Beware discount con

2017-08-15 06:03

Claremont police warn the public to be careful of women who go around conning shoppers at busy stores.

Police spokesperson Sergeant Lindile Dubeni says there is a group of women between the ages of 20 and 30 who approach shoppers and pretend to be store ­consultants.

He says these women promise to sell the shopper items at discount. They convince their victim to leave her belongings with them while being taken to the store to show one of the con artists the items they want.

“They then tell the person to go call the other shopper looking after her belongings while the robber remains at the store. The person will find no-one at the spot where she left her belongings and the fake consultant has disappeared by the time she returns to the store. Many women of all ages have been victims of this scam in Claremont and we want to warn people to be careful,” says Dubeni.

He warns the public to refrain from looking for discounts and trusting strangers when doing shopping. He also advises people to consider swiping credit or debit cards instead of carrying huge amounts of cash.

He says victims have reported that these women tend to become violent once a person resists giving away her belongings.

“While this is referred to as common robbery, it is reported that sometimes the victim gets assaulted and her belongings are forcibly taken from her. This changes the nature of the crime to a serious crime. We are investigating a number of serious crimes committed in this manner,” Dubeni says.

He says most of these crimes take place in Dreyer Street and Main Road.

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