One bank robbery a hoax, other one not

2016-10-11 06:00

HILLCREST residents went into panic mode on Friday morning as social media was abuzz with messages that an armed robbery had occurred at a bank in Hillcrest, however, police confirmed that this was a hoax.

Later on the same day messages circulated again, but this time it was about a robbery at a bank in Kloof, although many did not believe these reports, police confirmed that it did occur.

Kloof CPF chairperson Corné Broodryk said that a woman was held up at the parking lot of the mall in Kloof after drawing a large sum of money.

“She was believed to be withdrawing money to pay wages when she was confronted by the three armed men,” he said.

The men are still at large. Broodryk said that he does not know the source of hoax message, however, the robbery is being investigated.

A source, who did not want to be named, told the Fever that the hoax message could have been started by the suspects to check the response time of police.

“It is too much of a coincidence that the same bank in different areas was mentioned in messages, the modus operandi was the same and occurred hours apart. Police need to take this into consideration when investigating ,” said the source. He also discouraged the public from sending hoax messages as these waste police resources.

Tips when depositing or withdrawing large sums of cash from the bank:

•Pay your accounts electronically (consult your bank to find out about available options)

•Use internet banking and/or an ATM for money transfers

•Alternate days, date and times on which you make cash deposits

•Never tell people of your bank visits. not even those close to you

•Never openly display money when depositing/withdrawing

•Try to utilise different branches so that your banking patterns are not predictable/identifiable

•Consider using a cash management company

•Avoid handing out wages to staff members in view of the public. - Supplied.

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