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Duped in this scam? Port Elizabeth police need your help in building case

Feb 21, 2019
Duped in this scam? Port Elizabeth police need your help in building case

Humewood detectives in Port Elizabeth have appealed to anyone, who may have been duped in an elaborate online classifieds fraud to come forward to assist in their investigations.

"It is alleged that the alleged fraudster advertised his services on Gumtree and OLX that he builds and repairs trailers (cattle and horse trailers included).

"He was contacted by clients who requested a quote from him," said police spokesperson, Capt Sandra Janse van Rensburg.

"As soon as the client accepted the quote, a deposit is paid into the account.

"The suspect would then constantly require money from his clients and once he receives the money, he ignores the clients."

She said that three cases of fraud involving the same suspect were opened at Humewood, Walmer and Mount Road police stations.

Suspect in online classifieds fraud appeared in court

Capt Janse van Rensburg said that the complainants also went to his place of work but could not find him. 

"It is further alleged that the suspect may have duped clients in the Western and Northern Cape as well."

As a result of the fraud, on Wednesday 6 February, Malcolm Miles Leonard (57) was arrested at his residence in Kabega Park, Port Elizabeth.

He appeared in court the following day on charges of fraud and was released on R1 000 bail.

"The case has been remanded until the 2019-04-24," Capt Janse van Rensburg said.

"Police suspect that there may be more victims, who never reported their cases. Anyone who may have fallen victims to Leonard’s scam is asked to contact D/ W/ O Hannelie Greyling on 041 5045058 or 082 090 9655."

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