Public urged to be cautious of online vehicle advertisements Police in the North West province would like to urge members of the community to be careful when they respond to online advertisements especially for livestock and vehicle sales in the areas of Makwassie, Leeudoringstad, Boskuil and Wolmaransstad.
In a recent incident
that occurred on Monday, 19 July 2021, a potential client paid an amount of R100 000.00 via bank deposits to buy a taxi (vehicle) that was advertised on social media under the name of an Auctioneer.
On his way to collect his taxi, the seller, who agreed to meet him in Wolmaransstad, switched his phone off and could not be reached.
In another unrelated incident, a victim drove all the way from East London to Wolmaransstad to buy a Toyota Hilux that was advertised online.
He was taken to a house where he was shown the vehicle on Thursday, 15 July 2021.
An agreement was reached that the vehicle will be bought for R160 000.00 and the transaction was arranged for Thursday, 29
The victim, accompanied by his brother, met the seller inside their vehicle on the street in Wolmaransstad.
Whilst waiting for the vehicle and documentation, four suspects approached them, pointed them with a firearm and robbed them of R200 000.00 cash.
The public is warned to exercise caution when responding to such advertisements and to avoid becoming victims.
See the following prevention tips: http://www.saps.gov.za/newsroom/msspeechdetail.php?nid=34116
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