Allen Koopman from The Hague in Delft says all he wanted was to create an income for his unemployed wife, and ordered three boxes of eggs for her to sell, but the eiers never arrived.
“I saw the advertisement online on OLX and I thought it was a good bargain; it cost R540 for three boxes,” he says.
“I made contact with the seller and he said he is in Beaufort-West, but they make deliveries in Cape Town twice a week.”
He told his wife Sadicka that she would soon have her own business, and the excited woman started taking orders from customers.
“I sent proof of payment, he asked for my address and I waited. Till now, no eggs arrived,” says a kwaad Allen.
He says the man also blocked his phone number.
In messages sent to Allen, the man claims he runs a poultry business and sent a list of his products.
“I have bought countless items online, this was my first time falling victim to a scam,” says Allen.
Sadicka says she looked forward to selling the eggs: “The eggs would have given us an extra income, I am now looking for another place where I can buy eggs in bulk to sell.”
When the Daily Voice contacted the seller on the numbers provided, he gave an address in Hermanus. An online search shows it to be an empty plot.
After sending him the screenshots of the chat with Allen, he denied it was him, saying: “I think you’ve got the wrong address, it is not me. You might be confused.