A 33-year-old mom from Nkanini in Khayelitsha is heartbroken after she was scammed by someone on Facebook’s MarketPlace.
Nasisipho (declined to give surname) says this resulted in her not having an outfit for her daughter’s graduation on Saturday, 27 November, after the scammer disappeared with her money.
The mother says she had ordered two dresses – a white and a green one – advertised by Buliswa Mvane on MarketPlace.
It came to R380 and she paid a deposit of R190.
She says Buliswa promised to deliver the dresses to her house between 23 and 26 November but they never materialised.
“I am unemployed and rely on my two children’s SASSA grants,” she says.
“My sister surprised me with the money to get myself something special saying she wanted me to look nice at my six-year-old child’s crèche graduation.
“Buliswa had advertised beautiful cheap dresses and promised to deliver them. She never came.
“I had nothing to wear and I had no explanation for my sister.”
She adds: “I just need that money back and to warn people to be careful when doing business online. These people are too good to be trusted.”
After failed attempts to reach Buliswa via her cellphone, Nasisipho took to Facebook asking people to help find her.
She says she was shocked to find that other people had been scammed by the woman.
Thembimange Sihawu commented: “I have given up on her, she ran away with my R560 I paid for takkies I had ordered. She will meet her karma one day.”
Another victim, Madlomo Ramncwana commented: “This woman never gets tired of her scams, she’s done this to a lot of people.”
According to Nasisipho, Buliswa uses different names on MarketPlace. “Apparently once she realises that people are looking for her she updates her profile using different names. I could only get her real name when I paid via EFT,” she says.
Buliswa’s phone went to voicemail and she did not reply to messages from the Daily Voice.