Crime & Accidents News
06 August 2021

NW – Police in the North West have urged members of the community to be vigilant whenever they visit online sites to avoid falling prey to scams involving the sale of vehicles or livestock.

The warning comes following an increase in reports of people losing money to scammers operating in Makwassie, Leeudoringstad, Boskuil and Wolmaransstad. Police spokesperson colonel Adéle Myburgh revealed that a man lost R100,000 in one such scam, which occurred on Monday 19 July.

This was after the man, thinking he was buying a taxi, deposited money into a bank account in response to an “advertisement” from a scammer posing as an auctioneer.

“On his way to collect his taxi, the seller, who agreed to meet the ‘buyer’ in Wolmaransstad, switched his phone off and could not be reached,” Myburgh said. 

“In another incident, a victim drove from East London to Wolmaransstad to buy a Toyota Hilux. He was taken to a house where they showed him the vehicle. The victim, accompanied by his brother, met the seller while sitting inside their vehicle, waiting for the vehicle and documentation. Four suspects approached them, pointed a firearm at them and robbed them of R200,000,” colonel Myburgh added. 

An advertised car that does not have a vehicle registration document (V5C) or has an altered document for example, is likely to have been stolen.

“Look at a wide range of vehicles and don’t get pressured to buy immediately. It is also a good idea to bring along friends before a transaction is concluded so that they can assist you to verify the legalities,” Myburgh explained.

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