Police warn against fraudulent Gumtree ads

Written by on January 11, 2018

Police have warned the public to be vigilant as fraudulent newspaper and Gumtree ads are increasingly being reported.

According to KwaZula-Natal police, they have been receiving more and more reports of victims falling prey to false advertisements and depositing money into the accounts of fraudsters, thinking that they are buying vehicles, without verifying the legitimacy of the sale.

In the most recent case, police say a woman deposited R13 800,00 into an account for a Toyota Run-X that was advertised, only to find out the company does not exist.

“The authenticity of the sales must be verified before making any payments and payments can only be exchanged with the item during the trade. Victims are often pressurized to deposit the money immediately by being told that there are several offers to purchase and that the item will no longer be available. Out of desperation to buy the item, they fall prey to fraudsters,” says Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane.

Anyone who has fallen victim to a similar scam, should contact local police or call the Crime Stop number at 08600 10111.


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