Herbalist’s get-rich-quick scam FROM PAGE 1

2015-05-28 06:00
Traditional healers hand out pamphlets at traffic lights.
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Traditional healers hand out pamphlets at traffic lights. Photo: sourced

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FROM precarious offers of get-rich- quick schemes, to lucky charms to getting jobs, turning to a herbalist is fast becoming an obsession for people.

Many­ unsuspecting residents fall for these scams and request the services of people pretending to be doctors and traditional healers.

However, there are no bodies regulating these “doctors” so they continuously advertise their services and desperate people fall victim to them.

Manikum Moonsamy, a 61-year-old Durban resident, said she was parked at a stop street when she was given a pamphlet by a young man and noticed that there was a section promising financial wealth.

“My financial situation had hit rock bottom and I had nothing to lose. I read the advert and it stated that I just had to call the number and buy a suitcase and money would appear in it.

“I knew it sounded far-fetched yet I had to try,” said Moonsamy.

“When I called the herbalist he said the suitcase will cost me R2 800.

The herbalist told me it is a bargain because you get more money out of it. When I told my husband about this, he was outraged and said this is all a money­-making scheme and asked me how I could fall for it.

“My husband said I should go to the newspapers and inform residents about not falling for the same scam.”

When the Weekly contacted a herbalist under the pretense of being a customer asking for advice on how to get rich quick, the herbalist offered the reporter­ a and#034;magic stickand#034; for R1 600 which would and#034;bring good luckand#034;.

When asked about his other services, the herbalist said he could ensure that a student passed their exams with distinction and he also offered and#034;penis extensionsand#034;.

For this the herbalist provided a powder for R800 which and#034;works for- ever­and#034; if ingested or rubbed anywhere on the skin,

Another herbalist, who identified himself only as and#034;a professorand#034;, said after­ a compulsory R50 consultation, he would be able to and#034;solve any of your problems for R300and#034;.

A registered traditional healer, who did not want to be named, said that bogus healers were and#034;a huge problemand#034;.

and#034;We cannot double your money. We do not cast spells. Do not fall for this.and#034;

and#034;Weand#039;re getting so many complaints about this and because thereand#039;s no (traditional healersand#039;) council or healersand#039; registry, thereand#039;s no way to regulate these people,and#034; she said.

She said it is mainly women who fall for and#034;criminals posing as healersand#034;.

A local spokesman for the South African police urged the community not to fall prey to such scams.

“If anyone has any information regarding individuals conning people out of cash, they must report it to relevant authorities, or phone the SAPS,” he said.

He said the community has been warned on numerous occasions to research first before engaging the services of traditional healers because there are many con artists around

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