Registration scam at DUT foiled by police

2014-01-20 00:00

POLICE have warned first-year students to be more vigilant following the arrest of a man operating a registration scam around tertiary educations.

Their quick response last week foiled a plan by the man offering to register students at the Durban University of Technology (DUT).

The 26-year-old man allegedly targeted first-year students in the Berea area. According to police, he was found in possession of fraudulent documents used to carry out the scam.

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said police were informed about the man’s scam by DUT.

“Students need to take extra precautions during their registrations. They must not allow anyone to convince them to make any payments on a street or in vehicles,” Naicker said, adding police believe that more suspects will be arrested in connection with the scam.

“Its alleged that criminals are promising students entrance to universities and requesting the students to pay fees to them. They allegedly take the students to their vehicles where the payments are done.

“The suspects will issue students with replica registration forms and a student number belonging to someone else, making the deal look legitimate. The student is then sent home and told to come back with the balance of the money for the chosen courses,” Naicker said.

“We urge people who might have fallen victim to the scam to report the incident to their local police station,” he added.

The suspect is expected to appear in the Durban Magistrate’s Court this week.

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