DESPITE several warnings issued to the public not to release any property that they have sold without bank assurances, SAPS have been receiving reports about community members who have been scammed.Recent reports suggest that criminals have succeeded in their new plans, as several complaints have been lodged with the SAPS. When community members advertised vehicles for sale, they received phone calls from criminals posing as buyers who arranged meetings to view the vehicles. SAPS are warning people not to release their vehicles to buyers without first checking with their banks if the funds have cleared or not, because there have been cases where criminals have disappeared with the cars without paying.Sometimes criminals forge proof of payments when dealing with car dealerships with the aim of running away with the cars. Police are now also warning car dealerships to verify payments before releasing cars to buyers.“If your property is recovered, you will receive a call from an investigating officer to, first of all, identify your property at a police station, and you are required to complete documentation before property is released. There are no fees charged to communities who want to obtain their properties,” said Captain Mali Govender from SAPS. She added that several reports have been made to the SAPS and there are enquiries registered for investigations.