: 0748639691 and the email address:

  • Paul Stemmett 1 Jun 2014, 09:44 AM

    Case number CAS 163/5/2014.

  • Paul Stemmett 31 May 2014, 01:43 PM

    To add to my previous comment, I have all of my phone calls recorded. Therefore I have his voice on my phone. If anybody can find a use for it, mail me at sierra alpha roger roger uniform juliet at gmail dot com. I will gladly provide it to anybody who can use it.

  • Username4996 31 May 2014, 01:32 PM

    Hi all, Please post your case numbers here and take a copy of this discussion to the police. This will help them link all the incidents.

  • Paul Stemmett 31 May 2014, 01:30 PM

    I am sorry for your loss. I have been scammed by the exact same person the past weekend. I sold my computer and Wii for around R11000 and even received a proof of payment and a fake address. I've lodged this case with the police. Hopefully they will be caught someday, but one such as myself should be more careful - no EFTs, just hard cash in the future!

  • nono4 27 May 2014, 09:04 PM

    I only read this today because I have just realized I have am a victim of this people. My cell phone is gone and there is still no money in my account even though I got the bogus sms indicating an money transfare was sent to my account. I'm furiuos I need this barons guy to be cought like yesterday now I'm not gonna make rent because I was banking on the money from the sale of the phone. I have the drivers name, surname and I'd number although I doubt they're real after reading this. Broke and broken

  • Username4996 22 May 2014, 10:31 AM

    Thank you Maryka I did not report it to the police at the time because I didn't go through with the transaction but I will forward you all the email correspondence that I had with them. All the best

  • Username4996 22 May 2014, 07:28 AM

    Hi Eugene and everyone else who has posted here. Thanks Eugene for opening a case. Please could you post the case number here so that the police can link the case with anyone else can report their story to the police too. Building up more evidence against these people. If you want my information (Emails and things from Richardson Baron) please send me a private email to I urge everyone to talk to their local police station so that this guy can be caught. Thanks David

  • Eugene 15 21 May 2014, 09:25 PM

    They tried today. didn't succeed. Case opened at Norwood saps. And nedbank fraud division

  • Amanda32 21 May 2014, 02:23 PM

    Thank you for the reporting as we have had the exact same story with the sale of a Iphone today, his number he uses now: 0784273270

  • Marlin 20 May 2014, 06:46 PM

    I'm selling a laptop on OLX. Just received an e-mail from this Richardson Baron asking if the item is still available. Here is the info he provided: From: richardson ( Phone Number: 0784273270 We need to catch this and stop these guys.

  • rowland bennett 12 May 2014, 10:56 AM

    Same thing happend to me and he called me on about my mags he wanted to buy. The add was for 5500 and then he said he would pay from a nedbank account eft transfer the money. And yeah he send a driver with a honda ballade grey old scruffy thing with 2 guys that said they couries. And they would pick up the mags. And yeah they got my mags. And am still waiting for the money. And still not it has happen!!!

  • Username4996 9 May 2014, 09:00 AM

    Hi It is time we took this to the police. If anyone wants me to I will make a statement. There guys are too bold and can easily be caught and should be locked up. Please post all the details you can remember. Times, dates, names, cell numbers, car of the driver, what you were selling, the details of the fake EFT document. Thanks David

  • Thando 6 May 2014, 07:24 PM

    Unfortunately for me I was told to meet the guy he will send a driver to take the tablet at Midrand Mc Donalds.I was selling a tablet on OLX. He made an eft payment and i got the sms and my gut sense told me it didnt look legit. But i just took his money was suppose to clear last friday is still no way to be found.I still do not have it.Clearly ive been conned and its the most painful feeling..I lost my tablet and my money. Now the guy is not even answering my calls.He used 0784273270 if i can just track where he is.

  • Gareth 3 1 May 2014, 06:58 PM

    Just had a reply from an add I posted from a Thanks for saving me time..

  • Ronel15 23 Apr 2014, 03:06 PM

    I advertisde a camera on Gumtree and received sms from Richardson Baron 078 427 3270. I googled them first and thank you for these comments now I can ignore them. We are in Pretoria Menlo Park area.

  • David Roberts 17 Mar 2014, 10:20 AM

    Hi Khumalo and everyone who has commented so far. Please post all the details of the fraud that you can remember on this site. Things like Telephone numbers used, email addresses, names, websites, proof or residence, banks and account numbers they pretend to have. All this helps other people who are trying to look them up online before being robbed. Also it may help in a later criminal investigation.

  • Blackfrog 15 Mar 2014, 02:25 PM

    Beware of these guys. They just tried to buy my wheels and are using the Name Mike Khumalo.

  • Sakkie4 29 Nov 2013, 10:22 AM

    I'm also busy negotiating a deal with this Richardson bloke, Thanks for posting your comments.

  • Karla3 27 Nov 2013, 03:19 PM

    Thanks for sharing, saved me losing my cell phone. He smsed me, I thought his spelling was suspicious, googled his number and found complaints on hello peter and here! makes me so mad, idiots of today.

  • Theo2 26 Nov 2013, 07:51 PM

    Wish I read this blog earlier. They caught me with this scam and got away with a brand new phone I was selling.

  • tina8 25 Nov 2013, 09:02 PM

    This chap is currently negotiating to buy something from me. We should catch him and lock him far far away!!!

  • Jaco10 20 Nov 2013, 01:27 PM

    Same thing happened to me today. The guy said he did the transfer right away and wanted to send a driver to collect immediately. Also send a Nedbank .pdf proof of payment which was clearly fraudulent. Told him to get lost. Be careful. He used the following details Richardson baron Cell number: 0718127918

  • nadi 19 Nov 2013, 07:13 PM

    i have had the exact same thing happen to me.. richard baron foned in response to my gumtree ad, i have 2 tv's for sale and he claims to want both! he said he will do an eft, and this seemed highly suspicious as he did not even see the condition of the tv's and sayd he will collect.. thank goodness for this report as if i had not come across this i would have been conned! no one just does an EFT of R9000 without knowing the person or seeing the items you are buying... same name and same cell phone number used, he is also reported on hello peter for purchasing goods and paying via eft through nedbank... few ppl have been conned by this man and lost a lot of money

  • Michelle56 3 Nov 2013, 06:48 PM

    Well well, funny thing this as they tried to fool me this morning. Same thing, an EFT and they needed the product today. I was sent a PDF (6,550.00.pdf) to indicate proof of payment and asked to meet at the Killarney mall in Houghton. I informed Richardson that I would only hand over the product once the cash was in my account as I noticed the Nedbank proof of payment was missing relevant items like his bank account number and a reference. The Nedbank logo was also very pixelated unlike legitimate proof of payments that I have received in the past Below was the email address that the PDF came from and Richardson's number is 071 812 7918. I also received another sms around the same time this so called Richardson messaged me, however it was from an Andrew not Alex. His number is 072 862 2046 Agreed ... cash on delivery ... EFT is not an option. Also make sure you meet in a public area. I will be checking in with my IT man at the office tomorrow to see if he can do a ping test to see where the email was sent from. A big THANK YOU to the team who put together and manage this website. Mich

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