On­line sale was a wash-out

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS -

USERS of on­line clas­si­fied sites, be­ware. If you’re try­ing to sell items, in­sist on cash up­front or that the money be re­flected in your ac­count be­fore you hand over any­thing (and in­sist on meet­ing at a neu­tral place so crooks don’t have your ad­dress).

A reader tried to sell an un­wanted wash­ing ma­chine on Gumtree and re­ceived an overly ea­ger re­sponse from a “San­dra”, who was quite happy to de­posit money and col­lect the ma­chine right away. Proof of pay­ment via SMS (later re­futed by Ned­bank) was promptly sent but the reader had in­sisted on cash on col­lec­tion or that the money must re­flect be­fore­hand.

Three days later, when the money still wasn’t re­flect­ing, she mes­saged “San­dra”, who then claimed she had re­versed the EFT be­cause she didn’t trust the deal. Note: Banks don’t al­low you to “re­verse” an EFT with­out agree­ment from both par­ties.

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