Fake death extorts R5000

2015-05-19 06:00

A woman from Harfield Village in Kenilworth suffered a double shock when she heard her loyal domestic worker of five years had passed away; her sadness turned to disbelief when she discovered she had been cheated out of R5000 by the “husband” of her domestic worker.

Chehaam Douglas-Jones of Kenilworth says she wants her ordeal to serve as a warning to others to not get tricked in the same way.

“On Friday afternoon (8 May) my domestic worker, Patricia, left for home as usual. The next morning, at about 07:30, I received a call from someone saying he was her husband.

“He told me she had died the night before (Friday) after suffering a heart attack. Not believing him as she was only 31-years-old, I asked for her mother’s contact number, which he duly gave. A woman answered and confirmed everything.”

Douglas-Jones says she was still not ready to accept the news of her domestic worker’s death X she called Patricia’s cellphone a few times, but no-one answered.

The “husband” called back and explained they needed to make funeral arrangements and said the policy would only pay out on the Tuesday following Patricia’s “death”.

“He assured me that they would pay the money back when they received the pay-out from the policy.

I was absolutely devastated as my domestic worker had been with my family since before my daughter was born X she was like a second mommy to my child.”

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