SAPS WARNS: Unsuspecting People are Conned of their Hard-Earned Cash
Media Statement from Mpumalanga Media Centre
South African Police Service
NELSPRUIT – The Provincial Commissioner of the Police in Mpumalanga Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma warns people to be alert of a scam that has surfaced in the province, where unsuspecting people are conned of their hard-earned cash.
General Zuma’s warning comes after some incidents were reported, whereby criminals call complainants or victims of stolen/robbed property like vehicles pretending to be police officers and tell complainants that their property
have been found, but handing over these property to the complainants might take a long time. In order to fast-track the process, these lawbreakers request a certain fee from the complainants and promise to give them their property within a day or two after payment of the stipulated amount. However, after receiving payment, these criminals just vanish and their phones suddenly go off.
General Zuma warned people not to fall prey to this scam, “Services offered by the police are free and do not cost any amount of cash to obtain. In the instance where cash is required, for instance to obtain records, fingerprints and other services, you are kindly reminded to insist on a receipt. Eyebrows should be raised whenever people start receiving calls from alleged police officers requesting money to release their property. Let the process of getting property back if and when it has been found take its normal process, without cutting corners. In that way, people will not be scammed of their hard-earned cash,” said General Zuma.
He further warned these criminals to stop conning people of their belongings, because the net will soon close on them.
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