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Online ‘car for sale’ scammers deceive potential buyers and disappear with their money and phones

Gauteng police have issued warnings to community members to be careful in responding to online cars for sale advertisements.

Police spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Mavela Masondo said the fraudsters pretend to sell cars through online advertisements using the same modus operandi, asking potential buyers to meet somewhere. .

He said several similar fraud and theft cases had been opened at the Rietgat police station in Soshanguve, north of Tshwane.

“In these cases, potential buyers responded to an online advertisement for a Toyota Quantum on sale. Most of these buyers agreed to a meeting with a ‘dealer’ near a pub in Soshanguve,” said police spokesperson.

He said that after potential buyers transferred the money to the seller’s account, the con artist then borrow their phones and pretend to be making a call for the delivery of the car and later disappear with the gadget.

“Buyers are left stranded without a car and mobile phones to contact the police,” Masondo added

Anyone that has information on crime being committed in their area is urged to contact their nearest police station, Crime Stop on 08600 10111 or alternatively leave an anonymous tip-off on the MySAPS App.

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