I’d been contemplating changing my blackberry, as the one I was using was constantly having issues, so I finally made a decision to buy a new one.
I decided not to buy from Jumia.com.ng as I bought my last blackberry there and I can’t even remember if it came with warranty or not, and I was sincerely tired of buying electronics from them. My only other option was to go to Computer village, and on remembering my experience there, I decided otherwise. My friend then told me about olx.com.ng. On OLX, you have the opportunity to put up items for sale and drop your phone number, so that interested buyers can contact you.
Anyways, I typed in my city, and the exact product I was looking for, and so many options were displayed. The issue then was I had to call each seller and confirm and also ask if the product was available. I think I called about 12 people, each either telling me that the item was sold already, or they were really busy and couldn’t come to my location and I wasn’t ready to leave my comfort zone to see anyone. I guess I was “lucky” to finally to find someone who was ready to sell, deliver the item I wanted, the colour I was looking for and the price I’d budgeted.
Since I was so used to how I purchased from Jumia, I forgot that OLX is like a craigslist, and the sellers couldn’t be fully trusted.
Anyways, I made a mistake, a terrible one at that. After finding the product I wanted, I called up the person, and I ordered. Apparently, he explained to me that he dealt with deliveries, and I would have to deposit some amount of money into an account just to prove how serious I was about buying the phone.
The next morning, I ran to the bank, UBA Idi-araba branch to be precise, to deposit the money. Then I called him and informed him. He explained that the delivery guy would be at my location by 1pm and that I should finish payment so that I would just show the delivery guy my teller. I was very skeptical about finishing payment, but in the end, I paid, and sent him the teller numbers. And that was the end of the transaction. I didn’t get the phone, I didn’t get my money back.
I reported to the bank the next day and they said there was nothing they could do, as he had withdrawn the money. They suggested I inform the police. I felt it wasn’t worth the stress; involving the police means spending a lot of time and money, and I was still mourning my loss.
BEWARE!! IF YOU SEE THIS PHONE NUMBER ON OLX : 09034546961, IT IS A SCAM. SOME OF HIS USERNAMES JUST FROM RESEARCH ARE: ojo29, luckydude11, ANONYMOUS, amos99….AND THERE ARE MANY MORE! Just google the # and see.
My fellow Nigerians, I learnt the hard way and I’m writing this so as to enlighten you. I will NEVER use OLX.com, ever again! But for those of you that want to try it out, please be very careful. If you want to buy anything, meet up with the person. DO NOT pay into anybody’s account. DON’T trust anybody.
P.S I am searching for someone who really cares about my phoneless state and is ready to get me a new blackberry. Lol.
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