Have you also been scammed?

2015-05-19 06:00

Community leaders are calling on people to come forward if they suspect they have been involved in a housing scam.

Several residents in New Woodlands have conveyed concerns to People’s Post about a case that was reported two years ago.

One resident, who wished to remain anonymous, says she paid a woman R3 000 to ensure her daughter gets a house in Harmony Village.

A second victim says she also paid R3 000 for the house.

It is alleged that a woman approached residents living in backyards and informal dwellings with the prospect of receiving a house in the new development. Another woman would introduce the scamster to the residents.

A woman says many residents were fooled by the “scheme” and the two people involved.

“People will say we were stupid to fall for this, but everything was legit,” she says.

She explains that they were taken to a home in Bayview where a model, paperwork and computers were all set up. Monies were paid but no house was delivered and the woman cannot be found.

Now it’s two years later and an investigation has been put on hold.

It is also alleged that the woman would ensure that residents were eligible.

“She would falsify payslips to a company that did not exist and tell you what to say if the housing office called,” she says.

“My daughter then visited the office and they told her that all the files from that woman was in the corner and no one would be getting a house.”

No one had received a house or their money back.

It is believed that the R3 000 was a deposit with R5 000 still due before tenants were promised they could move in.

The names of the alleged perpetrators are known to People’s Post but cannot be mentioned for legal reasons.

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A meeting will be held soon and details will be communicated accordingly. All those who have been involved or believe they have been affected are asked to attend

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