Fraud­ster flees af­ter fleec­ing car owner

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Conelia Harry

AN ESIKHALENI res­i­dent was de­frauded of R80 000 when his ve­hi­cle trans­ac­tion deal ended in dis­as­ter last week and the ‘buyer’ fled with his BMW sports ve­hi­cle.

Joey Md­luli had en­tered into a sale agree­ment and de­spite fol­low­ing the cor­rect pro­ce­dure, com­pil­ing all the doc­u­ments and en­sur­ing the cash re­flected in his ac­count be­fore of­fi­cially hand­ing over the ve­hi­cle, he was scammed.

Ac­cord­ing to Md­luli, the buyer from Man­deni had said he was a doc­tor by pro­fes­sion and used a busi­ness cheque to pay for the trans­ac­tion.

‘We only later dis­cov­ered it was a fake cheque, but when I printed my bank state­ment it showed that the money was in the ac­count and then later van­ished.

‘It was sup­posed to clear in my ac­count af­ter a few days and I handed over the ve­hi­cle.

‘Through in­ves­ti­ga­tions, I found that he is a fraud­ster and has been on the run but I still have the log book and am hop­ing the ve­hi­cle will be found soon.

‘I was sell­ing the car and fi­nal­is­ing a deal to pur­chase a new one, but this has set ev­ery­thing back,’ said Md­luli.

Joey Md­luli with his BMW that was taken by a fraud­ster last week

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