Seniors target of cash cons

2015-12-15 06:00

Police urge pensioners to be on high alert as cases are still being reported of seniors getting scammed out of their money.

Money scamsSergeant Deidre Solomon, spokesperson of Kirstenhof police station, says police once again warn the community to be aware of money scams.

“We are now in the festive season and people receive bonuses and are targeted and easily tempted to fall for money that has been ‘found’,” she says.

Solomon urges the public to be alert of their surroundings and try not to go to an ATM or bank alone.

“The suspects are men posing as police officials and taking the pensioners’ monthly grants.

“The suspects normally work in a group of three,” she says.

Solomon explains that one suspect pretends to pick up a money bag in front of the pensioner or intended victim. He agrees to share the money inside.

The victim is then lured to another place with the intention to get half of the money in the bag. There the two are approached by two people pretending to be police officers, who tell them that a place was robbed nearby and that they must hand over all their money to make sure that it is not the money that was stolen.

“After handing over all the money the pensioner is distracted for a minute and then the pensioner gets handed back a brown envelope and told to open the envelope once they have left. Once they are gone the envelope is opened and inside is cut-up newspaper strips,” Solomon says.

“Pensioners must be aware that police officers do not take money and that if they are approached they should rather tell them that they should proceed to the nearest police station to sort the matter out or move to the shopping centre’s security so that the police officers’ identity can be verified,” she urges.

Child safetyMeanwhile, Kirstenhof police and the Pink Ladies organisation partnered at a community event in a park in Kirstenhof last weekend to raise awareness about holiday safety.

Children were fingerprinted by police and a form was completed by their parents and sent home for safekeeping in the event that anything should happen to their children.

“The form, which has details of the child and includes a photo, can assist the police when a child goes missing. There is no waiting period to report a person as missing,” Solomon explains.


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