Beware of false Ugu employee

2016-05-12 06:00

BEWARE of a man circulating around the lower South Coast pretending to be a Ugu District Municipality staff member.

He is targeting the elderly and scams them out of money for “moving their water meter”.

Several cases have been reported to Port Shepstone SAPS.

The municipality sent out a warning to residents about scam artists.

“At no point will legitimate employees­ of the municipality demand payment from our consumers for a water meter replacement,” said municipal spokesperson France Zama.

He said the municipality has implemented a water meter replacement programme that forms part of the meter­ audit, and service providers have been appointed to undertake this programme.

“It must also be noted that our water­ meters are mostly situated on the outside lawn of residential areas­.

“In the case where a meter is inside the premises, the responsible contractor will attend to the meter and will have no obligation of soliciting payment from the consumer,” he said.

Zama added that consumers are urged to be vigilant against these individuals who are masquerading as municipal employees and whose intentions are to defraud community members of their hard earned money.

“We also call upon residents to report these incidents to law enforcement agencies as they are tantamount to an act of fraud.”

According to a crime watch page on Facebook, two men were reported driving a white VW Polo, however it was reported to SAPS that only one man is involved.

“The man drives a white VW Polo, is well dressed and claims to be employed by Ugu.

“The public are warned to be alert and to report such incidences,” said police spokesperson Lieutenant- Colonel­ Zandra Wiid.

Detective Constable Rouen Govender can be contacted on 039 688 1090 or 076 465 5552.

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