11 lose cash to woman

2015-11-24 06:00

Residents in Factreton are crying foul after they have been hit hard by a fraudster who took money from them and promised to pay it back as soon as possible, but never did.

The 37-year-old woman, whose name and identity number is in the possession of People’s Post, is alleged to be going around the area targeting people, especially the elderly, and borrowing money from them. Being the sweet talker she is, she takes money from them and promises to deposit it back into their back accounts.

To convince her victims she makes them sign letters with witnesses that she will definitely pay back the money. In some cases she takes them to the police station to sign an affidavit. This has been going on in the area since the beginning of the year and she has taken money from 11 people so far which adds up to more than R20 000.

It is alleged that the woman has been doing it for years. Now the residents have seen that they have fallen into a trap, so they want her arrested and to let other people know so that they don’t fall in the same trap.

Faldelah Toyer (48), who was defrauded, says she wants her money back and wants to tell others to be careful of the woman.

“I was introduced to this woman by my sister’s daughter. She looked genuine and desperate for the money, so I helped her. When she came to me she had borrowed money from my sister as well and said she would pay us together. Due to the fact that family trusted her it was easy for me to trust her. Now we have been waiting for months to get our money back; she hasn’t shown up,” she says.

Toyers goes on to say that what really makes her sad is that she had to go borrow money from other people to give to this woman as she looked to be in so much trouble.

“The way she speaks you will believe her. I had to borrow money from other people to give to her because she told me she was waiting for her money to come through so she would pay as soon as she had her own money. Those people I borrowed money from kept knocking on my door and I had to pay them back. Now I’m waiting for her to pay back, she is nowhere to be seen,” she says.

It is alleged that the fraudster has been doing it for years. With some victims she took their money and promised houses.

Toyers has met with a police detective, but was waiting for a letter from her sister to complete the opening of the case. David Stemmet, Kensington police station spokesperson, confirms no case of fraud has been opened yet.

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