Tongaat woman scammed out of R10 000

2018-02-15 06:00

THE public is being warned about scammers working in groups in the Tongaat CBD to steal people’s money under the pretence of offering assistance. This comes after a 72-year-old woman was scammed of more than R10 000 cash in Tongaat on February 5.

The victim, who wishes to remain anonymous for fear of victimisation, told Coastal Weekly that an amount close to R14 000 was withdrawn from her bank account in one day.

The victim said she met a well-spoken woman in the CBD who deceived her into believing that witchcraft can cause bad luck to her.

“I was crossing the road near the post office in the Tongaat CBD. There was a lady standing at the traffic lights with me.

“When I crossed the road, an unknown man walked across and touched my shoulder. At first I didn’t notice anything.

“When I was across, the woman we were crossing the road with said the man touched me with strong muthi and my life was in danger.

“I was frightened,” she said.

As the victim was still trying to figure out if the woman’s story was genuine, another man who identified himself as a security guard approached them.

The “guard” advised her to report the matter at the police station.

“All he was saying made sense to me. He asked me to jump into his white car and he drove towards the Tongaat Town Hall.

“When we passed the library, he jumped out of his car and went to the library.

“He came back and asked me to give him cash because the ‘muthi’ that was used on me will affect my money and bank account.

“I gave him R500 and my bank card. I am a very smart person when it comes to money, I don’t trust people.

“But on this day I was so gullible, believing all their stories. My bank card had a secret code on it.

“He went behind his car and came back with a wrapped envelope.

“He told me my money and card were inside the envelope. He warned me not to open it because something bad was going to happen to me if I opened it,” she said.

The victim said that the suspects took her back to the CBD and asked her to go inside one of the food outlets to remove the muthi on her arm with urine.

“They promised to wait for me outside. I was under the impression that they were helping me out to remove bad luck and protect my money from witchcraft.

When I came out of the store, they were gone,” she said.

She said that when she was in a taxi going home, she received an SMS notification alerting her that about R1 000 was withdrawn from her account.

In less than an hour, R2 000 was removed and more transactions were made on her bank account.

According to a bank statement in possession of the Weekly, the victim’s bank card was swiped at a store in Durban to purchase liquor at the value of R1 725.

The statement shows that another purchase of an amount close to R3 360 was made at a butchery in Durban North.

“My [ATM] daily limit is R2 000. I still can’t believe how they managed to withdrawn all my money. I want to warn other people to be careful of these scammers going around in Tongaat,” she said.

Traditional healer Elliot Ndlovu said the fraudsters’ intention is to lure unsuspecting people into believing that black magic is powerful.

“The residents, especially the senior citizens, are the target of these criminals.

“People must be aware that these suspects are working in groups to steal people’s money.

“It is a crime and all those doing it must be reported to the police.”

The acting police spokesperson in Tongaat, Warrant Officer Manisha Maharaj-Marie, confirmed that a case of theft is being investigated.

“The victim opened a case of theft at the police station.

“This is not the first incident in Tongaat as over the years we have received numerous cases of people being robbed in this manner,” Maharaj-Marie said.

The SAPS Tongaat issued a stern warning to the public to be on high alert with regard to criminals targeting senior citizens.

“We have had numerous campaigns educating the community about incidents of this nature. These things still happen in Tongaat and people must stop trusting and believing strangers. In this case the suspects used her bank card to purchase liquor at a store in Durban,” Maharaj-Marie said.

At the time of going to press, no arrests were made and the suspects were still at large.

Anyone with the information can contact the SAPS Tongaat at 032 944 9900.


Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.