Attempted scam through OLX


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 elegencemotors@executivemail.co.za. 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.

Report ID: 16574
Crime Category: Fraud
Province: Gauteng
City/Town: JOHANNESBURG
Suburb: Houghton
Address: 3 Cnr Pine and Louis Botha Avenue, Houghton
Crime Date/Time: 6 Dec 2016, 19:12 PM
Reported By: Lynn102745
Reported Date: 14 Dec 2016, 13:12 PM
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  • Lynn102745 9 Jan 2017, 09:46 PM

    Hi Brendon. Glad you were not conned. Was your ad on OLX? I reported the incident to them and they said they had blocked him.

  • Brendon102990 9 Jan 2017, 09:09 PM

    Thanks Lynn for posting this.
    Recieved this today "hi ls the i pad still for sale?please can you reach me on 0607006007 to make arrangements for today. kind regards Happy" googled his number and this page came up.

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