Livestock owners warned about stock-theft scam

2017-10-11 06:01

THE KZN SAPS Stock Theft Unit is warning livestock owners to be aware of the modus operandi of stock thieves.

Criminals are informing livestock owners that they had found and recovered their stolen livestock.

They pretend to be police officers from a unit in another province investigating their case.

They tell victims their livestock has been recovered in another province, but they have to pay to get their livestock transported back home.

Criminals demand from R2000 and up for this. Police are warning the community to be aware of the scam.

Victims must remember that no investigating officer will ask them for money, stock theft investigators will in fact assist victims and drive them in a state vehicle to the recovered livestock.

Criminals target those who live close to borders like Bulwer, Impendle, Bergville and other rural areas.

Stock theft victims are advised to contact their investigating officers as soon as they have opened a stock-theft case.

If they have been contacted by these criminals, they must immediately contact the nearest police station or their investigating officer.

Victims are told to familiarise themselves with the investigating officers. When receiving calls or text messages about their stock being found, ask the caller about the brand mark of the “recovered livestock”, get their contact details and then inform police immediately.

- Supplied.

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