The Top 10 Scam Types in South Africa

Posted on: October 4th, 2012 by Henno Kruger 169 Comments

Today I want to inform you about the Top 10 Scam Types in South Africa. Unfortunately scammers don’t rest in this day and age and it’s important that Junk Mail users and the South African public be aware of this.

According to a spokesperson from the Hawks, cyber crime is costing South Africa millions every year, even though the scammers have to work hard to get a “hit”.  Most people will question dodgy communication from scammers, but unfortunately someone will always take the bait – one of the reasons why you will always get scammers looking to make a quick buck.

When it comes to scams remember the following 4 things:

  • If something sounds to good to be true, it probably is.
  • Never respond to an e-mail, SMS or phone call requiring you to submit personal information (even if it’s in the form of a threat to your account being suspended due to some third-party interference).
  • Never participate in any “sale of goods”, “survey”, “competition”, “lottery” or “inheritance” scheme requiring any personal information over the phone or the internet.
  • If you’re selling something, confirm payment with your bank before releasing the goods, and if you don’t remember entering a competition or buying a lottery ticket, you haven’t won anything.

Plain and simple, isn’t it? If you live by these 4 rules you should be okay. Check out the list op the top 10 scam types in South Africa below, I’m pretty sure that you’ll find this information useful:

  1. The 419 heartbreaker scam: This latest version of the 419 scam targets online dating sites. A girl or a guy romances someone over the internet for a few weeks and then comes up with a story that he / she been in a submarine accident and had lost all their money. Inevitably he / she asks their new found other half to send a cash advance to them. The 419 heartbreakers correspondence looks authentic and is oozing with charm, but in reality its being generated by criminal syndicates (usually made up of people of different nationalities).
  2. Phishing: Many of you are probably familiar with phishing. Fake E-mails are sent out by scammers. They claim that they’re from a bank (ABSA, Standard Bank or other South African banks) and that you have to do various things online to confirm your details, etc. All this is done in order to gain access to your bank accounts.
  3. Smishing: This is basically the SMS version of Phishing. South Africa has one of the highest mobile phone penetration rates in the world and it is a wide open field. Many people have received an SMS message requesting that verify their account or in some cases an alarmist message that you make a call rather than visiting a false link. The person on the other end of the line is a fraudster who is after personal information (include your PIN code).  Remember that no bank will ever ask you for your PIN code over the phone.
  4. False payment confirmations: Junk Mail users knows this scam as the SMS Payment confirmation scam. Basically a hoax payment confirmation SMS is sent out by the scammer to confirm payment and it appears to be from your bank. To best way to avoid being caught is to verify that money has been deposited into your account – always. Never release the goods that you’re selling if you aren’t 100% sure that you’ve received payment.
  5. Unethical app downloads charges: Scammers and unethical developers are now making use of premium-rated SMSes in an attempt to defraud people via the mobile applications they download onto their mobile phones. Google removed 22 applications from the Android cellphone market (now known as Google Play) because they conned people into agreeing to premium SMS charges. The first line of defence against any kind of SMS fraud is to thoroughly check your phone bill for any unusual amounts being deducted. Also Only download the more popular apps to avoid this scam.
  6. SIM Swops: One of the ways that a phishing scam can go is a SIM swop scam. The scammer already has your cellphone number and can get enough additional information to request a SIM swop from your network operator. That way they have access to both your bank account details and the SIM card needed to complete transactions. To prevent this SA mobile operators have increased security surrounding SIM swops and this kind of fraud is declining.
  7. Credit Card Skimming: This is a global problem. Credit Card Skimming usually takes place when a fraudster captures card data on devices similar to those used for legitimate point-of-sale or ATM transactions. These devices fit nicely over the card slot on an ATM and some of them even include a camera to record the PIN code. The main point of compromise in this kind of scam is when you hand your card to someone to do a transaction. Never let your card out of your sight and when entering your PIN, cover the PIN pad.
  8. Unscrupulous subscription services: Cellphone users should take note that unscrupulous wireless application service providers (WASPs) can bill any South African cell number and can even detect and record cell phone numbers if you’re browse their websites using your cellphone. On a mobile device all that is needed to bill you is your cellphone number. Make sure that you check your phone bills looking for charges you did not authorize or ongoing charges for subscription services that you did not realise were not once-offs
  9. Counterfit merchandise: Beware of fakes when you’re buying something expensive. It’s big business and a lot of it’s happening online. Recently police arrested four men who tried to con someone into buying fake gems (which had a value of R250,000). The person who was the mark for this scam set up a sting operation and the men were arrested. The gems turned out nothing more than four pieces of glass covered in the melted silicone tube from a TV set.
  10. Microsoft Scam: Scammers call you on your cellphone or home phone claiming to be working for Microsoft. They tell you that they have found out you have a problem with your home computer. They’ll ask you all sorts of questions and prompt you to do all sorts of things with your computer to sort out the problem. The aim of all of this is to get into your computer remotely so they can access all your private info. You could also be told that you’ve won the Microsoft Lottery and that Microsoft requires credit card information to validate your copy of Windows. Another one is unsolicited e-mails from Microsoft requesting a security update. All scams. Don’t get caught by them.

There you have it, information on the top 10 scam types in South Africa. I trust that you have found this information useful. If you encounter a scam or scammer when using the Junk Mail website, please report them to us. You can contact our Customer Care Department via ccc@junkmail.co.za or telephonically on 012-3423840 x2295 (during office hours). Check out our Safety & Security page for more scam warnings and useful tips.

The original article was posted in The Star on the 4th of October (today).

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169 Responses

  1. Michael says:

    Greetings, I would like to obtain permission to link this article to our Facebook page (http://facebook.com/ZASpamSpotters). Although, this might be more the request after the fact ;-) Let me know, Ill be happy to remove it.

    • Henno Kruger Henno Kruger says:

      Thanks for letting us know Michael :) We appreciate the extra exposure and that you’re willing to spread awareness about this :)

      • Celeste says:

        there is a Osman Mundhree from Durban, he is giving out loans for people that can not get it via a bank, his company is intertradefour. He takes money from people and never give them the loans. Afterwards he denies receiving the money. He is a big scammer online.

        • Henno Kruger Henno Kruger says:

          Thanks for sharing Celeste

        • Nash says:

          This guiy must be hunted down like a filty PIG and taken to the local Mosque to be stoned and urinated upon on a Friday after namaaz. We don’t need cunning thieves in our society, let alone filthy, conniving , greedy Muslims like this. If I see this i9diot I will gater a group of township dwellers and dump his head in a septic tank….he is a bloody ruthless Haraami Madarchod

          • Johan says:

            I guys, I nearly fell for this oak but when he said he can get me an investor but that I needed to pay R100 000 for and investment of R2000 000 I smelled a rat. But I can get to him if you want to tag along.

      • Lorraine says:

        Henno hi my name is lorraine I’m from wellington. I want to join Tissa,it’s they say a company where you can earn up toR800a day by copy and paste on your computer.do you know maybe if they are also scaming. I’m looking for work. I’ve got a computer. Do u know of reliable firms on the net?

        • gerda says:

          Lorraine, ek wil ook weet of Tissa of Datahub ‘n scam is. Ek het aangesluit, my geld betaal. Nou moet ek net inlog, maar ek kry dit nie reg nie. Die nommer wat mens moet bel werk nie, die sites maak nie oop nie. Toe ek wel by iemand uitkom, se die girl sy kan nie help nie, ek moet ‘n ander nommer bel, waar daar ook geen antwoord is nie.

        • kirana says:

          hi lorraine

          did you manage to get feedback whether tissa is a legitimate company?

        • Maggie says:

          That’s what they say but it costs you R390 and the info is very complicated, for me anyhow and I am 60 And you have to advertise to sell the product you bought through them for the next people to buy and do the same.

        • Maggie says:

          Lorraine, did you join Tissa and what do you think? I have joined in November and still don’t know what to do with all the info.

          • kerri says:

            i joined tissa in feburary and i also dont know what i am supposed to do to start earning the money they supposedly say you can earn. i have written this off because i cant afford to waste my data on bs did you perhaps come right and if yes how

    • jon says:

      If the idiots in the ANC stop all the scumbags from Nigeria and Pakistan from coming here and shove all those illegal , fake id’ed fraudsters and criminals in ships and shove them off from our shores and dump them in some shartk infested waters , we will have full employment and very little crime .

  2. Andre Kruger says:

    Date: 07 January 2013

    I was looking for a puppy on junkmail, and saw the adorable english bulldog, free for adoption.
    The only requirement was that a loving home for it, so I appliad via email on junkmail.
    With in a hour a email was send saying the following…

    Re: Bulldog Puppy-(Bar​on) for free adoption
    Hi ,
    Thank you for the mail of interest on our Cute Bulldog Puppy Tina and yes she is a Female puppy. Actually we did not have any intentions to re-home her but at this point in time we have to find a new home for her where she will be showered with the same love and affection. she is AKC registered, had his first shots, Well socialized with kids and other home pets, Obedient, Home,Crate and Potty Trained. We are not selling him,we need just assurance that you will take very good care of her.

    I work with the UN Malaria Committee and we are on a Volunteer mission to Southern Cameroon in regards to the disease in pregnant women and Children, so we are carrying out census now and that takes a lot of my time since i am leading the committee. The climatic conditions here in Cameroon are not favoring Tina so the vet has advised me to send her back to the south Africa. If you can assure us that you will take very good care of her and send us pictures and updates from time to time, i will let you have her.

    You will be paying only his return flight charges. I paid R 650 total to bring her here so it will cost the same to ship him back. Let me know if you are adopting her as a pet or for breeding purposes. And if you have any experience with dogs. I have attached a few current pictures of Tina, hope you like them. Waiting to Read from you asap.

    ms jecenta rose jecen.

    When I read this I new this was a scam right away

    1. I asked for a female pup, the heading reads Baron, and in the mail content it stats Tina, but still refers to the pup as “him”.
    2. I looked in the Pretoria-East junkmail, This lady works in Cameroon.
    3. There is money involved. The ad said free.
    4. English bulldog pup is around R4000 to R6500 (Too good to be true).

    SCAM ALERT

    • Henno Kruger Henno Kruger says:

      Hi Andre – Thanks for sharing this with us. Please forward us any e-mails that this person has sent to you. Contact our Customer Care Department via ccc@junkmail.co.za

    • mandla simelane says:

      Thank Andre for the amazing story,I’ve nearly become one victim of those people. I came across an advert about a 2006 audi for20000 I tried to call the number that was there but it was not working then I decided to email the person asking about the car.

      He replied telling about just divorced and now in a vacation to cameroon sins working for the un as their language advisor. Selling the car because it was built for south African standard to anyone for that price but the car worth about R290000.

      Second email says I’m gone as I told you and now the car is in cape town and is not registerd as I’ve just bought it so you will have to agree if you will pay for registration and transport the sum of R4700 then we will move to the next stage.

      But after reading your story I can see clearly now that this is scam. Thank you very much god bless you.

      • Henno Kruger Henno Kruger says:

        Thanks for sharing Mandla

      • Craig Woods says:

        The motoring ads are full of ‘too good to be true’ motorhomes. One guy claimed to be in Togo and wanted just the money to ship the vehicle back to South Africa.They are all divorced,living and working in the Uk for the next 3 years and are selling at a bargain price.

    • Tracey says:

      I replied to the same advert on Saturday. My son was so excited and I too got a sting of emails from her – including her passport! I get an email this morning stating that I need to pay for the kennel of which the fees will be refunded when I collect the puppy tomorrow morning. Just the spelling errors made the hair on the back of my neck stand on end so I googled her name and am now shattered to hear that she is exploiting people’s feelings. She said the dog’s name was Ashley!!

  3. Yolandi McKenzie says:

    I am wanting to sell my BB Bold 9900, just got a mail from a lady wanting to buy it for her son. I must ship it to him in Nigeria as a surprise. I received fake mails from CITIBANK confirming the payment was made to my account and once I sent them the shipping code, the money will be “released”. Spelling etc on the mails are pathetic coming from a bank. I did forward them to you….

  4. Wesley blignaut says:

    Can anyone help? I wanna now if TISSA (The Income Solution South Africa) is a scam.

  5. Arnold says:

    I would like to know if EFTFORME’ is a scam or not?

    • Henno Kruger Henno Kruger says:

      Hi Arnold – We have not had scam reports about this on Junk Mail, but there have been a few online. We will be removing the two adverts on our website. This sounds like a scam. We don’t advertise work from home opportunities because most of them are illegal in South Africa.

  6. Lucas says:

    http://www.junkmail.co.za/hi-tech/tv/gauteng/pretoria/samsung-pn51e6500-51-inch-1080p-600hz-3d-slim-led-hd-tv-23833973

    i am out R8570.00 these are scammers. first they sated the price is R5450.00 witch i payed then they said i have to pay another R3120.00 for import tax witch i then payed then they said i have to pay for 8 televisions witch i refused Then they said if i pay for only one television more they will send me my first television and 2 free televisions
    there is only a sell phone number for you to use
    do not fall for this if any one wants any information i will be more than happy to send the emails on to you, that they sent me

  7. vicky says:

    i receieved an sms saying that my cellphone number won R500000 in vw car 2013 promotion – is this real or a scam

  8. james says:

    Pls I want to know if http://www.mensshoecentre.co.za/ is a scam site or not? i will like to order from them asap. Thanks

    • Henno Kruger Henno Kruger says:

      Hi James – We are not affiliated with this website. It does look legit, but try and check other sources online to make 100% sure.

    • Patrick says:

      I hv been receiving letters frm international merchandise services en lifestyle telling me tht i won 118.0000 bt i never got myslf in any sort of competions en say i must deposit 480 in their bank account ist a scam

    • Josephine Chalmers says:

      James – Seriously….using scammer grammar here. Even scammers get on sites used to warn others!

  9. Bianca says:

    Ek was amper met die selfde storie gevang, 2 scarlet macaws wat verniet is en wat net n goeie huis nodig het, dit was te goed om waar te wees. maar aan die ander kant wou ek dit glo want dus so wonderlik om te weet ek kry twee pragtige papegaaie. Alles het goed verloop ek het even haar ID ontvang en n brief van Skyline Express Cargo gekry, en kamma n kwitasie van courier waar ek hok moet kry wat R2200 kos en as ek die hok terug gee kry sou ek geld terug kry. Ek niks weer gehoor nie? Kan dit n scam wees of hoe

  10. Nyima says:

    i also got such mail from some refugee camp from south africa.i got two diff mail but when i analysed them both were written by same lady.i knew that they were scam.so i did time pass for long time and even i ask their naked photo.they are some kind of stupid also.i got naked photo.she said that her parents were klilled in some civil war n her father was some kind of gov.official n have huge amt.she want help to take that money from bank by me n have to contact bank immediately bec her father leave next kin to her.i time pass a lots after that there is no reply.so what i sjust want to say is never greed in money both scumberg n pray by leaving humanithy behind.even if u possess whole world wealth at ur death is same as poor people or begger.

  11. Christine says:

    Scammer on eBay keeps sending me fake PayPal information goes under the name of grace cole.
    Uses this email coolega020@rediffmail.com

  12. Nanette says:

    I received the email below after applying for a vacant position that was advertised.

    Some wannabe scammer / creep/ crook / freak now has my I D number, address, phone number, photos of me, my email address and other personal information etc!!! Not a very comforting thought …..*#@+”‘#@ !!9?¤!?

    Thanks for the email kindly deliver ur cv,copy of id,reg fees to our
    offices AT RANK PERSONNEL CONSULT OFFICE cAPE TOWN.
    http://www.rankpconsult.co.za, personally and meet our secretaries(tshidi or
    stephanie) who will give u all the details and since u dont have at
    least 10 years work experience, u must come prepared to register and
    undergo our 2wks training program be4 job placement which is
    guaranteed after 2wks of training, training begins on monday 29th
    and 6th of may 2013; after you receive our certificate, and ur placed
    into the job

    There is registration fees of R1500 payable as u register, training
    fees varies from course to course usually between R1500-R2000 but
    payable at the end of the course, this is your opportunity to be put
    into job early this year, please come with this email printed out as
    proof that you were considered. WE GUARANTEE UR JOB PLACEMENT AFTER
    THE COURSE, WE DO SIGN AN AGREEMENT WITH YOU GUARANTEEING YOUR JOB
    PLACEMENT AFTER TRAINING,SO COME AND REGISTER.we are open betweeen
    8:30 am to 4:30pm,.

    Alternatively, if ur not able to come and register personally, u can
    register online http://www.ibmit.co.za, and you can pay ur registration fees
    through our banking system,and you come with your proof of payment
    before monday ,29th of april or monday 6th may respectively to start
    ur training.
    Banking details are remeber the offer is on first come first served basis,
    BANK : ABSA
    ACCOUNT NAME: IBMIT PTY LTD
    SAVINGS ACCOUNT NUMBER : 9236803738
    BRANCH CODE: 632005
    DEPOSIT REFERENCE NUMBER: UR ID NUMBER
    THANK YOU AGAIN

    MS Brenda Meyers/RYAN ROWZ

    Administrator(S)Rank Personnel Consult/IBMITSA

    TEL 0218365519, 0604601533,

    Alternatively, if ur not able to come and register personally, u can
    register online http://www.ibmit.co.za, and you can pay ur registration fees
    through our banking system,and you come with your proof of payment
    before tuesday18th march to start ur training.
    Banking details are
    BANK : ABSA
    ACCOUNT NAME: IBMIT PTY LTD
    SAVINGS ACCOUNT NUMBER : 9236803738
    BRANCH CODE: 632005
    DEPOSIT REFERENCE NUMBER: UR ID NUMBER

  13. Keith says:

    I advertised a set of oregon pine windows/door for around R28000 and received a call to say he would pay me cash in Vanderbijlpark and pick it up in a few weeks time. I live in Benoni and was puzzled that he would buy it unseen, however, off I went with my adult son and met the guy who lives in Angola. What followed was a typical scam whereby the guy asked us to pick up an Arab from Dubai who was due to pay him lots of money for diamonds and both cash and diamonds were flashed around in front of us in the car but the deal was not concluded. We had to go and vist the owner of the diamonds nearby to agree on a minimum price for the them but upon meeting the third guy, he wanted his diamonds back and wouldn’t release them again unless a “deposit” was left with him. Of course, it was expected that we would do so. We left. Obviously, they wanted our money and would have disappeared with it. Beware sellers if they want to buy an item unseen!

    • Skeepie says:

      Keith,

      The exact same thing happened to me this past weekend, but with a difference.
      The moment I saw the cash and the diamonds the police was there arresting me for diamond smuggling. The guy who was supposedly buying my motorcycle was also arrested and taken away in a marked police vehicle to Vereeniging and two of the officers jumped in my car telling me to drive to the police station. As I was about to follow the Police vehicle the armed police men in my car demanded I go in the opposite direction as I am going to Lenasia police station. On the way there I was stripped of my wallet, cell, and my ID. This was when they started demanding R50,000 or they will arrest me. I made it clear that I did not have that kind of money and they asked me to borrow from someone, but they need it before the bank closes. At this stage I realized that they are not real police but that this whole thing was a scam and the guy who was arrested was also in on the thing. After driving around with me for more than 3 hours I started asking them for identification which they refused to show me. I kept asking for ID and they talked around it all the time. Eventually they told me stop at a Shell garage in Lenasia and they jumped out the car throwing my empty wallet, phone and id back into the car.

    • Feelix says:

      Hi Keith
      Can you remember the guy’s name you met in Vanderbijlpark ? The same thing happened to me. I advertised my car online and this guy claiming to be a truck driver from Namibia phoned me to meet in Vanderbijlpark where he would pay cash and collect the car in a week’s time.The rest is almost exactly the same as it happened to you. But the guy wanting to buy my car asked me to pose as the buyer to the 3rd guy to sweeten the deal for him. He would then cut me in on the profit he makes from buying and selling the diamonds. I am talking big money here. I told him that I don’t have money on me for the “deposit” and I left. He even phoned me later to deposit the money to him so that he can make the deal!. He would then pay the money for the deposit back plus my cut of the deal and the money for my car cash in to my bank account all on the same day !

  14. Keith says:

    Just had another call from a guy wanting to buy my guitar for R6300 and said he would EFT me the money as long as I delivered guitar to him at Eastgate mall. He wanted my bank details to do the EFT. I suggested cash at the mall but he said he can only do EFT. I guess that he would have sent me a fake SMS confirming delivery and I would have lost the guitar or worse. Is there anything else he can do with my account information? (I didn’t send it to him) Could he legitimately transferred the money and then recalled it for example?

    • Henno Kruger Henno Kruger says:

      Some of them will recall a deposit they made. Others will send a fake SMS. Others will send a fake proof of payment (deposit slip saying “Cash” instead of “Cheque”).

  15. Keith says:

    …again, he wanted to buy the guitar unseen!

  16. Brian says:

    Hi there, I just want to know if this websites is a scam as they are asking for a R995.00 payment for their services. they are offering to construct your cv to get a job on an oil rig even if you have no previous experience. Can you please help me

    • Henno Kruger Henno Kruger says:

      Hi Brian – This might be a scam. Do an extensive Google Search on the company name. Check if the address that the company says it is actually exists. Check if the e-mail address is legit. If they are e-mailing your from a “@gmail.com”, “@yahoo.com”, or “@live.com” e-mail address chances are that they are not legit. You can create an e-mail address in less than 5 minutes using these services online. If something sounds too good to be true, chances are that it’s a scam.

  17. Monica says:

    This company promised to give me 2 years free technical support for my laptop/software. Scanning and deleting any unwanted errors and pop-ups. The first time when I submitted a complaint, they actually remotely went into my programs and ‘fixed’ it, which they did not.

  18. jacques says:

    I Would Like To Know If E datagroup & The Datahub Are Scams Because I Would Like To Join Them But Are Afraid I`m Gonna Lose The Money I Have To Pay If Someone Can Help Me to Make Sure Please!!!

    • Henno Kruger Henno Kruger says:

      Hi Jacques – Thanks for sharing. There is a chance that this may be scams. We have not received reports of this though. You’ll have to utilize Google and do searches for the company’s profile, check if their addresses / e-mail addresses are valid. Also check if their address exists.

      • phil says:

        I have paid the upfront fee for data hub , I will soon have more information regarding them and if they are legit , I have checked out the phisical address too and all seems to be in order , I have talked to them via email and online chat , all in order , I will have more concrete information regarding data hub at 05/08/2013 I will come back and post about my findings

        • Henno Kruger Henno Kruger says:

          Thanks Phil :)

        • J says:

          so are they a scam??

          • Henno Kruger Henno Kruger says:

            Chances are that they might be :)

          • J says:

            Will wait on Phil’s response. “Chances are they might be” means nothing..??

          • Khotso says:

            Hey j i have paid the required amount from tissa yesterday,so m waiting for their response within 48 hrs, i am afraid for if they will not reply back to me,but i checked everything about them on google,and they seem to be real,but still afraid lol,their last day is tommorow if they dont reply back,i will text back to make people aware of them..

          • Henno Kruger Henno Kruger says:

            Thanks for sharing Khotso

        • Ludi says:

          Hi Phil. What could you find out about datahub? Is it a scam?

        • Lee says:

          Hi Phil
          I recieved all the details via email yesterday, I’m tempted to deposit the money but are not sure if this is a scam. Please let me know what your findings are since August.

          • Conner says:

            Tissa is a scam. you can earn money with tissa, but its like sales..you need things to be sold to actually make money. its a registered company, so its possible to get your money back, but not very likely because of there terms and conditions. my advice is do not join tissa, or datahub.

    • Thimelani says:

      wanted to ask if YOU found anything because l also want to join The DataHub,They need an upfront free 1st before l join

  19. jacques says:

    Thanks I`m Busy Checking Them Out

  20. Meshack Kinqa says:

    Hi there, I just received a call from a company called National Accidents asking if I was involved in car accident I said no she said to me the company will deposit R1400.00 into my account as a reward since I was not involved in accident. The thing that got me pissed off is they know my personal information my I’d number and my account number. I was fuming with anger they said they got that information from database.I asked her telephone number she gave me when I called them the name was Telle Solutions. I knew it was a scam. But where do they got my banking details. Will my bank allow them to debut from my account as they got all the information.

    • Henno Kruger Henno Kruger says:

      Hi Meschack – They can’t really do much with your information. The best course of action would be to contact your bank and let them know about this.

      • Could you please check out Cleveland Finance Loan 11 mercedes Rd Aurous Cape town south africa, who is offering loans at #% interest to people in NewZealand.
        They also want to to deposit $550 USDs into their account before they transfer anymoney over to you. Please email me if this is a scam, Cheers Dixie

  21. Jen Graham says:

    Got a letter from Oppennheimer Attorneys signed by Andrew E Hoppennheimer of Johannesburg saying that when searching for relatives of a man who, with his wife and 2 sons was killed in a robbery, my partner’s name came up as his only relative. Quite an official looking letter but says there is $10million US in the account which he is handling. He is prepared to organise this and will go 50/50. I googled him and doesn’t appear to exist. We had a similar letter from a mob in Spain addressed to my partner’s late wife who died 18 years ago. On looking this up it came up as a scam.

  22. alexander says:

    Hi Henno. If I have paid for an item to be delivered and the item is not delivered (sale was on olx), but I have the persons account information (FICA should be able to identify them) cellphone number (RICA should be able to identify them) and names as per I.D (they provided it to me as I said it was required for the instacash transactio) can i go to the police? lawyer? how can I blacklist them?

    • Henno Kruger Henno Kruger says:

      Hi Alexander – You should go to the SAPS yes and report them. Also send their cell number / e-mail address through to our Customer Care Department so we can flag them on our system. E-mail them via ccc@junkmail.co.za

  23. Jason says:

    I received this email sent to me by Sars efiling sars@efiling.gov.za via home.pl A payment of R5,269.20 has been made into your account from SARS eFiling

    Please click on the link below to process.

  24. Makamohelo says:

    I will like to know if BizAsist or Prestige Bulletin is a legit Company or not.Got their broche from a business magazine.

    • Henno Kruger Henno Kruger says:

      Hi Makamohelo – We have not received any complaints about this company. Your best bet would be to Google them, their address, etc intensively to find out.

  25. Niel Llarina says:

    Hi Henno,

    I was a victim of this guy Adam Cole. I was selling one of my item in sulit.com.ph when this girl message me and and asked to pay my item thru paypal. I requested on her email addres but the payment never went to tru on my account it still pending until now. This girl Julie Migay asked me to dekiver my item to her friends adress in South Africa. I have tried to contact her again and the her friends name Adam Cole who recieved the package. But they are now unreachable. Is there a way to report the adress where i sent my item?

    • Henno Kruger Henno Kruger says:

      Hi Niel – You can send us the details to ccc@junkmail.co.za – Also report this to the SAPS so they are aware of it.

    • eds rufino says:

      is she really a scammer? i searched for her name in google and i saw this. we have exactly the same situation. i was also selling an item in sulit.com.ph and she also messaged me that she’s about to buy my item.. here’s the information she gave me

      “there is my friend address
      Receiver Name: Adam Cole
      Address:Flat 102b Petunia 329 Jorissen street
      State: Pretoria
      City:Sunnyside
      Zip code:0002
      Country: South Africa
      Contact number:+27746742732 do get back to me with your paypal email address so that i can make the payment right now okay”

      that was exactly her email.
      and after that i asked her how can i send her my item and how will she pay me and this is what she replied.

      “i only have the money in a safe faster and secured way via PayPal because they also protect both the buyer and seller you can take a good look at paypal website http://www.paypal.com and set up paypal account it easy and free once you have done do get back to me with your paypal email address so that i can make the payment Thank you”

      after reading that i created my paypal account..
      and she replied

      “Good so kindly send me a money request from paypal to juliemigay@yahoo.com with the sum of the total amount i offer you including the shipping together so that i can make the payment right now okay”

      that was her latest message for me. 7/5/13 4:13am..
      and our transaction is still on process, i’m just waiting if she really gonna pay me, i haven’t send the item yet.

      • Henno Kruger Henno Kruger says:

        This sounds like scam. Unless you are 100% sure that the funds she transfers is available in your account for your use, don’t send the item

      • Porch says:

        hi I have the exact same customer as you have. juliemigay@yahoo.com.. exact words.. so is she just a scammer.. I have received notifications from paypal that she sent payments. but when i check paypal there’s none. everything is pending. It says in the notification that I need to send the item first and enter the tracking number for me to receive the payment into my bank account

        • Henno Kruger Henno Kruger says:

          Don’t send the item unless you are 100% sure that you can use the money they’ve deposited. Paypal is not a very reliable form of payment

      • em says:

        I got the same messages from julie migay as you are, She is really a scammer. I already report this to paypal and they said that they would not ask their customers to ship first the good if payment still pending, it should be paid first. I thank God because He guided me in this situation.

    • Porch says:

      hi neil did you send the package??

  26. Porch says:

    Pls. help us be informed if this juliemigay@yahoo.com is a scammer.. i havent shipped the products yet

  27. maiah constantino says:

    eds rufino, mr henno kruger is correct. i have the same situation to you just yesterday. she is a little bit demanding to me to send the items immediately but i am not stupid as she may think. i said, if you want a better protection between seller and buyer transaction, deposit your payment via bank deposit hahahaha, she did not reply anymore. she is a scam….

  28. Porch says:

    its seems that this julie migay has contacted a lot of people of his/her scam.. how can we inform people to be careful. they also pretend as paypal for the notification of payments..

  29. Mandy Lowe says:

    A person posing as Michael Bell is Scamming people into buying Pekinese puppies.

  30. lizelle says:

    We were looking for a bakkie that we wanted to buy and we came across a advertisement in the junkmail for a white vw caddy bakkie for R21 000 the advert was placed on the 29/7/2013 round 10:00 in the morning . i phoned the person it was a white female, i could hear children in the background. She said she stayed in Montana pretoria, she asked my husband to make a ewallet payment for R1500 as a deposit for keeping the bakkie until we can get to pretoria at 5 o”clock to have a look at the vechicle we stay in Rustenburg. We were afraid of a scam but also desprate for the sale because we have being looking for weeks for a bakkie for that price and everything is sold by the time we phoned. We manage to convince her that we will pay R500 by e wallet and then give her R1000 more for the bakkie if we should decide to take it. she said it was fine and we ewallet the R500 to her. she gave us an adress 28 waterbessie street montana pretoria. we went there but there was no one at that address the person staying there was a black lady and she had no idea of a bakkie that was for sale. i do believe this person has scammed more people than just me. i only have her tel nr if i phone it keeps on ringing. she seems to struggle to understand and speak on the phone so we struggled to get her name. we knew this was a gamble we took , but as i say we were desperate and was hoping that it was not a scam. the contact nr we have is : 0721838239

    • Henno Kruger Henno Kruger says:

      Thanks for sharing this info Lizelle, we will be investigating this further. Our Customer Care department will e-mail you shortly.

  31. I received an email that this organisation can offer financial assistance if you have been blacklisted. I don’t see any physical address or landline numbers and have search on the internet without finding any further information. How else can I establish if this is a legitimate organisaton?

  32. Christopher Jayes says:

    Hi there, did some research on “TISSA” (The Income Solution SA CC) or “Data Hub” and although it’s not an outright scam, it’s not right. Please see this following court ruling regarding their advertising and methods: http://www.asasa.org.za/ResultDetail.aspx?Ruling=6500.
    The Court ruled, in essence, that the “R40 earned per form” is not a true reflecting of the company’s intention or methods. It probably is possible to make money through them but who would want to do business with a company that gives false information?
    Anyway, please don’t go for this it’s not a good idea.

  33. Jacob says:

    I got an email recently from yahoo & msn windows live promotion center department of south Africa saying that I won a certain amount of money. Although I’d love to believe that this is real, is it? They want me to email someone with my name, marital status, sex, contact address, country, occupation and date of birth. It has a signature with a name of Mrs Rita Johannes “approved”. Please let me know.

  34. Sharon says:

    I would like to know if jobsforsa is a scam?

  35. terry says:

    I would like to know about Tissa.co.za / my@homeCareer is a scam

    • Henno Kruger Henno Kruger says:

      We have not received any reports about them, but tread lightly just in case. Remember: Google is your friend :)

    • Nadine says:

      Hi guys.

      I had to validate it for myself, as it did seem genuine. Be careful of all of the following:

      TISSA (The income solution SA)
      MyCareers@Home
      JobsForSA
      The Datahub and any advertisement advertising something as easy as earning money from home with just “copying and pasting”.

      By “copy and paste” they mean you have to advertise and get more people to fall for the scam like you did.

      So you can make money – if you are willing to steal from those already desperate and continue the vicious cycle.

  36. TT says:

    Hi i fell victim to a scam for a loan. The guy promised he could arrange a loan but i had to pay an upfront fee, i was desperate and did this. He guaranteed that should i not receive the loan i will get a refund within 24 hours, it has now been 9 weeks and i am still waiting.I have done some research and see he advertises on all sites promising loans, payday loans, cars etc. i have checked on hellopeter and there is quite a few reports on there as well.

  37. Farida says:

    There is a scammer calling himself silver who supposedly sells farm fresh eggs at very good prices. Seeing the value in his advertised prices you are allowed to place an order and he will deliver within 6 hours once the deposit is received. Dont pay the deposit cause once you do , you never get your order and he disappears into thin air. He is supposedly from Bloemfontein and uses a Capitec Bank Account. BEWARE THIS S A SCAM

  38. Lome says:

    hi. Wil graag weet – het n advertensie vir n kamera gesien van “Reliable gadgets and computers ltd..” in PE.. Weet jy of hulle “legit” is?? Dankie

  39. Antoinette says:

    My son entered your black label competition yesterday and received the following sms yesterday – Congrat your cell phone number have won you the sum of R200.000 in black label Beer promo with serial number(JJSA), For claim call,
    0785491004 Drink responsibl. This was sent from +27721517511. When we phoned we were told if he wants the money paid into his bank account or cheque. My son said cheque whereby his airtime ran out. I phoned back and was told that they have to register my son and for that he need to buy R180 x2 MTN airtime. I immediately told her if you won a competition there is no need to buy airtime and that I am going to report them. The lady was very confident and said I can phone her from SAPS – her NAme is Ayanda Dwanes – and they reside at 32 Commissioner street Pretoria.

  40. Ann says:

    Hi Henno, can you please help want to know about Hank Aaron Loans and Prober Security Group, they offer loans but we first have to pay R4000.00

    • Henno Kruger Henno Kruger says:

      We have not had any complaints about them, but it sounds like a scam. Don’t pay someone who is asking you to pay money before you get a loan from them

  41. Keegan says:

    Hi guys Is IBMIT a scam their ad is says as follows .CASHIERS, BOOK KEEPERS, ACCOUNT CLERKS,BANK CLERKS, BANK TELLERS,FINANCE OFFICERS WANTED CANDIDATES PLEASSE DELIVER UR CV TO OUR OFFICES 356 SMITH STREET DENOR HOUSE 10TH FLOOR OFFICE 1001 OR CALL 0318265508,0318293608,0318375480 FOR IMMEDIATE INTERVIEW APPOINTMENT

  42. Annelize says:

    Please post these scam numbers on one of these sites for others to find…

    http://whocallsme.com
    http://www.whycall.me
    http://800notes.com

  43. Johann says:

    can you please tell me where to report this website? http://www.gttoils.co.za.
    they are scamming people out of thousands of rands, and almost caught me. the address, tel no’s is fake.and if you get hold of them, they apparently moved to another city and province.

  44. lesego says:

    Is nationwide loans a scam? They sent me an sms about a loan. And it said successful immediately after I applied.

  45. ubank says:

    Bank related scams are so common in South Africa and people do not seem to learn.The latest common trick the fraudsters are using is using the same number your bank uses to send you sms confirmation on your transactions.Consumers just need to be extra alert out there.

  46. Chris says:

    Hi there Henno,

    I would like to know if you have had any bad reviews about anabolicstore.co.za as I would like to purchase some products from their website. This is a sensitive subject as some people classify this as “drugs”. It seems quite easy to purchase it and therefore seems too good to be true. Any assistance would be appreciated.

    Thanks

  47. Andreas says:

    Guys Please be warned, this is yet another case of paying for goods, and then billed for customs holding onto your goods. I believe I have been scammed out of R4700. And then billed another R1520 for customs??
    Please advise if anyone has any info on this site.http://www.soundworldsa.info/

    • Dan says:

      Yeah sorry but, its a scam for sure. I lost R4700 myself a few months ago from them. I have reported Yosef to the police. You should do the same if you haven’t already. i’m in the process of trying to shut down their website :) Cut your losses, learn your lesson & forget about the whole thing.

  48. Koos Jacobs says:

    Hi I responded to an ad placed Friday 6 December 2013. The ad was placed at about 10 o clock, reading something like this, 7ft Venter trailer with a nosecone, included;rooftop tent, fridge,2 stretchers,gasbottle, 5l urn, stove and gazebo for R 6500,00. I phoned the number 0823469691, the guy a so called Anton Beukes said to me the trailer is available but the people are phoning him like mad, I must deposit R3250 in a Spar to Spar supermarket money transfer account, this will secure the deal. After Ive deposited the money he confirmed the deal. When I phoned to collect the trailer I was laughed at, they cursed at me and cut the call. Then he had the audacity to phone me back asked me what I wanted and said he knows nothing about a trailer. He gave me an address of Burchplace 7 Moreletta park. Please warn other buyers!

  49. Curious says:

    Hello Chris you wanted to know about anabolicstore.co.za did you manage to find out if they are ligit? Heno any response?

  50. Willy says:

    Hi i feel for a scam on 30 December 2013, there was this guys on olx selling RunX for R30000.00 they called themselves Global Motors, i had a pre authorised from Wesbank i sent them the code

    When i called the bank they confirmed that the dealer(Global motors) are busy with the deal, thats when i thot they are legitimate. When i enquire with them they told they are busy processing the document with Wesbank but i have to deposit money to them to reserve the car. i deposited them R1500.00 and we agreed that i will drive to gauteng on the 2 January to collect the car. i drove to Randburg in the morning and i was suprised as the adress they gave me didnt exists, and i called them to come n collect me to see the car and they told me they cannot allow me to see the car because the deposit i made was little, so i must deposit R3500 again to make it R5000. thats when i told them that i cannot make any deposit and they told me they will cancell our deal and will refund me de money even today when i call them they promise to deposit back but they never deposited back my money, i have their land line number is 011 053 9713

  51. marius says:

    Vacation hub international tried to scam me into a monthly payment of R761.00 pm after they assured me of no monthly payment. Luckily i cancelled the deal within the cooling-off period and got 90% of my deposit back. I believe there are many people out there who was also caught by them. Pls investigate them

  52. Tiaan says:

    Hi Chris, I don’t think anabolicstore.co.za is a scam, I saw an ad for this site in more than one magazine I bought recently

  53. warda says:

    Hey there Henno
    I too also saw the ad in the newspaper and was wondering if it is ligetamitted or a scam. Plz reply would like too join

  54. warda says:

    Sorry i replied on the ad and thy send me the sms today saying that they cant send the documents to my phisical address so i need to know because i already send them my email address.

  55. kerri minnie says:

    Hi i would like to find out about the company called tissa i think they are legit but am not sure and want to start working for them if anyone can tell me if they are or not hopefully they are coz they are using our governments emblem to advertise.

  56. Chantelle says:

    Wow…. after reading all this, I dub this land South Afriscam :/ You can’t trust ANYONE these days

  57. tom says:

    Email Scam: Bad Lady

    Attention: xxxxxxxxxx
    First, let me introduce myself once more. I am Barrister Ms. Farida Binti Mohammad, I am a single mother, aged 45. I am advocate in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.

    I got your contact in a research Company, Chamber of Commerce the last time I went to China for research of someone bearing the same last name with my late client, so I decided to give you a trial. And I must let you know that this transaction is 100% risk free now till everything is completed by your name, though is not by force to work on a transaction like this because we are going to benefit mutually from this transaction.

    As I told you in my proposal mail, I choose you because of your last name, which is exactly the same as my late client’s name, which is similar to that of my late client. Is not that you are his relative; I only want to present you based on your last name. My client died in 2012 at the age of 44 and since then all the efforts of the Bank to locate his beneficiary failed, this is the reason they contacted me to trace his origin.

    The fund will be transferred to your account by the holding bank here after a successful claim has been made. There is no risk to this transaction as we will process all the required documents by law for a beneficiary claim. There are no other living relative, actually my client was born by two migrant workers that came to Malaysia in 50′s.

    In this transaction we will go step by step, first with the legal documents to back up the claim and secondly, the monetary documents for the transfer. As I also made you to understand in my first mail, the bank asked me to contact his beneficiary/ his next of kin, as his Lawyer he did not leave any beneficiary name or next of kin with me, facing the situation, I decided to search for a good person of trust and one who bears the same last name as my late client, that will suite as his/her next of kin/bona fide beneficiary. For the legal ramifications, be rest assured on that.

    This is my operational field, for I do know all the loop holes involved and will handle them with great professionalism. I will provide all the necessary legal documents that will back you up as the bona fide beneficiary of my late client, all I need from you is to cooperate with me and be honest in our agreement, if 55%/45%. 55 for me and 45 for you, Is OK by you.

    I will send you a beneficiary affidavit form from the High Court, which you will fill and resend to me, for me to swear under oath in High Court of Malaysia that you are truly the bona fide beneficiary of my late client and from here we will commence. Feel free to ask any question you want to ask for better understanding of the transaction.

    If I can count on your honesty, cooperation and confidence, reply positively for me to start the paper work. It is situated here in Malaysia. Honesty and Confidentiality of this transaction is very important.

    Note: Here is my private mobile number (00601139055673) you can reach me at any time of the day, except when I have a case to defend in Court. I wait for your urgent response.

    Best Regards
    Bar. Farida Binti Mohammad
    Noorazmir, Khadijah & Associates.

  58. Jacob says:

    Work Angola ” Watch out ,promise you work and Police Clearance for R150 and then they dissapear and you never here from them again.email:amcoexpatrecruiters@gmail.com Johan van Wyk and Suzette Pirez

  59. Quintin says:

    Hi julle

    Ek wil net terugvoer gee oor Tissa oftewel Datahub. Kyk ek sal nooit vir so iets gaan nie maar uit nood het ek. Ek het eers gaan navorings doen op die web veral by scam alerts en hellopeter. Die ding wat my oortuig het as jy dit so kan stel,was dat ek hulle registrasie no by dep van trade en industry na gegaan het en gevind dat hul wel geregistreer is.maar dit is hier wat jy al gescam word. Hulle gebruik die wetige registrasie van die scam as bewys dat hulle legit is. Moet asb nie vir hulle leuens val nie. Meeste van die free classified sites waar hulle (datahub) wil he jy moet hulle ads copy en paste,waarsku dat hulle jou sal vervolg en jou besonderhede vir google sal aanstuur vir verdere aksie. Laastens hulle vra n once off fooi van R450 vir registrasie.

  60. Suzette says:

    Want to buy a staffie puppy from olx, from Stephen Alan. Said the puppy is R1500 and KUSA registered. Now he wants R500 extra for cargo from Upington. Gave me his adres: 15 Rand street if I want to pick up myself or I must pay money into his drivers account, MC Kubheka. Is there any way to secure my payment of 50% untill delivery? or is this a scam?

    • Hi Suzette. Please click on the link to see what Junk Mail suggests to avoid scams.

      • Suzette says:

        Thanks Saskia, did do some re surge on how to avoid scams, still hoping that these people could be sincere. And did find his name as a scammer on the net. Also realized that one of the photo’s was of a puppy in autumn. Really? This time of the year?
        Such a pity that only rich people can buy pedigreed pets and the rest must be scammed. Luckily did not fall for this one…

  61. Martin says:

    Hi guys…
    I have been scammed aftr I posted an ad of my ipad at gumtree.the scammer called me same time and asked to make a transaction.i gave him my Acc and then I received an SMS as a proof of payment.he then sent someone to come collect the ipad,we meet at the shell garage where I hope they have cctvs.What can I do from here ,pls help?i have the car registration number and their cell number.

  62. KT says:

    I have paid tens of thousands, to a supposed brick supplier Gerhard Roets.
    The materials were not delivered and he will not refund the money. He fronts a company called Gauteng Brick Yard and seems to use it to defraud people of money. This scam artist needs to be stopped!

  63. franchesca says:

    A company called hm cardealers sent me an e-mail claiming that they can finance a car even if you are blacklisted. So I checked and discovered that they are running a scam. They even have a company registration number that looks like the real makoy. Beware I think its one of those nigerian scams.

  64. franchesca says:

    I even have cellphone numbers, fax numbers and so-called addresses 061 115 5116. They claim to be situated in free state, prinsloo street, under the oak centre.

  65. albert says:

    Hi

    I read about a job available where filling in data through the use of an computer and the internet through instructions is required. An Henry Smith froom sa job solutions and stating a pay of over over R4500 for just 2-5hours work a day.

    Is this a scam?

    Good day,

     

    Thank you for your application and you are successfully qualified for the job. Please read the below carefully and only reply if you are truly interested.

    The following is more info regarding the Administrator opportunity you have expressed interest in:

    As an Administrator, the following will be expected from you:

    1.         Access to a computer (whether it is your computer at home or the computer at work during quiet times or even the Internet café is of no importance – as long as you have one)

    2.         Constant Internet Access – you will be working online

    3.         A valid E-mail account

    4.         A bank account (in order for you to receive payment)

    5.         You must also be able to conduct yourself in a professional manner at all times. You have to be a people person. This includes having excellent grammar and spelling when communicating with clients via E-mail

    6.         In addition to the above requirements, you must be able to follow instructions closely and completely

    All contact will be via E-mail – you will not be required to call anyone at any time. The point behind the virtual industry is to cut down on office overheads after all (This allows you to work whichever hours are most convenient for you (days, nights, or weekends).

    You will need a word processing program in order to perform some tasks successfully (Microsoft Word, Works, Open Office etc.) Once you have received the training materials, you can start working from home today, or where ever you choose to conduct business. Whether you are employed or unemployed you can still apply for this. You can do it part time in the evenings or over weekends or full time.

    Duties – You will be processing Email applications, as well as filling out forms in specific company databases (this tends to be tedious at times, so please be sure that you have the patience to do so before proceeding). This is why you will need to have basic Internet knowledge, though the training provided will give you step-by-step instructions on how to perform these tasks properly. You will NOT be cold calling or selling products.

    There are no down-times with this opportunity, so you will have a constant flow of work to complete. However, you are able to take on as much or as little work as you wish.

    The amount of money you make each week is entirely up to you, and how much time and effort you are willing to put in with this opportunity. The average person makes    R 4500 – R 5500 per week, for approx 2-5 hours spent online per day. I cannot stress this enough – No one can force you to work so we cannot estimate or guarantee what you will earn. This is an exciting opportunity for you.

    The constant influx of work is overwhelming. Once an applicant has registered, they are considered an Independent Processing Operator. You will be given the tools in order to function independently.

    Income – You will receive your pay through EFT’S or direct deposit. When an application is completed successfully, R580.00 will be paid to you on the same day. An application is not complete until you have received payment in other words. One application takes an average of one hour to complete. Please do not wait for a paycheck at the end of the month – this is not going to happen. You will be paid per application when and if it is completed. The money trickles into your account all throughout the month.

    Training – We require a fee of R500.00 for our training. For two reasons:

    (a)   It safeguards us from those applicants who really just want to waste our time by allowing us to set them up, train them and then they conveniently don’t do any work.

    (b)   It covers our admin costs and registration fees. It is non- refundable. This line of work is not for everyone, please think carefully before you proceed with your application, we would hate for you to feel out of pocket or done in.

    Upon completion of your registration and receipt of payment, your profile is forwarded to the training department where they begin the setup process with you.

    Keep in mind that the sooner you go through the training materials, the sooner you will start earning money. It takes the average applicant a day or so to work through the training manual after which they can start working immediately. I can be contacted via E-mail at any time after you have received your training materials to help you, or answer any questions you may have.

    If you consider yourself an appropriate candidate meet all the requirements, and are responsible enough to work independently, then please contact me via E-mail and I will send you the relevant registration form so you may get started. Please do not ask for registration forms if you are not really interested.

    Sincerely,

    Henry Smith

    s.a.jobs.solution@gmail.com

    • Hi Albert.

      I am sorry to be the bearer of bad news. However, this is most probably a scam, besides work from home positions like these are pyramid schemes which are illegal in South Africa. Please take care not to be swindled!

      The Junk Mail Team :)

  66. Rina says:

    Hi mense wil net weet wie het al sukses behaal met Tissa/datahub? Ek het n username,password maar kom nie reg nie

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