Woman conned out of R1,2 million

2015-12-18 06:00
A Kokstad woman was conned out of her entire pension payout.

A Kokstad woman was conned out of her entire pension payout.

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A RETIRED Kokstad teacher gave all her pension money - R1,2 million - to her foreign boyfriend - Joe - who said he could double the money, instead he disappeared with it.

The woman, who the Fever can’t identify because of security reasons, comes from Extension 7 Township in Kokstad.

Fever understands that Joe advised her to resign from her job as a teacher in order to get her pension money, promising her everything and telling her not to worry.

According to information received, Joe allegedly used muthi to confuse the woman when she withdrew the money to give to him.

The woman got very excited when Joe told her he would double her money and that he will send a tokoloshe to steal more money from the bank once she withdrew hers.

As instructed she resigned from her job and later received an SMS from her workplace telling her that R1,2 million has been deposited into her account.

Upon getting the SMS she phoned Joe to tell him the money had been paid to her and asked him to go with her to the bank to withdraw the money.

At the bank in town, the teller was very suspicious and told her she would not be able to give her such a big amount at one time.
So they went to another branch in Matatiele, 68 kilometres from Kokstad, where she was allowed to withdraw the R1,2 million over a period of three days.

Joe allegedly promised to keep the money in his car when she gave it all to him.

On the fourth day, the woman alleged called Joe on his cellphone, but it went straight to voice mail and she collapsed and had to be hospitalised and it was then she realised that Joe had disappeared with her entire pension.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Dumisani Ncongo confirmed the incident and said the woman opened a case of theft by false pretendence at the Kokstad police station.
“We decided to transfer the case to Matatiele police station for further investigation because they withdrew the money in Matatiele, not in Kokstad,” said Ncongo.

In a similar case reported at the Kokstad police station some weeks ago, another woman was conned out of R91 600. Ncongo said her foreign boyfriend borrowed the money and promised to pay it back soon.

When the woman phoned her boyfriend to find out if he had received the money, his phone went straight to voice mail.
Ncongo said a case of theft has been opened at the Kokstad police station.

He cautioned women to be aware of foreign boyfriends who pretend to love them, but only want their money.

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