A Mitchells Plain mother says she’s been scammed out of R47 000 by two women.
Elizabeth Adriaanse, 57, said she was approached by Rania Sauls and Fouzia Basadien who offered to help her buy a bakkie in September.
“I am a moneylender for the people here in the area and Fouzia had already owed me R10 000 for a loan in June and when she came to me again in September, I told her that I could not give her anything because I was saving up for a car and then she told me that Rania could help me,” explains Elizabeth.
Elizabeth says the pair picked her up at her home in Hantamberg Road in Tafelsig and took her to Bargain Auto in Voortrekker Road, Goodwood, but says “something felt fishy”.
“When we got close to the dealership, Rania got out of the car and went to stand in a park nearby, which I thought was funny, but I knew that Fouzia had taxis before and that Rania was the one who helped her, so I went with it.”
When they returned, Elizabeth says she was told that there was a special on a bakkie, a 2014 Ford Ranger, as well as a VW Golf.
All she had to do was pay a deposit of R45 000 and thereafter the instalments would be R3 000 a month.
“We went back to my house where I gave them R35 000 and Fouzia added the R10 000 she owed me,” explains Elizabeth.
“They then went to the bank and I got the SMS to show that it was paid to Bargain Auto.
“It’s months later though and I still do not have the car. I just keep getting excuses.
“A month later (in October) Fouzia came to me again and asked for R12 000 for her daughter’s operation, which I gave because it was for her child.
“But now they are both missing in action and I lost all my money with nothing to show.”
The angry woman says not only does she want her money back, but she’s charging interest on it now.
“When I lend people money, I give them a month to pay back otherwise the interest is R500 for R1000, so Fouzia owes me over R80 000.”
When the Daily Voice tried to call Fouzia and Rania, both numbers were disconnected, while Bargain Auto said that they have no record of a Rania Sauls working for the dealership.