Robbed Online (Gumtree Scam)

On Friday the 8th Feb I posted an advert on Gumtree to sell my TV. Within minutes I received a call from a person calling himself David. His number is 0728790380 - he also sent me messages via WhatsApp. This number is still active on WhatsApp and rings - he just doesn't respond to calls or messages.

He had a detailed and friendly discussion with me: "does the TV have a wall mount because he wants to mount it on the wall in his daughters room; it doesn't matter that there is no remote as she will be watching whatever is on the main DsTV channel in the lounge."

He sent me a proof of payment text message which supposedly came from Bidvest Bank (see picture) which looks very genuine. Bidvest Bank fraud unit have just confirmed with me that it is not theirs and is fraudulent.

He phoned me again to confirm that I had received the text message showing proof of payment, He also told me that he had paid an extra R35 so that it would be an immediate transfer to my bank and wouldn't take 2 days, and the funds would appear within 3 to 8 hours. He had already arranged for an Uber driver to come and collect the TV from my house, and the Uber driver had already arrived.

A sign that I should have picked up as unusual was that instead of paying the R2,520.00 for the TV the EFT message showed that he had paid more R2,600.00 - who does that? I don't need to explain why I overlooked this warning sign!

David's profile picture on WhatsApp is from a Facebook group called "Fresh Fire Prophetic Prayer Ministries"

I took a picture of the Uber vehicle and number plate (it would seem that I can't attach more than one picture to this report) - the driver's name was Emile (we joked about the fact that David had called him Emily), his car is a blue Honda CA 670 069. I do not know if the Uber driver is in on this scam or not. Emile told me that he was taking the TV to drop it off at David's cousin in Langa (David had said that he is at work in Brackenfell).

After the Uber driver left with the TV David again phoned me to say that the Uber driver had phoned him to confirm that he had left with the TV, he thanked me and told me that I could contact him and stay in touch with him all the time.

When I did contact David a few times via phone and WhatsApp within the next few hours when there were no funds in my account he told me that the Internet transfer did appear in his account and that he would contact his bank to check.

I have been unable to get a response from David since.

Report ID: 33424
Crime Category: Fraud
Province: Western Cape
City/Town: Other
Suburb: Hout Bay
Address: Online
Crime Date/Time: 8 Feb 2019, 13:02 PM
Reported By: johanlon
Reported Date: 10 Feb 2019, 18:02 PM
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  • johanlon 13 Feb 2019, 07:37 PM

    Sorry to hear that Alette. I've reported my scam here, to Uber, to Gumtree, and to Cyber Crime online. Tomorrow I'm going to the police to tell the story and I'll give them the responses that I've received from Gumtree and Uber.

  • Alette 13 Feb 2019, 07:07 PM

    Same guy scammed me on 3 February. I was selling my iPhone 6.

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