SCAMMERS - Canon 550D

This man goes by the name of Jakes van Roode - selling a Canon 550d with 3 lenses and monopod for R4000 - Yes.. I should have known its crazy!Luckily.... I have not paid any money.When he sent the email.. it looked exactly like an email for a camera I had the other day - but with a Leeu Gamka address.Anyway... when he replied to my mail asking if its still available, I phoned him! NIGERIAN! He insisted he was South African... the accent is so thick you can cut it with a knife! He insisted I make full payment and then he will send it. I told him I will bring the money to Vryheid (not far from Durban.. worth the drive) and he hung up!This was my email from him:Hi,

The camera is available. The camera is in excellent new condition no dent or scratches with low shutter count 902. not selling separate.

Canon EOS 550D. Comes with EF-S 18-55mm IS II Lens. Filter. Couple of spare (non-genuine) batteries, mains charger. Strap. Has original box.
Canon EF 70-200mm F/4L USM Lens. With lens hood, filter, leather case and original box.
Canon EF 50mm F/1.8 II prime lens. With lens hood, filter and original box.
Lowepro Flipside 300 professional camera bag. Has space for everything included plus more.
Jessops Monopod 330. Extends from 20" to 61"

Price R4,000.00

Please find my home address below my mail for view or pick up. Delivery  available after payment.

Here the attached pictures of the gear.

Kind Regards,
Jakes Van Roode.
104 Kerk Street,Vryheid3100

Report ID: 6270
Crime Category: Fraud
Province: KwaZulu/Natal
City/Town: DURBAN
Suburb: N/A
Address: 104 Kerk Street, Vryheid
Crime Date/Time: 6 May 2014, 00:05 AM
Reported By: Username6270
Reported Date: 6 May 2014, 12:05 PM
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  • Dre77 20 Dec 2017, 06:19 AM

    Now it is a Canon 80D, no EXiF on images, new email address and new Gumtree account. Claims camera was used for his daughter's wedding, and is no longer in use.
    His name now is: Rammie Faber van Eeden
    3 Kiewiet Street,
    Leeu Gamka,
    Western Cape
    Email address:
    Tel: 0789481000

  • Username701 17 Feb 2017, 12:09 PM

    ID used is david johan gundersen 6706195346080, however the IT is cleverly altered with Photoediting. The ID cannot be validated either as it is invalid. The NAMES were pasted in and the DIGITS above the barcode altered, so look out for false ID's that look authentic.

  • Username701 17 Feb 2017, 08:16 AM

    Hi, also going by name of David Gundersen.
    3 kiewiet Street,
    Western Cape
    Tel: 0834032031

    Selling Canon 7D Mk II cheaply, images being used has a Foreign price sticker, and images also used in another OLX add in Mozambique.

    Local link is

    You will see same images used in different sequence.

    There is a add-in for Firefox and I think Chrome "Who stole my pictures" where you can search for similar images on the internet - they usually steal them from overseas classifieds.

    He also emailed me the pics - There is NO EXIF info on the images which means he did not take them but downloaded them from the internet. The camera model and copyright info is also visible in windows when it is original images.

    Again, you are right, this he is a scammer, and thanks for posting details here. At least Google helps to warn us that way.

    To catch him - best is to set a trap with the Police and bank because he will withdraw the cash as soon as you pay. Find out where and when the account was opened before you pay and ask for his ID/ Account holder details as required by the bank for verification. What also helps is to say the account he gave does not work with your internet banking he must supply another. I have had it the they are desperate and eventually give a real friend or family member's account number which will lead to real people without fake ID's, but you will have to play their game to catch them.

    You should also report on and request OLX to allow the community to comment on AD's specially if it is deemed or suspected to be Fraud, so one can alert other users.

  • Garth Pettersen 11 Nov 2014, 07:37 AM

    He is now apparently selling high end coffee machines on Gumtree as well as OLX below is his response to one of his adds i responded to HI The machine is available. The faema is the same as the la Cimbali M21 same company Faema single group coffee machine Brand new in box unwanted Birthday gift. Manual operation with built in water tank. Rated at 120 espressos an hour, this machine will suit commercial applications selling under 7 kgs of coffee per week. Also ideal for domestic applications. Legendary La Cimbali quality make this machine bullet proof 10 amp,1900 watts Water reservoir 3.5l 1 coffee group 1 stainless steel steam arm 1 stainless steel hot water tap Pressure gauge Automatic boiler fill Automatic non return valve which prevents hot water from being sucked back into the boiler Satin finished stainless steel Dimensions W320 D470 H430 Price R9000 Please find my home address below my mail for view or pick up. Free delivery via courier after payment. Here the attached picture. Kind Regards, Jakes Van Rooi. 11 Schoeman St De Rust 6651 Western Cape Tel 0613712300

  • AGH 30 Oct 2014, 03:32 PM

    Hi Guys I have had a run in with this guy and knew something was up. I did some research and found this article. I got some info for you guys, that I hope will be helpful. He is now going by John Smith. Address he is giving. John Smith. 21 Scheoman Street, De Rust, 6950 Western Cape Tel:0613712300 Banking details A/c Name: J.J. Smith A/c Nr: ####613278 (For full account # you can contact me) Branch Code: 198765 Bank: Nedbank He even supplied a copy of his ID which is obviously fake. ID fraud as well. I hope you guys nail this guy. He has so many adds up especially on OLX.

  • Graham15 14 Oct 2014, 03:09 PM

    And this one just posted on Gumtree...this is the response i got. Hi All The camera is available. Items included in this sale are hardly touched and in excellent condition Nikon D7100 with Nikkor 55-200 f/1.4-5.6G AF-S DX ED Zoom. Also included are charger/battery, manuals, book about the D7100, camera carry case, lens case and original box for D7100 body. Price R4,800 Please find my home address below my mail for view or pick up. Delivery via courier after payment. Here the attached pictures of the camera. Kind Regards, David Van Zly. 3 Steylter Street, De Rust, 6950 Western Cape Tel:0733166500

  • OLX should protect its buyers 9 Oct 2014, 07:48 PM

    Hi, The lens is available.. In excellent condition with no scuffs or marks. Complete with soft case, case strap, lens hood, tripod collar and both lens cap in original box. Price R8,000.00 Please find my address below my mail for view or pick up. Delivery available after payment. Here the attached pictures of the lens. Kind Regards, John Smith. 3 Steylter Street, De Rust, 6950 Western Cape Tel:0733166500

  • John Barnes 26 Sep 2014, 01:09 PM

    Thanks for this guys. He is now using the name David Viljeon and the same address in De Rust. Selling (or not) a very cheap Fujifilm x100s

  • Andre Goncharko 24 Aug 2014, 08:28 AM

    Hi there. I was nearly scammed by this guy. I contacted De Rust police, and they confirmed that there is no such resident at the stated address. I reported the scam to them and then to Cape Town police. No follow up as usual. Now this scum is using my name - Andre Goncharko to contact other people.

  • Rex 8 Aug 2014, 12:53 PM

    This is most definitely a scam. I live close to De Rust and decided, what the hell, I would offer to go look. End of the line. Have contacted local cops, but with their work load, this is just going to continue. Hoping someone catches up with him...

  • Username6695 7 Aug 2014, 04:43 PM

    Hi where is add I can't find it ?

  • Jordan 6 Aug 2014, 06:15 PM

    uhmm now has a listing on OLX for a canon lens and extender at R4000.00 The lens, the lens case, and the extender (3 items bundled together). Mint condition. Hardly ever used. At most I've used them 3 times. I'm selling them because they are not being used. This lens had no dent or scratches or any issues. Be warned people!

  • Username6695 25 Jul 2014, 01:48 PM

    Whishlist I read this before !!! It sucks I list R6000 but opened a fraud case hope someone eventually gets him wherever he is for untreated sake does anyone gave his banking details so I can compare

  • Username6695 25 Jul 2014, 01:17 PM

    Same address and number but different name he used Jakes can Roode and stole R6000 from me for fujifilm x pro 1 stop this asshole

  • Jolandie 21 Jul 2014, 02:04 PM

    Glad I checked. This Andre Goncharko just e-mailed me. I am interested in one of the lenses on his OLX add. It's a scam for sure!!

  • Geoff4 20 Jul 2014, 09:47 AM

    Thanks for posts. Saved me a lot of frustration. Goes by name Andre Goncharko, Steytler Street, De Rust,6651 Western Cape Tel:0744503743. Selling Nikon D700, Nikon 24-70 f2.8 etc for ridiculously low prices advertised in OLX. Suspected it must be a scam.

  • Photoguy 16 Jul 2014, 11:00 AM

    Thanks for posting this report - also just Googled him and came across this report - he currently has a listing on olx for a Fujifilm camera and lens that was clearly much too cheap - he has the same address as above: Jakes Van Roode. 2 Steytler Street, De Rust, 6651 Western Cape Tel:0744503743

  • Vigilant 3 Jul 2014, 03:33 PM

    His new details, Jakes Van Roode. 2 Steytler Street, De Rust, 6651 Western Cape Tel:0744503743 - Glad I did a google search before sending him anything.

  • Paige 27 May 2014, 11:23 AM

    I have just enquired about a Canon 5D and lenses/accessories that seemed too good to be true. The man emailed back very similar emails, with his name as Jakes Van Roode. His address is: 3 Ribbok Street, LEEU GAMKA, 6950 Western Cape Tel:0710340429 I always look up names on google and glad to see this. I hope people don't send cash and believe it!!

  • Username6270 6 May 2014, 12:45 PM

    Also beware of this one - by Marthin Els Hi, The camera is available. I'm selling my Nikon D7100 with the original packaging including manual, battery, charger and kit lens (18-105mm). Additionally, I'm including a cable release (essential for long exposures), a SanDisk Extreme 16GB SD card and a SanDisk Ultra 16GB SD card. I am selling because I have upgraded to full-frame. The camera and lens are in excellent condition. I purchased this camera in 31/08/2013 and have used it lightly. This D7100 has only about 4,000 actuations out of a shutter life of 300,000 actuation's. It comes with the remaining warranty and I have all the boxes and instructions etc. Price R4,000.00 Please find my address below my mail for view or pick up. Delivery available after payment. Here the attached pictures of the gears. Kind Regards, Marthin Els. 8 Ribbok Street, LEEU GAMKA, 6950 Western Cape Tel:0719137979

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