Mr. Van Rensburg from Pretoria is not a happy man after coming home from a three month holiday in Europe to find out his beloved, low mileage Land Cruiser 200 Series was gone and so was his Zimbabwean maid.
Maida had worked for Van Rensburg for two years. When he went on vacation to Europe earlier this year he told her to take care of his home and pets while he was gone for three months. Unfortunately, he forgot to wire her the salary for two months so she sold his R 1.2 Million car for only R 150 000 on OLX and Gumtree.
We Mr. Van Rensburg realised his Land Cruiser was gone and the maid is nowhere to be found he went to the police and they were able to track down the buyer who unfortunately had already sold it to a Mozambiquean car dealer and it has already been shipped out.
The buyer said when he saw the ad that says a 2016 Land Cruiser 200 for R250 000 negotiable he thought it was just a scam and felt compelled to play along with the scammer only to find out the car was real. “She sent me a video of the car and she knew the specs of the car even the KM per liter, she was so convincing she told me her boss is moving to Europe and he wants the car sold very fast and he left her with the papers and everything.”
“She even added that her boss hates the car because it reminds him of the good times he had with his wife off-roading and he wants to move on”
“I went to view the car will to pay not less than R500 000 but I decided to say I have only R150 000 and she said fine, even the neighbours were watching when I bought the car from her.”
Police are still looking for the 33-year-old Maida.