Response to my ad received from OLX user "hcpmotors": hi are the pots still for sale?please can you reach me on 0607006007 to make arrangements for today. kind regards Happy
I contacted Happy and arranged to deliver the item to him the next morning to No 3 Cnr Pine and Louis Botha Ave, Houghton. He said it was urgent as he was leaving to attend a wedding at 10am the next morning. He emailed me a "proof of deposit" from Standard Bank plus his ID - 7912236079082 - Happy Clive Boyi. The email address was firstname.lastname@example.org. The ID is attached.
When the payment did not clear into my bank the next morning, I tried to contact him, but SMS's could not be delivered. He sent me messages to check whether I was on my way, and then also phoned. When I told him that I wouldn't deliver until the payment cleared he became quite abusive.
I Googled the address he had given me and immediately the Report a Crime website came up with reports of similar scams but with different names. Needless to say, there was no sign of any deposit into my bank account.
|Address:||3 Cnr Pine and Louis Botha Avenue, Houghton|
|Crime Date/Time:||6 Dec 2016, 19:12 PM|
|Reported Date:||14 Dec 2016, 13:12 PM|