Police warn public about a syndicate selling cars on social media

Police warn public about a syndicate selling cars on social media

The Namibia Police today warned the public about a syndicate operating on social media aiming to defraud the public.
Two individuals were advertising vehicles for sale on Facebook under the accounts: Car less than N$15 000 to N$20 000, and second-hand cars for sale in Namibia.
When interested customers call the numbers provided on the Facebook post, they pretend to be out of town so as to make viewing of the car impossible, they will then convince the prospective buyer to pay a deposit, as a guarantee to reserve the car.
The Facebook usernames are fake and they tend to use different cellphone numbers, which they disconnect when they become aware that their actions are being scrutinised.
They demand payment to be done via e-wallet, easy wallet and blue wallet rather than into bank accounts.
The cars listed for sale do not belong to the scammers and the rightful owners are not aware of the vehicles advertised or listed for sale on Facebook, nor do they know the scammers.
These are some of the tactics used to convince the desperate buyers by extorting, stealing under false pretence and or rob would-be buyers of their hard-earned money.
The Police appeal to the public to be vigilant and be careful when entering into transactions via electronic means.