Sharp cop helps bust computer fraudster

2011-06-15 00:00

THE police busted a 25-year-old “fraudster” who ordered R40 000 worth of electronic goods using a fake deposit slip at the Computer World shop at Parklane Centre yesterday.

The fraudster had ordered six laptops, a PC and software.

The branch manager at Computer World, Clinton Rodney, said, “A guy called and placed an order worth R40 000. On Monday when he came to fetch the stuff he didn’t have transport to take them to his house.”

Apparently the fraudster left the shop and approached an off-duty police officer and asked for help with transport.

The officer got suspicious and approached Computer World.

“When the police came to see me I was busy verifying the payment and I found out that there was no money in our account that was deposited. That is when I alerted the police,” said Rodney.

Later a taxi driver came to the shop and said he had been sent to fetch the goods.

The police took over and asked the driver to go show them where the fraudster was.

The fraudster was arrested on the spot.

Rodney said the police did a good job.

It is believed that the same man commited the same scam at the Hillcrest branch in Durban in April and got away with R37 000 worth of its stock using a counterfeit First National Bank deposit slip.

Hillcrest Computer World branch manager Gavin Purchase told The Witness that the man managed to walk away with laptops, computers, screens and printers.

“I remember. He came around 4.30 pm, that’s when the banks are already closed and we couldn’t verify with the bank and you don’t want to chase the customer away,” he said.

He said the fraudster was well-spoken.

“It’s hard for the business to recover from all the money we lost. It looks like the goods are not going to get recovered. Businesses should really watch out,” Purchase advised.

The fraudster allegedly sold computers to university students in Pietermaritzburg.

The fraudster is suspected to have duped other companies.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan confirmed that a fraudulent case has been opened and that he will appear in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court shortly.

Police are still investigating whether the suspect is linked to the two cases.

Said Purchase, “If people get a ‘good deal’ from someone who sells on the streets, they should remember that those goods could have been stolen.”

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