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PROJECT: PERSON OF INTEREST - JOHN ROSS HUNTER

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 In today's interconnected world of online shopping and virtual transactions,

it is crucial to exercise caution before parting with your hard-earned money.


One of the most common pitfalls consumers face is paying for an item before actually receiving it.

Whether you are purchasing goods from an online marketplace or engaging in a private transaction,

the risk of falling victim to fraud or scams looms large. By paying upfront, you surrender control and leverage over the transaction, potentially exposing yourself to financial loss or receiving substandard or non-existent goods.


It is imperative to verify the legitimacy of sellers, utilise secure payment methods that offer buyer protection,

and always ensure clear communication and documented agreements before making any payments.

Exercising vigilance and scepticism can safeguard you from regrettable transactions and financial setbacks.

 
 

THE CASE: 


  • Our client was interested in an engine for an old farm bakkie and contacted Mr John Ross Hunter.

  • Mr Hunter's contact number is +27 83 360 8082.

  • He advertises engines and gearboxes imported at very low kilometres.

  • On 18 June 2024, our client contacted Mr John Ross Hunter and confirmed he could get a Toyota 3c engine from Johannesburg.

  • At 09:40, he sent an invoice for R15,500.00 for the engine and R1,250.00 for the courier + VAT.

  • Our client immediately paid R19,262.50.

  • Mr John Ross Hunter informed our client that he had received the payment, and that the engine was boxed and loaded in Johannesburg on the same day.

  • He assured our client that it would take 2-3 days at most to arrive.

  • On 21 June 2024 at 11:00, Mr John Ross Hunter informed our client that the couriers did not pick up the engine on the 18th because there were not enough large packages to warrant sending a truck - but that they had just dispatched the parcel from Johannesburg.

  • On 25 June 2024 at 09:00, our client asked again about the progress of the delivery, as the client had not received an update.

  • Our client was informed that the courier would be in Excelsior the same afternoon.

  • On 28 June 2024, our client contacted Mr John Ross Hunter again and said that he had still not received the engine.

  • Our client was assured that since the courier company was incompetent, Mr John Ross Hunter, who was on business in Durban, would pick up the engine and deliver it personally.

  • On 29 June 2024, Mr John Ross Hunter informed our client that he had left Durban with the engine and that they could meet as soon as he was closer to Winberg.

  • At 14:00, he informed our client that he had problems with the tyre of his vehicle, and he was stranded in Pietermaritzburg. He said he could not find 18' tyres there, but that he would be able to source one by late afternoon. He said he would spend the night in Pietermaritzburg as it was already late. He arranged to meet our client the following day at 11:00.

  • On 30 June at 8:00, Mr John Ross Hunter confirmed the meeting and delivery of the engine.

  • At 14:00, he informed our client again that he could not get the tyre and that, since he was too tired, he would stay another night - but would definitely meet our client early the following morning.

  • The following day, Mr John Ross Hunter confirmed that he was in Ficksburg and would meet our client around 13:00.

  • At 15:00, he contacted our client yet again, stating that he had arranged for another bakkie to deliver the engine since his vehicle's tyres were causing too much trouble.

  • At 19:00, our client was informed that the other bakkie would spend the night in Excelsior and deliver the engine the following morning.

  • On 2 July 2024, Mr John Ross Hunter informed our client that the bakkie was in Ficksburg.

  • The driver was helping a farmer in that area and would leave to deliver the engine after 14:00.

  • On 3 July 2024, he said the driver was on his way.

  • Our client asked for the driver's contact number to arrange a meeting place. When our client contacted the driver, he confirmed he was still helping the farmer and would not deliver the engine that day.

  • Our client contacted the farmer, whom he knew, but was told that the farmer knew nothing about Mr John Ross Hunter's bakkie being on his property.

  • Our client then called Mr John Ross Hunter and said he was no longer interested in the sale and wanted a refund of the money he had paid.

  • At 14:20 on the same day, our client was informed that a refund had been made.

  • When our client requested proof of payment, Mr John Ross Hunter forwarded one at 14:45.

  • No money had been paid into our client's account, and despite the proof of payment – our client has yet to be refunded.

 

Anyone who has been a victim of Mr John Ross Hunter should not hesitate to open a case against him at the SAPS.

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Jul 12

This scammer has family living in Escourt.

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