Good to know: Beware of scamsters taking advantage of online buyers


Police are once again warning people to be careful when buying or selling goods via online advertising platforms.

People are being conned into depositing money into accounts that fraudsters have set up before they have viewed the goods or having established the legitimacy of the sale.

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In a recent case, police spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane, said a woman deposited R13 800 00 into an account for a Toyota Run-X that was advertised. When the vehicle was not delivered to her, she made inquiries and realised that the company did not exist.

“The authenticity of the sales must be verified before making any payments and payments can only be exchanged with the item during the trade,” he said.

Lt-Col Zwane said victims are often pressured to deposit the money immediately by being told that there are several offers to purchase and that the item will no longer be available. “Out of desperation to buy the item, they fall prey to fraudsters,” he said.

Anyone who has been the victim of such an online fraud is urged to contact their local police station or Crime Stop at 08600 10111.


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Shona Aylward

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