Police have warned the community in the Kimberley area of a scamming syndicate that is in operation. The scammers are said to target those seeking to buy live stock and later parting with their money.
An advertisement will be placed online under classifieds, the scammers will wait for the victims to contact them – The advertised prices are appealing to the victims as they are usually slightly under the market prices. The scammers will gather some preliminary details and then send over a fake “order quote”, The victims will be requested to send 70% of the payment upfront and the further 30% on delivery.
70% is not enough for scammers
With the victims already parted with 70% of the final payment, the scammers leave them in a vulnerable position and demand more and more. They will proceed to request for more payments for “delivery, insurance, vaccinations “, each payment is asked to be sent to different bank accounts.
Too good to be true? It usually is
It’s important that you are vigilant when purchasing goods online, if the price is lower than the market rate this is an immediate red flag. Do not be shy to ask further questions, remember… It’s your money that’s being sent and you have your rights.
Consider meeting in person with the seller, if they are selling a genuine good then they should have no issue with meeting face to face.
The scam has been reported in the Kimberley area, however, as it’s online it can be targetted anywhere. The scammers could be achieving success in the area so they continue probing to find vulnerable victims.
“Victims of the scam are urged to report to their nearest police station. All cases registered linked to the scam must immediately be reported to the Provincial Commander in Crime Investigation Unit, Colonel Ntuli on 079 491 0506 or Constable Govender on 076 457 5823. ” said Cpt Nqobile Gwala