Conman tries to steal dead man's savings

2011-09-29 21:04

Johannesburg - A man was arrested in Silverton on Thursday for allegedly trying to access the bank account of a man who died two months ago, said Pretoria police.

The 54-year-old posed as the dead man's son, wanting to withdraw his savings from the bank, said Captain Jan Sepato.

He gave the manager a forged death certificate and a copy of the dead man's identity document.

The manager became suspicious and called the dead account holder's family and the police.

"We suspect the man is part of a fraud syndicate that has recently preyed on many people in several parts of Pretoria," Sepato said.

He was expected to face a charge of attempted fraud in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Monday.

  • MWF - 2011-09-29 21:13


      AMS-Dammer - 2011-09-30 07:03

      Particularly SOUTH Africa.....

  • Biebap - 2011-09-29 21:24

    Spend it before bank charges gobbles it up.

  • Vela Stardust - 2011-09-29 21:35

    Wow! A bank manager who is on the ball. Rare like hens teeth.

      rasklot - 2011-09-29 22:57

      @Vela Stardust:If for arguments sake ‘Xoliwe Mhlope” the son, was trying to withdraw the deceased ‘Johannes Vorsters’ funds, give the man a handshake for observing what could arguable be the obvious. However, if ‘Xoliwe Mhlope’ was trying to withdraw the savings of “Kodwa Mlungu’ , or ‘Mike Manson’ was trying to draw the savings of ‘Andrew Hepworth’…..I would say give the Bank Manager a high five and a double bells for not spotting the obvious.

      LBS - 2011-09-30 11:09

      So much GOOD NEWS today, the weekend really is getting better and better!

  • Vince - 2011-09-29 22:14

    heartless thief

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