Matatiele teacher cheated out of thousands

2017-11-17 06:00

A31-YEAR-OLD Matatiele teacher was left in tears after two men, pretending to be Road Accident Fund employees, allegedly cheated her out of R3 300.

The men have since been arrested.

The name of the teacher and the school is being withheld by Fever for her safety.

She told Fever that on Friday November 3, two men phoned wanting to meet her about her RAF claim after she was involved in an accident in 2006 and was paid R2 million this year.

“The men carried RAF documents with my name and cellphone numbers on. They identified themselves as “Isaac” and “Vincent”, and said they would assist me in getting an additional R1 million for my arm, which still gives me problems.”

She said the men wanted her to go with them to see a doctor in Cape Town, which would make it easier to claim for her arm.

She refused to go with the men on Friday, but said she would go with them by Sunday.

The men then told her to book accommodation for them at a Matatiele B&B, which cost her R1 000, saying they would refund her, which she did.

On her way to Kokstad for personal reasons, they accompanied her in their Polo and asked her to put in R300 petrol, which she did.

“On the way to Kokstad, I received a call from a woman who identified herself as ‘Sharon’ from the RAF, who asked me to give each of them R1 000 pocket money, which I did thinking I would also be refunded.”

On Saturday she received a text message telling her that R30 000 would be deposited in her bank account for the Cape Town trip to see a “Dr Hope”.

Sharon then phoned her asking her to deposit R20 000 to secure an appointment with the doctor, but instead of doing so, she was suspicious and told her family on Sunday.

She then reported the incident at the Matatiele Police Station.

Detectives set a trap and the men were caught in Mount Fletcher on Sunday.

SAPS spokesperson Raphael Motloung said the men were arrested with fake RAF documents and their Polo and cellphones were confiscated.

“The suspect will be charged for fraud, impersonation of RAF employees­ and possession of fake documents. Police are investigating the matter as we believe we will arrest more people,” said Motloung.

He warned people not to be taken in by people who say they are “RAF employees”, instead they should go directly to the RAF offices regarding a claim.

The woman thanked police for their quick response and said she suspects that RAF officials leaked her details to the men.

At the time of going to press the men had not appeared in court.

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