Last July 13, 2014, I have received an email from picture is shown in the header) about her interest of buying my pre-loved DSLR camera which was posted at  
Item: CANON EOS 1000D with 18-55mm Kit Lens (2nd Hand)Serial no: 32506619145
Price (as posted in P10,000.00
This was the recipient details provided to me:Shipping address follow.....Name- Neo wycleff  .... Address- 684 Pretorius StCity-Arcadia Pretoria code-0083Country-South Africa....Contact number- 0613194575

She agreed to pay for the shipping fee so I need to inform her about the total cost. I informed her that I need P17,000.00, for the camera and the shipping fee. She also said that the item will be shipped to “her” nephew in South Africa and if I agree, she will provide as well the shipping cost. I tried doing a research on her email address in google for any scam related article but found none.
July 14, I sent the item via DHL - SM The Block.July 16, I received a Paypal payment notification from However, the email says that the payment is on-hold and will be transferred to my account once I was able to provide the tracking number of the shipment.July 17, I received another (fake)Paypal email saying that the tracking number is being verified.July 18, another notification was email to me saying the fund is being transferred to my account but i checked my bank account but none was deposited to it. Then, there was a system maintenance...
I was tracking my shipment via and the item was delivered to the location on July 21st. And was signed by "John".
I received another notification from alleged Paypal saying I need to pay VAT charges to South African customs amounting to P5,000.00 via Western Union to: PELESA PERSERVERANCE MALISAAfter few days, I received another Paypal email saying I need to pay another P6,000.00 for additional charges otherwise the parcel will be destroyed. I need to send it to the same recipient. Both money transfers were picked up the following day that i sent them.
I was restless and anxious since there is still no funds transferred to my account. I call Paypal and provided the buyers email and Paypal confirmed that it was illegitimate. I have forwarded the emails I received from the fraud Paypal email.After that I kept sending email to but as expected she is not responding anymore same with the
I tried to report PELESA PERSERVERANCE MALISA to Western Union but they said that they are not conducting criminal investigations. Instead I need to report to Police then they cooperate with the authorities to solve the problem.I have reported jadavanesa's facebook account and it was deleted already. I sent a report to gmail as well but no response. 
 All in all I lost worth of P 28,000.00. I did not reported this to authorities or file a lawsuit because the time and cost might be more that what I lost and know that these people are residing in another country it is very hard to trace their identity.
I just want to sell my camera for an upgrade and yet some conscience-less people did this to me.

Report ID: 6754
Crime Category: Fraud
Province: Gauteng
Suburb: Arcadia
Address: 684 Pretorius St., Arcadia, Pretoria, South Africa
Crime Date/Time: 13 Jul 2014, 00:07 AM
Reported By: Username6754
Reported Date: 4 Aug 2014, 16:08 PM
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  • tsin 21 Jun 2015, 04:09 AM

    I got the same modus, i was selling a set of camera and lenses for P45000. I was also told that the buyer, SOPHIA HANNAH, will shoulder the shipment fee. Hay nako. And now shes asking me money to be sent on Western Union due to double payment. I lost 7k plus the lenses huhuhuhuhu.

  • Don2 13 Mar 2015, 04:15 PM

    Yesterday, I was about to send my pre-loved mac mini to the same scammer but I investigated the very suspicious character the buyer is showing (very eager to get the package) sent me an email from supposedly Alpine bank, but I emailed alpine bank and there were no email address that they were using that doesn't end in, so I told the buyer that he has to prove that our deal wasn't a scam, after that I didn't receive any reply form the person. I suspect that this is a team of scammers, they are using a new name (Felix Moore: I think they will try to use that info again, since it didn't work on me. I'm saddened that there are people like these guys taking advantage of other people. I feel really sorry for you guys, I am sharing this to at least stop them from deceiving other people out there. Peace out.

  • Uhuh 27 Feb 2015, 10:12 PM

    Btw, it should be "beware of anyone from South Africa buying your camera from OLX" Used Mira Kimberly as the name this time and answers emails very promptly. Good job. Tsk.

  • Uhuh 27 Feb 2015, 10:08 PM

    Ditto. Lost 25k plus the camera. Good thing i searched for the name and found 2 entries here, saved me from transferring another 8k via Western Union. May Karma knock on their door soonest.

  • Kronze 10 Sep 2014, 09:35 AM

    Also recently a victim of this modus. Sad to say, but I was deceived.

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