Beware of fraudulent adverts

2017-02-28 06:01

POLICE are warning people to be careful when intending to buy a vehicle or an advertised item from the newspaper.

Pinetown SAPS spokesperson Warrant Officer Muzi Maphumulo said: “It has come to our attention that people are getting lured in through these false adverts, which in turn take money fraudulently from the community. In the advert a cellphone number would be placed where a motor vehicle is sold. When someone calls the number, they would be asked to place the deposit so the car could be reserved for them. The deposit amount ranges from R3 000 to R5 000.

“One victim was first asked to deposit R3 000 for a car she has never seen. She was told the car will be brought to her residence by a truck,and was later told to add R10 000 because the vehicle is expensive. She deposited the required R10 000 once more. After a day she was told the vehicle will be delivered. On the mentioned day, she was called to deposit R2 000 for petrol as the truck had ran out.

“She then got suspicious and asked for a refund, but was also told to put R5 000 to secure the refund, and that is when she got suspicious and reported the matter to the police. The suspect’s number was changed and he could not be reached. People are warned about these fraudsters and there are about 10 fraud cases of similar modus operandi reported at Pinetown. No arrests has been made at this stage.” – Supplied.




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