Caution urged when using Gumtree
BE CAUTIOUS when you are about to conclude a transaction with someone you have met on classified advertising websites such as Gumtree.
This is a warning the police repeated yesterday after an incident in Kenilworth on Sunday when a woman was allegedly held at gunpoint by a man who had responded to an advert she had placed on Gumtree.
“People must realise that there are dangers associated with transactions taking place after responding to advertising in this manner. Always make sure you know who you’re dealing with. Always go with someone you know and never go alone. It is safer to meet at a police station,” police spokesman FC van Wyk said.
On Sunday, a woman who had advertised a wristwatch on Gumtree met someone who gave his name as Clint and who had shown an interest in buying the item, Van Wyk said yesterday. The meeting place was at a fast food outlet in Wetton.
“When she arrived he said he did not have enough money on him and asked if she could take him to a nearby ATM. The woman told police that when he was in the car, he took out a firearm and threatened her,” Van Wyk said.
He said the woman was pushed out of the car when she waved at an armed response vehicle.
“Several shots were fired by the suspect and by the security guard. He drove away and later the woman’s car was found some distance away. He managed to flee the scene, but the guards say they believe he has been wounded. The investigating officer will check at hospitals.”
He said police were investigating a hijacking case.