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.

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