Gumtree fraudster strikes again - BEWARE!

I had placed an advert on Gumtree on tuesday 5 August 2014 with regards to the sale of my laptop. I received and email about an hour after posting the add from a "Hillary Nkosi" asking if the laptop was still available so I texted the number that was with the email and said yes it is.The person had asked me how old is the laptop and what condition it is in as well as where I am from. I responded to the texted message with the specs and my location. I received a text back saying "I am Roy, I am in joburg so if you can sms me your banking details then i can do payment now, when Im done  let you know then you can put it in the post to the courier I am going to pay for the post" I then called this person and asked so who is Hillary then cause you are a man and he said that his name is Hillary. I dished out my details like an idiot however I used an account of mine that is rarely used and contains very little and I indicated that I will courier it as soon as I receive proof of payment. I asked for the address and it was and the text back was "Mark it Hillary Nkosi, no 49 Sollil court, corner of south and isipingo road, belleavue, jhb" I received a text message indication that a Nedbank account has deposited money into my account and that the money would be in, in 24 to 48 hours. This guy then continued to call me and was very persistant about when I would courier it. I made excuses for as long as I could cause I was a bit skeptical of courier before payment reflects. Then he sent me a text saying that he needs the laptop soon as he is buying it for his son who is leaving for overseas tomorrow. Being a soft person I then couriered the laptop the next day and forwarded him the trackin number. I couriered the laptop at 09:18 am and got text at 15:45 saying "thanks" that he had received the laptop. I called my bank and queried about the deposit and the had said nothing had come through. I then texted "Roy" telling him that my bank requests that he check with his bank as to where the funds are. I did not get any response. I then called and called and the phone just rang. I then switched my caller ID off and called and he answered. He said that he is in a meeting and will call me back after 30 minutes. I never got a call back. I tried calling throughout the night and the number just rang. The next morning I tried calling again and the number was off, I then sent an email to him being rather rude as well as a text to say that I am waiting for his call. As soon as my text should delivered I call from private number and he answered and I spoke very rudely asking what the hell is going on. He then swore me and told me not to contact him again. The name he used is "Hillary Nkosi" email address: and the cell number used is "073 563 5134". I cant believe that I was such an idiot considering that my gut feeling was that this guy is a fraudster. I learnt the hard way to always trust my instincts. I believe that I was not the first victim of fraud from this particular fraudster, he changes his name often, uses different email addresses and uses different numbers. Please BEWARE, dont make the same mistake I did. If someone gives you proof of payment almost immediately and is persistant on you sending the item, refuse, even if he dishes out some sad story as to why he needs it urgently, DO NOT FALL VICTIM to this low life like I did.

Report ID: 6772
Crime Category: Fraud
Province: KwaZulu/Natal
City/Town: Pietermaritzburg
Suburb: N/A
Address: Belleavue
Crime Date/Time: 5 Aug 2014, 00:08 AM
Reported By: Username6772
Reported Date: 7 Aug 2014, 13:08 PM
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  • Mark3 21 Dec 2014, 09:19 AM

    If it sounds too good to be true it probably is. No one pays for a product especially a used one before they see it. As type this message am waiting for Roy to deposit 4000 for my galaxy s4 and am ready to swear at him when he phones asking to deliver the phone. He probably deposits fake cheques in our accounts crazy bastard

  • jorg nanny 20 Dec 2014, 08:30 PM

    I saw this almost too late.. same guy.. same everything as below.. he has my number, account number and email adress.. hope this doesnt mean he can track me down?

  • dinah 18 Dec 2014, 03:48 PM

    It just happen to us now he had my husbund hi-fi of 15000 rand and now we have nothing we fall for his story of the money I cry my eyes out how could we be so stuped

  • Cat3 11 Dec 2014, 02:02 PM

    This guy also tried to buy my Apple I Phone, luckily my terms is always cod. Saved me lot of money.

  • Jacci 9 Dec 2014, 05:19 PM

    Just googled his number (0787301529) and Roy Nkosi came up. He gave me his name as Roy, now ignoring me. Suppose its the same guy. Thanks guys for reporting, Just Saved me R15000

  • Frans12 5 Dec 2014, 02:43 PM

    Roy Nkosi 0787301529 same as above, wanted laptop asked everything exactly the same, condition, how old, where i live, immediate bank payment, wanted details, everything.

  • Anonymous56 10 Nov 2014, 12:09 PM

    Same thing happened to me right now but luckily I googled his name and came across several reports about about it... Thank you so much for posting this

  • david 18 10 Oct 2014, 01:51 PM

    He tried the same thing with me today also with he add only being up for like 5mins...honestly i knew it was to good to be true..i googled hillary nkosi and found so relieved thank you so much you saved me a fortune budd

  • Username7451 30 Sep 2014, 05:11 PM

    Great Site, keep this up! Blessings. Oh my.. What a joke, have been in this game far too long...sorry china! 1, then 2 then 3, practicing the bull horn formation: 2 cellphone calls and e-mail attack! Seems like a group or syndicate, bit suspicious that only 10 mins after posting an advert on Gumtree: Hilary told me it was for his son, travelling overseas and would send his driver to collect. Cell Number: 0733960290 Next thing get an e-mail from darren: Cell Number: 0743767676 "hie i am interested in buying your camera kit if still on offer"" Not to say Darren knows Hillary but, lets get serious guys, Five minutes later got a phone call from a man called Farrell Cell Number 078 649 9358.

  • Username6772 23 Sep 2014, 09:37 AM

    Hey, I'm so sorry to hear that more people were victim of this A-hole. When I followed up with the courier company, the name "ASOFE" was signed as the person whom collected the package. I did open a case at SAPS however I didnt bother to continue, I mean the guy is a jackass, he obviously has no self respect nor dignity. Agh I got over it and moved on, he isn't worth wasting my time over. Karma will come bite him in the ass thats for sure and well I believe that what you send out comes back to you 10 fold so, rest assured he'll get what he deserves. The world is full of people whom are such low lives that they don't have a conscience to lead their life with respect. They find their comfort in conning people and think that they are worth it and tremendously smart to pull off crime so screw that,at the end of it all when you're 6 feet under, all you have is the name you left behind, your legacy, people will either remember you as having referent power or just someone you scraped of your shoe.

  • neels 23 Sep 2014, 09:13 AM

    He also uses the ID number: 6206133597084

  • neels 23 Sep 2014, 09:10 AM

    This happened to me just now as well. He even sent me a copy of his ID. Called me from the number 0733960290

  • Username6991 19 Sep 2014, 08:53 AM

    Same thing happened to me on Wednesday. I will open a case at SAPS.

  • Garth Pienaar 3 Sep 2014, 10:05 AM

    I fell for the same one. Oh well, lesson learned. will open a case with the police but I doubt anything with happen

  • naz4 20 Aug 2014, 02:32 PM

    Wow just emailed this dude now. What a damn cheek. Im so happy I came across this site

  • Andre 48 14 Aug 2014, 08:46 PM

    The exact same thing happend to me! Same name and everything! Can't belive I was fooled!

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