‘Cops’ con woman

2015-07-08 06:01
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THE Welkom police are looking for two conmen who posed as cops after they had swindled a 42-year-old woman out of R3 000 in an alleged deal to free her two sons who were in police custody.

This happened on 25 April.

Const. Kethabile Mofokeng, Welkom police spokesperson, said no arrest had been made as yet and appealed for the public’s help in tracing the two “cops”.

She said the woman apparently gave the money to one of the two conmen after having agreed to help free her two sons who were in custody during the weekend in question.

Mofokeng said the agreement had been made at the Welkom Police Station where the woman had visited her two sons who were in custody.

The victim allegedly arranged to meet the fake policeman, identified as Capt. Mosoeu, at the Goldfields Mall to hand over the R3 000 meant for the freedom of the two sons.

According to Mofokeng, the conman gave the unsuspecting woman a false cellphone number and told her that a police van would drop off the two boys at the Welkom Magistrate’s Court.

“She went there and waited for the children X but to no avail.

“After a while, she tried to dial the number, but it was not in use. The woman returned to the police station to enquire about Capt. Mosoeu, where she was told that there was no one with that name.

“That is when she realised that she had been scammed,” said Mofokeng.

She said it was believed that one of the conmen, busy cleaning the visitors reception at the Welkom Police Station, had overheard the woman’s conversation with her sons.

The cleaner then approached the victim with the prospect to get someone to assist her sons in getting out.

He then called the fake Capt. Mosoeu, who firstly demanded R4 000 for the release of the two sons.

Mofokeng said a case of theft under false pretence had been registered for further investigation.

The first suspect is 1,7 m tall, with a medium build and light in complexion.

He speaks fluent Afrikaans, even though he can also speak Sotho.

The second suspect is 1,9 m tall, with a slender build and medium complexion. Both suspects are between the ages of 50 and 55 years.

Anyone who has information about the whereabouts or any other information that may help to apprehend of these two men is requested to contact the investigative officer, Sgt Malefetsane Tilo, on 057-391-6275 during office hours.

The public has been warned to beware of people posing as police officers

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